It’s worth noting that a majority of this guide is Cool Cousin-approved, meaning Mid-City is where the locals like to experience New Orleans. Everything from globally-inspired cuisine and off-the-beaten-path activities and hangouts, to its thriving festival scene with annual events like VooDoo Music + Arts Experience and Bayou Boogaloo, Mid-City is a sought after and much-loved neighborhood.

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Nicole Franzen for Design Hotels

The perfect stay starts with where you lay, and when it comes to Mid-City, the Drifter Hotel is where you want to be. Retro 1950’s-inspired design and decor offset by the hotel’s trendy offerings and events create a harmonious juxtaposition begging to be explored. Weekly pool parties, health and wellness workshops, food trucks and pop-ups make the Drifter as attractive to its guests as it is to locals looking for something new to do in the city.

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Paul Broussard

After you’re checked-in it’s time to head out, and Biscuit & Buns on Banks is the perfect place to start a day in Mid-City. Enjoy brunch classics with a Crescent City twist like Boudin Cake Benedict, Andouille Sausage Hash Cakes and more.

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Kelsey Campion

An ideal outing for those curious and creative at heart, NOMA is home to a collection of fine art both domestic and international, exclusive screenings and panel discussions, thought-provoking exhibitions and more. Explore the city’s connection to the world around it through visual arts, photography, and immersive programming.

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Zack Smith

Wrap up your experience at NOMA and make your way to the New Orleans Botanical Gardens for an afternoon among more than 2,000 featured flowers and plants. An already stunning backdrop for any photograph, the Botanical Gardens also houses the Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden - honoring the life and legacy of Mexican-American artist Enrique Alférez.

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Sometimes, the best outings are indoors. Dedicate your morning to self care and relaxation with a trip to the Woodhouse Day Spa. Services range from massage therapy, manicure and pedicure treatments, facials and more. Plan a solo trip or bring a friend or loved one along to share the therapeutic experience with.

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Justen Williams

Lunch in Mid-City

What better place to have a mid-day meal than in Mid-City? You can find globally-inspired goods like Taqueria Guerrero’s authentic tacos, flautas, tamales and tostadas, and Vietnamese specialties from Pho Tau Bay. Or opt for New Orleans flavor at the forefront like boudin eggrolls from Piece of Meat or boiled seafood from Bevi Seafood Co.

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Justen Williams

No matter what you choose to eat, nothing compliments a meal like an ice-cold snoball. With over 20 unique and refreshing flavors and some of the softest ice in the city, Pandora’s is a Mid-City favorite.

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Rebecca Todd

Great for groups or a fun date night, Rock’n’Bowl is Mid-City staple hangout best known for its epic dancefloor, in-house bar and gourmet eats from their next-door neighbor, Ye Olde College Inn. Play a game, have a drink and groove all night long to the sounds Cajun Zydeco and Motown music.

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Photo courtesy of Zasu

The brainchild of James Beard Award-winning chef Sue Zemanick, Zasu is a truly unique dining experience. Combining native and foreign ingredients to Louisiana, Chef Zemanick rethinks traditional favorites in a stunning but laid back dining room.

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Rebecca Todd

Closeout the day at Bayou Wine Garden. Their massive selection of red, white, rose, and sparkling wines are offered on tap, and their full bar also includes a selection of classic and house cocktails and delicious bar bites, cheese and charcuterie boards in a casual environment. Whether you’re hoping to catch a Saints Game or just catch up with friends, Bayou Wine Garden is a worthwhile stop.