If you have two days to explore New Orleans, use your second day for getting to know the Garden District and Uptown New Orleans. This part of the city was settled primarily by wealthy Americans who were not exactly made welcome by the old Creole families who lived in the Vieux Carré.
St. Charles Streetcar Ride - Begin your journey Uptown on the world’s oldest continuously operating streetcar, complete with mahogany seats and brass fittings. You’ll travel beneath a canopy of oak trees, passing mile after mile of grand mansions, Audubon Park and the university section. For a full day of on/off privileges on streetcars and buses, pick up a Jazzy Pass for $3. All the places here are accessible by the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line.
Brunch – Start your day with Jazz Brunch at Commander’s Palace, which came in at No. 1 on Southern Living’s list of “The South’s Best Restaurants 2017.” No trip to New Orleans is complete without the Commander’s experience.
Cemetery Tour – After Commander’s, walk across the street to Lafayette Cemetery No. 1. Either sign up for a guided tour ahead of time, or tour on your own. In 1853, a yellow fever outbreak took the lives of more than 8,000 people in the city. Many desperate families left the bodies of their loved ones here at the gates of Lafayette.
Garden District Tour – Greek Revival, Italianate, Gothic, Georgian, Swiss Chalet, Queen Anne … you’ll see them all on a tour of the Garden District. Many tour companies offer combined cemetery and Garden District tours.
Lunch – With all the walking you did on the tours, chances are you’ve worked up an appetite. Get off the streetcar at Camelia Grill on Carrollton Avenue. Since 1946, locals and visitors alike have been coming here for the gregarious counter service, cheeseburgers, chocolate freezes (Harry Connick, Jr. loves them) and pecan pie, heated on the grill.
Magazine Street – Take the streetcar back to around Napoleon Avenue and then go explore Magazine Street, five miles of fun. You’ll find antiques, home décor items, clothing boutiques and fun thrift shops galore. Need to caffeinate? There are a lot of great coffee shops on the street. Grab a table outside and watch the action.
Dinner – There are several fabulous options on and around Magazine Street but we love La Petite Grocery, Joey K’s and Coquette.
Late Night – Dance off your dinner at Tipitina’s, one of the most popular clubs in New Orleans. Before Tipitina's took over the building in 1977, it served as a gambling house, gymnasium and a brothel.