16th Jun 2012 9:40am | By Ruth Fletcher
The southern city of New Orleans, in the state of Louisiana, is most famous for its Mardi Gras festivities. But there’s still plenty to entertain any other time of year.
Begin your day in New Orleans’ oldest neighbourhood, the lively French Quarter. Stroll around, have your fortune told, and soak up the city’s history.
11:00 You’re in the south, which means food is more important then ever. Join the reverence at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum (southernfood.org; admission about £3), where you’ll learn all about southern cuisine (finally, the truth about grits and biscuits!) and can even check out an absinthe gallery. Be sure to swing by the attached Museum of the American Cocktail, too.
13:00 Take a street car ride on the historic Charles line %u2028to get to the Garden District. At only US$1.25 (80p) for %u2028a ticket, these historic cars take you around town on the cheap and in style. Then, wander the green streets in peace.
14:00 Lunch is where the city is at its best. Deep inside the Garden District you’ll find Lulu’s In The Garden, offering a range of regional ingredients and local produce (think fried chicken salad for about £6). Park your weary self outside and enjoy the vibe.
15:00 Fancy something freaky? Try a spooky walking tour with Haunted History Tours.The company’s claim that New Orleans is the most haunted city in America just might be right if its long list of tours is anything to by – ghost tours, voodoo tours, vampire tours, you name it, they’ve got it. From about £13pp.
17:30 Continuing the theme, you’ll want to check out the Voodoo Museum . Established %u2028in 1972, it catalogues the creepy folklore of the town.
18:00 Now relax! In a renovated pharmacy warehouse, Emeril’s is adorned with local art and offers modern regional cuisine. On the pricey side, but worth the expense, you won’t regret ordering the barbecue shrimp with rosemary biscuit, or grilled ranch double-cut pork chop with caramelised sweet potatoes, tamarind glaze and green chile molé sauce. Ooh, we’ve started drooling just thinking about it. Mains from about £17.
20:00 Work off that dinner by joining the girls on the bar for a dance at Coyote Ugly. The high-energy atmosphere and even higher-energy staff are sure to get you in the mood for a great night.