Start your morning the New Orleans way with beignets and café au lait in the French Quarter! Café du Monde is a classic staple in New Orleans life and always hits the spot. But remember to save some room for New Orleans' signature Cuisine. Take a Culinary History Tour of New Orleans and enjoy the savory flavors of Louisiana's dishes; learn where Louisiana cuisine originated from and how it has evolved over the years. Be prepared for a three hour tasting extravaganza from some of the French Quarter's most delicious restaurants.
For lunch (if you still have room, that is!), try Central Grocery for a muffaletta in the French Quarter. This signature Italian sandwich was created in New Orleans by Italian immigrants. If Italian isn't your style, then hop in a taxi and head to Mother's Restaurant for a po'boy or some other traditional Louisiana dishes like red beans & rice or jambalaya with a laid back style.
After lunch, take a taxi to Mardi Gras World or if you're staying in the French Quarter or in the Central Business District Mardi Gras World offers a complimentary shuttle to and from your hotel. At Mardi Gras World, you will learn the history of the Carnival season and how the magic of Carnival comes to life! On your tour, you will see how Mardi Grad floats are created, dress up like a float rider, and you will get to taste a slice of famous Mardi Gras king cake. Also, you will have the opportunity to take pictures with floats and some of the merry characters of Mardi Gras.
For dinner choose from one of New Orleans' numerous fine dining Creole restaurants such as Antoine's, Arnaud's, Commander's Palace, or Galatoire's. Since it's your first night in the Big Easy, reserve a chef's table, but remember to book early cause these tables go fast. Chef's table or not, always save room for dessert because New Orleans knows its sweets!
New Orleans is a food culture so celebrate it with every meal! For Breakfast feast on some of New Orleans' best breakfast restaurants such as one of Chef John Besh's restaurants Lüke, a locally owned restaurant like the Ruby Slipper, or brunch at Brennan's Restaurant. Here, breakfast is celebrated with care and flavor!
After breakfast, take a cooking class at the New Orleans School of Cooking. You'll get to learn the heritage of Louisiana cuisine and key techniques that you'll want to cook for your friends. In addition, you'll get to eat all the meals you make. These classes are a hands-on experience, so be prepared to get a little messy.
After your cooking class and lunch your stomach will need some rest, so take a carriage or pedicab tour through the French Quarter. Afterwards, try the Crescent City Brewhouse. Here, all the brewing is in house and made with simple ingredients. Not a beer drinker? The Big Easy offers the New Orleans' Original Cocktail Walking Tour where you'll learn the history of New Orleans' famous cocktails like the Sazerac, Pimm's Cup, the Ramos Gin Fizz, and the individuals that made them famous.
For dinner, feast at some of New Orleans' best Cajun restaurants that include Cochon Restaurant or K-Paul's Restaurant. Like seafood? Try some of New Orleans' best like G.W. Fins, Borgne, or Pêche. These fine dining restaurants will amaze your taste buds for days with their savory delicacies that will have you craving more!
If the night is still young, take a taxi to Frenchmen Street for some live jazz music. The drinks are exciting and the bars often have little or no cover charge. Remember to check out the arts market for some unique souvenirs. Enjoy the traditional jazz ambiance until the early morning if you like.
For your last day in the Big Easy, enjoy a Sunday Brunch Jazz Cruise on the Steamboat Natchez or a regular Sunday Jazz Brunch at one of New Orleans' famous restaurants. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere with a mimosa (orange juice and champagne) or a bloody Mary while you listen to the melodic tunes of the brass bands.
After your Jazz brunch, venture to any of New Orleans' neighborhoods for some last minute souvenirs. Districts like the Farmers Market offers numerous open air shops selling hot sauce, Louisiana seasonings, or cooking products.
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