Tri NOLA: 25 Things We Love About New Orleans

Countless ways the Crescent City charms in light of its 300th birthday.

In honor of the city’s tricentennial, each month during 2018 we are highlighting a few of our favorite things (25 things x 12 months = 300 things we love!).

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1. Taking a spin on City Park’s century-old carousel

2. The cornstalk fence at 915 Royal Street—one of the city’s most photographed sites

3. Grown men wearing bibs while devouring barbecue shrimp at Pascal’s Manale

4. Serene St. Anthony’s Garden, the city’s oldest green space, tucked behind St. Louis Cathedral, the nation’s oldest active Catholic cathedral

5. The gilded Joan of Arc statue, (Decatur and Dumaine streets), glinting in the afternoon sun

Joan of Arc statue New Orleans
A French Quarter landmark, the Joan of Arc statue was a gift to the city from France. (©Shawn Fink)

6. Locals’ obsession with king cake

7. Listening to live opera at Four Points by Sheraton on the second Saturday of the month, where the nation’s first opera house once stood

8. The Vieux Carré’s Spanish street tiles

9. The Saenger Theatre’s twinkling celestial ceiling

10. Artist James Michalopoulos’ signature slant on area architecture

Michalopoulos New Orleans
Now famed worldwide, James Michalopolous got his start painting portriats on Bourbon Street during the 1980s. (©Michalopolous)

11. The 2000-year-old cypress-log table and indigo-stained bar at Restaurant R’evolution

12. Warming up with a flaming café brûlot (coffee, brandy and spices) at Antoine’s, were the drink originated during the 1890s

13. The nightly light shows on the exterior of the Superdome

14. Letting little hands take the reins on mule-led carriage rides

15. The boudin tamales at Meril

Meril restaurant New Orleans
Crescent City cultures collide in Meril's boudin tamale. (©Meril)

16. The scent of vetiver, a Creole ladies’ dressing table staple, wafting out of Hové

17. Time-traveling via a visit to the Historic New Orleans Collection’s Louisiana History Gallery

18. The French Quarter’s horse-head hitching posts and fish-mouth downspouts

19. The circa-1750 staircase at the Old Ursuline Convent

20. Louis Armstrong’s first cornet, on view at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint

Jazz Museum at the Old US Mint New Orleans
In addition to Armstrong's cornet, the Jazz Museum also counts Sidney Bechet's sax and Kid Ory's trumpet among its musical treasures. (©Shawn Fink)

21. Sneaking peeks into cloistered French Quarter courtyards

22. The clickety clack of the St. Charles streetcar rumbling along the avenue

23. Catching an in-store performance while rummaging the racks at the Louisiana Music Factory

24. Spying a Civil War submarine while roaming the grounds at Houmas House Plantation

25. Imbibing in history with a Sazerac cocktail at the Sazerac Bar

Sazerac cocktail
In 207 the Louisiana legislature named the Sazerac "the official cocktail of New Orleans." (©Roosevelt Hotel)