Tri NOLA: 50 Things We Love About New Orleans

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

26. Taking a Vieux Carré cocktail for a spin at the Hotel Monteleone’s revolving Carousel Bar

27. Stealing tricks of the trade—then eating the evidence—at the New Orleans School of Cooking

28. The Skull & Bones Gang raising the dead on Mardi Gras morning

29. Congo Square in Armstrong Park, the epicenter of jazz. Congo Square in Armstrong Park, the epicenter of jazz

30. Actor Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation making good on its promise to rebuild the Lower 9th Ward

Make It Right Foundation home New Orleans
Following Hurricane Katrina, the Make It Right Foundation erected more than 100 sustainable, flood-proof homes in the city’s hard-hit Lower 9th Ward. (©Make It Right Foundation)

31. The open-hearth cooking demos at the historic Hermann-Grima House

32. The Dueling Oak in City Park, where affairs d’honneur were conducted during the early 1800s

33. Bead-strung balconies along Bourbon Street

34. “Queen of Creole cuisine” chef Leah Chase, still cookin’ at age 95

35. Artist Terrance Osborne’s vibrant depictions of local life

Terrance Osborne New Orleans
A local favorite, Osborne has created a number of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival’s most popular posters, including 2018’s depiction of the late great Fats Domino. (©Terrance Osborne Gallery)

36. The Royal Sonesta Hotel’s annual Greasing of the Poles ceremony

37. “Makin’ groceries” at the French Market, the nation’s oldest public produce mart

38. Downing brandy milk punch during breakfast at Brennan’s, where the term “eye-opener” originated

39. Dancing in the lanes at Rock ’n’ Bowl 

40. Stumbling upon amazing amazing bands performing in the streets (be sure to tip!)

Street musician New Orleans
Doreen Ketchens, aka "Lady Clarinet," can often be found drawing a crowd at the corner of Royal and St. Peter streets. (©Shawn Fink)

41. Seeing how many king cake babies you can collect during Carnival season

42. Clamoring for coconuts at the Zulu parade

43. Repenting for Saturday night sins during the Sunday morning gospel brunch at the House of Blues

44. T-Boy the Nutria, the Audubon Zoo’s answer to Punxsutawney Phil, who emerges from his swamp hole on Groundhog Day

45. The New Orleans Museum of Art’s outdoor sculpture garden

New Orleans Museum of Art
The New Orleans Museum of Art’s Besthoff Sculpture Garden features numerous works by modern masters. (©NOMA)

46. Derby Pottery’s reproductions of 19th-century Crescent City street tiles

47. Peering into the wine cavern at Antoine’s through its rear window (between 519 and 520 Royal Street)

48. Tipping our chapeaux to Southern gentility at Meyer the Hatter

49. Guessing at the price of that Blue Dog in the window at Rodrigue Studio

50. The warm muffulettas and peeling walls at the Napoleon House

For the first 25 things we love click here.

Napoleon House New Orleans
Dating to 1794, the Napoleon House was originally home to New Orelans mayor Nichalos Girod. (©Napoleon House)