A Perfect Day in New Orleans: Big Freedia’s Itinerary

Bouncing around the Big Easy with the Queen Diva

As New Orleans’ ambassador of Bounce, Big Freedia is often on the road. But when not booty popping in Boston or shaking up San Diego, she’s happily at home in the Crescent City. Taking a break from touring this summer, however, doesn’t mean the Queen Diva is just sitting idle in her house. Throughout July and August, you’ll find Freedia at City Park, cooking and cutting up with attendees of her new, weekly Kitchen in the Garden series. 

WhereTraveler caught up with the hometown favorite during the launch of her memoir, Big Freedia: God Save the Queen Diva, which is set to be released in paperback in December. Here she points visitors in the direction of some of her favorite spots around town.

8:30 am: A sweet start

“I know this is very commercial, but, baby, everyone has to have a beignet from Café Du Monde. It’s tradition in New Orleans.” 

9 am: The serene scene

“I love City Park in the morning when it’s still empty and quiet. After a long tour or some hectic publicity run, I’ll come home and go there and just walk and think.”

10:30 am: Walk this way

“The New Orleans African American Museum offers a walking tour of Tremé, which I recommend to everyone.”

Armstrong Park in New Orleans, Louisiana. (©Shawn Fink)
Armstrong Park, in the Tremé neighborhood, celebrates city's many musical greats. (©Shawn Fink)

1 pm: Local flavor

“Have lunch at Neyow’s Creole Café. It’s a very locals-only restaurant and has the best fried oysters and fried chicken. A great place to get authentic Louisiana cuisine.”

2 pm: Wet and wild

“Take a swamp tour through the bayous. You can see turtles, alligators and other cool wildlife. Or take the ferry across the Mississippi to Algiers. It’s very inexpensive, and you see New Orleans in a whole new way.”

Cajun Encounters Swamp tour in New Orleans, Louisiana (©Cajun Encounters)
Get out of the city and into the swamps and bayous. (©Cajun Encounters)

5 pm: Leisure suitable

“Everyone knows the French Quarter for partying, but there’s nothing more fabulous than a stroll on a beautiful afternoon, looking at all of the art and sidewalk sellers.”

7 pm: Catch this

Deanie’s has the best seafood and is an absolute must for dinner. Two words: Seafood platter.”