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A Perfect Day in New Orleans: Jill Dresser's Itinerary

The French QuarTOUR Kids founder offers parental guidance

Visiting New Orleans with children? There's more to the Crescent City than Bourbon Street. Jill Dresser, founder of French QuarTOUR Kids, offers this suggested itinerary for family-focused fun.

9 am: Breaking Bad

"If you want to be really indulgent, have breakfast at Elizabeth’s. They have praline bacon and stuffed mirlitons, which are really delicious. And, if you’re nursing a hangover, they have great Bloody Marys."

10 am: Walk This Way

"Grab a coffee at Café Rose Nicaud on Frenchmen Street, then walk around the French Quarter. Or head out to City Park. Storyland is a lot of fun for kids, while grown-ups will enjoy just walking around the park." 

New Orleans City Park
City Park's century-old wooden carousel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (©New Orleans City Park)

11:30 am: Dead On

"St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is a neat thing for visitors to see. It’s like a city of the dead. It’s fenced-in, aboveground and a creepy looking place to walk around in, but in a really cool way. It’s really fun to see all of the characters from New Orleans history who are in there … as well as Nicolas Cage’s ridiculous tomb."

1 pm: Ripe for the Pickin’

"For lunch in the French Quarter, try Louisiana Pizza KitchenRed Fish Grill or Green Goddess. Any place I can find fried green tomatoes with remoulade sauce I’m happy!"

Red Fish Grill
Serious seafood is the catch at Red Fish Grill. (©Red Fish Grill)

2:30 pm: Rolling on the River

"Taking a ride on the Natchez steamboat is a cool thing to do as well. You get to see the city from a complete different perspective." 

6:30 pm: Destination Dining

"I often have dinner at Old Arabi Eats, just across the parish line. That place is awesome, and the steak is absolutely delicious. Bacchanal in the Bywater neighborhood also has yummy food and good music." 

9 pm: The Frenchmen Connection

"For more live music, Frenchmen Street is the spot. I love Three Muses; the food is great, the music is great. There’s the Spotted Cat, a nighttime art market—they have a lot of cool stuff going on down there."

The Spotted Cat
Frenchmen Street is home to numerous music clubs, including the always-swinging Spotted Cat. (©Chris Granger/NOCVB)