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About New Orleans

New Orleans is unlike any other city in the world. The dynamic city is steeped in history, tradition, and culture. It was founded in 1718 by French colonists, thus making it a French territory. In 1803 New Orleans became part of the United States in the Louisiana Purchase and one of the oldest cities in the country. The city is best known for its lively legendary Jazz and soul-filled Blues music, festivals, Mardi Gras, mouth-watering creole and cajun food, unique dialects, cultural arts, and European-style architecture. For travelers seeking authentic experiences, exploring New Orleans Hidden Gems unveils the lesser-known but equally captivating aspects of this historic and culturally rich destination.

Established as a port city due to it being entirely surrounded by water, New Orleans successfully accommodated the waves of immigrants that flooded its banks. The immigrant heritage of the Italians, French, African Americans, Spanish, Irish, and Germans adds color and dimension to this vibrant city.

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Best Time To visit

The best time to visit New Orleans is from February to May, when the weather is comfortably cool and the festivities of Mardi Gras and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival are in full swing. If carnival and musical celebrations aren’t your thing, plan to visit in late fall between October and November. You can look forward to great weather, decent-sized crowds, and plenty of sightseeing opportunities. December is also another great time of year to visit New Orleans. The city is beautifully decorated for the holiday season, and you will find the city bustling with plenty of celebrations throughout the metro. So come on down to New Orleans y’all! 

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What to expect

New Orleans is located on the southeastern side of the state of Louisiana. Due to its placement in the South, you can expect the city’s people to be welcoming, warm and hospitable. The city’s soul is dispersed across its many diverse neighborhoods. The French Quarter, known as the Vieux Carre, Uptown, Garden District, Treme, Arts/Warehouse District, Marigny, Bywater, Downtown, Mid-City, Algiers, Esplanade, and Lakeview are the areas that envelope the vibe of New Orleans. Visitors to this spirited city can expect the party to never stop. There can be some rowdy crowds in areas like Bourbon Street, which isn’t very exciting, specifically for the health-conscious traveler. 

But, besides the occasional party-goers and some disorderly conduct, there is always a reason to celebrate around every corner: birthdays, weddings, festivals, Sunday brunch, and yes, funerals with Jazz second-line parades. There are also no laws for open containers. So grab a glass of wine and feel free to shop and stroll amongst the city or hop on board a Royal Carriage Ride tour through the French Quarter. For a relaxing afternoon, take a walk along the Mississippi river bank or satisfy your soul with a day or evening Jazz riverboat cruise on the Steamboat Natchez. Live music can be heard almost anywhere in the city by way of street performers or venues, especially on Frenchman Street, which is home to a large stretch of local musical spots. A city that marches to the beat of its own drum, New Orleans is a thriving city that celebrates diversity in culture, music, the arts, and food. 

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Things to know

California is in the PDT time zone, along with the states of Oregon and Washington. Over 28% of the population speaks Spanish, especially in southern cities like Los Angeles and San Diego. After all, California borders Mexico at its southern end and is an excellent jumping-off point for those who wish to experience the Baja Peninsula.

Most visitors will want to plan at least a week for a trip to California and even longer if they want to visit multiple regions of the state and the national parks. The best area for first-time visitors to California to  .  .  . . 

Visitors to California will be pleased with the abundance of organic food options and endless vegan and vegetarian restaurants. Malibu is a great place to find an organic meal, with eateries like Malibu Farms offering vegan ceviche and lobster mac and cheese. Also, be sure to try Mexican and Asian cuisine, as some of the best are found in the Golden State. From dim sum to traditional mole, your tastebuds will thank you.

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how to get around

Getting around New Orleans is easy. Depending on where you are staying, the city is quite walkable, especially if you have accommodations in the French Quarter, the Warehouse/Arts District, Downtown, or Uptown. If you’d rather cruise by bike, there are blue bike rentals throughout the city. Just download the app and register. It’s simple and convenient. One of our favorite ways to enjoy exploring the city is by streetcar. No trip to New Orleans is complete without riding the iconic brown and green carts down Canal Street and St. Charles Avenue. Another mode of transportation is rideshare options. Uber and Lyft are also readily available throughout the city for your convenience. 

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Where to stay

315 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

The Eliza Jane is a boutique 4-star hotel positioned perfectly between the French Quarter, Central Business District, and Arts District. Once a printing house and bitters factory, it is now a place where  . . .

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centuries-old history and impeccable style meet. The 196-room small luxury hotel is designed in art-deco style with original ceiling beams. Be sure to book our favorite room for your stay, the Editor’s Suite One King Bed, which boasts a free-standing soaking tub. 

600 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70130

A stone’s throw from the French Quarter, in the soul of the Deep South, lies the Ace Hotel. This 4-star hotel was once home to the legendary Maison Blanche Building (or White House in french), a famous department  . . .

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store in New Orleans. The hotel boasts effortless, intentional spaces in French Deco decadence with king beds, outdoor terraces, and more. 

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550 Baronne St, New Orleans, LA 70113

The Virgin Hotel is a boutique hotel located in Downtown New Orleans. It is only a stone’s throw from Cesar’s Superdome, The Smoothie King Center, and the French Quarter. The 4-star property is  . . . 

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eco-friendly and follows a green approach. The hotel is LEED certified, which is the most widely used green building system in the world. LEED-certified buildings are proven to save money, improve efficiency, lower carbon emissions, and create healthier places for people. They are critical in addressing the climate crisis, meeting ESG goals, enhancing resilience, and supporting more equitable communities. In addition to being LEED-certified, Virgin Hotels has also implemented green housekeeping for their guests, a hotel-wide recycling program, and promotes walking tourism. We recommend staying in the Sir Richard’s Flat for a relaxing getaway or celebration.

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2 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Located on world-famous Canal Street, The Four Seasons is located in the iconic 34-story tower that once held The World Trade Center and International Trade Mart, completed in 1968.

The New Orleans hidden gems and landmark tower is now beautifully restored for guests and residents of the hotel. Those visiting the Four Seasons can enjoy stunning panoramic 360-degree riverfront views of the Mississippi River from the Vue Orleans, the hotel’s 34th-floor observation deck. 

Guests can also relax by the resort-style pool, get in a workout at the 24hr fitness center, or celebrate with a day of pampering at the spa. Treatments, saunas, steam rooms, beauty services, and a relaxation room are available. In addition to top-tier amenities, The Four Seasons is committed to preserving and regenerating the environment. Some of their sustainability initiatives include: Electric charging stations for guests, energy, carbon, and water reduction, the utilization of eco-certified cleaning products, waste reduction through their recycling program, and many other efforts are in place. Even an oyster shell recycling program has been implemented to help restore Louisiana’s coastline.

4125 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

The Chloe is a modern boutique hotel inspired by the style and charm of the city’s Uptown neighborhood. Situated on the famed St. Charles Avenue, the charming former 19th-century Victorian-style mansion  . . .

designed by world-renowned architect Thomas Sully has it all; 14 beautifully appointed rooms, thoughtful amenities, intimate service, and an oasis of a pool. Most Wednesdays, the hotel offers a wine pop-up focusing on natural and biodynamic offerings. So whether you are staying at the hotel or just visiting the city, make sure to check their calendar of events to see when the next pop-up is. 

Where to EAT + DRINK

1300 N Broad St, New Orleans, LA 70119

More than just another cafe, this high-vibrational plant-based spot provides an oasis of all organic, vegan health food options to nourish your body. Their menu is designed to create an atmosphere of health and . . .

 wellness. You won’t find any refined oils, grains, or sugars here; only high-quality protein sources, fats, and carbohydrates.  The West Coast-inspired menu is seasonal, but you can expect delicious lattes, teas, tonics, and superfood smoothies, as well as a variety of sandwiches, salads, wraps, gluten-free house-made pastries, and some grab-and-go items. We highly recommend the veggie burger and matcha latte!

1772 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA 70130

With menus designed by a nutritional specialist, The Well Cafe at Spyre Wellness Center provides nutritious food that fuels your life force. Breakfast, drinks + smoothies, soups + broths, salads + bowls, and  . . .

snacks are available. Chef Amelie Kindler is at the ship’s helm pumping out beautiful plates of delicious food filled with seasonal ingredients.  She is in partnership with local organic farms and pulls ingredients from her hydroponic grow to create wondrous vibrant dishes. Made-to-order, pickup, and grab-and-go options are available. Make sure to enjoy The Dreams of The East bowl or one of her salads topped with beautiful edible flowers. 

3218 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70117

 A hip and modern corner cafe located in uptown New Orleans, Satsuma Cafe serves breakfast and lunch dishes featuring quality, local and organic ingredients. Their menu is simple, fresh, and unaltered. 

Made from scratch, in-house daily, you will find breakfast plates, salads, sandwiches, coffee, tea and cocktails, and Juice (local from Raw Republic). Open every day, 8 am-3 pm. 

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8640 Oak St Suite A, New Orleans, LA 70118

Breads on Oak is New Orleans’ original organic plant-based artisan bakery and café. The bakery first opened its doors in 2012 and now has expanded to two locations in the city, one uptown and one in the CBD. 

They serve all organic vegan breakfast and lunch items all day: sausage biscuits, baked goods, sandwiches, soups, coffee, bread and more.

Our favorites include their spin on the New Orleans classic muffaletta, croissants (fresh baked only on Sundays)  as well as their famous King Cakes available only during Mardi Gras season. Shipping is available! 

801 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

True Food Kitchen is the brainchild of Dr. Andrew Weil, an integrative medicine pioneer. The restaurant was founded in 2008 and now has evolved into 42 locations statewide. The restaurant’s menu is built on  . . .

the anti-inflammatory pyramid, adheres to the dirty dozen principles, and sources all its ingredients locally, organically, and seasonally. 

They are a “green” restaurant, utilizing low LED lighting, low VOC paint, reclaimed wood floors, recycled tiles, and more. True Food Kitchen offers something for everyone. The restaurant’s ethos is a commitment to healthy, nutrient-dense dining from grass-fed burgers, wild salmon, herbed hummus, and vegan double cheeseburgers. 

3200 Burgundy St, New Orleans, LA 70117

With dishes like smoked tempeh Reuben, wagyu beef burger, house-made pasta, and red snapper Crudo, there is something for everyone at this funky spot in the heart of the Ninth Ward in New Orleans. 

Chef and co-owner, Ben Tabor, emphasizes locally sourced and sustainable caught and raised ingredients. The restaurant also boasts a full bar with beautifully presented cocktails. Organic wine and spirits are available. 

8726 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Euphorbia Kava Bar is a unique bar located in Uptown, New Orleans. The bar offers a range of kava drinks made from the root of the kava plant that has a relaxing, calming effect. Drinks at Euphorbia are brewed with . . . 

only the finest Kava from Vanuatu.

Kava is traditionally consumed in many Pacific Island cultures for its medicinal properties, and Euphorbia Kava Bar has brought this tradition to New Orleans. The bar serves a variety of kava drinks and snacks. Every menu item is raw, vegan, and gluten-free, with all organically sourced ingredients.
In addition to its menu, Euphorbia Kava Bar hosts regular events and performances, including live music and art shows. The bar has a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, with a cozy indoor seating area and a spacious outdoor patio.
Euphorbia is a one-of-a-kind experience in New Orleans, providing a natural and calming alternative to traditional alcoholic beverages.

2032 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Piety and Desire Chocolate is a craft chocolate maker located in New Orleans. The company specializes in producing small-batch, artisanal chocolate bars using high-quality, organic, and ethically-sourced cacao  . . .

beans.
Piety and Desire Chocolate takes a hands-on approach to the chocolate-making process, carefully roasting and grinding each batch of beans in-house to create unique and flavorful chocolate bars. 

The company offers a variety of flavors, including dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and white chocolate, as well as bars infused with spices, fruits, and other natural ingredients.
In addition to its chocolate bars, Piety and Desire Chocolate also offers chocolate truffles, bonbons, and other confections, as well as a selection of drinking chocolates and hot cocoa mixes.
The company is committed to ethical and sustainable sourcing practices, working directly with farmers and cooperatives to ensure they are paid fairly for their crops. Piety and Desire Chocolate also uses eco-friendly packaging and shipping materials, minimizing its environmental impact.
Piety and Desire Chocolate has gained a reputation for its high-quality products and attention to detail. As a result, it has been featured in various media outlets, including Food & Wine, The New York Times, and Eater.
Piety and Desire Chocolate offers a unique and delicious chocolate experience, combining traditional techniques with innovative flavors to create some of the finest craft chocolate bars in New Orleans.

1400 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA 70130

With a genuine motivation to bring healthy goodness to New Orleans, siblings Stephanie and Trey founded The Green Fork. They wanted to fill a need for healthy grab-and-go health food. 

First, starting with a home kitchen, the business grew organically into brick-and-mortar locations. The Green Fork provides organic vegan, gluten-free, paleo-friendly soups, salads, entrees, and juices, alongside a blending bar and raw options. 

4528 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Grab-and-go spot located uptown on Magazine Street featuring all organic cold-pressed juices, customized cleanses, raw food grab-and-go options, and some made-to-order kitchen items. 

Opened in 2012 and now with a second location in Austin, TX, Raw Republic’s mission stays true to support you in your wellness journey. The Bossy Balls, acai bowls, and Strawberry Fig Bars (best when warmed) are favs!

2801 Magazine St Suite 6, New Orleans, LA 70115

Clean Juice is a USDA-certified organic juice bar. Their menu is hand-crafted using the highest quality ingredients. Primarily serving smoothies, juices, acai bowls, wraps, salads, and sandwiches, you will . . .

always feel good eating here. First founded in 2014 by Landon and Kat Eckles, the organic franchise now has over 170 locations and is growing. Clean Juice is the only franchise of its kind, and we couldn’t be more excited.  

Faubourg Farms is a farm-to-table catering and private dining service in New Orleans. It was founded by Monte Shalett and his mother, Merit, in 2013. The company grows its own organic produce on . . .

its urban farm in the 7th Ward and sources other ingredients from local farms. This helps to support the local economy and reduce the company’s environmental impact.

Faubourg Farms offers a variety of catering services, including weddings, corporate events, and private dinners. The company also hosts “Hidden Dinners,” which are five-course, seasonal meals served in Shalett’s backyard oasis. Faubourg Farms’ menus change with the seasons. So the dishes are always new, fresh and innovative. Located 9 minutes from Mardi Gras World; 7 minutes from Hyatt Regency and Catering is available.

Organic Wine + Spirits

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Spirit Wine

3500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

A laid-back wine shop located on Magazine Street, Spirit Wine focuses on quality over quantity, tradition over innovation, and soil over formula. Their values of sustainability, the land, and the community are  . . .

unwavering. Here you will find an excellent selection of organic, biodynamic, natural, and no-sulfite wines. 

3827 Baronne St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Martin’s Wine Cellar has been a go-to destination for wines and spirits since 1946. They offer a wide selection of wine, beer, and spirits at various price points. With an impressive selection of organic and biodynamic  . . .

wine and spirits sourced domestically and internationally, you will find everything from organic California Cabernet Sauvignon and Italian Barolo-style Super Tuscan blends to organic tequila and cognac. Whichever you desire, you’ll be sure to find something at Martin’s.

3143 Ponce De Leon St, New Orleans, LA 70119

With the main emphasis on organic, sustainable, and biodynamic natural Italian wines, Swirl has almost every Italian terroir covered. You will find wines from Mt. Etna in Sicily, Nebiolos in Northern Italy , . . .

Lambruscos   from Emilia Romagna, and more. You can also find bottles from France and Spain. Stop in for a glass or grab a bottle at this fun, funky neighborhood wine spot. 

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2805 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

Located in the Marigny-Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans, Faubourg Wines is more interested in the experiences and interactions naturally enhanced by wine and less focused on selling it. 

wine and less focused on selling it. The staff is friendly, engaging, and knowledgeable. If you are looking for a more personalized approach to finding your perfect bottle, head to Faubourg, they have an expertly curated selection from small producers.

3780 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, LA 70002

America’s Wine Superstore was founded in 1991 when brothers David and Robert Trone opened their first shop in Delaware. The company is continuously growing, . . . .

with over 245 stores across 27 states.  A typical store carries more than 8,000 wines from every wine-producing region worldwide. 

Also available are more than 2,500 beers and more than 3,000 different spirits. The nation’s leading wine, beer, and spirits retailer carry a vast selection of organic, biodynamic, and no-sulfite wines and spirits.

1235 St Thomas St, New Orleans, LA 70130

The Tell Me Bar is a natural wine bar located in the Lower Garden District. The bar offers an extensive selection of wines from around the world. The bar’s interior is stylish and . . . .

cozy, with an  intimate atmosphere perfect for a night out with friends or a romantic evening.

Imagine a tropical mid-century Italian vibe. The bar is also known for its friendly and knowledgeable staff, who are always happy to make recommendations and help customers find the perfect bottle.
In addition to its beautiful selection of wines, the Tell Me Bar features DJs, special events, private parties, and local food pop-ups. The bar is open Sunday-Thursday, 4 pm to 11 pm, and Friday-Saturday, 4 pm-12 am.

3500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

A laid-back wine shop located on Magazine Street (formerly named Spirit Wine) focuses on quality over quantity, tradition over innovation, and soil over formula. . . .

Their values of sustainability, the land, and the community are unwavering. Here, you will find an excellent selection of organic, biodynamic, natural, and no-sulfite wines. Located 8 minutes from Mardi Gras World; 9 minutes from Hyatt Regency. Opening hours: Monday & Wednesday: 12 – 7 pm; Thursday, Friday, & Sunday: 12 – 9 pm; Sunday: 12 – 5 pm.

Organic Markets

2372 St Claude Ave Suite 110, New Orleans, LA 70117

Located inside the New Orleans Healing Center, The New Orleans Food Co-Op is a natural community-owned grocery store providing healthy, affordable groceries . . . .

while supporting local and regional producers. This has always been at the heart of their mission. They prioritize local, fresh, wholesome, organic, minimally packaged, fair-trade, and cooperatively produced. 

WELLNESS

5501 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

If you’re looking for therapeutic spa services, massage, reflexology, facial, wax, manicure, or pedicure, Earthsavers has continuously been voted New Orlean’s best spa and store. 

For over 25 years, Earthsavers has been making clients feel great, vibrant, and alive.

1772 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Opened in 2001 by three sisters, Spyre Wellness Center is a breath of fresh air for New Orleans. The space was once the home of a Norwegian Church and has now . . . .

been transformed into a modern beacon  of healing known as Spyre. The beautifully converted space offers fitness classes such as HIT, candlelight heated yoga, meditation classes, and more. In addition, a gym, infrared sauna, hot and cold hydrotherapy, a dry float tank, a labyrinth, and a saltwater pool are available. 

The Wellness Center also has integrative practitioners on site for different modalities, including acupuncture, rolfing, ayurveda, bodywork, face and body treatments, IV therapy, and more. In addition, an all-organic cafe is in-house and fully completes the space.

3811 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Lauren Trostorff founded this clean beauty wellness shop. As a lover of clean beauty and biohacking, she created Vibrant Market for others to be the most vibrant versions . . . .

of themselves, inside and out.The space is beautifully and thoughtfully designed and offers an array of clean beauty products and makeup, biohacking supplements, and even a matcha bar.

The back of the space is utilized for spa services. These services include hot and cold plunge tubs, an infrared sauna, red light therapy, facials, acupuncture, PEMF, and a lymphatic drainage machine.

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639 Julia St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Located in the central business district of New Orleans, Jackie Koenig offers private acupuncture treatments for her clients. She is a board-certified acupuncturist and . . . . 

Chinese Herbalist and is certified in cupping. We highly recommend her combined cupping and acupuncture session. Jackie believes “New beginnings and new shoots spring from hidden roots.”

1900 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

The Freedom Apothecary is a natural skincare and wellness boutique located in the Lower Garden District. The shop offers a variety of high-quality, natural, and organic   . . .

skincare products, as well as herbal remedies and other wellness products.
The mission of The Freedom Apothecary is to empower individuals to take charge of their health and wellness by providing access to natural, holistic products free from harmful chemicals and toxins.

The products available at The Freedom Apothecary are carefully curated to ensure they are of the highest quality and free from harmful ingredients such as parabens, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances. Some products include facial oils, toners, masks, body scrubs, bath salts, and tinctures.
Freedom Apothecary is a unique and valuable resource for those seeking natural, holistic solutions for their skincare and wellness needs. Tip: Holistic facials are available!

2940 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Swan River Yoga is a popular yoga studio located in NOLA. The space was founded in 2008 by Michelle Baker and Keith Porteous, both experienced yoga teachers. 

The studio offers a variety of classes, workshops, and training programs for people of all levels of experience, from beginners to advanced practitioners.

Classes range from traditional yoga styles like Hatha and Vinyasa to more unique offerings like Kundalini and Yoga Nidra.
Swan River Yoga Studio also strongly emphasizes community and inclusivity, with classes and events designed to bring people together and create a welcoming atmosphere. In addition to yoga, the studio hosts regular events like live music performances, poetry readings, and social gatherings.
The studio has two locations in New Orleans, one in the Uptown area and one in Mid-City. Both locations offer a peaceful, serene atmosphere, with beautiful interiors decorated in soothing colors and natural materials.
Tip: Book a sound bath if you are seeking peace and tranquility.

400 Belleville St, New Orleans, LA 70114

Turtle Yoga is a wellness haven located in Algiers Point on the Westbank, offering a sanctuary for those seeking rejuvenation through Hatha yoga and Reiki healing. Their Hatha yoga classes . . .

 incorporate physical postures, breathing exercises, and meditation, promoting overall well-being. Restorative yoga sessions provide a gentle approach to relaxation and stress reduction, while chair yoga caters to individuals with limited mobility. Turtle Yoga also offers reiki healing, an energy healing practice that fosters tranquility and balance. Their diverse workshops and events further enhance their commitment to holistic wellness. Located 10 minutes from Mardi Gras World; 12 minutes from Hyatt Regency.

  • Opening Hours: Monday: 2 – 8 pm; Wednesday: 5:30 – 6:30 pm; Thursday: 6:30 – 8:30 pm; Friday: 9 am – 1:30 pm
  • Private Reiki, Hatha Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Chair Yoga, and Vinyasa are available

701 Chartres St Friends Of The Cabildo New Orleans, LA 70116

Yoga at the Cabildo is a weekly yoga class held inside the Cabildo, a historic landmark in New Orleans. The class is offered every Saturday morning at 8:30 AM and is led by instructor . . .

 Adrienne Byrd. The class is open to all levels of experience and costs $20 for non-members and $10 for Friends of the Cabildo members.

  • Located 8 minutes from Mardi Gras World; 8 minutes from Hyatt Regency
  • Opening Hours: Every Saturday: 9 am – 10 am

8338 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Yes, Yoga is a thriving studio located in the heart of Uptown, New Orleans. Nestled on the vibrant and quirky Oak Street, this studio is known for its welcoming and . . .

friendly atmosphere that caters to all beings, from beginner yogis to expert practitioners. The studio offers a variety of classes, including Classic 26 & 2 style yoga (26 posture and 2 breathing exercises), Hot Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, Lila flow, and various workshops.

  • Located 14 minutes from Mardi Gras World; 12 minutes from Hyatt Regency
  • Opening Hours: Monday & Wednesday: 6 am – 9 pm; Tuesday & Thursday: 8:30 am – 9 pm; Friday: 6 am – 7 pm; Saturday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm; Sunday: 8:30 am – 5 pm

Pilates

4223 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Grace Pilates + Yoga is a pilates and yoga studio located in the heart of New Orleans on Magazine Street. They offer a variety of classes for all levels, from beginner to advanced. Their . . .

instructors are highly trained, experienced, and dedicated to helping you reach your fitness goals. In addition to their pilates and yoga classes, Grace Pilates + Yoga also offers a variety of other services, including private instruction, workshops, and online courses. They also have a retail boutique where you can purchase yoga and pilates apparel and equipment. With a variety of classes designed to fit your schedule and fitness level, their instructors are always happy to help you get the most out of your practice.

  • Located 8 minutes from Mardi Gras World; 9 minutes from Hyatt Regency
  • Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday: 6 am – 8 pm; Friday: 6 am – 4 pm; Saturday: 9:30 am – 12 pm; Sunday: 10 – 11:30 am

701 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Romney Studios is more than just a fitness center; it’s a community-oriented space where people come together to embark on their wellness journey. The studio offers a . . .

 variety of classes, including Pilates, Pulse, Yoga, Bounce, Bosu, and Mat Pilates. They also have a beautiful outdoor studio that allows members to enjoy the beauty of nature and fresh air while still enjoying group classes.

  • Located 10 minutes from Mardi Gras World; 11 minutes from Hyatt Regency
  • Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday: 6 am – 7 pm; Saturday & Sunday: 8:30 am – 12 pm

1320 Magazine St #103, New Orleans, LA 70130

Nestled in the vibrant heart of New Orleans, MVMT by Romney stands as a beacon of wellness, inviting fitness enthusiasts to embark on a transformative journey of physical and mental . . .

 rejuvenation. This boutique studio, the brainchild of seasoned wellness advocate Erin Romney-Cazes, seamlessly blends cutting-edge fitness modalities with a serene ambiance, fostering an environment where individuals can connect with their inner selves and unleash their true potential. Step into MVMT by Romney and be greeted by natural light, soothing hues, and organic materials that exude tranquility. The studio’s thoughtfully designed spaces, each infused with its own unique energy, serve as sanctuaries where personalized fitness experiences unfold.

Whether you’re seeking the invigorating intensity of Pulse, the sculpting power of Megaformer, or the exhilarating bounce of trampoline cardio, MVMT by Romney offers a diverse array of classes tailored to suit every fitness level and preference. Guided by a team of highly trained and passionate instructors, each session promises to challenge, inspire, and transform.

  • Located 4 minutes from Mardi Gras World; 4 minutes from Hyatt Regency 
  • Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday: 6 am – 2 pm, 4 – 8 pm; Friday: 6 am – 2 pm, 4 – 8 pm: Saturday: 7:30 am – 1:30 pm; Sunday: 8:30 am – 1 pm, 4 – 7 pm
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4223 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Barre3 is a fitness studio that offers a variety of barre classes, including barre3 Signature, barre3 Strength Training, and barre3 Play Lounge. The studio has three locations in the . . .

 New Orleans area: Uptown, Downtown, and Metairie. The classes are designed for effective, efficient workouts combining strength, cardio, and mindfulness. The classes are low-impact and can be modified to accommodate all fitness levels.

  • Located 10 minutes from Mardi Gras World; 12 minutes from Hyatt Regency 
  • Opening Hours: Monday & Wednesday: 6:45 am – 6:30 pm; Tuesday &  Thursday: 6 am – 7 pm; Wednesday: 6:45 am – 6:30 pm; Friday: 6:45 am – 6 pm; Saturday: 7:30 – 11 am; Sunday: 9 am – 5:30 pm

WHAT TO EXPERIENCE

615 Pere Antoine Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116

Founded in 1720 along the banks of the Mississippi River, the St. Louis Cathedral is the oldest Cathedral in North America. With its distinctive triple spires standing proudly as a centerpiece of the  . . .

French Quarter since the late 18th century, the elegant structure blends French and Spanish colonial styles with marble columns, gold medallions, and sophisticated stonework. Mass, weddings and other events are held in the cathedral. 

Jackson Square

Jackson Square

701 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

An iconic symbol of New Orleans, Jackson Square is surrounded by some of the city’s most treasured buildings, including the St. Louis Cathedral and the famous .  . . .

Cabildo Building, which once housed the Spanish colonial bureaucracy in Louisiana. The square is home to many Louisiana artists and serves as an ongoing open-air gallery with art depicting images of New Orleans hidden gems life.

Sitting at the center of the square is Andrew Jackson’s bronze sculpture atop a high pedestal in his honor, paying homage to his victory during the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. You will likely see street performers and local vendors as you explore.

There’s nothing quite like the experience of taking a historic streetcar ride down one of New Orleans’ most iconic streets. St. Charles Avenue has been in steady operation   . . .

since 1835 and traverses from Canal Street to Carrollton Avenue. Whether you’re just looking for a leisurely ride or you want to explore by hopping on and off the various stops, the streetcar provides an easy, economical way to experience both bustling city life and charming residential areas at your own pace. 

The soft bell clang is part of this ride’s unique charm, and one can even purchase a weekly pass if they plan to maximize their time “down the river.” For a truly immersive journey through old New Orleans, there’s no better way than a timeless streetcar ride down St. Charles Avenue.

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Some of America’s most renowned antique shops are located on Royal street. The selection of antiques from all over the world is unparalleled. You’ll find treasures  from Europe, Asia, and Africa, . . . . .

among ornate jewelry, traditional art pieces, from Europe, Asia, and Africa, among ornate jewelry, traditional art pieces, chandeliers, and furniture. Whether you’re looking to invest in rare antiquities, add a personal touch to your home décor, or just window shop, antique shopping on Royal Street is a must when visiting New Orleans.

1 Palm Dr, New Orleans, LA 70124

Located in the bustling heart of New Orleans, City Park is an oasis of natural beauty and recreation. Boasting centuries-old oak trees, lush gardens, and lagoons, a playground  . . . .

for kids, walking/running paths for adults, and countless events year-round, City Park is beloved by natives and visitors.

The portion of the park originally founded in 1854 is home to the world-famous New Orleans Botanical Garden & Sculpture Garden, making it one of the oldest parks in America. For fun activities elsewhere in the park, miniature golf courses and sports complexes are near many gorgeous lakeshores and picnic gulch areas. In addition to its incredible grounds, City Park also offers a museum and art gallery – perfect for those looking to experience a bit of culture while exploring this amazing hidden gem.

6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70118

An oasis of nature and incredibly popular among locals and tourists, the park is over 300 acres of beautiful jungle-like landscape, complete with a tranquil lagoon, meandering pathways, and plenty of  . . . .

meandering pathways, and plenty of places to  observe local wildlife. Visitors can enjoy hiking trails, paddle boating, carriage rides around the park’s grounds, and even cycling trails. Audubon Park offers a chance to experience the lush outdoors while still being close to the downtown area – it’s only 3 miles away!

Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LA 70118

Frenchman Street in New Orleans is often touted as the ‘most original’ music district in the city due to its abundant selection of jazz clubs and performing lounges. 

The lively strip connects the Marigny and  Treme neighborhoods, which lie just north of the French Quarter. Visitors can easily explore jazz clubs, art galleries, and eateries. Frenchman is truly a quintessential New Orleans experience.

Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70118

Magazine Street is a recognizable landmark stretching six miles from the Garden District to the city’s Upper Ninth Ward. It is known for its colorful shops, popular bars and . . . . 

restaurants, and diverse cultural influences You can promenade your way down the iconic street taking in the beautiful sites of historic homes, unique shops, gardens, and more. Strolling Magazine Street allows visitors to soak up local life and find one-of-a-kind souvenirs. 

Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70118

Nestled between the iconic French Quarter and the mighty Mississippi River lies Canal Street — a mainstay of New Orleans’ life since its creation in 1835. Running from the mighty Mississippi River banks to Lake . . .

Pontchartrain, it is lined with shops, restaurants, and historically significant sites. It is widely considered New Orleans’ main avenue and has played a substantial role in the city’s history. This vibrant six-lane street is the site of various cultural festivals throughout the year and offers plenty of exploring opportunities.

400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130

The Steamboat Natchez has been a staple of the New Orleans experience for over 40 years. Initially constructed in 1975, the steamboat was designed to resemble an old steam-driven paddle wheel,  . . .

complete with two large smoke stacks at its bow. The boat takes visitors of all ages on memorable river cruises along the Mississippi River, showcasing some of New Orleans’ most famous buildings and sights.

Those who ride on this historic vessel can enjoy vibrant jazz music while learning more about the city’s rich history. The Steamboat Natchez is truly an unforgettable experience that no visitor to New Orleans should miss!

726 St Peter, New Orleans, LA 70116

The French Quarter (or Vieux Carre) is the most iconic neighborhood in New Orleans, spanning over 78 blocks and boasting some of the city’s oldest and most beloved buildings. With its cobblestone streets, wrought-iron . . .

accents, colorful historic homes, and baroque and Louis XIV-style architecture, the French Quarter is one of the most beautiful places in Louisiana. Restaurants, art galleries, music venues, and antique shops populate the area. The area is often bustling with people until late night hours and remains one of the best examples of a preserved American historical district.

1415 Third St, New Orleans, LA 70130

The Garden District in New Orleans is a stunning area with picturesque homes, towering oak trees, and lush greenery. The neighborhood dates back to the early 19th . . . .

century, and its well-preserved features have been maintained over the years. It is known as one of the most affluent areas in the city, and many visitors come to explore its light-filled locales or ride the streetcar down the famed St. Charles Avenue lined with gorgeous Antebellum-styled mansions. 

A walk down romantic Magazine Street is also a must. Regardless of how you spend your time there, a visit to this special district will leave an impression on you.

Fulton St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Fulton Street in New Orleans is a deeply rooted part of the city’s culture. It dates back to 1719 and was known for its establishments, such as livestock auction yards, markets, taverns, saloons, and vaudeville theatres. 

Nowadays, it’s filled mostly with businesses ranging from well-known restaurant chains to small local entrepreneurs. 

Yet, despite its modern amenities, it still maintains a sense of Old World charm with perfectly preserved historic buildings and landmarks scattered along the street. Additionally, Fulton Street is lit up by colorful parades during Mardi Gras every year. As a result, it has become a popular destination for visitors who want to explore even more of the city’s beauty and rich history.

333 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Situated on the edge of the historic French Quarter, The Shops at Canal Place is a world-class shopping center. The space offers shops such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, and more. 

If you’re looking for luxury fashion, beauty brands, and more, Canal Place is New Orleans hidden gems premier luxury shopping destination.

622 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Founded in 1912 and situated on world-renowned Royal Street, M.S. Rau offers high-end antiques, a beautifully curated jewelry collection, and fine art pieces featuring works by famed historical artists. 

With each piece thoroughly vetted for quality and authenticity, the international collections at Rau make it one of the most respected galleries in the nation.

2 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Vue Orleans is a luxurious venue located in the heart of New Orleans. The space offers stunning panoramic views of the city skyline and Mississippi River, making it a popular  . . .

setting for weddings, corporate events and other special occasions.
The space features an elegant ballroom with high ceilings, crystal chandeliers, a grand staircase, and a rooftop terrace with sweeping views of the city.

Vue Orleans is a stunning and versatile space that offers a unique and memorable experience for any special occasion. Its breathtaking views of the city, combined with its luxurious amenities and attentive service, make it one of the premier venues in New Orleans.

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