Things to Do in New Orleans


Hang Out(doors)

  • Audubon Park: Located just across St. Charles Ave. from the academic quad, it's a great place for a walk, run, to ride bikes or spend a quiet afternoon.
  • The French Quarter and Downtown: Take a St. Charles Ave. streetcar ($1.25/trip) to Canal Street. Window shop during the day and catch live music at night (Special recommendation for live music: Frenchman Street).
  • Jackson Square: Spend the day with street performers, painters and musicians.
  • St. Charles Streetcar rides: A scenic way to familiarize yourself with the Uptown area, and a slow moving ride into the Downtown area. And it only costs $1.25! You can also purchase a Jazzy Pass at most Walgreens for $3.00 which gives you unlimited rides for a day.
  • Bike or walk along the levee
  • The Fly: The perfect place for a lazy Saturday afternoon. Located on the levee, it's a sunny, grassy spot to hang around with friends.
  • New Orleans Botanical Gardens: Beautiful foliage located in City Park.

Restaurants & Refreshments

  • Iced Coffee at PJ's:  Located all over New Orleans, PJ's also has a few shops strategically located on campus. PJ's also has wi-fi.
  • Camellia Grill:  Cheap eats in the shopping complex on S. Carrolton just off the end of Maple Street.
  • Maple Street Patisserie:  For all your bread and pastry needs, it's just a walk down Maple.
  • Dough Bowl Pizza (aka Boot Pizza):  Located off Zimple Quad next to The Boot.  Here's their number for delivery: (504) 861-2200
  • Felipe's:  Cheap and quality Mexican food. Located in the complex just across from Turchin Stadium on Claiborne. 
  • El Gato Negro: This Mexican restaurant located on Harrison Avenue across from the French Market makes a great tableside guacamole.
  • Creole Creamery: Delicious spot for ice cream.
  • Café du Monde:  World famous coffee and beignets.
  • Central Grocery: Home of the famous Muffuletta sandwich. Located in the French Quarter.
  • Dat Dog:  About a ten-minute walk from campus down Freret Street, Dat Dog specializes in dozens of uniquely styled hot dogs and sausages.
  • The Company Burger: Juicy cheeseburgers and onion rings within a 10-15 minute walk down Freret Street.
  • Tru Burger: Another great place for burgers located on Oak Street.
  • Cowbell: Burgers and more on Oak Street.
  • Port of Call: Possibly the best burger in New Orleans, served with a stuffed baked potato. Bring your patience – there's always a wait.
  • Plum Street Snowball:  A classic New Orleans dessert and a tasty way to cool off on a hot day.
  • Commander's Palace:  Feeling fancy? Enjoy some of the finest cuisine New Orleans has to offer in this historic Garden District restaurant.
  • Jacques-Imo's: Great restaurant to have your parents take you when they are in town. Located on Oak Street.
  • The Milk Bar Sandwiches and shakes.
  • Mahoney's Po-Boy Shop:  Uptown po-boy joint.
  • City Diner: 24-hour diner located in the Rat on the garden level of the LBC.
  • Fresco Café and Pizzeria: Pizza, calzones, sandwiches, and much more with a healthy twist.  Voted one of the best indoor restaurants in New Orleans, Fresco is a quick walk down Maple Street.
  • Adolfo's Restaurant: This Creole Italian restaurant located on Frenchman Street above the Apple Barrel has the best garlic bread in the city.
  • Bruno's Tavern For ages 19 and up, a great Maple Street bar with great burgers- a good spot to sit and watch the game.

Festivals & Markets

  • Fridays at the Quad: That's right. Located on TULANE'S LBC QUAD every Friday, you can get some free food and listen to any number of different New Orleans bands.
  • Po-Boy Fest:  An annual November event, Oak Street is lined with restaurant vendors selling the best Po-Boys in New Orleans. 
  • Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival:  Every October in Lafayette Square, the festival showcases the best of New Orleans music and food.
  • Freret Street Market: Held the first Saturday of the month, except July and August, at the intersection of Freret Street and Napoleon Avenue. Great food, music and crafts. Especially handy when you need to stock up on unique gifts for family and friends back home.
  • French Market: Three hundred year old market located in the French Quarter. Another place for unique gifts.
  • Crescent City Farmers Market:  Always at a different location, the farmers market is a great place for locally grown, organic New Orleans food. Take the shuttle to Uptown Square for the Tuesday market.
  • Mardi Gras: The greatest free show on earth. More information about dates, krewes and parades >>

Music & Concerts

  • New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival:  The biggest music festival in New Orleans, Jazz Fest happens for two consecutive weekends around the beginning of May every year. Free shuttle provided the first weekend. Don't miss out on this!
  • French Quarter Fest: Touted as the largest free music festival in the South, get your fill of food, music and fun all weekend long.
  • Voodoo Fest: Every Halloween weekend, three days of Voodoo Fest takes place in City Park (about a 10-minute cab ride from campus or take the free shuttle from the Reily Center), and features hundreds of musicians from all different genres on several different stages.  It's the second biggest music festival in New Orleans, after Jazz Fest.
  • Wednesdays at the Square:  Free concerts from local and popular artists at Lafayette Square downtown during the fall and spring.
  • Tipitina's:  A classic New Orleans music venue. Catch local bands as well as bands on tour.
  • Galactic on Lundi Gras:  Catch one of the world's premier funk bands in their natural environment: Tipitina's on the Monday before Mardi Gras. Watch out though, tickets go fast for this show.
  • Preservation Hall:  A small and characteristic venue in the French Quarter, Preservation Hall is one of the best places to hear traditional New Orleans Jazz.
  • Rock 'n Bowl at Mid-City Lanes:  Bowl a few games while listening to live music.  Check out Zydeco nights on Thursdays.
  • Louisiana Music Factory: New Orleans music - Zydeco music - Cajun music - New Orleans Jazz, all this regional music and much more. Located in the French Quarter, the Louisiana Music Factory carries the widest selection of Louisiana and New Orleans Music on compact disc and vinyl records.
  • The Howlin' Wolf:  A world-renowned venue in the Warehouse District, catch some of the biggest acts from New Orleans and around the world.
  • The House of Blues:  A popular music venue in the French Quarter, the House of Blues hosts hundreds of acclaimed music acts every year.
  • The Maple Leaf Bar: A venue with constant performances from world renowned New Orleans musicians.  Located on Oak Street.
  • Soul Rebels Brass Band:  Catch the Grammy award winning group at any number of Uptown and Downtown venues.
  • Thursday Bounce Night at The Republic Head out to the Republic on Thursday nights for a type of rap and dance show that is truly unique to New Orleans.

Museums & Galleries

Retail Therapy

  • Perlis:  A distinctly New Orleans clothing store, Perlis sells preppy and formal attire with a trademark Big Easy flair.
  • The Mushroom:  Literally right off campus next to The Boot, you can go to the Mushroom for posters, CDs, quirky knickknacks and much more. 
  • Riverwalk Market Place:  Home to 140 stores and restaurants, this downtown indoor mall is a great place for shopping and walking.
  • Magazine Street: Six miles of shops and restaurants.
  • Royal Street: Located in the French Quarter and home to many galleries and antique shops.

Sports & Games

  • Pelicans Basketball Games:  Volunteer as a student or buy a cheap ticket and catch a live NBA game.  Games are held in the New Orleans Arena.
  • The Superdome: The home of the Saints, you can catch all kinds of events here.
  • Champions Square:  Can't get tickets to a Saints game?  Head right outside the Superdome to Champions Square and watch the game and tailgate.
  • Zephyr Baseball Games: Catch the local Triple A Baseball team.


  • Celebration in the Oaks: Located in City Park and taking place between Thanksgiving and New Year's and featuring a large holiday light display.

Special thanks to students Casey Donahue, Adam Griego, Tori Strobel and Ashley Abbott for creating this list.

Division of Student Affairs, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-314-2188