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How to Spend an Extra Day in New Orleans

Get the best out of NOLA during an eventful month in the city

by Terry Zarikian

February 6, 2024

Historic building in the French Quarter in New Orleans / Photo: Rosie Kerr/Unsplash

Known for its distinctive cuisine, vibrant jazz and signature architecture, New Orleans is also said to be the birthplace of the cocktail. Throughout the year, a visit to Café Du Monde enchants with its aromas of freshly made beignets and uniquely flavored chicory coffee, but in February, visitors can also celebrate Mardi Gras (February 13), the Vietnamese New Year Tet festival (February 10) and Black History Month with historical walking tours filled with heritage.

Chapter IV

Chapter IV / Photo: Courtesy of Chapter IV

Featuring a modern take on dishes passed down from chef Dook Chase’s grandmother—Leah Chase of Dooky Chase’s Restaurant—Chapter IV is a labor of love by Dook and his wife, Gretchen. Must-haves: crawfish and andouille corn maque choux Creole grits and BBQ shrimp with Abita amber and garlic pepper butter reduction.

Jewel of the South

Jewel of the South / Photo: Courtesy of Denny Culbert

This spot may look like a classic New Orleans tavern, but its award-winning cocktail program directed by co-owner and mixologist Chris Hannah surpasses all expectations. The Jewel martini, made with Monkey 47 gin, Meursault vermouth and orange bitters, was allegedly ordered three times one night by “007 himself.”


Pontchartrain / Photo: Courtesy of Jason Thomas Crocker Photography

This one-of-a-kind hotel, known for its old New Orleans charm, is situated in the heart of the historic Garden District. Renovated in 2016, it offers updated comforts with a distinct European flair. Jack Rose features eclectic dining, Hot Tin pours elevated cocktails, and the tavern-style Bayou Bar boasts an extensive whiskey list and live piano music.

Osteria Lupo

Osteria Lupo / Photo: Courtesy of Katherine Kimball

Uptown New Orleans now has a Northern Italian eatery that offers a delicious contrast to the city’s Creole traditions. Superb arancini with fresh Umbrian truffles over creamy Val D’Aosta fonduta and double-cut pork chop Milanese with littleneck clams, prosciutto, rapini and garlic will transport diners across the ocean.

The National WWII Museum

The National WWII Museum / Photo: Courtesy of Jeffery Johnston

Immerse yourself in the war that changed the world and learn why it was fought and how it was won through inspiring exhibits, multimedia experiences and personal accounts. Don’t miss Beyond All Boundaries, a riveting 4D documentary narrated by Tom Hanks.