In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, much of the world thought New Orleans gone forever. The most destructive storm of modern times wiped out entire neighborhoods, displaced tens of thousands, and exposed a corrupt, violent underbelly in America’s most exotic and alluring city.
And yet and yet…A decade on, something of a miracle has taken place in New Orleans. Tourism is booming, with more visitors than ever before, and there are now some 1,500 restaurants in the city, from 900 before the storm. Hip new hotels (Old No 77 & Chandlery) and refurbished classics (Pontchartrain in the Garden District) are opening all the time, while neighborhoods such as Marigny and Bywater, once no-go zones, are now flush with galleries, theatres, style bars, and loft apartment. Of course New Orleans has always been known to hold a party, but even Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest have an extra skip in their stride post-Katrina, and there are dozens of other parades, festivals, feasts, and celebrations through the year.
Laissez les bon temps rouler…
WHERE TO STAY
WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK
The Best Big Easy Bars and Lounges
A 1797 building that was offered to Napoleon as a hideout, an establishment that's actually situated on a carnival carousel, and a Mad Men-esque cocktail den are just a few of the places to let loose in the Crescent City. See the slideshow »
THINGS TO DO
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Commander’s Palace