The Tremé neighborhood in New Orleans has risen significantly on the world stage since the HBO series of the same name aired, but Tremé streets are still far quieter than those of the French Quarter on an average day. To get an idea of what this historic part of the city can look like, and to gain a deeper understanding of the rich cultural history of New Orleans, you’ve got to go to the Backstreet Cultural Museum in the Tremé.
It can be easy to write off New Orleans as a land of deep-fried everything, but the culinary history of this city deserves more credit than that. Eat your way through some of it with a New Orleans Food and History Tour and you’ll understand.
To a casual observer, it might look as if nearly everyone in New Orleans’ French Quarter is on a cocktail tour. The city’s lax policies on open containers means most adults are walking around with “go cups” full of something or other — always boozy, usually sugary. But sign up for an actual New Orleans Cocktail History Walking Tour in the French Quarter and you soon realize booze in this city is much more of a history lesson than anyone on Bourbon Street would guess.
I still haven’t finished watching all of the acclaimed HBO series named for the historic New Orleans neighborhood of Tremé, but I had seen enough to eagerly take a walking tour of the district when I next landed in NOLA. And although the history covered is primarily of a depressing nature, the New Orleans Tremé Walking Tour does not disappoint.
New Orleans is a perfect city for exploring by foot: Many of the main attractions are centered in a few square miles, and sidewalks are plentiful. However, after a day strolling the streets of the French Quarter, dodging folks who might have forgotten they were walking, an alternate form of transportation might become extremely attractive. Enter the bicycle option. NOLA is wonderful on two wheels — if you know how and where to go.
Let’s face it: New Orleans is a tourist destination. Strolling around the French Quarter, you’re more likely to find couples from Canada and singles from San Francisco than born-and-bred locals (or those who aren’t from here, but got here as fast as they could). That’s not a bad thing — New Orleans loves its visitors. However, most locales that rank among tourists’ favorite places are free of locals. Or are they? In reality, there are spots so worthwhile even locals frequent them. Follow the crowd: These are seven spots in New Orleans that locals love, too.