How to have fun in New Orleans while staying sober…

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How to have fun in New Orleans while staying sober and away from Bourbon Street
You might say but New Orleans, Louisiana and Bourbon Street go together, how can one possibly enjoy themselves without booze, boobs and beads? Answer is, yes you can and frankly is very refreshing.
Here are your to do tips while having a family, energizing quick getaway.Morning Walk, enjoy street architecture and make your way to the French Market – 1235 N Peters St, New Orleans, LA. (Notice hours of operation: Open Daily 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.)

french market new orleans

There you can by souvenirs, taste various products, take pictures, browse, window shop. It is a great atmosphere which brings locals and tourists together.
When your stomach starts growling from all the food and aroma, make your way to World Famous N’awlins Café and Spice Emporium. There you can order my favorite Shrimp Etouffe. You can also try seafood gumbo, gator on the stick or simply buy spices to bring home.

Nawlins WorldFamous Cafe

After a delicious and flavorful meal, do leave some room for dessert. Make your way to the famous Café Du Monde – 800 Decatur St, New Orleans, Louisiana.

neworleanscafedumondeDid you really think you can leave without eating here? This place is packed, prices are low.
Do notice that it is Cash ONLY! Order a cup of coffee and beignets – ah live just
got so much better.
In the evening, try one of my favorite tour companies – Free Tours by Foot. Yes they can be absolutely free if you want them to be, however tips are encouraged. Here, tour guides are extremely passionate about their job (hence they work for tips) and will make your tour fun and memorable. I went on a Ghost Tour which starts at 7:30 pm. Do remember that these tours fill up very fast, therefore register early. You will meet your tour guide in front of The Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis King of France – the oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use in the United States. (pictured below)

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You will learn a lot of history and fun events that did happen in New Orleans. You will develop a new strong love for this city. Tour will end around 10:30 pm. If you are not ready for bed then head over to Frenchmen street for some jazz but do not, I repeat do not go to Bourbon Street.

If you are still in New Orleans on Sunday morning, you have several options for a Brunch. Both places are popular, therefore getting there early is encouraged. Try either Ruby Slipper Café on 2001 Burgundy St New Orleans, LA or Refuel Café 8124 Hampson St New Orleans, LA 70118.