Garden District Stroll. Amble through the charming Garden District, taking in the stately antebellum mansions populating oak-lined streets. In the heart of the district is Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, where you’ll find tombs and mausoleums dating back to the 19th century standing among the leafy grounds.
A Little Lunch. At La Petite Grocery — the name a nod to the building’s history as a late 1800s grocery store — James Beard Award-winning chef Justin Devillier delivers delectable fare in a warm, romantic space. Don’t miss the turtle Bolognese or the blue crab beignets, made from scratch.
Urban Oasis. The sprawling Audubon Park features a golf course, lagoon, jogging path and zoo, but recover from lunch with a leisurely walk, making sure to stop by the massive oak known as the Tree of Life toward the southern end of the park, and the Butterfly Riverview park, for a picturesque view of the Mississippi River.
Artistic Education. Stop by Tulane University’s Newcomb Art Museum for a look at the collection of eponymous pottery — a distinct brand of ceramics that emerged from the H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College women’s college that is now part of Tulane — as well as luminescent Tiffany Windows.
Dinner on Magazine Street. Make a reservation at the beloved bistro Coquette for a taste of contemporary Southern fare. Sip a spritz at the handsome, chandelier-lit wooden bar before sitting down to inventive updates on classics or the highly recommended blind-tasting menu. Desserts like coconut cake and chocolate pudding with caramel, popcorn and sea salt are practically obligatory.
Night Music. There’s nothing fancy about Preservation Hall, but the nightly live jazz shows are an essential part of New Orleans culture and should not be missed. Get tickets for one of the later shows, starting at 8, 9 or 10 p.m., and revel in one of Louisiana’s most beloved art forms.