Hunker's Top 5 Things to Do in New Orleans

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Welcome to Mini Break, a design-focused city guide and IGTV series for travelers short on time. This week, we head to New Orleans to discover the architecture, businesses, and public spaces you can fully enjoy in just a short weekend.

1. City Park

This sprawling oasis in the northern part of the city has been captivating visitors and residents for over 170 years. Spend an afternoon lazily walking beneath romantic Spanish Moss trees or hit up the New Orleans Museum of Art, which also includes an expansive sculpture garden.

2. Hotel Peter & Paul

This hospitality venue — born out of an old church and rectory — is perfectly situated in the Marigny and offers some of the best food in town at The Elysian Bar and the quaint ice cream parlor, aptly named Sundae Best.

3. Garden District

The best part of New Orleans is so much of it can be explored on foot — and for free. The Garden District is one of the city's most famed neighborhoods, home to incredible Victorian mansions.

4. Sunday Shop

Head to this Magazine Street shop for curated homegoods and a small (but extra special) selection of vintage art.

5. Bar Marilou

Even if you're not staying at the Pamela Shamshiri-designed Maison de la Luz, it's worth stopping by for an Instagram of the lobby. If you've got time, head to the adjacent Bar Marilou for inventive cocktails in a sexy, maximalist atmosphere.


Leonora Epstein is Hunker's Senior Director of Content. She has previously served as Executive Editor at HelloGiggles and as BuzzFeed's Deputy Editorial Director. She is the co-author of "X vs. Y: A Culture War, a Love Story" (Abrams, 2014). Feel free to reach out at leonora@hunker.com.

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