BIG EASY, SMALL BUDGET
Zesty seafood, live music, and elegant architectural gems converge in New Orleans. The city was battered in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina, but has made a comeback. Tourists are again indulging in a vibrant culinary scene and the legendary annual Mardi Gras celebration, as well as everyday pleasures. Here are Cheapism's top 26 free or cheap things to do in the Big Easy.
DEVOUR A MUFFULETTA AT CENTRAL GROCERY & DELI
HEAR LIVE JAZZ AT PRESERVATION HALL
STAY AT THE HYATT CENTRIC FRENCH QUARTER
When visiting the Big Easy, you're going to want to stay in the thick of things and there's no better vantage point that being in the heart of the city's oldest and most popular neighborhood. The historic Hyatt Centric French Quarter is handily adjacent to NOLA's Central Business District and a short walk from many of the city's main attractions. There are even three restaurants and bars on-site including Red Fish Grill for casual New Orleans seafood, Batch, an upscale lounge with hand-crafted cocktails and locally sourced shared plates, and Powdered Sugar for grab-and-go salads, paninis and entrees. After a day of exploring Bourbon Street, should you feel the need to get away from it all, the hotel's courtyard is equipped with a pool and ample cabana space.