Every year, thousands of people flock to the streets of New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras. But what if you want to get off the beaten path? We talked to some New Orleans locals on the Lyft team to get the low-down on where to go, what to eat, and what might surprise you in NOLA.
1) Indulge in authentic New Orleans cuisine at Jacques Imo’s Cafe. Corn muffins. Fried chicken. Jambalaya. Oh, and their specialty — alligator cheesecake.
2) Discover local musicians on Frenchmen Street. Looking to experience true New Orleans jazz? Frenchmen Street is the place to go for live music. Our NOLA team members swear that "Bourbon Street is where tourists go, but Frenchmen Street is where locals go."
3) Try Creole classics at Clancy’s Restaurant. Ashley, a former NOLA resident (and permanent fan of the city) says it’s the spot to go Uptown. From oysters to sweetbreads to their famous smoked duck, Clancy’s is the spot to go for a classy, authentic dining experience.
4) Explore the treasures of Magazine Street. From shopping to art galleries to museums, this thoroughfare has something for everyone. Plus, you can easily walk on over to Audubon Park, which is “great for a lazy stroll or jog to work off all that heavy food!” says Art, a Lyft team member who grew up in New Orleans.
5) Hang like a local at The Fly. It’s the definition of a hidden gem: a secret park with sweeping views of the Mississippi River that’s perfect for a picnic or relaxing afternoon. Anne, a NOLA native and paralegal at Lyft, says “it’s a locals-only spot where people bring their own beer, chairs, and cook up food right outside.”
Our New Orleans natives all agree on one thing: while food and music are king, the true gem of the city is its people. So make sure you take time to say hello to a local in between bites!