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New Orleans: Afternoon Food History Walking Tour

1. New Orleans: Afternoon Food History Walking Tour

Explore the French Quarter on a guided food tour with up to 9 food tastings – and about 1.5 miles of walking to burn it off. Experience the flavors of New Orleans and learn about the local culture along the way. Meet your guide in the French Quarter and cross the lively Vieux Carré (Old Square) to your first stop: SoBou, part of the acclaimed Commander’s Palace enterprise. Relish in their rustic, Cajun-style gumbo served with warm potato salad. Head to a popular hot sauce bar to sample dozens of hot sauce varieties. Continue to Leah’s Pralines and sample a Creole classic or the new bacon pecan brittle. Visit NOLA Poboys and hear about seafood harvesting in Louisiana before biting into a freshly fried catfish po-boy. Then, experience another New Orleans original, the meaty Muffuletta sandwich, and savory boudin balls. Next stop: the Creole Cookery. Here, tuck into some red beans and rice before finishing your tour with a dessert of bananas foster bread pudding.

New Orleans: Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour

2. New Orleans: Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Discover Mardi Gras magic on a self-guided tour of Mardi Gras World, where artists and craftsmen have designed and built the oldest and biggest parade floats and attractions for each Mardi Gras season in New Orleans since 1947. Begin your tour by receiving your ticket in form of a bead necklace and watch a film which gives an overview of the history of Mardi Gras in New Orleans and the role Mardi Gras World plays in it to this day. Then, enjoy a slice of the traditional Mardi Gras cake, King Cake, before your self-guided tour leads you through the float den. Explore where Mardi Gras World artists work year-round to build spectacular, one-of-a-kind floats and props, with over 500 floats built and decorated each year. See how the various themed elements are created from scratch or are adapted from elements created for previous themes — from sculpting the elements, to finishing and painting them. There is even an electronic robot that can carve 3-D sculptures. Take photos with some of the finished pieces from various themes over the years, then tour the floats themselves. Get up closer to the floats than is possible during Mardi Gras parades, and find out how these amazing pieces come to life each year. See floats in various stages of completion as they prepare for the upcoming Mardi Gras as much as a whole year before. At the end of the tour, stay and take more pictures with any of the floats if you like. For your convenience, a complimentary shuttle service is provided from stops in Downtown; just call the number provided on your voucher for your nearest stop and to arrange pickup.

New Orleans Lunch & Lesson: Cajun & Creole Cooking Class

3. New Orleans Lunch & Lesson: Cajun & Creole Cooking Class

Learn the basics of Louisiana Cooking with cajun and creole chefs teaching New Orleans specialties such as Gumbo, Jambalaya and Pralines, seasoning them with history, trivia and tall tales. The chef will share the fascinating history of New Orleans, and how culture and cuisine are interwoven. Follow along and learn how to make mouth-watering creole and cajun dishes and dig in after the class. At the end of the class, you will receive a coupon to use in the general store and are encouraged to go home and try to make the dishes yourselves.  The general store, as well as the classroom, are both located in a renovated molasses warehouse built in the early 1800s in the heart of the French Quarter. The store has a thoughtful collection of the best locally sourced products and is the home of the famous Joe's Stuff Creole Seasoning, used and loved by local chefs and visitors alike. Program of Menus: 10 AM Class · Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday: Gumbo, Jambalaya, Bread Pudding and Pralines · Monday: Gumbo, Red Beans and Rice, Pecan Pie and Pralines · Tuesday: Gumbo, Jambalaya, Bananas Foster and Pralines · Thursday: Corn & Crab Bisque, Shrimp Creole, Bananas Foster & Pralines · Friday: Crawfish Etouffee, Shrimp and Artichoke Soup, Bread Pudding, Pralines 2 PM Class · Saturday: Crawfish Etouffee, Shrimp and Artichoke Soup and Pralines · Sunday, Tuesday: Corn & Crab Bisque, Chicken Etouffee and Pralines · Monday, Thursday, Friday: Gumbo, Jambalaya and Pralines · Wednewday: Gumbo, Chicken Creole, Pralines

New Orleans: Cocktails & Brunch Crawl in the French Quarter

4. New Orleans: Cocktails & Brunch Crawl in the French Quarter

Let your guide share their passion for food with you on this walking tour of the French Quarter in New Orleans. Enjoy dishes or drinks at each establishment you stop at. Take a stroll by the Mississippi River Levee and Jackson Square. Admire the balconies in the French Quarter. Meet your guide at Bon's New Orleans Street Food and take your taste buds on an adventure. Experience the depth and complexity of local spices as you try a creole and Cajun brunch sampler. Start your day off right with a fruity hurricane cocktail in hand.  Snap pictures of Instagram-worthy dishes that will leave your friends drooling. Soak in the vibe of the French Quarter as you walk past jazz clubs and vividly painted buildings with intricate cast-iron balconies.  View the natural beauty of the grand Mississippi river. See the stately Spanish Colonial style of Saint Louis Cathedral from Jackson Square. Finish your tour full of good food and with a little buzz at Bon's New Orleans Street Food. 

New Orleans French Quarter Food Tour

5. New Orleans French Quarter Food Tour

Taste the traditional Creole and Cajun cuisines of New Orleans' French Quarter walking food tour. Discover the gorgeous Vieux Carre neighborhood, savoring the foods that made New Orleans famous, from oysters to po-boys to pralines. You will leave feeling like a true local. This culinary adventure stops at 6 classic New Orleans style food places, showcasing New Orleans culinary history. Between the food stops, your guide will narrate the quintessential history, culture, and food scene of the gorgeous Vieux Carre (“Old Square”) neighborhood. You will be seated at 4 different restaurants for sit-down food tastings, and 2 tasting will be conducted standing on the sidewalk. Admire the late 18th-century Spanish architecture, vibrant colors and elaborately decorated ironwork balconies and galleries, as you savor chargrilled oysters, a classic Nola PoBoy sandwich, cajun and creole cuisine, and more delicious NOLA food staples.

New Orleans: French Quarter Food Walking Tour with a Local

6. New Orleans: French Quarter Food Walking Tour with a Local

Discover the rich culinary heritage and history of New Orleans on a guided walking tour of the famous French Quarter. Sample local specialties as you learn about the various cultural influences which have shaped Cajun country. Meet your guide on the banks of the Mississippi River, and start your culinary journey with the most important meal of the day, a tasty breakfast. Try the beignet, a deep-fried sweet dough treat.  Head next to the oldest public market in the United States, the French Market. A destination popular with visitors for over two centuries, here you will try a local dish from one of the stalls and meet some colorful local characters. Begin exploring the streets of the French Quarter, which is often called the Crown Jewel of New Orleans. Follow your guide to some of their favorite palette-pleasing spots to try some cuisine you won’t find outside of Cajun country. Next, try some traditional gumbo, perhaps the most famous dish of New Orleans. Learn why its recipe sparks much controversy amongst chefs and discover how hundreds of years of history have helped shaped this dish, and how it varies from restaurant to restaurant throughout the area.  Finish the tour with something sweet, some rich local praline made from the region’s generous array of pecans and locally grown sugarcane.

New Orleans: Garden District Food and History Tour

7. New Orleans: Garden District Food and History Tour

Start at the Lafayette cemetery, where you will learn about the unique funeral customs and traditions of New Orleans. During the guided walk to the first restaurant stop, you will explore the architecture of the Garden District, home to historic mansions, colorful shotgun houses, and hauntingly beautiful oak trees. Then, check out local shops on Magazine Street. Visit three food stops that highlight Cajun and Creole flavors and history. The first food stop is an indulgent taste of Creole fusion and the multicultural influences that shaped the 300-year-old city. You'll also learn the history of the Cajun people and the influence of their hunting and farming society on the food culture of Louisiana. Along the way, visit locally-owned shops and an art gallery before finishing on a sweet note at the dessert stop for specialty, filled beignets, and cafe au lait. The first two food stops include either a choice from a menu of craft beers from local breweries, a cocktail, house sangria, or mimosa. Non-alcoholic drinks are also included and vegetarians and many dietary allergies can be accommodated. You'll also get plenty of recommendations for local fun on your trip so book for the start of your time in New Orleans.

New Orleans: Combo Cocktail and Food History Tour

8. New Orleans: Combo Cocktail and Food History Tour

Begin your walking tour at the award-winning Red Fish Grill in the French Quarter neighborhood of New Orleans. Begin with alligator sausage and seafood gumbo, with freshly-baked French bread and homemade butter as you learn a bit about the colonial period of Louisiana’s history. Move four blocks down and enter Pepper Palace to discuss the Cajun influence and sample an unlimited variety of hot sauces, BBQ sauces, Buffalo Wings sauces, salsas, dry rubs, and more. Receive a free bottle of Louisiana-style hot sauce when shopping there.  Afterward, visit Leah’s Pralines, a 3rd generation family-owned candy store. Sample traditional pralines and their unique Bacon Pecan Brittle. Then, visit the iconic Napoleon House restaurant for two of their specialties — muffuletta sandwiches and a refreshing Pimm’s Cup cocktail. Arrive at the award-winning Dickie Brennan’s Tableau to sip your next cocktail: the French 75, a combo of fresh lemon, brandy or gin, and bubbles. After Tableau, visit the Creole Cookery for their slow-cooked red beans and rice. From there you pass through famous Jackson Square towards Café du Monde, then along the French Market area, ultimately landing at the James Beard Award-nominated Cane & Table. Sample their unique curry pork skins and a classic daiquiri.

New Orleans: Drunken History Walking Tour

9. New Orleans: Drunken History Walking Tour

Take a shot or two with a chaser of New Orleans history. Some libations and citations, if you will. This drunken history walking tour is a one-of-a-kind excursion. New Orleans and booze go together like red beans and rice. The city has been the party capital of the American South since before it was American or South. The locals have figured out that just about anything can be enhanced with alcohol. That’s why your guides decided it was about time their visitors had the opportunity to stroll through the French Quarter, learning the history whilst simultaneously indulging in an age old New Orleans tradition by drinking like a local. This 21-and-older experience isn’t your ordinary walking tour. For one, the tour guide can, and will, drink with you the whole time. Being a full walking tour of the French Quarter, you’ll hear riveting stories and important knowledge necessary for a full understanding of this unique city. Thanks to the inclusion of alcohol and the characteristic lack of children, don’t expect the guide to leave out any of the gruesome or sexy details.

New Orleans: Early Evening Cocktail History Tour

10. New Orleans: Early Evening Cocktail History Tour

Your night of cultured imbibing begins as evening arrives in the French Quarter. Meet your lively guide and start your 3‐hour tour with a cocktail in a tiki-themed hidden oasis.  You begin the tour with the first popular drink containing booze: a homemade rum punch! Your second visit will be to SoBou, a local favorite that’s part of the acclaimed Commander’s Palace family. There, try the classic Sazerac, a recipe attributed to a Creole apothecarist in the 19th Century – when cocktails constituted as medicine! While at SoBou you will also enjoy another pre-Civil War drink: the 1852 Brandy Crusta! Then head to Tujague's for creative cocktails invented just prior to Prohibition. Sample a sweet, minty Grasshopper – invented here! – or the Champagne-topped French 75. Your final stop is the Bourbon 'O' Bar for the obscure yet beloved Roffignac highball, a nod to the city’s last French‐born mayor. The last venue (Bourbon 'O' Bar) not only features local food but also a live local jazz band beginning at 8pm!

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What people are saying about New Orleans

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 249 reviews

This tour was PERFECT. The perfect mix of history, walking, and good food! Our tour guide had awesome, authentic history to share that even included inclusive terminology and credited indigenous and enslaved people for their contributions. I went on the tour with a friend who is from st James parish in Louisiana and she approved the history and the food!

Very enjoyable. We had the best tour guide, Raffle. He is a local and made us feel very welcome. The knowledge we gained from him helped us plan the remainder of our stay.

Wonderful value for money, great Chef with light banter, coupled with deep knowledge of the cuisine history. Such a positive vibe.

It was great! D.J. was amazing, very knowledgeable, and kept the tour interesting. I had a great time.

Harriet was a wonderful instructor and the food was great. Highly recommend!