We asked New Orleanians themselves to share the rules that they personally follow to survive – and even thrive – in the Big Easy. Whether you’re a local, you just moved to the area, or are just a tourist, you might find this list especially helpful.
- Drink lot’s of water!!
Choose your outfit wisely when sightseeing
- No flipflops.
- Close-toed shoes only in the Quarter.
- Wear Saints or Pelicans attire; blend in like a local!
- Carry an umbrella.
Food and drink are amazing
- Try the espresso martini from Domenica.
- Alcohol is great but not always your friend!
- Beignets are sold everywhere. Don’t stand in line at Cafe DuMonde.
- Pace yourself, you can always have a drink tomorrow, don’t let today ruin tomorrow.
- Do not drink a Hand Grenade no matter what they tell you.
Be careful with scammers
- Anyone asks where you got your shoes, you tell’em you got them on your feet!
- Never leave anything in your car that you don’t mind having stolen.
Don’t go out without reading these tips
- Look both ways when crossing the street.
- People think red lights are optional, so be careful when crossing.
- They’re not trollies, they’re streetcars.
- Sniff with caution. If you smell a garden, or a bakery, leave it at two sniffs and move on don’t go for a third.
- Be careful with potholes!
- When the light turns green, wait a couple of seconds before advancing… Odds are, someone is running the red light in front of you.
- If you step in something squishy, don’t look at it.
And remember… it’s New OrLINZ nor OrLEENS!
Featured image by Kristina Volgenau from Unsplash.