New Orleans on a Budget



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It's easy to do New Orleans on a budget. You can people watch on Bourbon, window-shop on Royal, or simply stroll through the unique and beautiful French Quarter. Musicians, gymnasts, magicians, and other performers entertain tourists in and around Jackson Square every day for free. There are beautiful parks throughout the city and lots of cheap, delicious places to eat. At night, mix your own drinks and take them out with you instead of paying for over-priced bar drinks. New Orleans is so full character and characters, that just walking through the different neighborhoods with a drink in your hand is a great way to enjoy the city on a budget.

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Day 1 - New Orleans


Take advantage of all the free fun the French Quarter has to offer! Start the day with a stroll down Royal Street. It might be expensive to buy the art and antiques, but it's free to look! And with performers up and down the street, you will definitely be entertained. Mother's is a cheap place for a juicy po-boy before taking the free ferry to Algiers Point. Walk along the levee or stroll through the adorable, historic neighborhood. Grab some refreshments at the Dry Dock Cafe or Tout de Suite Coffeehouse. Back on the east bank of the Mississippi, have pizza or a gyro at Angeli then head to Bourbon Street for a wild night. If you're in the mood for a cocktail, resist the 2-for-1 advertisements and go to Pat O'Brien's. Pat O's famous Hurricane seems a bit pricey, but it is an enormous drink made with four shots of rum, so you'll definitely get your money's worth!


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Royal Street

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417 Royal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

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tel: 800 672 6124


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Mother's

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401 Poydras Street
Tchoupitoulas
New Orleans, LA 70130

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tel: +1 504 523 9656
fax: +1 504 525 7671
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Angeli on Decatur

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1141 Decatur Street
At Gov. Nichols St
New Orleans, LA 70116

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tel: +1 504 566 0077
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Bourbon Street

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Bourbon Street
New Orleans, LA 70116


Day 2 - New Orleans


There's still more to do in the French Quarter! Today have some chicory coffee at Cafe du Monde and check out the artists and musicians around Jackson Square. If you want to buy souvenirs, get them at the French Market. You'll find the same merchandise as on Bourbon and Decatur but for much less. Have a massive burger at Port of Call then take a walk down Riverfront Park. At night, head to Frenchmen Street. On Fridays the NOmadic belly dancers perform for free at the Dragon's Den. And although some venues on Frenchmen charge covers, many don't. Check the New Orleans magazine, The Gambit, for music listings and cover prices, or join the crowds who simply dance in the street!


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Cafe du Monde

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813 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116-3306

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Jackson Square

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Decatur Street
New Orleans, LA 70116

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tel: +1 504 410 2396
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French Market

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1008 North Peters Street
New Orleans, LA 70116

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tel: 504 522 2621
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Port of Call

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838 Esplanade Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70116

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tel: +1 504 523 0120
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Woldenberg Riverfront Park

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1 Canal Street
Along the Mississippi from the Moonwalk at the old Governor Nicholls St. wharf to the Aquarium of the Americas at Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

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tel: 504/861-2537


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Frenchmen Street

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Frenchmen Street
New Orleans, LA 70116


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Dragon's Den

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435 Esplanade Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70116

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tel: 504 949 1750


Day 3 - New Orleans


There are many things to see for free in beautiful Uptown New Orleans. Instead of taking an expensive horse-drawn carriage ride to the Garden District, hop on the St. Charles Streetcar for $1.25. Tour Lafayette Cemetery Number 1 on your own, but be sure to go early. It closes at 2:30 pm on weekdays and at noon on Saturdays. After strolling past the Victorian mansions in the Garden District, do some window-shopping on Magazine Street. Buffalo Exchange and Funky Monkey offer gently-used fashion for great prices. There are also many casual places to eat Uptown. Try Ignatius for New Orleans fare like po-boys, gumbo, and jambalaya. Voodoo BBQ, Juan's Flying Burrito, and Regenelli's are other yummy, money-saving options. After lunch, get a daiquiri at New Orleans Original Daiquiris and take it with you to Audubon Park where you can walk the circle around the golf course or go up on the levee to see the mighty Mississippi. Afterwards, check out Ms. Mae's for $1 well drinks and $2 beers, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year!


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St. Charles Streetcar

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New Orleans, LA 70115

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tel: 504.248.3900
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Lafayette Cemetery

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1400 Washington Ave
Washington Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130

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tel: +1 504 566 5011


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Magazine Street

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Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

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tel: 504 342 4435 / 1 866 679 4764
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Ignatius Eatery & Grocery

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4200 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

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tel: 504 896 2225


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Audubon Park

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6500 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130-3145

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Miss Mae's

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4336 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

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tel: 504 895 9401
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