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city ​​break (noun): A short vacation spent in a city, such as business travel.

Before there was leisure travel, there was the city break – the short space of leisure time that gives you access to the cultural and culinary amenities that big cities offer. In this series from TripIt, we explore some of the world’s best cities for planning a quick vacation or extended business trip.

Here are our tips for making the most of your city vacation in New Orleans.

Where do you fly

New Orleans metro area serviced Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), which is located just 15 miles west of New Orleans in Keener, Louisiana. In late 2019, MSY Airport opened its new terminal, which includes three halls, 35 gates, and More than 40 concessions. All commercial airlines now operate from the new building.

Once in MSY, travelers can take a city bus to head to the city center via Jefferson Transit Authority (JeT) or the Regional Transport Authority (RTA). The JeT bus fare is $2.00 and RTA Airport Express The cost of the bus is $1.25; Both serve multiple stations in downtown New Orleans.

Alternatively, taxis and ride-sharing are also available from the airport. If you are planning to book via a flight sharing app, be sure to familiarize yourself with specific instructions For compatibility with Uber or Lyft at MSY.

Where do you stay during your city break

In short, the Central Business District (CBD). Home to both newcomers, such as Ace Hotel New Orleans, and famous hotels, such as Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans Waldorf Astoria— and a slew of others in between — the CBD offers visitors a glimpse of New Orleans sans Mardi Gras. Not that there’s nothing wrong with staying in the vibrant French Quarter; CBD simply suits those who bypass the guide.

If you’re attending an event at the New Orleans Ernest in Morial Convention Center, you can’t beat the convenience Hampton Inn & Suites New Orleans Convention Center. Convenient for business travelers, just a 2-minute walk from the convention center, the hotel offers a 24-hour business center, free newspapers in the lobby, and dry cleaning/laundry services.

If you are looking for a hotel located in the heart of the city, look no further than Hotel Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter Hotel. Steps from the famous Bourbon Street, this hotel also offers more than 32,000 square feet of conference space to host meetings and events.

How do you go around

New Orleans City Break

Part of the charm of NOLA is its ease of walking. Plan accordingly by packing comfortable shoes for walking from place to place. When walking isn’t possible, take the RTA bus. A one-way bus fare costs $1.25 and can be purchased from the bus driver. Alternatively, travelers can choose a one-day Jazzy Pass for $3.00, a 3-day pass for $9.00, etc. Loading GoMobile app To buy your Jazzy Pass, view maps and schedules, and plan your route.

Your Jazzy Pass also gives you unlimited access to the city’s popular streetcars. Four tram lines Tour the city, offering local commuters and visitors alike a fun and convenient alternative to city buses. Did you choose a passing day? A one-way tram ride costs just $1.25 and can be paid for upon boarding.

Looking to go the eco-friendly (and heart-healthy) route? Try this New Orleans bike-sharing program, aptly named blue bikes. After a one-time registration fee of $1.00, the Blue Bike ride costs $0.15 per minute. Download the Blue Bikes app to register, find and reserve a bike, and more.

Of course, if you need to reach your destination in a jiffy, both Uber and Lyft are available in New Orleans.

professional advice: Use TripIt’s navigator Feature to search for transportation options available to you. It will show you the estimated costs and travel times for each option, so you can decide the best option. You can find the Navigator under the flight, hotel, and car rental details screens. Plus, if you’ve added a restaurant reservation to your itinerary (more on where to eat below), Navigator also helps you find the best transportation options to get to your table.

where do you eat

New Orleans City Break

If you only have time for one meal during your trip to New Orleans, make it in Batwa. It’s impossible to go wrong with any dish on the menu of this Uptown restaurant, which is described as “Louisiana cuisine with a French accent.” But, if you Act Need a recommendation, choose Bones in a pork chop Milanese. You’ll never think of cutting pork the same way again.

In pursuit of late-night bites? seaworthy, located a few doors down from the Ace Hotel, serves food from the late-night menu and raw oysters/bar until 1am each day.

Eating breakfast brain? You have a lot of options in New Orleans. Go to Sisters Court For a Jazz Brunch buffet, served daily. When you book your reservation, ask for an outside patio table. Then, relax, sip on mimosas and listen to live jazz in this covered French Quarter oasis. Would you rather start your day away from the busy French Quarter? Achaflaya In the Irish channel and Willa Jane In the Central Business District it serves classic Cajun dishes and creative contemporary dishes, respectively.

Just need to clear cobwebs before you even think about food? We feel you. Get caffeine in Hi Coffee Company on Lafitte Greenway. Order a cup right now and freshly baked pastries – and leave knowing that you’re not just supporting local businesses, but sponsoring businesses that We believe in doing the same.

What do you do in your city break

New Orleans City Break

Speaking of Lafitte Greenway, this once-abandoned railroad track has been transformed into a welcoming public space, thanks to a partnership led by Friends of Lafitte Greenway—a community-led nonprofit organization—and the city of New Orleans. Opened in 2015, Lafitte Greenway It features a 2.6 mile bike and running trail, playgrounds, recreation grounds, and more. Visitors can explore the Greenway via Blue Bikes, with stations conveniently located at several points along the bike path.

Suggested itinerary to see NOLA by bike? After you’ve got your morning vibe at HEY Coffee Co. Grab a Blue Bike at the North Galvez Street station. Follow the bike path northwest until you reach Alexander Street Trailhead. Turn right. After a handful of blocks in the city, you’ll arrive city ​​park. Here, you can traverse the park grounds by bike or descend (there are two stops within the park) and explore on foot. What is there to see in the park? For starters, the Sydney and Walda Bestof Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art It doubled in size in 2019; The six-acre addition displays 27 new works. And best of all? Entry to the sculpture garden is free, and it is open all year round.

Once you are done with the art, go to International coffee It is located inside City Park. We know what you’re thinking: Avoid the crowds in the French Quarter And Getting your bignet fix? What could be better? Well, maybe a coffee shop or a latte to wash down all those sugary treats.

There are also plenty of kid-friendly activities to do in City Park as well. From circular to Pute CityThe park provides endless fun for children of all ages.

for adults only? By day, be sure to visit Magazine Street and check out the many antiques, antiques, and local artisan shops. At night, head to Frenchman Street to experience the local nightlife scene or make your way to the luxury Ice Hotel for a night of DJ-led dancing and libations.

Noticeable: As cities around the world reopen, be sure to consult and adhere to all local guidelines and travel restrictions, as they vary widely and will continue to change. One way to stay on top of the changing guidelines is to consult COVID-19 Travel Advice A feature in the TripIt app for destination-specific information, including current infection rates, quarantine rules on arrival, testing requirements and other information you need to know before visiting the area.