Four years ago the National Association of Realtors held their annual meeting in New Orleans and they will be back on November 3-8, 2014, all 75,000 members. The City of New Orleans has come a long way in the past 4 years, new restaurants, lot’s of reconstruction, population numbers rising…New Orleans is still a fun and engaging place but like most large cities you need to use good judgement and stay safe. The French Quarter is a play ground but please don’t venture outside the boundaries of the FQ if you walking, especially at night and never by yourself.
Because New Orleans is a go to city for tourists there is a lot of information available on the internet about where to stay, where to eat and what to do. If you are staying at a hotel and need a cab they will hail one for you, if you need to get home, I like and trust United Cab and they can be reached at 504-522-9771. So there is no limit to the things to do. If you want to shop within walking distance of the Convention Center and most hotels is the new Riverwalk Outlet Mall which is the only outlet mall located within a downtown City area in the Country. Riverwalk is located on the Mississippi River and has a food court with outdoor seating where you can watch the boats.
For more upscale shopping are the Shops at Canal Place where you can find a Saks Fifth Avenue and Morton’s Steak House. If you want to go to a movie there is a movie theatre at the top level at the Shops at Canal Place. For smaller boutiques and shopping more local to the City of New Orleans a walk up Magazine Street is fun, you will find restaurants, art galleries, clothing boutiques, and an assortment of specialty shops like the Bead Shop which is an amazing store to find any bead you could think of. For restaurants if you want a little out of the way and more local than what you will find in the French Quarter, there is Lillette, Coquette, or Le Petite Grocery on Magazine Street. There are tours of New Orleans haunted houses, swamp tours, a tour bus that drives around and you can jump on or jump off for a small price. There are trolley cars which are a wonderful way to get around.
If you want to venture our of the City of New Orleans and into a neighboring suburb you can visit Metairie. There is a shopping mall which is just like shopping malls all over the country, no “New Orleans” flair. There is an Apple Store if you need it. Metairie is about 20 minutes outside of New Orleans. There is a Cheesecake Factory that opened recently.
Hope everyone enjoys their time in New Orleans and stay safe.