Soon over 2,400 people will be arriving in New Orleans for the AAHPM & HPNA Annual Assembly. While the attendees will be traveling to The Big Easy for the inspiring and captivating education sessions it would be hard to deny that many attendees are excited to get to explore the amazing city and all that it has to offer. The city is probably best known for the French Quarter, Bourbon Street, and the French Market (home of Café du Monde, famous for café au lait and beignets). The amazing architecture and many beautiful cemeteries are often attractions in themselves but most people equate New Orleans with food.
There are many dining options available so be sure to take advantage of the variety of restaurants to experience while in New Orleans. With recommendations ranging from casual cafes to fine dining, several AAHPM members who are locals have graciously shared their favorite restaurants and attractions in the area.
Below are the favorites from a few of our members. Are there other suggestions?
Arnaud’s (jacket suggested)
Central Grocery– Eat a Muffalatta
Deanie’s Restaurant– get the Seafood gumbo
Drago’s Seafood Restaurant at Hilton New Orleans Riverside
Galatoire’s Restaurant (jacket required)
Angelo Brocato– Ice Cream
Cafe Du Monde– café au lait and beignets
Praline Connection– Candy
Maple Leaf Bar– Rebirth Brass Band Thursday nights
Vaughn’s– don’t miss Kermit Ruffins on Thursdays (early show)
Artists to check out-
Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys
DJ Soul Sister- “The Queen of Vinyl,” Melissa Weber, is a double threat on Saturday nights, starting with her signature soul/funk/R&B show on WWOZ-FM. Then she loads her crates in the car and heads to Mimi’s in the Marigny, where she spins dance music upstairs into the wee hours. She’s back at Mimi’s on Sundays to put a chill-down exclamation point on the weekend.
Hot 8 Brass Band
Treme Brass Band
Dr. Michael White
Le Monde Creole walking tour- offers unique views of many courtyards in the French Quarter that tourists generally do not get to see
For more information on New Orleans, visit the CVB website.