James Beard Publication of the Year 2017

The R&K Guide To New Orleans

New Orleans is a constantly evolving swirl of influences, from France to West Africa to Vietnam. Divorced from yet abutting the American South, the city has been drawing the curious for nearly three centuries. Whether you long for bastardized tourist traps or complex cultural dynamics, natural splendor or urban renewal, fried oysters or charbroiled oysters, NOLA contains multitudes. Read on for how to eat, drink, and see the “northern-most city of the Caribbean.”

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Hotel Mazarin

As close as you’d want to be to the action, but the Mazarin keeps it quaint with a languid courtyard and conveniences like free breakfast and wi-fi.

Le Pavillon Hotel

Close to everything, but with enough of that old world charm—high ceilings! crown molding!—to allow you to retro-relax in style when you’re done exploring.

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