Everybody knows that it's all about the turkey when it comes to Thanksgiving — and New Orleans has plenty to offer lovers of a traditional festive meal. However, thanks to its multicultural and cosmopolitan nature, New Orleans has the potential to tempt you with something a little different if you want to buck the trend. Simply set out from your New Orleans hotels for Thanksgiving and discover the exciting foodie scene on your doorstep.
For a traditional Thanksgiving meal in New Orleans, accompanied by some of the best bourbon the city has to offer, then Dickie Brennan's Bourbon House is the place to be. What's more, this intimate restaurant donates all the shells from its oyster course to help rebuild the New Orleans coast — your chance to give a little something back this Thanksgiving.
This elegant restaurant marries cuisine from Italy and the American South to create a truly special bond. Turkey breast is again on the menu, but you will also find grilled cobia and black truffles for something a little different. Perfect for the whole family, children under 12 eat for half price.
A trip to New Orleans wouldn't be complete without a taste of the Caribbean. Three-course Thanksgiving menus offer such delights as jerked potatoes and mojo turkey for spice lovers from all over the world. To wash it all down, why not try the restaurant's award-winning cocktails from celebrated bartender Abigail Gullo.
This restaurant located in the French Quarter is a local favorite and serves up a four-course Prix Fixe alongside its jubilant and celebratory atmosphere. You won't find any turkey here, but you will find plenty of mouthwatering alternatives.
Even though most people are happy to kick back at home and enjoy a relaxed holiday, there's still plenty of opportunities to shop over the weekend — and of course, Black Friday is a big draw for many visitors who stay in New Orleans vacation rentals for Thanksgiving. Discover everything New Orleans has to offer and keep the shopaholics happy at the same time during the holidays.
The oldest and most famous district of New Orleans has plenty of boutiques and antique shops that provide a unique experience when shopping. Additionally, the Saturday after Thanksgiving celebrates small businesses, and you'll find plenty of bargains and irresistible offers available.
Home to big brands and thrift stores alike, anyone already searching for Christmas gifts is sure to leave this district overloaded with shopping bags. A total of 80 blocks of unique stores and boutiques is sure to keep you busy for an afternoon.
Located about 10 miles from downtown New Orleans, the Lakeside Mall is a good bet for a Black Friday bargain. Packed to bursting with all your favorite stores, this modern shopping center is definitely worth the trip.
Thanksgiving is a time for family, so if you've booked one of the many stylish New Orleans hotels at Thanksgiving for the whole troop, you'll be happy to know that there's plenty to keep all ages occupied. From amusement parks and museums to streetcar rides and river cruises, whatever you are looking for in New Orleans at Thanksgiving, you are sure to find a good time.
This fairytale themed amusement park will keep the kids happy with its magical atmosphere and exciting playscapes. There's also paddleboat rentals available if the weather permits.
The novelty of riding on a streetcar for the first time is great for the kids, plus adults can relax a little and enjoy some of the beautiful, historic architecture of New Orleans. What's more, the green cars of St. Charles Avenue are the oldest continuously operated streetcars in the U.S.
Celebrating the most famous festival in the world, if you haven't seen the party itself, then this is the next best thing. Here, you can see thousands of props, floats, and other crazy items and feel the Mardi Gras spirit even in winter.