Local Information - New Orleans

Below is important information, compiled by ALSC's 2018 Local Arrangements Committee, to help you make the most of your visit to New Orleans. 

Transportation  |  Map  |  Restaurants & Bars  |  Local Attractions  |  Shop Local


From the Louis Armstrong International Airport

Taxi: $36 fixed rate (one to two people), for parties of more than two, the fare is $15 per person.

Airport Shuttle, Inc.: $44 round trip per person, $24 one way. Serves all ALA Official Hotels. Call to book departure reservation (504-522-3500) no later than 24 hours prior to your flight.

Rental Cars: Budget and Avis have special ALA Conference discounts that can be found on Annual’s travel page.

Ride-Hailing Services: Lyft and Uber both operate in New Orleans and are able to pick up and drop off from the airport.

Getting Around New Orleans

Bus & Streetcar: New Orleans Regional Transit Authority  One-way fares are $1.25, with 1-day, 3-day, 5-day, and 31-day unlimited ride passes available. There are 33 bus and streetcar lines that run daily throughout the city. Maps and schedules can be found online.

Bike Share/Rentals: Blue Bikes can be rented from and returned to any of the 60+ kiosks around the city for $8 an hour. For a more traditional bike rental, check out this list of options

In addition to taxi and rideshare options, there are also three pedicab (bike taxi) companies operating in the French Quarter/Downtown New Orleans area. For more info, visit the New Orleans Online website.

New Orleans Convention Center

Driving directions and parking information

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Recommendations Map

For ALSC members' convenience, all the below recommendations are mapped on Google

Restaurants & Bars

*Stay tuned to the ALSC Blog for upcoming information about dining/drink specials and deals for conference attendees.*

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Convenient (less than 1 mile from Convention Center)

Auction House Market: Upscale multiple vender food hall 
801 Magazine St.

Cafe Adelaide/Swizzle Stick Bar: Modern Creole cuisine and bar in Loews Hotel, part of the Commander’s Palace family of restaurants 
300 Poydras St.

Capdeville: Upmarket pub fare 
520 Capdeville St.

Cochon Restaurant: Specializes in pork dishes and imaginative Cajun food 
930 Tchoupitoulas St.

Cochon Butcher: Butcher, charcuterie, sandwich shop & wine bar 
930 Tchoupitoulas St.

Company Burger: Quick & casual burger joint 
611 O’Keefe Ave.

Compère Lapin: Caribbean & European influenced food from Top Chef’s Nina Compton 
535 Tchoupitoulas St. (The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery)

Corporation Bar & Grill: Dive bar with quick eats 
931 S Peters St.

Emeril’s: Classic, upscale New Orleans dishes from Emeril Lagasse 
800 Tchoupitoulas St.

Johnny Sánchez: Inventive Mexican eats & drinks 
930 Poydras St.

Juan’s Flying Burrito: Funky taqueria with Creole-Mexican eats 
515 Baronne St.

Magasin Kitchen: Chill spot serving Vietnamese eats including pho, bun, & banh mi 
611 O’Keefe Ave.

Mother’s: Cafeteria-style po’boy joint 
401 Poydras St.

Palace Cafe/Black Duck Bar: Modern Creole cooking 
605 Canal St.

Saint Lawrence: Off-the-beaten-path bar with large beer selection & bar bites 
219 N Peters St.

Seaworthy: Oysters & seafood with cocktail and wine pairings 
630 Carondelet St.

Willa Jean: Bakery & cafe with sit-down restaurant 
611 O’Keefe Ave.

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Worth the Trip (more than 1 mile from Convention Center)

Angelo Brocato: Established in 1905, serving gelato & Italian desserts 
214 N. Carrollton Ave.

Antoine’s: Around since the 1840s, old-world grand dame of fine French-Creole dining with a $20.18 lunch special 
713 St. Louis St.

Bacchanal: Wine & cheese store/restaurant with live music 
600 Poland Ave.

Bao & Noodle: Hand-pulled noodles are the star of this casual Chinese restaurant 
2700 Chartres St.

Cafe Du Monde: Iconic New Orleans cafe famous for beignets 
800 Decatur St.

Camellia Grill: Greasy spoon diner located at the meeting place of the Carrollton and St. Charles Streetcar lines 
626 S Carrollton Ave.

Cavan: American coastal fare & Southern small plates located in a two-story Victorian 
3607 Magazine St.

Central Grocery: Small Italian market, birthplace of the muffuletta sandwich 
923 Decatur St.

Crown & Anchor: English pub offering beer & spirits, walking distance from Algiers Point Ferry 
200 Pelican Ave.

d.b.a: Popular bar with nightly live music 
618 Frenchmen St.

Dooky Chase: Restaurant of legendary Creole chef Leah Chase, serves down-home staples 
2301 Orleans Ave.

Hansen’s Sno-Bliz: Beat the heat at what’s believed to be the oldest sno-ball stand in the U.S. 
4801 Tchoupitoulas St.

Mimi's in the Marigny: Two-level bar with pool tables, tapas, and dancing 
2601 Royal St.

Molly’s at the Market: Classic pub crawl spot known for frozen or hot Irish coffees 
1107 Decatur St.

Parkway Bakery and Tavern: Neighborhood spot known for po’boys with the best bread 
538 Hagan Ave.

R Bar: Casual and eclectic Marigny bar where you can drink and get a haircut 
1431 Royal St.

Seed: Vegan spins on comfort-food classics 
1330 Prytania St.

St. Roch Market: 1875 market reborn as multiple vendor food hall 
2381 St. Claude Ave.

Sucré: Dessert boutique known for its macarons and specialty chocolate 
3025 Magazine St., 622 Conti St.

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Local Attractions

Audubon Aquariums of the Americas 
1 Canal St.

Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium 
423 Canal St.

Audubon Park
6500 Magazine St.

Audubon Zoo
6500 Magazine St.

Canal St./Algiers Ferry 
1 Canal St.
[Ride the ferry to visit the Algiers Point neighborhood and get view of downtown New Orleans from across the Mississippi River]

City Park 
1 Palm Dr.

Frenchmen Art Market 
619 Frenchmen St.

Harrah’s Casino 
8 Canal St.

Louis Armstrong Park/Congo Square 
701 N Rampart St.

The National WWII Museum 
945 Magazine St.

New Orleans Museum of Art
1 Collins Diboll Cir.

Ogden Museum of Southern Art 
925 Camp St.

St. Louis Cathedral/Jackson Square 
700 Decatur St.

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Shop Local 

Community Book Center 
2523 Bayou Rd

Crescent City Comics 
3135 Calhoun St.

Defend New Orleans 
1101 First St., 600 Carondelet St.

Dirty Coast 
5631 Magazine St.

Eyecandy Tattoo 
1578 Magazine St.

Kawaii NOLA 
4826 Magazine St.

Mamatin Salon 
2702 Chartres St.

Oak Street Tattoo 
8723 Oak St.

Octavia Books 
513 Octavia St.

Rocket Science Salon 
640 Elysian Fields Ave.

Tooth and Nail Trading Co. 
3952 Magazine St., 1222 Decatur St.

Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop 
613 N Carrollton Ave.

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