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Literary History in New Orleans

Literary History in New Orleans

Once home to writers such as Tennessee Williams, Anne Rice, and Truman Capote, New Orleans has produced its fair share of literature. Take a dip into bohemia and visit the sultry bars and historic hotels that inspired it all. Here’s where to go.

The Hotel Monteleone

The Monteleone’s famous Carousel Bar was once a favorite haunt for writers, serving as a setting for Eudora Welty’s novel The Purple Hat and Ernest Hemingway’s short story Night Before Battle. Visit this landmark site on a guided literary tour, and sip on signature New Orleans cocktails while you explore.

Napoleon House

This French Quarter bar was (and still is) a watering hole for the city’s creative population. The peeled-paint walls and staring portraits of Napoleon Bonaparte evoke quintessential New Orleans charm. Visit on a private walking tour and toast to the ghosts of writers past.

Antoine’s Restaurant

This Louisiana Creole-style restaurant inspired Frances Keyes’ famed murder mystery novel Dinner at Antoine’s. Visit on a New Orleans food walking tour, and taste Creole delicacies in the restaurant’s themed dining rooms—one of which is a “mystery room” that served alcohol in coffee cups during prohibition.

Tujague’s Restaurant

Tujague’s was founded in 1856 by two French immigrants, and contains the first stand-up bar in America. Legend has it that a young riverboat pilot named Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) would post up here and regale fellow patrons with tales of life on the Mississippi River. Visit on a literary ghost tour of the French Quarter, and raise a glass of Sazerac to the man who penned Huckleberry Finn.

Faulkner House Books

William Faulkner wrote his first novel in this French Quarter residence, which is now a popular bookstore. It’s also the headquarters of the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, which hosts the annual Words and Music literary festival each winter.

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French Quarter Walking Tour: LGBTQ History, Literary History, and Voodoo

French Quarter Walking Tour: LGBTQ History, Literary History, and Voodoo

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Because I am a long-term resident of the French Quarter, i can afford guests an insider's perspective of this unique neighborhood. My goal is to customize the tour according to guest's interests. Unlike other tours, this one goes beyond the tourist veneer and provides guests an authentic experience.
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French Quarter Culinary History and Tasting Tour

French Quarter Culinary History and Tasting Tour

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Perfect for food and culture enthusiasts, this tasting tour in New Orleans' French Quarter allows you to visit two of the oldest restaurants in the city. Learn about Creole and Cajun cuisine and taste both as you walk through the lively neighborhood. All food tastings included.
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New Orleans Food and History Walking Tour
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New Orleans Food and History Walking Tour

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Go for the gastronomic gusto on a food‐filled walking tour of New Orleans! Journey with a savvy local guide to popular Creole eateries, markets, and artisanal shops to sample diverse foods that define Louisiana’s culinary landscape. Stopping at several locations, savor such classic bites as gumbo, muffulettas, po'boys, bananas foster, and pralines. Along the way, meet local chefs and learn about New Orleans’ rich culinary history.
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  • 3 hours
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