When hundreds of the industry's top operators and vendors convene in New Orleans for TLPA's Spring Conference & Expo from April 24 to 26, they'll be talking Big Ideas by day and taking in the Big Easy by night.
The beauty of hosting the convention in New Orleans is that this vibrant city offers something for everyone.
We were thrilled to learn Jazz Fest starts right in the middle of our conference. The annual festival features local delicacies like alligator po-boys and crawfish boils served up with some of the biggest names in music. So by all means stay a few extra days, but be sure not to miss out on these amazing things in the city.
For the Foodie
- Café Du Monde: Sipping a café au lait and eating a freshly made beignet beneath the green awning of Cafe Du Monde is like a rite of passage in New Orleans. The iconic Decatur Street eatery is open 24 hours a day so it will easily fit into your conference schedule.
- Central Grocery & Deli: Just steps away from Cafe Du Monde is Central Grocery & Deli, home of the original muffuletta sandwich . Don't be fooled by its unassuming decor; this deli churns out one of the best sandwiches you'll ever have. What is a muffuletta Think of the best Italian sub you've ever had. The muffuletta is like that, but even better.
- The Court of Two Sisters: You'll have a hard time finding a more beautiful restaurant than the Court of Two Sisters on Royal Street. This historic spot serves up Creole and Cajun cuisine in the evening and offers an outstanding Jazz Brunch in the morning.
For the History Buff
- Lafayette Cemetery No. 1: Located a short taxi ride from the hotel, this historic cemetery has been featured in myriad films. Speaking of films, be sure to ask your taxi driver about the many celebrity homes located in the area, including those of Archie Manning, Sandra Bullock, Beyoncé and Jay-Z.
- The National World War II Museum: If you're staying on for an extra day, you won't want to miss the National World War II Museum. This multi-building attraction is an awe-inspiring, immersive look at the war that changed the world. You'll want to devote at least a few hours to visiting, and be sure to purchase the ticket that includes access to "Beyond All Boundaries," a 4-D film narrated by Tom Hanks.
- Jackson Square: Located directly across the street from Cafe Du Monde, Jackson Square is home to the Cabildo and the St. Louis Cathedral. The Cabildo is the site of the Louisiana Purchase transfer in 1803 and is home to a variety of artifacts. When you're done, cross Decatur Street to see the Steamboat NATCHEZ docked along the Mississippi River.
For the Music Lover
- Frenchmen Street: When in New Orleans, jazz is a must. Nowhere in the city will you find more jazz clubs packed together than along Frenchmen Street. We recommend starting your evening at the Spotted Cat Music Club, which hosts outstanding live performances. This laidback spot is cash only, so hit the ATM before you arrive.
- Jazz Fest: We’re giving Jazz Fest a second plug because this all-star lineup deserves more than one mention. Headliners include The Rolling Stones; Diana Ross; Jimmy Buffet; Earth, Wind & Fire, Santana; and Katy Perry, just to name a few.
For the Thrill Seeker
- The Original Hurricane: Pat O'Brien's Bar, located at 718 St. Peter, is home to the original Hurricane cocktail--and they are served supersized. Pop in on a warm April evening and head straight back to the stunning courtyard to enjoy your Hurrican and all of the complimentary popcorn you can handle.
- Harrah's Casino: Located just over a block from the Hilton Riverside, Harrah's houses more than 90 table games and 2,100 slot machines, as well as several popular restaurants.
- Bourbon Street: No list for thrill seekers would be complete without the most notorious roadway in New Orleans. Not for the faint of heart, Bourbon Street is home to dozens of raucous bars and drink specialties like the Hand Grenade.
April will be here before you know it, so be sure to make your travel plans now. Click here to find the convention agenda, hotel information and more all in one place on.
See you in NOLA!