A New Orleans Local Reveals The City's Biggest Tourist Traps & People Are Disagreeing

Are these spots worth the hype?

Texas Staff Writer
A street in New Orleans. Right: A beignet and coffee from Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans.

A street in New Orleans. Right: A beignet and coffee from Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans.

The Big Easy is Louisiana's party city, most known for its extravagant Mardi Gras celebrations, amazing jazz music and seemingly never-ending bar options.

People visit New Orleans, Louisiana, to experience all sorts of attractions that are unique to the area. However, some people think many of them aren't worth the hype.

TikTok user Lanie (@neworlainz) is a native of the town and recently called out the spots she thinks to be the city's "biggest tourist traps," and some locals didn’t necessarily agree with her.


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Firstly, Lanie listed a few food spots she thought to be overrated, including Mother's, Ruby Slipper, and Cafe Du Monde's French Quarter location. Some of these are NOLA's most prized food spots, so lines are regularly out the door.

"You can just get beignets elsewhere, including the Cafe Du Monde in the park, and not have to do the whole tourist thing," she said.

A local actually disagreed with that.

"NOLA native here. There's just something about the quarter Cafe Du Monde. It’s the live music, sassy waitresses & grabbing a table from tourists," the user commented on the video, receiving 629 likes.

A few other attractions Lanie said weren't worth the hype are the river tours, horse-drawn carriage rides, visiting Bourbon street, and taking a ghost or graveyard tour.

But, again, some people differed in opinion.

A part of the TikTok's comment section.A part of the TikTok's comment section.neworlainz | TikTok

One person thinks all of these activities are essential to one's first time in NOLA.

"If it's your first time, you should definitely try all these spots," the user wrote.

So, what are the activities actually worth doing in New Orleans, according to Lanie?

The influencer lists all sorts of recommendations on her TikTok page, including places like Vals and The Domino.

Before you get going, check out our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.

Brittany Cristiano
Texas Staff Writer
Brittany Cristiano was a Staff Writer for Narcity’s USA Desk focused on viral TikToks, and trending local characters in the Southern United States. She is based in Houston, Texas.