There’s more to this city than Bourbon Street and Mardi Gras. Discover a healthier side to the Big Easy―and still leave room for indulgence.
Plug in your earbuds and take a walking tour that kicks off in historic Jackson Square. Audissey Guides offers a free hour-long audio guide to escort you through the city’s rich past at your own pace.
Try the New Orleans Athletic Club, the second-oldest athletic club in the U.S. The gorgeous architecture is motivation enough to hit the treadmill.
222 North Rampart Street; (504) 525-2375
Grab a snack at the Crescent City Farmers Market, open 8 a.m.-noon Saturday. Pick up local produce and enjoy cooking demonstrations.
At the corner of Magazine and Girod.
A beignet (shown here from Café du Monde) contains about 250 calories and is 100% worth it! Plan a brisk walk afterward to
work it off.
Relax and unwind with a coffee body scrub and swamp mud facial at Belladonna Day Spa. Enjoy being pampered on the private outdoor patio―they’ll serve you a cup of gumbo and a homemade praline.
2900 Magazine Street; (504) 891-4393
Taste local seafood with Latin flavor at RioMar. Try the escabèche, a Gulf fish grilled with peppers, olives, and caper relish. At only 244 calories, it’s delicious and
packed with nutrients.
800 South Peters Street; (504) 525-3474
Where to stay
The Bienville House: Recently renovated, this hotel has the feel of a French Quarter manor house but offers contemporary amenities. 320 Decatur Street; (504) 529-2345
How to get around
On Foot: Bring comfortable shoes for the cobblestone streets.
By Streetcar: The vintage streetcars run three lines along Canal Street, St. Charles Avenue, and the riverfront. norta.com
When to visit
October brings cooler temps and blue skies to the area (perfect for walking!), as well as the New Orleans Film Festival (October 8-15) and the Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival (October 17-18).
Pack it in your suitcase or order it online―these healthy products bring the best of the Big Easy home.
Low in sodium and high in taste, this seasoning blend is used at The New Orleans School of Cooking and got a thumbs up from our Test Kitchen for its Cajun kick. $6.75 (9 oz.); 1-800-237-4841
Replicate the coffee body scrub at Belladonna Day Spa with this exfoliating concoction. It contains no dyes or perfumes and results in smooth skin. $21 (7.8 oz); (504) 891-4393
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