See the stunning mansions and movie star homes of the New Orleans Garden District and marvel at the majestic Southern live oak trees. Then, go to Lafayette #1 Cemetery, where famous films, such as Interview with a Vampire and Double Jeopardy were shot.
What to Expect
Meet at the Brick & Spoon restaurant at 2802 Magazine Street, where you are invited to arrive early to experience what "Travel + Leisure" magazine called one of the "Top 10 Breakfasts in the US." If you don't have time for a full breakfast be sure to arrive at least a few minutes before the tour to enjoy free beignets and the $10.95 bottomless mimosas courtesy of Brick & Spoon.
Then, set off to admire houses and mansions of various styles, from the Italianate to the Gothic, Romanesque and Greek Revival. Marvel at the sweeping front porches, turrets, cast-iron balconies, colonnades, 30-foot columns and double-pitched roofs. Follow in the footsteps of the authors, poets, movie stars, artists and sports legends who have made the Garden District their home.
Be mesmerized by the towering Southern live oak trees, magnificent Crepe Myrtles and stunning magnolias that can make walking through the neighborhood feel like walking through a fairytale. Learn the rich history of the area and how it fits into the overall story of New Orleans. Hear about the jealousy and mistrust that led to the "new money" of the "garish" Americans trying to show up the splendor and glory of the "old money" Europeans on the other side of town.
Visit the city's oldest municipal cemetery at Lafayette #1, and discover where so many famous movies and TV shows have been shot. Hear about the above ground burial practices of New Orleans, and join in some gossip about the dead.
- Entrance to Lafayette #1 Cemetery
- Free beignets
- 10.95 bottomless mimosas at Brick & Spoon restaurant at the start of the tour
What's Not Included
- Gratuities (at your discretion)
Know Before You Go
• The tour starts at the Brick & Spoon restaurant on the corner of Magazine Street and Washington Street, and ends outside the gates of Lafayette #1 Cemetery across from Commander's Palace. The tour lasts 2 hours, with a walking distance of approximately 1 mile
• Please note that from Saturday December 3, 2017 this tour will no longer start from the Brick & Spoon restaurant and will start from Starbucks Coffee, 2801 Magazine Street instead.