Dec 12, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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New Orleans has it all, from its famous (or infamous) Mardi Gras street party to the saxophones that meet you when you touch down in the airport.
But thanks to the new Ace hotel opening there in spring 2016, the already cool travel destination (Solange Knowles is a sometime resident) is set to get even cooler.
Here are five reasons to book your ticket now.
1. Stay: The Ace hotel
The new Ace Hotel New Orleans will be located in the beautiful 1928 Art Deco building, at 600 Carondelet. With branches in all the coolest destinations (London, New York, LA and Portland) the Ace hotel chain is a sure fire sign that the area is about to become even more Instagram worthy. We’re also excited to see new hotels coming and building in the city, investing their money in a place full of character and so beautiful, but whose economy suffered after Katrina.
2. Visit: New Orleans Museum of Art
From February 26th – May 22nd 2016, you can check out the exhibition Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum. It’s all about the magical artwork that’s been created by artists who are self-taught. Perfect for any creative who loves to express themselves without rules and boundaries.
3. Eat: Cafe Du Monde
It’s an oldie but a goodie, you can’t visit New Orleans and not get beignets, that’s just a cultural fact. Also while we’re on the food, you have to schedule in a visit with Instagram hit @drakeoncake, created by New Orleans based Joy the baker, who imprints Drake lyrics on to baked goods.
4. Follow: Artist Rashaad Newsome
The New Orleans born, New York based artist is worth watching. He’s worked with everyone from Alexander Wang to Hood by Air and Solange Knowles. He was the talking point at Art Basel in Miami in December 2015, with his amazing live band parade and Vogue dancers. And back in 2014, he was a major part of an art benefit in New Orleans with Solange and Puma activewear (poster above). He’s bound to have something magical planned for this year…
5. Shop: Exodus Goods
Tired of the same cookie cutter fashion? Visit Exodus Goods in the French Quarter. It’s a mash up of cultures, textiles, bright prints and new design talent- aka a fashion breath of fresh air.
(5 1/2 Mardi Gras – the biggest street parade in New Orleans is in February 2016, buy your mask accordingly.)
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