The Hot and Cool Guide to Summer in New Orleans

What's new, now and not to be missed this season

How can you beat the heat in “the northernmost Caribbean city”? With our summertime roundup of hot properties and seriously cool venues.

Music Box Village New Orleans

Cool Scenes

Effervescence: The bubbly crowd at this chic Champagne bar gets even more spirited as the evening progresses.

Music Box Village: Make your own kind of music at this whimsical wonderland, where ramshackle huts double as instruments.

St. John’s Eve: It’s not every day you get to witness a real-deal voodoo ritual. Mark the calendar for June 23, when this annual head-washing ceremony takes place along Bayou St. John. 

Seaworthy New Orleans

Hot Plates 

Killer Po’Boys: The name says it all. The humble po’boy gets gussied up with rum-glazed pork belly, smoked salmon and chicken confit.

Seaworthy: Oysters—from the Gulf, East and West coasts—are the big love at this offshoot of Manhattan’s floating Grand Banks bivalve bar. But burger fans will fall just as hard for the brisket/chuck version with roasted ham and fontal cheese.

Turkey and the Wolf: A sandwich shop nominated for a James Beard Award? Yep, it’s that good and deserving. Try the fried bologna topped with chips.

Audubon Zoo New Orleans

Cool for Kids

Cool Zoo: At this animal-themed splash park live elephants look on as kids tube around Gator Run, a 750-foot lazy river ride.

French OuarTour Kids: School may be out, but there’s always time to learn something new…like a little NOLA history.

Hansen’s Sno-Bliz: Shaved ice soaked in flavored syrup; it doesn’t get much simpler or more summery.

Frank Relle Photography New Orleans

Hot Art

Frank Relle Photography: Night owl Frank Relle has gained a strong national following with his haunting images of nocturnal New Orleans.

Red Truck Gallery: Circus sideshow meets outsider art at this edgy, oddball gallery, where the works are at once weird and wonderful.

Sarah Ashley Longshore Studio: Oversize Champagne bottles, ottomans filled with shredded cash, bedazzled Abe Lincolns: The wacky works here are as colorful as their creator.

Art & Eyes New Orleans

Cool Shades

Art & Eyes: This shop’s eye-catching eyewear is sourced from artisans and independent brands around the globe.

Krewe: Local designer Stirling Barrett’s fab frames are a hit in Hollywood, spotted on everyone from Kendall Jenner to Gigi Hadid.

Vintage 329: Retro designer sunglasses—Chanel, Dior, Gautier, Ginet, Gucci, Versace—never go out of style.