New Orleans is a magical place with a unique culture and way of life…and the Institute hotel is right in the center of it all! The Hilton New Orleans Riverside is on the banks of the Mississippi River, only steps from the famous New Orleans Streetcar lines, and a few blocks away from the French Quarter.
There is no better way to soak up the essence of New Orleans than a visit to the French Quarter. It’s block after block of fine dining, music venues, cafes, charming boutiques, antique shops, and art galleries. Described by many as a living museum in itself, it’s home to Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, the French Market, and the world-famous Bourbon Street. No visit to New Orleans is complete without a stroll through the French Quarter.
If you’re looking to get in some shopping (or just some window shopping), you don’t have to go far. The Outlet Collection at the Riverwalk is right next door to the Institute hotel and the Shops at Canal Place is only a few blocks away. The Outlet Collection at the Riverwalk is the first downtown outlet center in the nation. The Shops at Canal Place, located adjacent to the French Quarter, is home to elite designer boutiques and exclusive shops.
New Orleans also offers one of the nation’s greatest collection of museums dedicated to every facet of the city’s culture and history. From the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Bestoff Sculpture Garden and the Contemporary Arts Center, to the National World War II Museum, the Louisiana’s Children Museum, the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, and Blain Kern’s Mardi Gras World, there’s a museum for every interest and every piece of the city’s lively history.
Getting around New Orleans by streetcar is a great way to see the city. There are three different lines: St. Charles, Canal Street, and the Riverfront, each of which originates downtown but takes you to different parts of the city.
Food is an art form in the Crescent City. With more than 1,400 restaurants, everyone is sure to find something that satisfies their palate. New Orleans offers some of the most unforgettable cuisine in the world. Take your taste buds on the ride of their life, by sampling legendary New Orleans dishes like gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice, etouffee, po’boys, beignets, and pralines. Food in New Orleans is a way of life and a huge part of the city’s charm.
It is said that in New Orleans, culture bubbles up from the streets. Nowhere is this more evident than in the music scene. New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz! Every night, the streets and clubs of the Big Easy are alive with vibrant music. You are sure to find something for every ear, every day of the week.