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If you’re a tourist visiting New Orleans, you want to make sure that you see some of the traditional tourist hotspots like Bourbon Street but you’ll also want to make sure you check out some of the best-kept secrets and hidden gems of New Orleans.

Paradigm Gardens
One of the best parts of New Orleans is the food culture. Jimmy Seely and Joel Hitchcock Tilton begin the gardens as a community garden. This turned into a much bigger operation that started to supply restaurants with produce. These gardens got the community involved to cultivate everything from summer squash to watermelon to mint.

Where Y’Art
New Orleans is also home to a large and ever-growing community of artists looking to showcase their pieces. Collin Ferguson and Catherine Todd co-founded Where Y’Art as a business where art and artists are easily obtained. The home location for Where Y’Art is on Royal Street and an art gallery on the web is available where people can meet the artists and browse through their collections. Every two months, the collections get changed to showcase new artists and keep visitors returning.

Compere Lapin
Nina Compton created a menu based on the Caribbean folk tale of the same name. Chef Compton encourages her customers to appreciate the time that they are spending together and share memories or create new memories while enjoying their food. It creates an environment where people get to focus on each other and the time they have with each other rather than focusing on what’s going on in the outside world.

City Park
City Park is a 1,300-acre park that is filled with gardens, amusement park rides, disc golf courses, and golf courses. It’s also known as one of the oldest urban parks in the country with its opening in 1854. In City Park, Morning Call Coffee Stand beckons for you to grab a coffee and beignet. Morning Call Coffee Stand is 142 years old and is open 24 hours a day. Not only can you get a coffee and beignet, you can get gumbo, jambalaya, and ice cream. They’re a cash-only business though so don’t stop for a visit without some!

New Orleans is a great city to visit and live in. Make sure that you stop by some of these spots to get a real feeling of what New Orleans means to the local community.