Welcome to the Big Easy

The Hyatt Regency is just a short walk from nearly everything you will want to experience in New Orleans.  Fall in love with the French Quarter, share the excitement of the Warehouse/Arts District, or try your luck at Harrah’s Casino.  Explore the nearby Riverwalk Marketplace, featuring more than 140 shops and restaurants.  You can also visit the Louisiana Children’s Museum, IMAX Theater, The National World War II Museum, Superdome and the Riverfront Streetcar.  And the nightlife, it’s all here, just steps from the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.

A few of the conference staff's favorite places to eat and drink include:

Dat Dog
Elizabeth's Restaurant
Green Goddess
Half Moon Bar
Irene's Cuisine
Katie's Restaurant
Molly's at the Market
Nola Cakes
Willa Jean

New Orleans is a food-loving town, even for vegetarians and vegans. Some note-worthy spots to try include:

Cafe Carmo
Superfood Bar
El Gato Negro
Lebanon's Cafe
Mona's Cafe
Pizza Delicious

French Quarter

Experience the magic and mystery of New Orleans’ unique architecture, history, art, music and shops that make up the French Quarter.  Don’t be fooled by the common interpretation of the French Quarter because it is so much more than anything you could expect.  

In a city famous for music, the streets of the French Quarter are swinging every night of the week.  No matter your age or interest, there is music for every ear wafting out of clubs and restaurants.  Indulge yourself with local delicacies and unique flavors of the world-renowned restaurants that line the streets of the French Quarter.       

Although this historical French Quarter street has a bawdy reputation due to the burlesque clubs and all-night partying, experience a whole other side of Bourbon Street steeped in history, folklore and beauty that dates back to the 1718.   A favorite among visitors and locals, you will want to experience Jean Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop located on the corner of Bourbon Street and St. Phillip.  The bar is full of legends, mystery and days of old New Orleans. 

One block over from Bourbon Street, is the more refined and elegant epicenter of local artistic culture of Royal Street.  Royal Street is an eye-pleasing mix of classy antique shops and boutiques, fine jewelry stores, colorful art galleries and world-class restaurants.

Warehouse/Art District

This historic neighborhood is filled with amazing art galleries, fine restaurants and world-class museums.  The Warehouse District was originally established as an industrial area in the 19th century to store grain, coffee and produce that was shipped through the Port of New Orleans.  Today more than 25 art galleries call the district home.  Most are located on Julia Street where you will find a mix of art lovers and socialites on first Saturday night of every month.  You will also find the Contemporary Arts Center and the National World War II Museum amongst the district streets.

Harrah's New Orleans Casino

One of the top attractions in the South, Harrah’s offers 2,000 hot slots and nearly 100 of the most popular table games spread out across 115,000 square-foot gaming floor.  A more beautiful, opulent casino would be tough to find, even among the palaces of Las Vegas.

The Garden District

The Garden District is a dynamic community grounded in a strong sense of tradition. Some of its homes are still know by the names of the names of the families that built them over a century ago.  Magazine Street is the neighborhood's commercial center full of antique shops, contemporary design studios, offbeat clothing stores, restaurants, bars and much more. 


With oak-shaded streets, uptown retains many of the grand homes built in the 1890s, especially along St. Charles Avenue. Uptown offers boutique shopping, bistros, galleries along with hip bars and restaurants along Freret Street.

Frenchman Street

Removed from the glitzy neon lights and blaring cover music of Bourbon Street is a compact musical district where the locals hang out. Frenchman Street is within walking distance of the French Quarter. Its most popular section is a two-block stretch in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood, where you are guaranteed to see a variety of live music on any night of the week.