My Town: New Orleans

Michael Mohr
Zachary and Sarah Materne on Royal Street

Top picks from Budget Travel readers who live in some of our favorite places.

One of the best stretches in the French Quarter is Royal Street between Toulouse and Ursulines. It's all 18th-century houses with iron-lace balconies, so it truly feels like you're traveling back in time. Zachary Materne, 27, manager of the Transportation Revolution, a European motorcycle and scooter shop

Every native will tell you that Domilise's is po'boy heaven. The corner joint is only marked by a tiny hand-painted sign. You'll want to get there early to avoid the crowd lining up for fried-shrimp po'boys (5240 Annunciation St., from $10). Ben Rauch, 66, retired store owner

If you see a zydeco, blues, or jazz band here that you love, you can pick up their latest album at Louisiana Music Factory ( Jacquelyn Cole, 26, city council communications director

The luxe International House Hotel, in the old beaux arts World Trade Center, is right outside the Quarter—plenty close to the action but far enough away from the noise (, from $99). Paul Craven, 43, creative director

Aunt Sally's pralines (say it like praw-leens) are the unofficial sweets of the city. Try the Sugar & Spice variety, spiked with Tabasco, for a real kick (, $16). Sarah Materne, 25, public relations associate

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