One of the country's best hubs for live music, New Orleans has plenty of cheap shows and even street performers worthy of ticketed events in other cities. Frenchman Street in Marigny is lined with bars offering free live music, like jazz at the Spotted Cat and Latin tunes at Café Brasil. During the day, Royal Street, in the French Quarter, and Magazine Street, which stretches between Uptown and the Garden District, are both great for browsing antique shops and lingering at outdoor cafés.
Eat: Three Muses has jazz singers and cheap entrées: pork belly with scallion pancakes is $9. Many of the must-try foods in NOLA are cheap, like the famed beignets at Café Du Monde ($2.42 for three) and muffuletta sandwiches; Cochon Butchers' version is fantastic, stuffed with house-cured meats and olive salad for $12.
Stay: The Hotel Modern welcomes guests with complimentary drinks and rooms as low as $95.