Riverwalk in New Orleans is a large shopping centre right on the banks of the Mississippi River, and you can access it from several locations. If, like me, you enter via Convention Centre Boulevard, you will walk straight into the food-hall area. There is a large seating area with lots of places to buy just about every sort of food you can imagine.
Now, I have been in many US food halls in many US shopping malls, but this was something different. Being in the Deep South, there is lots of Cajun and Creole cooking, and the smells and sights that greet you here are amazing. I didn’t count them, but there must be 40 or more places to get food. Many of the places have examples of their food on plates on top of their counters, and the colours are amazing. There is just about everything available here, such as chicken, pasta, pizza, seafood, Cajun, Creole, desserts, chocolate, and best of all, Haagen Dazs ice cream.
There are plenty of areas along the mall where you can walk outside to see views of the river, with seating and telescopes for your pleasure.
At the other end of the food hall, you enter the shopping mall area. This section has many gift shops and general touristy-type memorabilia. If you want Mardi Gras beads any time of year, just about every shop sells them. If you then walk farther down, you get into the main shopping area. Here you will find branded shops such as Gap and many more.
When you exit the mall at the other end, you come out by the river where a couple of the big Mississippi river boats are moored. You also come out to a lovely fountain and access to the local aquarium.
The Riverwalk is definitely worth a visit, if only for the food!