One of the most notable and recognizable places in New Orleans is Jackson Square. Around the perimeter of the park, artists hang their paintings during the day.
Even better are the fortune tellers who congregate a night. Sitting in front of St. Louis Cathedral, the fortune tellers are lined up in a row with the flickering candles illuminating their tarot cards and casting shadows against their faces.
On every trip I have ever taken to New Orleans, I always make it a point to go to Cafe Du Monde to get coffee and a beignet, then eat it at on one of the benches around Jackson Square.
Aside from my normal rituals, it is also some great people watching.