I'm in New Orleans the week of the 13th-20th and have very few plans for what to do during the day (by myself) or at night (with a friend). I'm looking for suggestions for places to go, preferably that we can get to by streetcar. Note: I've never spent this much time in a city with a big river before and have no idea what to do with that.
I'm looking especially for places to eat/drink that have patios where I can sit and read, as well as fun walking/shopping places. (This question
mentioned patio/sidewalk cafes, but the answers didn't specify which ones were patio and which ones weren't.) I love bookstores (especially comic book and used ones), clothing stores and jewelry, if you have store recommendations. I'm not interested in chain restaurants/stores.
It would also be cool if you have ideas involving the river. I'm from the desert and so the Mississippi is strange/awesome to me, but I have no idea what you are supposed to do with actual rivers aside from look at them or have bridges that go over them. Bonus points for boats, since I've never really been on a boat, and it would be fun to go on a boat!
We're also looking for places with jazz, since the friend I'm visiting still hasn't managed to see any.
Stupid touristy crap is welcome, as is offbeat stuff.
I've already seen the question on seeing the devastation
. The Bulldog, The Columns, the Kitchen Witch, and Oak Street are already on the list.