Charles Michael Davis (right) in The Originals.
Skip Bolen, The CW

Fans of the CW hit The Vampire Diaries have no doubt set their DVRs for The Originals, a new spinoff series that sees baddie bloodsucker Klaus head to New Orleans to reclaim the city he helped found. There, he runs into party-boy protégé Marcel — played by Charles Michael Davis — the man who rules modern-day NOLA, where the show is also filmed.

“There’s nothing like shooting in New Orleans,” Davis says. “It’s full of surprises and flavors. People are having a good time any time of the day or night.”

Davis shares with American Way his Big Easy musts.

Blue Nile
532 Frenchmen St.
(504) 948-2583
www.bluenilelive.com
“The Blue Nile is this throwback of a music club where all the greats have played. We caught the Brass-A-Holics there — I think they play there regularly — then just went down Frenchmen Street.”

Bayona
430 Dauphine St.
(504) 525-4455
www.bayona.com
“About seven or eight of us went out for a little family dinner at Bayona, and it was just beautiful. I ordered the lamb, and then I tried the veal sweetbreads. I didn’t realize what it was at the time, but it was delicious!”

Café Du Monde
Multiple locations
www.cafedumonde.com
“You have to go to Café Du Monde for the beignets. It’s an institution. I went there for lunch, and I ended up eating, like, six beignets. There was powdered sugar everywhere, so I went to the river and cleaned myself up.”

Lafayette Cemetery No. 1
1400 Washington Ave.
(504) 896-4740
www.lafayettecemetery.org
“It has such a New Orleans vibe. One of my cast mates, Daniella Pineda, swears she picked up a ghost while she was there.” —S.C.