I love New Orleans.
My parents have mugs from Cafe du Monde that I’ve been drinking out of since I was a little girl, and after hearing all their stories I knew I had to go one day. Well, now I’ve been twice in the same year! Crazy, right?! I went once with my parents in January, and this October with Dave. Both times were amazing, and I would go again in a heartbeat.
As I mentioned in this post, New Orleans is one of those places you just have to experience. From the rowdiness of Bourbon street to the charm of the French Quarter to the muddy Mississippi, there is something about this city that draws you in and doesn’t let you go. There is so much soul in New Orleans that I have never experienced anywhere else. The people are amazing, the food is incredible, and the history of the city is fascinating. Walking through the French Quarter streets with a beer in hand while listening to live jazz bands definitely can’t be beat. I really can’t say enough about this city, other than that if you get the chance, go!
“New Orleans is the heart, soul, and music of America.”
Start your day with coffee and beignets from Cafe du Monde. Or end your night there (they are open 24 hours a day!). The chicory coffee and beignets are legendary for a reason!
Skip the line at Acme Oyster and head across the street to Felix’s! You won’t be disappointed- the oysters are incredible! Sit at the oyster bar and watch them shuck right in front of you. It’s truly an experience!
Grab a drink at the Carousel Bar at Hotel Monteleone. It actually spins!
Napoleon House is a great spot for a drink! Belly up to the old school bar (no tv’s in sight), sip on a Pimm’s Cup and listen to the classical music. It’s like you’ve been transported to the 1700’s!
Lafitte’s quickly became one of our favorite bars. It’s located on the quieter end of Bourbon, and it’s a (slightly) calmer atmosphere from the craziness of some of the other bars. Plus, it’s the oldest continuously running bar in America so you are pretty much having a drink in a historical landmark!
The streetcar is definitely touristy but so much fun! I would definitely recommend taking it to the Garden District, where you can spend the day wandering the streets of beautiful mansions.
If you have time, check out one of the many cemeteries in the New Orleans area. They are hauntingly beautiful!
Here are some of my New Orleans recommendations!
Where to Stay:
Where to Eat (the most important thing, really):
Cafe Du Monde, Felix’s Oysters, EAT Nola (BYOB), Vacherie (right where they filmed American Horror Story!!), Ignatius, Mona Lisa, Central Grocery (home of the muffaletta), Court of Two Sisters, Stanley
Where to Drink (the other most important thing):
Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, Carousel Bar at Hotel Monteleone (it is literally a carousel, as pictured above), Napoleon House, Maison Bourbon (for some incredible live jazz), Pat O’Briens (so touristy but you have to do it)
What to Do:
Plantation Home Tours (I recommend Oak Alley and Laura), Shopping on Magazine Street, Above Ground Cemeteries, Jackson Square, Carriage Ride Tour, Drinking on Bourbon Street, Haunted Tours, Jazz Brunch
What to Bring:
Comfortable shoes (you’ll walk pretty much everywhere), crossbody bag (personally my favorite for traveling), umbrella (you never know in the South), camera (duh), hat, cash (lots of bars/restaurants are cash only)
Thanks for reading!