I spent my first week of May on a cross-country road trip (will recap more of the trip stops and trip tips in a post soon), but for now I wanted to share all of the fun things we did in New Orleans, Louisiana. There are tons of very things to do in NOLA, but these were some of my top places to eat and explore. The FRENCH QUARTER is the top place I would recommend wandering through. There are lots of different shops (including VOODOO stores and unique boutiques) that are fun to see. I also really enjoyed all of the balconies that overlooked the streets and pretty doorways. Within the french quarter is also JACKSON SQUARE. It’s not too large, but definitely worth walking through and seeing. There is a gorgeous church on one side, and a view of the Mississippi on the other. And the best part about the French Quarter is that there are always very talented musicians on every corner and balcony that fill the streets with beautiful music.
The GARDEN DISTRICT is another must-see location. It has gorgeous homes and lots of pretty scenery. I wouldn’t plan to spend a ton of time here, though, unless you’re like me, and could look at gorgeous home architecture for days. To get to the garden district, we took the ST CHARLES TROLLEY, which was a fun experience. Right by the garden district is the AUDUBON PARK and ZOO/AQUARIUM. If you are visiting NOLA with kids or just want a naturey adventure, this would be the perfect thing to do. The park is perfect for an afternoon picnic, or letting kids get their energy out.
We stayed at the ROOSEVELT HOTEL which is a stunning historic hotel with lots of character. There is a famous bar, rooftop pool, and gorgeous details throughout the hotel, so even if you stay elsewhere, I’d recommend walking through to see the charm. It was right outside of the French Quarter, which is where I would recommend staying since it is so close to everything.
As far as food, there are tons of amazing restaurants in New Orleans, but a few were phenomenal, and if you go to Nola, you have to try them. The first is right by the garden district and it is the ST JAMES CHEESE COMPANY. This is a perfect lunch spot and has the most amazing sandwiches (and has trendy decor for those wanting an insta pic ;)). Probably the most famous coffee shop in Nola is CAFE DU MONDE, however it really lives up to its hype, and their beignets are to die for. If you’re looking for a nice dinner place, I loved both the PALACE CAFE and BAYONA. Palace cafe has a delicious bananas foster dessert that they make table-side. Bayona is definitely much more upscale and fancy, but their outdoor patio is stunning for a nice meal.
I hope this helps you plan for the absolute best trip to this amazing city.