New Orleans is like my second home. After college, Ben and I actually considered moving to this wonderful town. My love affair with this city started in college. I went to two Mardi Gras in college and frequently visited my best friend Skuba for years in NOLA. I love the music, I love the people and I love the food. New Orleans has always felt like home and for years I have been sending people my favorite things to do here. Now, I thought I would share them with you! Below are my best New Orleans travel tips accompanied by my 35mm film images developed by Dominion Photo Lab.
Neighborhoods to Explore & Stay
- Garden District
- French Quarter/Downtown
- Mid City
- Maple Leaf
- Tipatina's (My personal fave)
- Any place on Frenchmen street
- Royal St: Meschiya Lake, Tropical Isle Bayou Club: 610 Bourbon St.
- Frenchmen St: Spotted Cat NOLA , Snug Harbor NOLA & DBA NOLA
- Swamp Tour- I have never done this but it could be fun for a large group. Here is another swamp tour.
- Tree of life- In a park right outside the Audubon Zoo. GREAT spot to picnic
- Shopping on Magazine Street
- Wander Bourbon Street and the French Quarter- Best done at night to see the debauchery but actually it is fun during the day!
- Ghost & Cemetery Tour!- I have never done this but could be fun for October. Also Haunted NOLA is great!
- Hop On Hop Off NOLA
- Jackson Square is a must see. Surrounded by shops and restaurants, lots of street artists, fortunetellers and musicians. It is on the edge of the French Quarter.
- Preservation Hall
- City Park
- St. Louis Cathedral
Scroll down for food and drinks!
- Commanders Palace- Brunch! It is amazing food and they play live Jazz. It is also in the Garden District so you can wander around and look at the amazing architecture after. Make Reservations. This is a great activity too.
- Cafe Du Monde- Obviously. You can check out Jackson Square after!
- Felipes!- Mexican. There are 3 in the city.
- King Cake- There are plenty of places to get King Cake but Manny Randazzo is the best
- Milk Bar- Very low key sandwiches but they are amazing if in the area
- Drive Thru Daiquiris- Yes, you read that right. It is a lawless land. Called New Orleans Original Daiquiris.
- Frankie and Johnny's
- ACME Oyster
- Herbsaint .
- Others include: Galatoire's, Brennan's, Upperline, The Flying Pig
- Domilise's (Best po-boy in town) Parasol's (2nd best po-boy in town)
- Clancy's (Great seafood)
- Surrey's & Slim Goodies are both great breakfast!
- Avenue Pub NOLA
- LaFitte's Blacksmith Shop is the oldest structure used as a bar in the US and is allegedly very haunted!
- Old Absinthe House are famous for their Sazerac cocktail. Also check out The Sazerac Bar for a good bev!
- Carousel Bar is an actual working carousel inside the Hotel Monteleone which is gorgeous and allegedly haunted.
- Cane & Table NOLA
- TIPITINAS!!!! - This should really go under activities but since you all love music this is a must do. It's kind of a hole but has some amazing local jazz bands! Look at the calendar and pick a band you want to see. Great local feeling here.
- Cat's Meow- This is my favorite bar in the world. It is karaoke and has a stage! Great for people watching. Definitely best very late at night.
- Pat O'Briens- Across the street but once you are on Bourbon there are a billion bars so I would just do a bar crawl from one place to another!
There you have it folks! The curated list of NOLA faves! Let me know how you enjoy your trip!