New Orleans Vacation | Destination Wedding Photographer | Travel Tips

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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
  • Uptown
  • Marigny/Bywater
  • Mid City




  • 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 
  • Cochon 
  • Basin 
  • 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! 
  • Cure

There you have it folks! The curated list of NOLA faves! Let me know how you enjoy your trip!