I just got back from spending a weekend in New Orleans. It was my first time in the flavorful city–and I absolutely loved it! There is so much color, grit, smiles, art, good food, and music (not to mention you can roam the streets with the adult beverage of your choice). Let me show you around:
Don’t miss out on brunch at Restaurant Stanley, right in the heart of the French Quarter. Get a load of the seafood concoction we enjoyed. While you’re at it, grab a large Irish coffee to go.
The New Orleans Museum of Art has a spectacular free Sculpture Garden. There were so many great pieces to wander around and discover.
There are quite a few oyster bars in the area, and many of them are packed. We got in immediately at Felix’s after waiting some time at another restaurant. I’m so glad we gave it a try. They folks working behind the bar were fun to talk to and it’s so cool to watch them shuck. If you’ve never had charbroiled oysters, get on it. They are so good!
We accidentally stumbled across the House of Blues who happened to be hosting a craft beer fair alongside some tunes.
Anyone who’s spent time in New Orleans will tell you that you have to hit up Cochon–and they are completely right. This place rocks. Order as much as your tummy can handle. Don’t miss out on my new favorite Louisiana beer, Envie, from Parish Brewing.
Now if you’re in NOLA, you at least gotta get the Bourbon Street experience for a drink or two. Sadly, there isn’t a ton of the great Louisiana blues you’d hope to find there–except at Maison Bourbon. Stop by and listen for a while.
Cochon’s sister restaurant, Butcher, is also a must. I swear, they serve the best shrimp and grits I’ve ever eaten in my entire life. While you’re there, pick up a bottle of their hot sauce. It’s killer.
If you need a pick me up, swing by Revelator Coffee. It’s cute and quick. We hopped on the Mississippi for an afternoon cruise. There’s not a ton to see, but it was fun. The Steamboat Nactchez claims to be the only real steamboat around.
Instead of spending all your time on Bourbon Street, walk up and down Frenchman Street. This is blues central! While exploring the area, we swung by 30/90 and got the poutine, topped with crawfish etouffe. YUM.
Next we split an alligator sausage at Dat Dogs. It was fantastic. Then you get to sit back on their second floor balcony and watch the city’s mayhem unfold before your eyes. It’s almost as entertaining as the live music.
Out of nowhere, we stumbled across Cafe Amelie, a quite garden which seemed slightly out of place because it was so peaceful. Again, we split the creamed oysters (and probably gave ourselves gout it was so good).
Another great spot on Frenchman Street to soak up some vibes is Bamboula’s. The city really is filled with amazing talent and so many artists. All you have to do is wander around and listen for something you like–when you do–grab a drink and stay a while.
We split our stay between two hotels, the Aloft and Moxy Hotel. Both were great. Moxy had so much personality and was definitely geared toward millennials with all its tiny trendy details and quirky furnishings.
Can’t wait to see you again, NOLA!