Must Sees: New Orleans Edition
Pack some tums and get ready to dive into seriously delicious food & cocktails if you are planning a trip to the Big Easy any time soon. There is something magical about the spirit of New Orleans and you feel it instantly as you walk throughout the city; but it is definitely a hit or miss kinda town. Either you will love it Southern Charm, lively night life & dark history or you will simply say it’s not my scene. My biggest advice is definitely make a visit at least once and fingers crossed, you’ll fall in love with the city just as much as I did by following my mini guide below:
Check in to industrial chic Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery located in Historical Downtown area. It’s just a few blocks away from all the action of Bourbon Street & The French Quarter, which is nice if you are looking something a little quieter. The hotel is home to a rotating art gallery, amazing Provence Signature amenities and it houses one of the top restaurants in NOLA, Compère Lapin.
After soaking in some major history at the WWII museum, make your way over to the delish Willa Jean for some serious southern dishes and cocktails. I started with a refreshing Fróse and an hot artichoke dip for the table, followed by the insanely beautiful & equally delicious BBQ Shrimp Toast. Be sure to make room to satisfy that sweet tooth, since Chef Kelly Field’s & her Team are known for throwing down some daily baked goods & treats that should not be missed.
No trip to NOLA is complete without making your way down to the French Quarters, especially Bourbon Street. If you are a fan of people watching, this is the place to be. Just make sure to grab a famous Gernade from Tropical Isle or a Hurricane as you make your way through the crowds.
Admire a beautiful sunset at Hot Tin, a rooftop bar located within the Pontchartrain Hotel, where the vibe is laid back, the cocktails are strong and the views of downtown NOLA & the Mississippi River are not be missed.
If you are looking to soak up some old world southern history, you must make your way down to Oak Alley Plantation to immerse yourself in almost 200 years of history. Sip on a Mint Julep as you walk through their “alley” which is lined with 28 massive Oaks, grab a bite to each at their restaurant or spend the night in one of their adorable cottages.
Besides the insane food and great cocktails, Café Du Monde’s beignets are world famous for a reason. Make sure not to wear black when you head over since you will get powdered sugar all over yourself. But if you do, don’t sweat it. Just make your way down to Frenchman Street to explore local artists and vendors in their open air street market. Be sure to stick around for pop-up bands & musicians that literally stop traffic with their rhythmic and soulful beats. That powdered sugar will just shake off as you dance the night away ;)
Laissez les bon temps rouler!
Keep the good times rolling when you snag a seat on the famous Carousel Bar & twirl around with a glass of champagne while you listen to some sexy jazz music. The Carousel Bar is located in the uber lux Hotel Monteleone, and has been spinning their guest for 65 years. It’s such a fun and unique experience that should not be missed on your visit.
Last but not least, you know I’m going to recommend a Ghost Tour. My friends and family know how obsessed and equally scared I am when it comes to the idea of ghosts & spirits, so when I visited New Orleans I knew I had to take a night tour to immerse myself in the dark, mystical history. We opted for a walking tour by Ghost City Tours, that allowed us to explore the French Quarter with a New Orleans native who pointed out various properties with dark, interesting stories to tell. I highly recommend taking a walking tour through the city at some point since there is so much to learn about what makes the Big Easy such as special place.
Hope you all enjoy the culture, food, music & spirit of New Orleans as much as I did. Feel free to leave me your recommendations below or tag me on your posts whenever you make your visit.