I recently went for a long-weekend trip to New Orleans with my good friend Thom (who has written on this blog about living a location-independent lifestyle).


We found NOLA to be a fun, culturally-diverse and beautiful holiday destination.

Below are our own tips as well as those that we received from our friends and family that have also visited the city. 


  • Swamp tour: we went for a 90-minute ride with Jean Lafitte Swamp Tours; saw an 11-foot alligator, which was pretty phenomenal!


  • Plantation tour: the Whitney Plantation tells the story from the perspective of slavery
  • Cycle: City Park is a beautiful public space to enjoy with dedicated bike lanes; not unlike Golden Gate Park in San Francisco in terms of design


  • Observe architecture: along the Garden District Walk, between Magazine and St Charles
  • Magazine Street: stores and restaurants; west of the Warehouse District and out into the Garden District


  • Downtown Tattoo: on Frenchmen St; the place to get a tattoo
  • Ghost tour
  • Saint Louis Cemetery
  • US Mint
  • WWII Museum
  • Old Absinthe House


  • Elizabeth’s Restaurant: tasty brunch; get the fried green tomatoes
  • Good Karma Cafe: at the back of a yoga studio, vegan food, spacious dining area, free wifi


  • Booty’s: craft daiquiris and amazing food
  • Cafe du Monde: very touristy, but open 24 hours for beignets and coffee
  • Surrey’s: shrimp and grits, bananas foster French toast
  • Central Grocery: mufalettas



    • Oxalis: excellent happy hour; in cool Bywater neighborhood
    • Sylvain: gorgeous menu and great drinks
    • Arnaud’s French 75: very classy; located in the French Quarter
    • Bacchanal: a hip wine and cheese bar; delicious food; live music every night; incredible wine selection



    • The Courtyard: new nanobrewery in a warehouse
    • The Avenue: cool beer pub
    • DBA: live music and good beer selection
    • Sidney’s: liquor store with decent selection; good to grab and drink overlooking the waterfront near Jackson Square


  • The Country Club: mostly gay/mixed mansion bar with swimming pool; weekend brunch; mimosas and Bloody Marys; $15 all-day admission to pool area with hot tub, sauna and deck chairs; highly recommended


  • Oz: biggest gay club in NOLA



  • The Spotted Cat and Snug Harbor: both on Frenchman Street; after 10pm; amazing jazz
  • Burlesque/cabaret: AllWays Lounge
  • BJ’s: in Bywater; Monday nights for gumbo, and dirty rhythm and blues

Please feel free to add any other tips you have to the comments below!


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