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
WINE & COCKTAILS
- 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!