Everyone has always told me that going to New Orleans is like entering a different world and not until last week did I fully understand what that meant.
New Orleans is a community that is rich with history, culture, food and of course, booze. Wherever you go you can find musicians improv performances on the street. That’s probably what I like most about this city besides the architecture. Musicians from all over the country lend their talents to New Orleans and it may be the best live performances I’ve ever seen. The buildings scream out stories and secrets of years before our time and the food is unlike anything I’ve ever tasted.
If you’re looking to get away for a few days I highly suggest visiting New Orleans for a mixture of fun, leisure and culture.
MY WEEKEND GETAWAY ITINERARY
Fly into New Orleans and get a good night’s rest!
If you’re feeling energetic you may head towards Bourbon street (walking distance if you are staying in the French Quarter) and party the night away. There are a lineup of bars and live music everywhere. This place is like Vegas therefore purchase a drink and carry it around with you. It’s legal!
Tip#1: Get TSA for fast check-ins at the airport
Tip#2: Book an AirBnB at the French Quarter. Almost everything is walking distance from this area.
Half-day plantation tour! Go back in time to see how people in Louisiana used to live.
Lunch! You can go pretty much anywhere in New Orleans and find some really tasty food but I do recommend going to Green Goddess for some corn chowder with crab or Felix’s Oyster Bar for some fresh, grilled oysters.
And of course you must go to Café du Monde or Cafe Beignet for dessert and coffee (I recommend the frozen cafe au lait).
Walk around and explore the French Quarter and go to the Voodoo Museum or take part in a tarot card reading.
Try to catch a seat at the revolving Carousel Bar at Hotel Monteleone. It really does look like a Carousel!
Jazz cruise dinner! Enjoy live music with a buffet of all the favorite dishes of Louisiana and watch the beautiful sunset as you coast along the Mississippi River.
Head over to Frenchmen Street and hang out with locals as you admire the sounds of some really talented jazz bands. I suggest going to the Spotted Cat Music Club and 30/90 bar where you will encounter some of the best musicians in the country! And if you’re luck there may be a beautiful art walk where you can purchase some really unique local products.
Catch some breakfast at Stanley’s and order the soft shell benedict with bacon cheese grits.
Explore the French quarter and walk into the neighboring boutiques for some cute, local finds. You will definitely be able to find some souvenirs before you go home!
Tip: Go to Rouse’s Market if you want to bring home some Louisiana hot sauce and beignet mix. It’s a lot cheaper than buying at the souvenir shops!
Grab any last minute souvenirs, beignets (I took some for the plane ride) and say your goodbyes to New Orleans!
This is just a suggested itinerary for New Orleans. I hope this gives you a few ideas of what you can do there. If you’ve been to New Orleans please comment below and tell me you’re favorite part of your trip!