Hey y’all! If you haven’t noticed from social media we just took a trip to the wonderful city of New Orleans. I spent hours researching and talking to people who have been there and lived there before we went. So based on their expert advice, and our experience here is our bucket list of places to eat, things to do, and what to wear.
Places to eat
Let’s start with the good stuff. There are so many amazing restaurants in New Orleans you simply won’t have time to eat at them all. Here is a list of a bunch of good places, with descriptions.
- St. Roch Market: Eat to your heart’s content in a food market with options like Cajun food, Mexican food, bakeries, and more!
2. Willa Jean: Try some southern style comfort food. We got the fried chicken sandwich and homemade lemonade. Plus, you CANNOT miss dessert. They have homemade cookies and vanilla milk that comes with a scoop of cookie dough.
3. District Donuts: These donuts are all made 100% from scratch, even the sprinkles! Plus, they are as big as your face. Don’t forget to add on a cinnamon roll. That was Josh’s favorite.
4. Cafe Du Monde: No trip to New Orleans is complete without eating some beignets and coffee from this classic destination.
5. Commander’s Palace: This is a pricey option, but worth every penny. We had the turtle soup, Commander’s salad, filet mignon, and bread pudding souffle for dessert. I would highly recommend it all!
6. Sylvain: This is an elegant restaurant tucked in a little corner of the french quarter. If you want a decadent appetizer, try their champagne and fries! We ate salad, seared hanger steak, papperdelle bolognese, and a chocolate pot de creme.
7. Three Muses: This is a great tapas restaurant right on Frenchman Street with live music, cocktails, and delicious food. We weren’t very hungry after all our eating (as you can see), so we shared pork empanadas and key lime pie. It was delicious and the ambiance was great!
8. Hansen’s Sno-Bliz: This is going to be the best snow cone you have ever eaten. We went all out and got the atomic version with shaved ice, ice cream, marshmallow fluff, pineapple chunks, and a cherry.
Things to do
- Jackson Square: This is a beautiful square right across the street from Cafe Du Monde. St. Louis Cathedral sits at the end of the square that is filled with street artists, musicians, and a picturesque garden.
2. National WWII Museum: This was one of the most well done and emotionally moving history museums I have ever been to. You get a dog tag that you scan throughout the interactive museum experience with life stories from a WWII veteran. Or, you can talk to an actual WWII veteran in the front of the museum. If you have one, make sure to use your student i.d. for a discount.
3. Listen to live music on Frenchman Street: We kept hearing the same thing from all of the locals. Avoid Bourbon street and stick to Frenchman street. This is the place where locals go to eat, drink, and listen to live music. We went to Three Muses, but we also heard good things about Dat Dog.
4. Frenchman Street Art Market: If you are an art lover, go check out this market with paintings, photography, and jewelry from local artists.
5. New Orleans Museum of Art: This was a beautiful museum with artists like Monet, Kandinsky, and Andy Warhol. Make sure to use your student i.d. for a discount. They also have a sculpture garden that is free to the public.
5. City Park: This park is fun for all ages. Enjoy outdoor activities like walking, running, biking, kayaking, paddle boats, and more! There is also putt putt golf and an amusement park if you want to let your inner kid out.
6. Audubon Zoo: This was an excellent zoo with a variety of animals like leopards, seals, giraffes, elephants, and more. The seal feeding was definitely a highlight of the experience, since the seals are sure to entertain you with their balancing tricks. A word of advice: skip the aquarium. It was kind of a let down.
7. Bourbon Street: This is on everybody’s list for New Orleans. In our opinion, it was far from the best part of the city, but worth checking out for the experience.
What to wear
The weather in New Orleans can be summed up in two words: heat & humidity! With this in mind, wear light weight fabrics like cotton. As you can see from the pictures, I opted for off-the shoulder dresses while Josh wore t-shirts and shorts. For more outfit details, check out our outfit posts from the city: how to wear the embroidery trend, floral for guys, or off the shoulder dresses.
We hope this was helpful! Do you guys know of anything we missed?