Everything in New Orleans is a good idea
We want all of our fans to have the opportunity to #LookUpDrinkUp in the Big Easy, which is why we have put together this four-day guide that allows you all (“y’all”) to do just that! From touristy must-visits to living it up like a local, we’ve got it all covered in this guide that lets you let loose and “Laissez les bons temps rouler!” (“Let the good times roll!”)
Start your day with some beignets from the world renowned Cafe du Monde, near beautiful Jackson Square (make sure you have your camera handy). After you enjoy your classic New Orleans breakfast of cafe au lait and beignets, be sure to walk around the square to #LookUpDrinkUp everything from street performers to original artwork, musicians or palm readers.
Head over to Royal Street where you will find some hidden art gallery gems and some fun local shops and plenty of antique shops with offerings from around the world. Have children on board? Take them into the Little Toy Shop to find both new and old treasures.
Running parallel to Royal is Chartres Street (pronounced locally as “chart-ers”), which is home to the great historic lunch spot, the Napoleon House, a favorite since 1914. Take in the history on its walls, and enjoy some good old fashioned people-watching, and maybe an Italian Muffuletta. After everyone’s had a satisfying sit down, make your way down Bourbon Street (just to say you saw it) and check out the oldest bar in America, Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop.
Once that’s checked off the list, end the day listening to some amazing live, local music on Frenchman Street! You can’t go wrong with just about any venue that’s playing some tunes! A more family-friendly option would be grabbing a table on the balcony of Dat Dog, a great local spot serving up hot dogs that are anything but boring! From the balcony, you can people watch and still hear the music playing from down the street.
Wake up, hydrate with some evamor and hop on the streetcar to Jackson St. Once you’ve landed walk down the street to see the beautiful Coven House (that one house in American Horror Story.)
Take your photo then make your way to Magazine St. to grab some grub from either Stein’s Deli , rebellious attitude but stellar bagels, or grab some very instagrammable donuts at District , right next door.
Walk down magazine street stop in Defend Nola , continue towards Washington Ave. take a right and experience some of the garden district passing the gorgeous Lafayette cemetery and Commander’s Palace . Spend your lunch hour at the Grocery, for a classic Po’boy. Hop back on the Streetcar to Audubon Park where you can end the day at the Zoo, which closes at 5pm. Finally catch the sunset at the Fly, right behind the zoo.
If you did rent a car we highly recommend brunch at Elizabeth’s in the Bywater (the southern version of Brooklyn, NY). Let’s just say they have praline bacon. Then take an hour drive out to the swamps where you can get a great tour from Airboat Swamp Tours.
Alligators scare you? No worries, another way to spend the day is in the Warehouse District where you can go museum hopping. There is the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Contemporary Arts Center , and World War II Museum . Great restaurants in that area are American Sector (great happy hour) and Cochon (finer dining).
Option 1: Take the ferry fo’ free to Algiers Point where you’ll get the best view of the city, and see some awesome and charming historic homes, or…
Option 2: Don’t just take photos of the Natchez, ride on the Natchez for a daytime or dinnertime jazz cruise, or just take it to view the sights.
Other items to take away from this guide:
Food to try includes Gumbo, Red Beans and Rice, Crawfish (when in season, during the Spring and early Summer), Bread Pudding.
- New Orleans Movie Tour
- A one-of-a-kind “Racon-Tour,” including Voodoo, Garden District, Night Tour, etc.
For more restaurants ideas, take it from our friends at Bon Appetit magazine!