I’ve been wanting to go to New Orleans for awhile. So, when I knew I was going on a road trip adventure, there was no doubt in my mind I was going to stop there. New Orleans DID NOT disappoint, the people and food are amazing! Here’s a quick look at how I spent my time in The Big Easy.
Hotel: The Moxy Hotel in the CBD right outside of the French Quarter
I LOVED this hotel. Not only was the location great and the price just right, BUT it was SUPER CUTE! Let's chat a bit more about location, what I liked about The Moxy Hotel was that we were right by the action without having to be in the action. It was about a 5-minute walk over to Bourbon St and we were near the trolleys, so it was very convenient. They also offered a unique drink list at their bar, (which also serves as their check-in) so while you’re waiting to go out you can mingle with other guests or just relax with a delicious cocktail in their super hip lobby. Upon check-in, they even offer a free drink ticket (which I for some reason did not use, #epicfail). They are also a dog-friendly hotel which is a win for me!
Food: Felix's Restaurant and Oyster Bar ; Mr. B’s Bistro ; Cafe Du Monde
There are so many good food places to choose from in New Orleans that’s it’s almost overwhelming! I ended up choosing a NOLA staple and then got a recco from a local.
Felix’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar - AMAZING!! The oysters were to die for, I had fried buffalo oysters, classic oysters, fried crawfish, and washed it down with a strawberry beer. I was a very happy and full girl for the rest of the evening. Which is what you need to be to explore Bourbon Street and all it has to offer.
French Market - After Exploring the French Market, don’t forget to take a look at their food stands too! There’s nothing like sitting down and enjoying a Crawfish Po’Boy after exploring all the different vendors the market has to offer.
Mr. B’s Bistro - If you’re looking for authentic Creole food in a “fancy” environment. Mr. B’s Bistro is the spot. It’s always nice when traveling to wear a fancy dress for one night and this was one of those nights. I was not disappointed with my fried green tomatoes appetizer, Mr. B’s Barbecue Shrimp, and a glass of rosé.
Cafe Du Monde - Definitely worth the wait for THE BEST beignets and chicory coffee! This is the perfect after dinner dessert. Make sure you bring cash as they don’t accept cards, but don’t worry this sweet treat won’t break the bank.
Exploring: Bourbon Street ; French Market ; Ghost, Vampire, and Voodoo Tour
Bourbon Street - When in NOLA. Honestly, it’s everything you imagine it to be. Debauchery and Fun Times all rolled into one. There are bars one after another all offering a different vibe - Classic Jazz, Dancing, and even Karaoke. It was fun walking up and down this street and hopping into bars and, the drinks are CHEAP compared to Los Angeles which was definitely a plus. I definitely want to go again with a group of my GFs during Mardi Gras.
French Market - If you’re a fan of flea and farmer’s markets you’ll LOVE the French Market. Lots of masks, art, and gifts unique to New Orleans. I like to support local designers and artists and this is the place to do it. Plus, after you’re done shopping you can grab a bite to eat at one of their many food stands. AND after you grab a bite to eat don’t forget to walk over to Frenchmen St and explore that area with their unique NOLA architecture and jazz bars!
Ghost, Vampire, and Voodoo Tour - Part of NOLAs intrigue are the cemeteries and all that goes with it. I definitely recommend taking a tour when you’re in the big easy to hear a bit of that side of their history and more importantly why they have some of these hauntings. As my tour guide put it, to get a haunting you have to have a pretty tragic death. AND some of these stories come from slaves being treated horribly and people being burned alive in their sleep. I won’t be able to do these stories justice but, if you’re interested check out this site.
This was all I could get in with my two night, one day stay. BUT it was quite a lot and gave me just enough of a taste to know I want to go back.
Who else has been to New Orleans? What were some of your favorite things to do?
I’d love to hear, comment below.
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