I’ve never been to a city with so much confidence and personality as New Orleans.
Think creole cuisine and beignets, bathtubs for flower pots, soulful jazz and the infamous Bourbon Street. There’s really no place like it.
We made the visit to see some of our sweetest friends get married on Halloween and had a little time to see the city.
Our NoLa experience started off with breakfast and coffee on Magazine Street at The Vintage, a somewhat Parisian cafe serving up small plates, coffee, cocktails and of course, beignets.
The Garden District
After breakfast, we ventured into the Garden District to see some of the grandest houses in all of NoLa, including Sandra Bullock’s house in all of its gingerbread trim glory. I felt like a stalker, but it’s fine.
You can’t visit New Orleans without taking a walk down Bourbon Street, which is definitely an experience in and of itself. Everything was decorated for Halloween while we were there.
The French Market
We also explored the French Quarter, including a walk through the French Market (another must when visiting NoLa).
Auction House Market
For lunch, we headed to Auction House Market, a food hall and market full of vendors ranging from specialty cocktails, vegan eats, Indian food, coffee and empanadas. We opted for the empanadas, which included a gumbo one of course.
If I lived in NoLa, I would spend the majority of my time downing cappuccinos at Mammoth. The shop has an amazing atmosphere and their pouring out some of the best espresso.
True Food Kitchen
Two nights in a row, we ended up at True Food Kitchen (oops). But it was SO GOOD. I’m a sucker for food that makes you feel good and their seasonal squash pie was out of this world! Even Asher was asking to go back.
Cafe Du Monde & City Park
Saturday morning before the wedding was my favorite part of the trip! We visited Cafe Du Monde in the City Park to grab some beignets and take a stroll under the Spanish moss. It was quiet and perfect – my favorite place in all of NoLa. Although I highly don’t recommend wearing black if you’re in the mood for a beignet.
The Carousel Bar
On our final night in New Orleans, we visited the infamous Carousel Bar, known for its grand decor and fine drinks.
If you’re planning your trip
Traveling is hard during COVID-19. Traveling is even harder the day after a hurricane. We had so many food places we wanted to try, but either due to the pandemic or a loss of power, they were closed.
For that reason, I would highly recommend looking into these places if you’re planning your trip. We wanted to visit them all, but either they were closed or we ran out of time.
Places to get food and drinks: St. Roch Market, Bearcat Cafe, Elizabeth’s Restaurant, Cochon Butcher, Tableau, Willa Jean, The Court of Two Sisters, Commander’s Place, La Petite Grocery
Have you been to New Orleans? Tell me about your experience in the comments!
Adam3 years ago
They were closed while you were here, but Parkway Bakery and Tavern is one of my favorite places in the city!
Carlee Alexandria3 years ago AUTHOR