Grayson and I recently visited New Orleans for the first time courtesy of refinery29 and Hotel Indigo. It was such a whirlwind trip that we literally booked it right before Thanksgiving and left the day after the holidays for a quick, 48 hour getaway. Since we didn’t have much time to spend in NOLA we definitely had to make the most of it. Whether you’re staying for the weekend or longer, here’s my must see guide to guarantee a great time in New Orleans.
With our home base being Hotel Indigo’s Garden District property, we were already in a great location to start exploring. Once we got settled in our room we quickly wanted to go get some oysters! Our Uber driver gave us some really good restaurant recommendations that were in walking distance so we strolled down to the Blind Pelican. The oysters were out of this world and HUGE!! Make sure you go for their Happy Hour because oysters were 25 cents!
Whether you have a destination or not, I would highly recommend taking a ride on the Street Cars! It was perfect because it was literally right in front of our hotel so we could easily hop on and off to all of the New Orleans’ hot spots.
New Orleans is also known for it’s fabulous Jazz music. We had the tastiest dinner at Palm Court Jazz Cafe and listened to some really great music! If you go, make sure the owner is there because she was a hoot!! After dinner we walked down to BB King’s Blues Club to end the night.
The next morning we hit up Jackson Square in the French Quarter – There was so much to do and so much history there we literally spent an entire day exploring! We visited St. Louis Cathedral during Sunday mass and it was such an amazing experience. If you’re getting hungry, make sure you hit up Cafe du Monde for the yummy beignets! Almost everyone who I have talked to has raved about Cafe du Monde and it did not disappoint! If you love roaming around for unique finds, there are a ton of little shops and street vendors selling handmade goodies. We got sucked in to so many and ended up shipping stuff back to the house!
Another great restaurant in Jackson Square was the Stanley. Even though they are in the heart of Jackson Square they weren’t as touristy as we had worried about. We were also so dang hungry we would have eaten anywhere at that point. If you have a sweet tooth, I highly recommend getting the Bananas Foster French Toast! It is literally heaven in your mouth!!
If you’re into witchcraft and voodoo, you’re in the right place. I had always wanted to go see a psychic (obviously skeptical) and ended up going to see a tarot card reader and she nailed it. Both Grayson and I were in shock and how dead on she was. I even got a couple (happy) voodoo dolls to take back home with me.
Of course, Bourbon Street! I’m not a huge drinker but it is definitely a must see no matter what. This is what New Orleans is known for!!
Geaux to a Saints Game! There was a game the day after we got in but sadly, we just didn’t have enough time to go! We definitely mingled with all of the Saints fans when we were trying to find a place to go eat. Every place was PACKED! SO, if you are looking for a restaurant before or during game day, I would suggest getting away from the stadium.
There were so many good restaurants we literally couldn’t pick where to go. Besides the few I listed above I would highly suggest checking out Dragos. My friend’s uncle owns it and definitely recommends checking out the original location if you’re going to go.
Willa Jean was by far our favorite restaurant! I mean, who doesn’t love FROŚE?! Yes, you read that correctly, frozen rośe. We started out with THE BEST artichoke dip. You see that cheesy goodness in the photo below… that’t it. I opted for the avocado toast for dinner and ended the evening with a peanut butter hot chocolate! One of the richest meals I have had in a while, but it was worth all of the calories!
Of course, there are some amazing museums to check out and if you are into gambling, check out Harrahs. Grayson had been to NOLA before but had never ventured outside of the casino… ha! We definitely changed that on this trip. There is also an area called the Frenchman that we didn’t go to but I’ve heard is awesome!
I was very thankful I could partner with Hotel Indigo for this trip. I was located in such a great location and we couldn’t have asked for a better getaway. We’re already looking forward to out next trip back, that will hopefully be longer than 48 hours!