Laissez les bons temps rouler or Let the good times roll.
A famous saying in New Orleans and I can easily see why.
I recently traveled to New Orleans for the weekend with my bestie. We met up with an old friend of hers who showed us around town. By now y’all all know what a big planner I am and boy was it hard to NOT plan for this trip. However, fly by the seat of our pants we did and it was faaaaaabuloooouuuus. We drank, we ate, we danced. Then we drank, ate, and drank some more LOL.
This was my first time in New Orleans and I can definitely say it will not be my last. Two days was far too little time to explore this fantastic city. We stayed in a great historic hotel in the French Quarter called Chateau Hotel.
Make sure you visit the main sights such as the St. Louis Cathedral and the WWII museum.
We took a ghost and vampire tour of the French quarter which was quite amusing.
Bourbon Street is a must at night even if you really aren’t a partier. You will easily be amused people watching. There are also many street artists in the evenings that are quite talented. Make some time to visit a few of the galleries. My favorite was Gallery Burguieres.
Of course you simply haaave to check out at least one of the famous New Orleans cemeteries. They are hauntingly beautiful. I could spend days traversing through row after row of crypts.
By far my absolute favorite thing we did on this trip was the air boat tour. You absolutely MUST take an air boat tour while you’re in Louisiana. The bayous are soooo beautiful. It’s crazy how easy it would be to get lost in this otherworldly maze of greens and browns. The minute we got off the boat I wanted to turn back around and do it again. Unfortunately I was afraid of water damage on the tour as we had taken ALLLLLL of the pictures from the trip on the one camera so I don’t have anything visual for this part of the trip. Hey! Another reason I need to go back LOL.
Well with all of this sightseeing you’re sure to be hungry. A few of the places we went were a little disappointing so I unfortunately don’t have as many suggestions as I would like. I can however give a few solid suggestions.
First and foremost is Café du Monde. They are famous for their beignets. Deeeelicious. I will warn you the line for this place is absolutely insane during the day. That’s why we went at like 10:30pm for a light evening snack. It was perfect.
We also dined at Trenasse. It is a slightly expensive store front restaurant located in the heart of the New Orleans Central Business District. Every single thing we had was absolutely delicious and completely worth the price. I highly recommend the ceviche topped oysters and alligator tamales.
Brennan’s is the location of the first ever banana fosters and highly rated.
You might also like a muffuletta form Central Grocery.
I hope this post inspires your next trip. If you’ve already been to New Orleans what are your favorite things to see, do, and/or eat in NOLA?
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