I recently had the pleasure to visit the vibrant city of New Orleans with my travel blogger bestie Cherrie Lynn. We went on this trip with the tourism board of Nola and fell in love with this incredible vibrant city!
Nicknamed the “Big Easy,” it’s known for its round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene and spicy, singular cuisine reflecting its history as a melting pot of French, African and American cultures. New Orleans is the best city to visit for fun, parties, events and culture and has something for everyone! It’s such a great getaway for a girls trip, bachelorette, family or even couples. Here is a quick travel guide if you are ever planning a trip to the city.
We stayed at the Selina Catahoula Hotel. Nestled on a quiet street in a renovated townhouse in the heart of downtown, Selina Catahoula Hotel is ideal for making the most of New Orleans. Located in Central City, New Orleans, the hotel is just a short walk from St. Charles streetcar line, the French Quarter, Bourbon Street, a bustling food scene, and some of the best museums and retail in the region. I loved its central location, we were able to walk almost everywhere! On-site features include their award-winning Piscobar, rooftop terrace, outdoor courtyard, ‘Grab & Go’ convenience store, and an on-site restaurant.
Here are a few suggestions on what to do in the French quarter :
We loved Freret street as well as the Garden District and Magazine street. The Garden District is a dynamic community grounded in a strong sense of tradition. Some of its homes are still known by the names of the families that built them over a century ago. Laid out in 1806 by Barthelemy Lafon as an open, semi-urban system of interrelated parks with basins, fountains and canals, the Garden District was “one of the earliest expressions of the Greek Revival to appear in New Orleans,” according to noted architect, the late Samuel Wilson, Jr. Both Freret and magaizine street have tons of cool restaurants, shopping and fun wall art/murals to explore.
We took the iconic Charles streetcar to Audubon Park near Tulane and Loyola. Audubon park has the beautiful Oak trees which are not to miss when you visit here!
Nola has a vibrant jazz music scene! Some suggestions on where to go – D.B.A and the Spotted Cat Music Club.
Nola is such a foodie city, we absolutely loved it! See below for all our recommendations.
1 . Cafe Du Monde – The Original Cafe Du Monde Coffee Stand was established in 1862 in the New Orleans French Market. The Cafe is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. No trip to Nola is complete without beignets and a cafe au lait!
2. Cafe Beignet – Another iconic cafe and a must visit on your trip! Unpopular opinion but I liked their beignets better than Cafe Du Monde.
3. Lorettas Pralines – Recently voted as the best beignets in Nola, Lorettas Praline beignets were our absolute fave!
4. District Donuts – for their yummy speciality donuts
1 . Seaworthy – for delicious Cajun seafood. Try the oysters and shrimp po’boys.
2. Brennans – Go here for brunch! And do not miss their world famous banana fosters!
3. Val’s – modern mexican cuisine and a cool ambiance.
4. Elizabeth Street Cafe – yummy Vietnamese food in a super cute setting.
5. The Vintage
6. La Petite Grocery – traditional New Orleans cuisine, loved their Blue Crab Beignets.
7. Ruby Slipper Cafe
8. Willa Jean
1. Bar Marilou – love the vibe of this speak easy bar!
2 . Cure – Cure has been named one of “America’s Best Bars” by Esquire, listed as one of the “Best Cocktail Bars in the U.S.” by Food & Wine, and hailed among New Orleans’ best cocktail bars. A must visit!
3. Carousel Bar
Hope this guide helps you plan a trip to New Orleans!
Thanks for stopping by! xoxo