With Mardis Gras right around the corner (February 28, 2017), I thought I would share my guide to New Orleans with you! The photos in this post were taken a few years ago when I was using a not-so-great cell phone camera, so my apologies if the photo quality is not up to par. (I wish I started blogging sooner!) I had to include the photos in with this guide despite the quality because New Orleans is EPIC and it’s more fun to have a visual. My trip to New Orleans was 7 days total, but I think 4-5 days is plenty of time to take it all in. Without further ado, here is your guide to New Orleans!
Where to Stay
Garden District Bed and Breakfast was where I stayed during my trip and absolutely loved it. It was cozy and our host was incredibly helpful. It’s located outside of the French Quarter on a quiet residential street, surrounded by mansions and oak trees. (The architecture in New Orleans is so impressive and unique!) It’s only a short cab ride away to downtown where you’ll find Bourbon Street and the French Quarter.
Where to Eat and Drink
Here’s a list of a few of my favourite local eateries:
The Old Coffee Pot Restaurant – This restaurant is located in the French Quarter and is fantastic for breakfast (the grits are really delicious!).
Joey K’s – A casual lunch or dinner spot serving Creole comfort food.
Mahony’s Po-Boy Shop – The BEST Po’Boys (traditional New Orleans sandwich)!
Pat O’Brians – Located on Bourbon Street, it’s famous for its dueling pianos and it’s a must see on your trip to New Orleans! Our evening here was the best night of musical entertainment of the trip!
Cafe Du Monde – World famous for its delicious beignets.
What to Do
Bourbon Street – Watch those bead necklaces fly down from the balconies! This is the party street in New Orleans with countless bars.
French Quarter – Tons of shops, bars and restaurants. It’s one of the oldest neighbourhoods in New Orleans and has so much history, it’s worth getting involved with a walking tour group to hear about it all. A major landmark is Jackson Square, pictured below. New Orleans is also well known for its unique buildings and architecture and many of the buildings in the French Quarter have balconies.
Swamp Tour – In the summer months you’ll see plenty of alligators!
Lafayette Cemetery – Interesting fact, the movie Double Jeopardy was filmed here.
Jazz bars – Many of the bars in the French Quarter have live Jazz music every night. My favourite Jazz bar was Fritzel’s European Jazz Pub.
Oak Alley Plantation – A plantation tour is a great way to learn about the history of New Orleans.
What to Bring
- A warm jacket, New Orleans can get cold in the winter months, including February (which is around the time of Mardis Gras)
- Running shoes/sneakers for walking around the French Quarter
- Bug repellent if you’re planning a swamp tour
Thank you so much for reading! Hopefully you found this guide to New Orleans helpful! Happy travels! Follow me on Instagram to see more of my travel adventures! xoxo Candice