Good Morning Ya’ll! I have just returned from New Orleans, Louisiana and am excited to tell you about my southern adventures! We stayed in the sweetest French boutique tucked away on the banks of the Mississippi River right in the center of the French Quarter. The French Market Inn has a charming garden and stone paved courtyard which opens onto a lobby filled with period paintings, chandeliers, and columns. I have a weakness for anything and everything Parisian, this was just the right fit for me! Another recommendation when searching for a hotel is the Omni Royal Hotel, my in-laws stayed here and I recommend making your way to the rooftop, its view is breathtaking!
Here are some of my favorite places to eat in New Orleans:
Breakfast or Brunch Spots:
- The Ruby Slipper is just incredible and you can order two different egg benedict choices making a combination of all of your favorites!
- The Old Coffee Pot has been known to serve the best breakfast in New Orleans, and they do not disappoint! With an adorable courtyard in the back you can enjoy a quiet breakfast with friendly service every time.
- Johnny’s Po Boys is a casual deli style joint, I recommend the biscuits!
- PJ’s Coffee is the local coffee house, it is like Starbucks to NYC and can be found at every corner. This was also attached to our little inn and we were even given a secret back entrance from within the hotel, I will admit I felt like a VIP every morning!
- Willa Jean was a delightful change from the fried food that is everywhere else. We went for lunch and I had the most delicious salad. I also recommend trying Willa Jean’s for breakfast, the menu looked out of this world.
- Willie Mae’s Fried Chicken has been voted the best in America, you have to try it! This place was recommended by a friend, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! You have to take an uber to travel there but it is well worth it!
- Mothers is the spot to choose if you want to try an authentic Po Boy! You will be waiting in line, but like every place I have included on my lists, its worth the wait!
- The Joint is mouth watering and will leave you dreaming of BBQ! Another location that is an uber trip away but my goodness is it good. They have only been around since 2004, which seems crazy because of the incredible reputation they already hold. I have no recommendation, just try anything, I assure you it will be good!
- Cafe Du Monde this one is a tourist spot, but its one of those Gotta do it things! Go for the full experience and get the Beignets and Cafe Au Lait.
- Cafe Beignet is another spot that serves yummy beignets, and worth a stop! I recommend the location on Royal street, it’s quaint and has a cute outdoor garden, if you are lucky a local musician will park themselves right outside and play you music while you enjoy!
- Sucré has macaroons that are to die for! My husband & Mother-in-law tried the gelato and loved it as well, I am pretty sure they will have something for everyones sweet tooth!
- Napoleon House is an historic location with simple dining, I love the ambiance and music that plays in the background, giving you the european charm. Try the popular Pimm’s cup it’s just delicious on a hot day!
- The Rib Room is a fine dining location that has amazing steak!
- Juan’s Flying Burrito is a yummy spot for a good burrito, lunch or dinner!
- Carousel Bar a New Orleans hot spot, and a unique way to have a drink while slowly turning on the carousel! No worries its not fast enough to make you sick, trust a girl who gets motion sickness.
- Pat O’Brian’s the inventors of the hurricane
- Erin Rose try the frozen Irish coffee!
Things to do:
- Cajon Encounter Swamp Tours such a fun way to see a different side of Louisiana. They provide transportation from your hotel and give you a history tour of the area while heading to your destination. These guys are great fun!
- Preservation Hall is a MUST when visiting New Orleans. This is where you will find traditional New Orleans jazz, and not just any jazz, but some of the best jazz there is! You can wait in line for one of the nightly shows, usually about an hours’ worth of time. NOTE: you will be in a standing room only space (it’s a small space so you can still see and hear pretty well). Or you can purchase the “Big Shot” reserved seating, this is seated and right up front, you will be paying more, but man oh man is it worth it!
- Creole Queen is a Paddlewheeler boat that will transport you down the Mississippi river. You can choose the Dinner Jazz Cruise or the Historical River Cruise. We decided on the historical tour and the boat took us to Chalmette Battlefield where the battle of New Orleans took place at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park. Along the river as we rode we received a historical rundown of everything surrounding us and everything that took place before the battle and it was amazing to see these sites and hear these stories. I absolutely recommend it!
- Shopping is fun in New Orleans, so many cute boutiques and fun shops including my new favorite stop Ma Sherie Amour in Jackson Square! Many of the boutiques have wonderful French items like soaps and smelling slats, I love it all and always walk away with a little something, this time a Jasmine room spray!
- One fun thing that I wasn’t expecting to do was travel along the longest bridge over a body of water in the world – The Causeway Bridge over Lake Pontchartrain! While heading to a meeting, because work never does stop. I had the chance to travel along this 24 mile long bridge, it was so silly that I was excited but how many people can say they traveled over a bridge that they could spot from their plane and was in the Guinness book of World Records!
When I travel I always love a few good wardrobe pieces that I can mix & match throughout my trip. These Vici Collection jeans are so soft and comfortable, I wore them a number of times. This OTS top is so cute, I have it in blush as well, you really can’t go wrong with a bell sleeve! My go-to travel shoes are these Calvin Klein slip on wedge sandals, here is a similar style. They are very comfortable to walk around in, and still give me that height I always want (#funsized!)
So much good food and so many fun adventures in New Orleans, next time I think I will try a plantation tour! What are your favorite spots in New Orleans?
Photography By: Myself and my Loving Husband!
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