I recently went back to one of my favourite cities, New Orleans. I went there a couple of years ago, see that post HERE It’s definitely a fun and lively city. I honestly have a hard time comparing it to any other place I’ve visited. The French Quarter has a Caribbean meets European look while the Garden District has more of a traditional southern look with beautiful colonial and southern style homes. Some say the city has an eerie yet magical vibe; I have to say I agree. It’s considered to be one of the most haunted cities in the U.S. maybe even the world! If you believe in that, it makes sense, New Orleans has a unique and long history dating back to the 1700’s, with many vibrant and gory stories that are sure to make you miss a night’s sleep! Or at least I missed a night’s sleep, haha.
Here’s my travel guide to one of my favourite cities. There are so many great places in New Orleans but these are some of my top picks!
Where to Stay
The Bourbon Orleans, is at really good location right on the corner of Bourbon and Orleans, right in the heart of the French Quarter. It’s an older hotel, considered to be one of the more haunted hotels. The 6th floor is the “haunted floor” where I accidentally stayed : ) it also has a nice pool area.
The Omni Royal Orleans (make sure not to get it confused with the 2 other Omni properties in NOLA) is just a couple of blocks over at Royal and St Louis Street. Also considered a haunted hotel, I really think you’d be hard pressed to find a hotel in the French Quarter that didn’t have a story! The Omni also has a room that is considered to be quite haunted and they charge more for people who want to stay there. This is a very pretty older hotel, with a rooftop pool that has a great view of the French Quarter, some say the best.
The W Hotel also in the French Quarter, is a newer hotel, not sure if it’s haunted : ) It has a really nice bar, restaurant and pool area.
The Ace Hotel, is at the corner of Carondelet and Lafayette in the Warehouse District close to both the French Quarter and Garden District. If you’ve stayed at other Ace properties you’ll love this one, it has a great rooftop pool and bar.
Where to Eat and Drink
Compère Lapin at The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery, 535 Tchoupitoulas Street – great for brunch or drinks
Stanley Restaurant, 547 St Ann Street – great for brunch or lunch
Drip Affogato, 703 Carondelet Street – cute coffee shop
District Donuts, 2209 Magazine St
Willa Jean’s, 611 O’Keefe Avenue – great for brunch
Salon by Sucre, 622 B Conti Street, upstairs – this was one of my favourite places, if we could have gone back we would have. Downstairs they have desserts and the most amazing gelato and sorbets
Cafe Amelie, 912 Royal Street
Brennan’s, 417 Royal Street – is an absolute must! We went there 3 different times for drinks and then for brunch. We would have gone for dinner as well but we didn’t have enough time.
Effervescence, 1036 N Rampart Street – a beautiful little champagne and wine bar
Sylvain, 625 Chartres Street – great for brunch or dinner
Café Du Monde, 800 Decatur Street – this is a must, their coffee and beignets and amazing and perhaps even famous
Cafe Beignet, 334 Royal Street – also has great beignets and coffee
Where to Shop
Sunday Shop, 2025 Magazine Street – I could have bought everything in this store! They carry beautiful home decor and apothecary items. They sell Byredo so my bf had to basically drag me out of there!
Monomin, 2104 Magazine Street – a beautiful monochromatic shop carrying clothing and apothecary items
Elle Boutique, 2108 Magazine Street
Saint Claude Social Club, 1933 Sophie Wright Place
There are also a ton of cute shops in the French Quarter along Royal
What to do
In New Orleans you have to go on some sort of ghost or history tour. There are walking, carriage ride or bus tours. We went on this one but there are so many to choose from and your hotel concierge can point you in the right direction as well.
The National WWII Museum, I wouldn’t have normally gone here but my bf wanted to go and I’m glad we did. The museum is really well done and it ended up being a great way to spend a rainy afternoon.
The Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond exhibit at The Presbytère, I think this is a must, it’s a quick exhibit of what happened during Hurricane Katrina, it really gives you more of an appreciation and understanding of what really happened.
Have dinner with a ghost at Muriel’s, Muriel’s restaurant sets a table for Antoine every night and you can eat with him, who knows what will happen! I personally would be too scared to do it but if you try it out let me know!
If you visit New Orleans I hope you love it as much as I do and if you end up trying any of these places, let me know what you think or if you have any other recommendations!
Thanks for reading, xo