Over MLK weekend we decided to make the short trek to New Orleans (about 5 hrs from Houston) for a fun weekend get away, and it did not disappoint!
Its been a couple years since I’ve explored the streets of New Orleans and my interests have changed quite a bit, we focused a little less on Bourbon Street this trip and decided to take in all the great food (drinks) and culture NOLA had to offer. See all the details of 72 hours adventure along with my top recommendations!
We checked into our beautiful and conveniently located hotel, The Eliza Jane. I was in awe on how beautiful this hotel was and immediately it gave me the sudden urge to redecorate my entire house. It had many cozy spots to hang out by the fire, a full bar, and an (award winning) restaurant attached. We did not eat at the restaurant, but it smelled amazing every morning!
After we checked in we walked over to Seaworthy for some delicious oysters (insider tip- try to make reservations, we had to wait even at 11PM at night). This spot is cute, cozy and Instagram worthy. After dinner we headed over to the iconic ACE Hotel for drinks.
We headed to the famous Ruby Red Slipper for brunch, right across from the hotel (tip: use the “Nowait” app to secure your place in line). The brunch was delicious and everything we had hoped for- You can’t go wrong with the “big easy” mimosa!
Next on the list, explore the French quarter pop into all of the fun stores, street performers, and even enjoy a beignet.
Wander over to the Pharmacy Museum for a very interesting look on the evolution of modern medicine and walk out feeling #blessed to live in the 21st century. Fee $5 – open 10-4PM guided tours at 1pm (except Saturdays)
Squeezed into Arnaud’s French 75 bar for the best French 75 of your life (champagne + gin + lemon = perfection). Order the soufflé potatoes for a quick snack.
Head over to St. Roch Market food hall and get one of everything! But seriously save room and then head over to Red’s Chinese – Dive style but the best Chinese food in the south. Try the Craw Rangoons!
Now at this point- you’ll need more champagne so head over to the cutest champagne bar Effervescence for all your champagne dreams to come true! To my non-champagne drinkers don’t worry they have other cocktails as well.
You can’t successfully end a day without desert so head over to Bakery Bar (open until 11) to get the rainbow cake!
Schedule a cemetery tour- We used Tours by Steven (although there are many) and toured St. Louis Cemetery #1. This was such a cool experience and you get to see the famous tombs and learn more about the history of this cemetery – even see Nicolas Cages tomb! Tours are generally 9am-2pm. Note you must have a tour guide to enter this cemetery.
Head over to Parkway Bakery & Tavern to live out your Po-boy dreams (if you didn’t have Po-boy dreams you will now). Get the sweet potatoes fries for a side!
Thing swing by the famous Magazine Street and explore all the shops and unique to New Orleans boutiques.
Don’t forget to head over to La Boulangerie – For the best Kings Cake (if in Season)
Uber (or Lyft) to Carousel bar and try to grab a seat at the rotating bar and yes it is as cool as it sounds.
Go to Hot Tin for sunset to see a beautiful view of the entire city and indulge in their delicious cocktails
Save your appetite and go to Saba (make a reservation in advance!) and eat your heart out. They have specials that change daily but I highly recommend the Bulgarian feta and Cauliflower babaganoush. If you need any more convincing, please read warm pita bread.
End your night on Frenchman street- walk into any bar and hear beautiful jazz music that NOLA does best. (note: popular bars like The Spotted Cat charge a smaller cover fee, so have some cash on you!)
Other notable places to eat:
- Le Petite Grocery for brunch
- The Big Cheesy
- Pizza delicious
- Cochon Butcher – Muffuletta
- Killer Po-Boys
We can’t wait to return and explore NOLA more!