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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!
I’ve been wanting to share a travel post with you all forever! I’ve traveled so much this past year (8 countries!) I really have been wanting to share with you my favorite spots. My biggest hurdle with trying to figure out the best way to format the post since I have so much information to share, so please let me know how you like it!
Lets first stay off where to stay! Because of course thats step one. We stayed at the the Hyatt Place in Charleston. The location was really great and within walking distance of so many of the best bars and restaurants, the hotel was very clean and welcoming! Here are some of my other recommendations on where to stay King Charles Inn, The Restoration, and The Spectator.
Start your morning off with coffee at Mercantile and Mash. Get their homemade chai latte (still dreaming of this!).
Next head over to Boone Hall Plantation, this is a touristy place but a must see! Its beautiful and gives you all the Notebook feels! You can buy tickets online, this is a little outside of Charleston but just a short Uber ride. Make sure you also check out their “special events” calendar they have lots of fun activities throughout the year!
Head back into town and have lunch/brunch a Poogan’s Porch! This is a Charleston’s favorite restaurant so I highly recommend making a reservation. Make sure you order the pimento cheese fritters!
Next head to goat.sheep.cow and go taste some of their many delicious cheeses and sit on their beautiful porch with a glass of prosecco. This location is right by King street so once you are done walk up King street and check out all of the best shops Charleston has to offer.
Once you are done with this head over to Candlefish for a candle making class! We did a 6PM class (the classes are BYOB) so feel free to pick up your favorite bottle of wine before hand! This class was one of my favorite things we did. You get to make two candles each and choose your own scent. They have SO many to choose from! Make sure to schedule your class before going.
Head back to your hotel to freshen up and head to dinner a SNOB (Slightly North Of Broad) hands down for the best restaurants in Charleston (*make sure to make a reservation).
Save room for desert and head to Carmella’s my favorite is their Peanut Butter Passion!
For drinks after dinner head over to The Gin Joint or any rooftop bars on King St.
Head over to Black Tap Coffee make sure you try their lavender latte!
Make your way to Magnolia’s for brunch (because you can never brunch too much in Charleston). Make sure you try out their fried Mac and Cheese!
Head to Charleston City Market to check out local Charleston vendors keeping old Charleston traditions alive. Make sure to snag one of their baskets to take home with you!
After some shopping walk over to get drinks at The Rooftop at Vendue to get some great cocktails and views of Charleston.
We did a walking tour with Oyster Point Walking Tours. I thought this was really great our guide was so knowledgable about the history behind Charleston. This tour also takes you by many historic locations like Rainbow Row. Highly recommend!
Go back to your hotel and freshen up then head for drinks at Husk – try one of their signature cocktails!
Leave room for some yummy breakfast at Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit!
Other recommendations for food:
-Blind Tiger Pub
-Bay Street Beirgarten
I hope you enjoyed this weekenders guide, and please let me know what other Charleston recommendations you have. Cannot wait to return!