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COUNTRY FACTS

Country: USA

Capital: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Time Zone: Central time zone

Weather by season: Jan-Mar 45-72 degrees, Apr-June 60-90 degrees, July-Sept 72-91 degrees, Oct-Dec 47-80 degrees

Currency: USD

Food they’re known for: king cake, sno-balls, po-boys, beignets, muffaletta sandwich, jambalaya, gumbo

Drinks they’re known for: hurricane, sazerac, daiquiris

Tipping Expectations: 10-15% generally

Popular Shopping Goods: masks, mardi gras costumes

Common Shop Hours: 10am-5pm

Taxi Information: Use Uber/Lyft or the streetcar

Hotel/Accommodation Recommendations

Here are the top five accommodations in New Orleans that are in a convenient location to all the action, have a romantic ambiance, and are good enough for our fine readers. They are listed below from most budget-friendly to least. Take a quick glance at them, book one, and download our Organized Travel PDF so you can write the booking details in your “Organize the Essentials List”.

Name

Avg Cost per Night

Stars

Address, City (Neighborhood)

Check In Time

Checkout Time

Breakfast Included?

Wyndham Garden Hotel Baronne

$116

3

201 Baronne Street, New Orleans (CBD/Warehouse district)

3pm

Noon

No

The Saint Autograph Collection

$139

4

931 Canal Street, New Orleans

4pm

11am

Varies

Pontchartrain

$182

4

2031 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans

3pm

11am

No

Nopsi Hotel

$165

5

317 Baronne Street, New Orleans

4pm

Noon

Varies

Windsor Court Hotel

$334

5

300 Gravier Street, New Orleans

4pm

11am

Varies

If you are looking for a more affordable option, an apartment rental is the way to go. Using Airbnb you can rent an apartment anywhere in the city. You typically don’t get the amenities of a concierge, breakfast, gym, pool, etc so you can get your stay for less than half the price of a hotel. You’ll want to book far in advance to get a good place with good reviews. Get $40 off your first booking here: BOOK AN AIRBNB

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Trip Overview

4 DAY TRIP

DAY 1 Introduction to the city and some shopping

DAY 2 Some rum and some jazz out East

DAY 3 A whole lotta history and French Quarter

DAY 4  Po’boys and pills [possibly Mardi Gras]

New Orleans Trip Details

DAY 1 AT A GLANCE

Today’s Goal to Crush: Get a lay of the land.

Are you a breakfast eater? Well as soon as you wake up, get on Yelp and add your name to the waitlist at The Ruby Slipper. Then you can roll out of bed, get ready, and head there with less of a wait (yes, the wait is that long). It’s the most popular breakfast restaurant in town, but well worth the wait. Afterwards, we think it’s always best to start a trip with some sort of tour - how about a City Sightseeing New Orleans double decker bus tour? It’s a great way to get an idea of the layout of the city, see which areas are poppin’, and decide where you want to invest your time there. On this tour, you can hop on and off all day. However, the bus only stops every half hour without a set schedule which leaves you guessing when it will arrive next. We recommend you just stay aboard the bus the whole time and use it more as a tour than transportation from one destination to the next.

Once you’ve finished your loop, consider strolling down Magazine Street for some shopping at unique shops that have crafts from local artists. There are lots of lunch options around here. While you’re in the Garden District, you can’t leave without trying District Donuts! Anyone who has been to New Orleans recently knows about this place. Huge donuts that are to-die-for. It even won America’s favorite donut shop! If you’re into history, walk to the Lafayette Cemetery #1 where you can do a self-guided tour or a tip-only tour and learn about who its history. It was established in 1833 on the grounds of a former sugar plantation. It’s interesting to learn about the tombs and vaults, especially how they’re re-used after bodies decompose. Don’t forget to look around and admire all the beautiful homes and architecture around this part of town: unique colors, gorgeous columns, and possibly even some Mardi Gras decor!

Then head to the French Quarter for some people watching and bar hopping. One bar to consider (which will be busy) is Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop. It looks like a hole in the wall but it’s popular because of its history. It was built between 1722 and 1732 and is said to be the oldest structure used as a bar in the USA and home of some brothers’ smuggling operation. Some other options for drinks or music before dinner are B.B. King’s Blues Club or Old Absinthe House. When you’re ready for dinner, we recommend Cafe Sbisa which has delightfully delicious French-Creole cuisine. It’s a bit of a nicer place, but we basically licked our plates here: that’s how good it was. Another dinner option nearby could be Cane and Table which has a Caribbean vibe and tiki cocktails!

Call it a night or head out on the town. Bourbon Street anyone? I don’t think you need the details...you can guess what happens there.

DAY 1 DETAILS  

Destination

Hours

Address

Price

Website

Tips

City Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

9:30am-5:30pm every 30 min

700 Decatur Street or stop 5 Basic Street

$39pp

WEBSITE

Starts anytime for the 2.5 hr total tour (without getting off)

Magazine Street

Hours vary by shop

6 miles of shops and restaurants

-

-

-

Lafayette Cemetery #1

Mon-Fri 7am-2:30pm and Sat 7am-12pm

1427 Washington Ave

Free or tours by tip-only

WEBSITE

-

Bourbon Street

Hours vary at each bar but most are open until 3 or 4am

Bourbon Street

-

-

Try Old Absinthe House for drinks or B.B. King’s Blues Club for live jazz music

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Oh So Tasty Food Options & Bars Nearby:

Restaurant

Hours

Type of Food

Address

Price

Website

The Ruby Slipper

Weekdays 7am-2pm Weekends 7am-3pm

Southern breakfast

Multiple locations

$$

WEBSITE

District Donuts

7am-9pm

Donuts, sliders, & brew

2209 Magazine St

$

WEBSITE

Turkey and the Wolf

Monday 11am-5pm, closed Tue, Wed-Sat 11am-5pm, Sun 11am-3pm

Sandwich shop

739 Jackson Ave

$

WEBSITE

Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop

10am-3am

Bar

941 Bourbon St

$

WEBSITE

Cafe Sbisa

Wed-Sun 5:30pm-10pm

French-Creole

1011 Decatur St

$$$

WEBSITE

Cane and Table

Sun-Thur 5pm-11pm and Fri-Sat 5pm-midnight

Rustic Colonial cuisine

1113 Decatur St

$$

WEBSITE

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Great dinner at Cafe Sbisa

DAY 2 AT A GLANCE

Today’s Goal to Crush: Learn how rum is made!

Today is more about relaxation and taking in that New Orleans culture. Start your day with a phenomenal brunch at French Toast. It’s a tiny little restaurant near French Quarter, so once again get on the waitlist with the Yelp app. They’re obviously known for their french toast but also have great omelettes!

Next, grab the shuttle nearby for the Old Rum Distillery tour! You must pre-book this ahead of time, but they’ll pick you up and drive you to the distillery which is considered the oldest rum maker in the USA. You’ll get to tour the distillery, learn how rum is made, learn about how Hurricane Katrina affected them, and then taste some of their award-winning and unique premium rums. It was definitely a good time! After you shuttle back into town, stop at the Gazebo Cafe for some daiquiris that are made with ice-cream and are absolutely delicious. They may even have some live music there! Next door is the French Market if you’re hungry and want to grab some food to-go at one of the vendors there.

Then stroll to Frenchmen Street, daiquiri in hand (yes, that’s allowed here). This is an area of town that’s like Bourbon street, but where more of the locals hangout. You’ll find some colorful little restaurants and bars. The most poppin’ place on the street? Bamboula’s. Wow, this place was incredible! You have to buy a drink per hour if you want to sit at a table because it’s a very popular place when they have a live band. They have copper ceilings, gorgeous lighting, and an upbeat atmosphere. A few other music spots that looked cooled were d.b.a., The Spotted Cat Music Club, and The Maison.

For dinner, we suggest hitting up Palace Cafe which has tables with views of Canal Street. The food is exquisite and the service is very professional. It’s a three-story restaurant with the Black Duck rum bar on the second floor. Very yummy food. After that, head out on the town again for some more bar hopping! One must-do is going to Pat O’Brien’s for their famous hurricane cocktail. They’ve got a dueling piano bar, outdoor patio, and indoor bar so it’s a very large place and one of the most popular spots in town. Also, if you’re up for a late night dessert, get some beignets at the famous Cafe de Monde because it’s much less busy at night compared to morning. Get you some beignets and your belly will be so happy.

DAY 2 DETAILS

Destination

Hours

Address

Price

Website

Old Rum Distillery tour

Tours Mon-Sat at 12, 2, & 4pm. Sunday at 2 and 4pm.

2815 Frenchmen St

$15

WEBSITE

Oh So Tasty Food Options & Bars Nearby:

Restaurant

Hours

Type of Food

Address

Price

Website

French Toast

Weekdays 6:30am-2pm Weekends 8am-2pm

Breakfast

5433 Laurel St

$$

WEBSITE

Gazebo Cafe

Mon-Thur 10am-6pm Fri-Sun 9am-6pm

Ice cream daiquiri

1018 Decatur St

$

WEBSITE

French Market

10am-6pm

Many retail and food vendors

700 Decatur St

$

WEBSITE

Bamboula’s

11am-2am

Bar and event venue

516 Frenchmen St

$

WEBSITE

d.b.a.

Mon-Thur 5pm-4a Fri-Sun 4pm-4a

Bar and music venue

618 Frenchmen St

$

WEBSITE

The Spotted Cat

2pm-2am

Bar and jazz club

623 Frenchmen St

$

WEBSITE

The Maison

Mon-Thur 4pm-2am, Fri-Sat 4pm-3am Sun 10am-2am

Bar and music venue

508 Frenchmen St

$

WEBSITE

Palace Cafe

Weekdays 8am-10pm Weekends 10:30am-10pm

Creole

605 Canal St

$$$

WEBSITE

Pat O’Brien’s

Mon-Thur 11am-2am Fri-Sun 10am-close

Bar & Restaurant

718 St Peter St

$$

WEBSITE

Cafe du Monde

24 hours a day 7 days a week

Coffee Stand and beignets

Original location is 800 Decatur St

$

WEBSITE

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DAY 3 AT A GLANCE

Today’s Goal to Crush: Dive into New Orleans and WWII history.

Today is more of a day to learn and reflect on the past. Before that though, start your day off with a yummy breakfast at Two Chicks Cafe which has a location near the WWII museum. They’re a smaller establishment with a colorful, quirky vibe.

After filling up, head to the National WWII museum to be amazed. You could literally spend an entire day here, forewarning, so get there when they open so you have plenty of time. It’s an incredible opportunity to learn about WWII at your own pace. We recommend you start your day with the hour-long movie called Beyond all Boundaries that is narrated by Tom Hanks. It’s a great way to introduce you to what was going on in the world at this time. If you need a half-time break, they’ve got a cafe there. Trust us, you’ll want to spend most of your day here.

Once you’re done there, have reservations made for dinner at NOLA Restaurant. It’s a restaurant by famous chef Emeril Lagasse and the food is down-right good. We loved the Mama’s stuffed chicken wings and the pizza. They’ve also got a great cocktail selection there.

After dinner, head to Bourbon Street for a drink to-go and then to Preservation Hall for a jazz performance. You can get in the line and wait to see if you get in, but the line is super long and you may miss your chance. We highly recommend you book tickets ahead of time to secure a spot. We say spot because there are limited seats. It’s a very tiny room in an old hall, so most people are standing or sitting on the floor. You may be skeptical at first, but we assure you that one minute into the jazz performance, you’ll realize why you’re there. The musicians are absolutely incredible, energetic, enthusiastic, and passionate about what they do. It’s a blast!! Bring your own cocktail into the concert because they don’t have a bar there.

Once the show is over, call it a night or head out on the town again. You’ll notice that most people flock to the bars with live music, so just stroll the streets and stop at places that sound hoppin’. There are bars with a wide variety of muscle styles and even some karaoke!

DAY 3 DETAILS

Destination

Hours

Address

Price

Website

National WWII Museum

9am-5pm

945 Magazine St

$28

WEBSITE

Preservation Hall

Shows nightly at 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10pm

726 St Peter St

$20 general admission at door or $40 to reserve seats

WEBSITE

Oh So Tasty Food Options & Bars Nearby:

Restaurant

Hours

Type of Food

Address

Price

Website

Two Chicks Cafe

7am-3pm

Convention Center location closed Mon. Gravier location closed Tue.

Breakfast

a) 901 Convention Center Blvd

b) 920 Gravier St

$

WEBSITE

NOLA Restaurant

Sun-Thur 11:30am-10pm Fri-Sat 11:30am-11pm

Creole, Acadian, and Southern cuisine

534 St Louis St

$$$

WEBSITE

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Crammed in our seats at Preservation Hall

DAY 4 AT A GLANCE

Today’s Goal to Crush: Po’boys and pills.

You know how the day starts: a killer breakfast. Try out Jimmy J’s Cafe which is known as “Nawlin’s Funkiest Lil’ Cafe.” It is just that: funky and little. They don’t take reservations, so you’ll find a line out the door. We recommend you get there early when the line is shorter. Regardless of the wait, this place’s food is legit. They’re known for their po’boys, which is a Nawlin’s classic, but their biscuits and gravy was incredible as well!

Next up on the docket: pills. New Orleans is home to the Pharmacy Museum which is where the first licensed pharmacist in America opened business in the 1820’s. His name was Louis Dufilho Jr and you get to checkout his first floor pharmacy and second floor living quarters. Although the furniture and decor aren’t original, they’ve re-created it to look like it would have back then. You can look through the displays to see many different treatments that used to be given….oh boy, there are some crazy ones! Gold pills anyone? Potions? We highly suggest you try to go on a day they include the free tour because the tour guide is very comedic and you’ll learn much more with that versus just walking around on your own.

The rest of the afternoon, you could consider exploring a few different areas.

  1. Maybe you want to explore Jackson Square area more to see the St. Louis Cathedral, shop street vendors, and/or find some live music on the streets.

  2. You could also head North to the Mid-City area to go to City park, New Orleans Botanical Garden, or checkout some breweries. If you go there, consider checking out Second Line Brewing, Bayou Beer and Wine Garden, or Bulldog.

  3. A third option could be to head Uptown to a classier area of town. If you go there, consider checking out Maple Leaf Bar, or Hansen’s Sno-bliz for a sno-ball. There are two popular restaurants over there with great food: Boucherie and La Petite Grocery.

We also want to add that if you’re visiting New Orleans around Mardi Gras season, that’s a whole different ball game. Since this day is a light schedule, we’d recommend placing parade day on this day of the itinerary. Here’s what to expect during the parades. Everyone will line up on the sides of the street with lawn chairs and coolers so find a spot that works for you. The length of the parades is several miles and each Krewe has a different route, so you’ll want to look-up the routes online ahead of time. Bring a bag or backpack because you’re going to be catching a lot of goodies! From beads to toys to snacks, it will be so much that you’ll want a bag to carry it all. It’s very fun and exhilarating! There will be people everywhere, including kids running around trying to catch as many things as possible. Be prepared for the streets to be littered and dirty, so wear close-toed shoes. Don’t forget to dress up a little as well! Have fun with it! Speaking of Mardi Gras, if you’re there during this time, for sure get some King Cake somewhere - so yummy!

DAY 4 DETAILS

Destination

Hours

Address

Price

Website

The Pharmacy Museum

Tue-Sat 10am-4pm tours 1pm

514 Chartres St

$5

WEBSITE

Jackson Square

-

701 Decatur St

-

WEBSITE

Oh So Tasty Food Options & Bars Nearby:

Restaurant

Hours

Type of Food

Address

Price

Website

Jimmy J’s Cafe

7am-3pm

Creole breakfast

115 Chartres St

$

WEBSITE

Second Line Brewing

Mon 4-10pm, Tue closed, Wed-Thur 4-10pm, Fri 2pm-10pm, Sat 11am-10pm, Sun noon-8pm

Brewery

433 N Bernadotte St

$

WEBSITE

Bayou Beer & Wine Garden

11am-midnight

Bar

315 N Rendon St

$

WEBSITE

Bulldog

11am-3am

Pub

3236 Magazine St

$

WEBSITE

Maple Leaf Bar

3pm-4am

Bar and music venue

8316 Oak St

$

WEBSITE

Hansen’s Sno-bliz

1pm-7pm closed Mondays

Sno-balls

4801 Tchoupitoulas St

$

WEBSITE

Boucherie

Open Wed-Sun hours vary for lunch/dinner

Southern food

8115 Jeannette St

$$$

WEBSITE

La Petite Grocery

Open Tue-Sun hours vary for lunch/dinner

Louisiana fare

4238 Magazine St

$$$

WEBSITE

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Hello, we are Zach (@zachdorworth) and Steph (@stephdorworth). We are Mr & Mrs traveling the world one romantic city at a time while perfecting obsessively organized travel.

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