New Orleans 101

I was asked by a co-worker to send her some New Orleans tips for her very first visit so I thought I’d share it with you all as well!

Now just an insight about me, I LOVE New Orleans.  I visit it almost every year now since 2013.  It’s probably my second favorite U.S. city and there is nothing like it.  You can’t go wrong with this place and once you’ve visit you will return again and again!

Food & Drinks:

  • Cafe Du Monde — Fried dough, excessive amount of powdered sugar, and chicory coffee. Why not? You’re in New Orleans! There is always a line but it’ll go by.
  • French Truck Coffee — They serve true New Orleans coffee in my opinion.  That’s my go to coffee place whenever I’m in town.
  • August — A John Besh restaurant.  I’d go here on a Friday since they do a prix fixe menu which costs whatever year it is.  So since it’s 2017 your 3 course meal is $20.17. I kid you not!  Reservations need to be made.
  • Commander’s Palace — This is probably the most famous restaurant in New Orleans.  I’ve had dinner here and it met my expectations for Creole food!  Make reservations in advance.  Oh and I hear they offer brunch on Sundays with $1 martinis so you may want to see to that as well!  P.S. Order the Creole Bread Pudding Souffle for dessert.
  • Cure — Probably my favorite cocktail bar.  It is in Freret street.
  • Carousel Bar — This place is a lot of fun, almost always packed though.  Best Pimm’s Cup in town.  It is located in Hotel Monteleone.
  • St. Roch Market — This is a market/food hall.  The building has been renovated and it is worth a visit just to check out the all white marble layout.  There’s a decent oyster bar here, oh and a juice stall as well called NolaJuice.
  • Willie Mae’s Scotch Fried Chicken — This is fried chicken heaven that’s if you like fried chicken!  It’s the traditional Southern cooking way.


  • Visit the neighborhoods and parks (Garden District, Magazine St., Bywater, Audubon Park) to really get to know what New Orleans is all about.  I can literally just take pictures of the architecture there all day.  Gas lamps, check!
  • Oh and if you can do checkout a jazz band at Spotted Cat and the Frenchman Art Market both in Frenchmen Street.
  • At all cost avoid Bourbon St. but it’s inevitable you may walk across it once or twice, ha.

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