A few weeks ago I headed to New Orleans for the first time for a high school friend’s wedding and since it was my first time visiting, decided to spend 4 days to really explore the city (spoiler: there was a ton we didn’t get to). The weather was perfect and we spent the time wandering the streets, drink in hand (BECAUSE YOU CAN), and I swooned over the colors, the architecture, and the food. Here’s my food-centric New Orleans Travel Guide.
What am I looking at? I don’t even know, but I seem intrigued. It was probably food. Speaking of which, here are the restaurants we checked out!
I’m going to be totally honest, if I had gone into St. Roch Market and not left for 4 days, I probably would have come home thinking, “Not a bad trip!” This food hall was a 5 minute walk from our Airbnb and we stumbled upon it on our first venture out while in desperate need of coffee (a 6:30 am flight will do that). We ended up having ceviche, crawfish poutine, shrimp and grits, oysters, and rice and beans. And then coffee.
This is where we had our final meal of the trip and I think we saved the best for last. The wood fired oysters with chili garlic butter were possibly the best thing I’ve ever eaten.
Located in the W Hotel in the French Quarter, SoBou (which stand for South of Bourbon) was delicious, despite it’s debatably douchey name. The Yellowfin Tuna Cones with pineapple ceviche & basil avocado ice cream were pretty heavenly. Plus, check out this interior.
Open 24 hours (and apparently packed for almost all of them) Cafe Du Monde is a New Orleans staple for coffee and beignets.
Bottomless mimosas, fries covered in feta, and a drag show at noon. So much yes. (There’s also a pool and sauna out back, but we were too focused on the mimosas to make it out there. Next time.)
This cute little place on Magazine Street was perfect for a Sunday brunch. We got the Hand Made Fettucine, B.E.L.T, Pickle Jar, and Chocolate Cake.
A romantic little spot on Magazine Street with exposed brick, delicate chandeliers, and a great porch in the back.
We didn’t do a ton of shopping (too busy eating), but we came across Krewe du optic, an awesome sunglass boutique and cafe founded in 2013 by New Orleans native Stirling Barrett. The minimal design, boobie succulent holders, and cute courtyard were totally my jam. The sunglasses were great, too.
Overall I give the trip two thumbs up! I ate, drank, and paraded through the streets. But mostly I took pictures of windows and doors: