something about new orleans—not sure if it's the food, the music, the overall laid back attitude with a ton of grit all at the same time—has made me visit 3 times within a 2 year span. while i equally loved all trips because i fell more and more in love with the city each time, my 2c on the time of year:
- our first trip to nola in the month of august was equally the best and worst time to go: great for city exploring because everything was so dead so we felt like we had everything to ourselves, but physically hard because of the heat. omg the heat.
- october for my bachelorette was the best.
- may was also great weather-wise, but everything was soooooooo so so so crowded, which i hated.
some of my favorite shots from the city, a list of french quarter/fidi favorites, + future agenda below.
food + drink
- cafe amelie for brunch
- the ruby slipper cafe for fried green tomatoes + breakfast
- willie mae's scotch house for fried chicken
- jacques-imo's cafe, for classic nola fare
- gw fins for smoked sizzling oysters and other yummy seafood
- cafe du monde—super touristy but worth it for coffee + a beignet (or 4)
- lafitte's blacksmith shop for drinks—better in the off season when it's super quiet and candle lit in the evening
- carousel bar at the hotel monteleone for a fun insta-moment
- music + dancing on frenchmen street
- antique shopping on magazine street
- swamp tour: not the fast boat kind. you want the slow boats that let you go way deep into the swamp canals for a fully immersive experience.
- oak alley plantation tour
- less french quarter (no hate, only because i've done it 3 times!) more tremé + garden district wandering
- meals from the heart cafe for brunch
- surrey's cafe for brunch
- commander's palace
- brennan's for brunch
- lily's cafe for vietnamese
- freret street po'boy + donut shop
- angelo brocato
- spitfire espresso bar
- district donut sliders brew
- domilise's po'boys
- the columns bar
- bacchanal for wine + music
- sazerac bar in the roosevelt