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New Orleans in 3 Days

I traveled down to New Orleans to meet up with my sister-out-law (it’s when a former in-law is still so important you keep them as family, obviously). It certainly helps to have someone who’s fun to travel with but even if you’re solo I think you’d have a great time! Check out our long weekend itinerary here:

Day 1

We start out in the French Quarter, where our hotel was. Not really big on breakfast (at least at the start) so we head over to the French Market where you can get anything from knockoff sunglasses to food to handmade jewelry and more! I would definitely recommend grabbing some souvenirs here (but don’t go all out – you’ll want to pick some stuff up elsewhere I promise!).

After that we head over to the Bywater/Marigny area and grab some lunch at Pizza Delicious. FYI if pizza puts you over the “too full” edge you can check out Crescent Park or wander around looking at the colorful shotgun houses. It’s a really cute area! Post pizza and stroll we head to Bacchanal Wine where we pick up a bottle of rose (it is, after all, almost 100 degrees out so red is off the table). Luckily we were able to snag a table in the shade and listened to some local jazz while we knocked out the bottle.

Just melting into a hot mess in front of this super cute house, NBD.

For dinner we head to St. Roch’s Market for the diversity in offerings (I’m eating vegan and my travel companion is certainly not). Delicious! After dinner and a short stroll we’re off to the Palace Market Frenchmen – remember when I said you would want to buy souvenirs somewhere else? I got a beautiful print from a local photographer, shopped handmade jewelry, ceramics and managed to coat myself in glitter at the Glitter Buffet. Note on this: it was a poor choice. I’m still finding glitter to this day. Be warned.

After shopping we walked Frenchmen Street and stopped into just about every bar we passed. Alternating between DJ’s and live jazz it was great – a much more grown up crowd than Bourbon Street. We’ll end the night here, just make sure to stay hydrated if you do the same.

Day 2

After feeling a bit rough this morning (thanks, Frenchmen!) we get to a slightly slower start. I also decide that I actually need breakfast so we find somewhere in the French Quarter to grab a bite and some much needed coffee. Green Goddess does the trick and is fairly quiet, tucked into a little alleyway.

Post breakfast we walk around the Quarter and up to Jackson Square. We attempt to stop at Cafe Du Monde but the line is over two blocks deep and there was absolutely zero chance we were going to bake in the sun for some snacks (you can read more about alternatives in my last post here). Taking our time we do some more shopping and pick up some much needed fans at Lost & Found and catch some live music on several corners.

The weekend we were in NOLA the Southern Decadence Festival was holding a parade so we hurried back to the hotel to catch it (our hotel was, coincidentally, on the parade route and our balcony directly over the road). It was so much fun! New Orleans knows how to throw a party, that’s for sure!

Just before sunset we head to catch a street car to the Garden District. We have perfect weather, it’s not too crowded and it’s actually rather enjoyable. The windows are down as we cruise through the massive mansions while it gets dark. After this we head to Auction House Market (seeing a food hall theme here?) for some dinner. Again, solid choice.

Street cars at sunset

Not going 100 tonight, that’s for sure! We grab some bubbles from the hotel bar and take it up to our balcony, watching the post parade debauchery ensue below before calling it an early night. And by early, I mean before midnight.

Day 3

Last day! We have a tour planned for 1pm to the Destrehan Plantation and a swamp tour so we take the morning to stroll the French Quarter again. We met a very nice local business owner who filled us in on where to get beignets so we head over to Cafe Beignet on Royal Street and pick up some strong coffee and, of course, a bag of beignets. We eat them at a little table overlooking a small garden area before heading up towards Decatur for the tour pickup.

The best part of the plantation tour was the Slave Revolt of 1811 museum as it didn’t gloss over the dark side of slavery in the South. After leaving Destrehan we head to the swamp tour boat launch where we pickup some beers before boarding the boat with Captain Tony. The tour let us see some gators, turtles, raccoons and a number of birds, along with a voodoo shack (according to the Captain it was an original building that they just “stood back up”) and a cemetery from a flood in 1915. The best part of the tour was Captain Tony and his stories about living in the bayou! We take the bus back to Decatur and take the long way back to the hotel, enjoying the French Quarter one last evening.

Unable to decide on where to get dinner (unfortunately the restaurant I wanted to go to was closed on Monday nights) we go back to St. Roch’s Market. The variety and options available mean it doesn’t feel like eating at the same place twice! When we’re done with our dinner we head to Mimi’s in the Marigny, a local bar with an interesting snack menu and some good music (the Vandals!).

This was our long weekend! I didn’t include my first afternoon plans in this post but the first thing I did was visit Studio Be (you can read about that here) and I would certainly squeeze it in if you can! I’ll be putting up a guide of all the places we ate and drank shortly, too, so stay tuned.

Have you been to New Orleans? Tell me all about your favorite things to do!

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  1. Kait | Slumber & Scones

    October 1, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    What a beautiful city, and it sounds like you packed a lot into one weekend. I would love to visit New Orleans one day!

  2. Kathy

    October 1, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    Excellent and fun suggestions. Thanks.

  3. Jerrieal Small

    October 1, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    Love Louisiana my home town! Glad you had fun!! Surprisingly enough I have never been on the alligator tour! Ahah

  4. Kat&Phil

    October 2, 2019 at 12:00 am

    This is a pretty perfect 3 day itinerary! You hit some great spots. Green Goddess is delish!! We are heading back for Mardi Gras next year and can’t wait!

  5. Summer

    October 2, 2019 at 10:41 am

    This looks like so much fun! NOLA is high up on my places to visit. My husband went once back when he was in high school and loved it. I’m all about spirit so I know I’d love it!

  6. Melissa

    October 2, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    I love New Orleans and your photos are gorgeous!

  7. Becky

    October 2, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    New Orleans is at the top of my bucket list! Good to know about Frenchmen Street. I would definitely want to go out but Bourbon Street seems like it can be pretty wild.

  8. roxy

    October 3, 2019 at 9:33 am

    Such a gorgeous city!! ? I haven’t visited some of the places you suggest yet, so bookmarking this for my next NOLA trip!!

  9. Rachel

    October 3, 2019 at 9:38 am

    ahh looks like fun!! I was actually supposed to go for the first time last year, but my husband and I both had a dream the same night I died on the trip soooo we bailed on it while we were literally at the airport on our way lol

  10. Christa

    October 3, 2019 at 10:27 am

    What an incredible weekend! I’ve never been to NOLA but it’s high on my list of places to go.

  11. Joan

    October 3, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    I have only seen NOLA on tv and in movies, definitely in my bucket list. That colourful house is so cute.

  12. aisasami

    October 3, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    I never been to New Orleans but I want to because it has rich history, such beautiful sights, and love the vibrant colors of the city!

  13. Cherrie Bautista

    October 3, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    New Orleans looks like a beautiful place to visit. Your pictures looked like those I watch from NCIS New Orleans. I particularly liked the architecture, especially the alleyway shot you have.

  14. Crickette, The Things I Have to Say

    October 4, 2019 at 1:17 am

    I’ve always been fascinated by New Orleans. A lot of my favorite shows were set in NOLA–American Horror Story, The Originals, and so forth.

    I’d love to see some of the old houses too. I’d like to see a plantation house and try to feel how it was like in the past.

  15. Rachel

    October 4, 2019 at 5:07 am

    Wow looks absolutely amazing. Your photo’s are really stunning and I would love to go one day. Thank you for a great post to read and will sure to come back to read more xx

  16. Samantha

    October 4, 2019 at 5:23 am

    I have not been to New Orleans but it is somewhere we have discussed going loved your 3 day review as given me more ideas on what to do when we do visit

  17. Liz Santos

    October 4, 2019 at 8:01 am

    Whoa! I never got a chance to roam and explore this place, last year but hopefully this coming year. Those pictures show so much fun and what the city could offer, thanks for sharing your experience, I bet that was a good trip.

  18. LuciWest

    October 4, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    Gotta love New Orleans! And it looks and sounds like you had a fab trip. Perfect timing and location with the Southern Decadence coming right by your hotel balcony! Maybe my favorite part about your post is learning the term sister-OUT-law. Clever.

  19. Khushboo

    October 4, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    Wow the place looks amazing. I would love to visit there sometimes

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