New Orleans: The Big Easy, Nawlins, The Crescent City, Nola.
New Orleans is by far one of my favorite places. This year my hubs and I decided to pack our bags, and do a different kind of Christmas. We rented an Airbnb that was more than perfect for our stay. Airbnb has been a lifesaver for us, and lets you spend your money on food and activities rather than lodging.
We spent three days exploring the city, listening to jazz, taking pictures and consuming that oh so good Creole food.
Here’s my top 10 list of my must do’s while in New Orleans!
1. Cafe du Monde– I read somewhere that this is the most photographed coffeeshop in the country. With god reason! Powdery, pillowy funnel cake-like beignets and cafe au lait. Yes please!
2. Bywater neighborhood- This cute area is full of candy colored houses and charm. Good for photographing the classic New Orleans home.
3. Carousel Bar– Home of the original Vieux Carre. Get a lucky seat at the Carousel, and slowly sip their potent libations. This place is so pretty, and the staff is knowledgeable.
4. Sucre– Located on Magazine Street, this sweet shop has all the macarons, ice cream and sweets to keep you happy.
5. Frenchman– This area is a more low-key Bourbon Street. We went to a bar/venue called Maison, who had the BEST band!
6. Arnaud‘s- The classic French 75! My second favorite drink, I’m a gin girl.
7. The Roosevelt Hotel– Anthony Bourdain went here on The Layover (which I watched religiously) for the birthplace of the Sazerac. Naturally, I had to go too.
8. Cochon Butcher– This butcher shop/ wine bar is a must for sandwiches!
9. Compere Lapin– We had a yummy recovery brunch at a Top Chef’s Warehouse Arts district staple. Don’t be afraid to wander outside of the touristy areas!!
10. Southern Candy Makers– Don’t make the mistake of calling it a “PRAY-leen”, it’s “PRAW-leen” down here. This place has my very favorite praline; they are divine.
Bonus: Central Grocery– You must have this Muffuletta. The olive salad on this thing is life-changing. They’re big enough to share so just grab one!
Other than checking off my long list of things, we wandered around. We made our own Snakebites (Guinness & Magners cider) , reveled in the pretty colors, jazz music and charm. It’s also a do-able car ride, (7 hours) and definitely worth it. There’s no place like New Orleans!