Planning a Weekend Trip to New Orleans? What can you accomplish in only a few days in the beautiful crescent city? LOTS!
If this is your first time in New Orleans, you will definitely want to spend some time in the French Quarter. This is the heart of the city and is bustling with life. I’d suggest checking out the array of artists, street performers, and fortune tellers around Jackson Square. Admire the St. Louis Cathedral and the beautiful architecture. If you’re in town to party, you can walk right over to Bourbon Street for some afternoon drink specials–3 for 1 drinks! You can wander in and out of any number of bars, but some of my favorite daytime Bourbon St. haunts include Razzoo, The Swamp, and Lafitte’s.
Hungry in the quarter? This can get tricky… I find Yelp to be pretty accurate for dining in the French Quarter. Some places that I can confirm are always delicious:
–SoBou– Chicken on a Bone is the best chicken I have ever had.
–Drago’s– Good selection of classic New Orleans dishes. And OYSTERS!
–Verti Mart– This is a little grocery where you can order a perfect poboy and take it to-go. *Take it to the riverfront to eat with a view!
What else to see in the quarter…
Royal Street is closed to car traffic during the day, so you will see great street performers and musicians set up on Royal. Royal St. is home to a bunch of art galleries and gift shops, so it’s great for a stroll down.
Decatur is a street with bigger name stores; Saks, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters. It is also home to the famous Cafe du Monde. You should check this out if you like powdered sugar and have never tried/heard of a beignet(bin-yay). The French Market is also on Decatur St. The French Market is sort of a tourist trap, but I always find it fun to walk through. It is made up of booths selling anything from t-shirts and sunglasses to jewelry and homemade art. There is also a newly renovated area that sells some really great food(crawfish bread, crawfish etouffee, etc).
That should give you a good start for your adventure through the French Quarter. Please let me know if I left anything out by leaving a comment!