(Closed) Has anyone honeymooned in New Orleans?

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 4
Bee
2362 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden

I didn’t have my honeymoon there, but I have been many times in the last few years and I loooove it.  A great hotel option in the French Quarter is the Country Inn and Suites, reasonable, good breakfast, but the pool is teeny tiny.

Cafe du Monde is a must for coffee (or hot chocolate, or frozen coffees) and beignets

Some restaurants I love:

  • John Besh’s Domenica, definitely make a reservation
  • Bennachin for delicious West African and a fun (teeny) environment
  • Mona’s for Middle Eastern, near Frenchman and Decateur and tons of music, so go for dinner! 504 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans – (504) 949-4115
  • I don’t eat seafood, but people love (loveloveloved) the charbroiled oysters at Drago in the big Hilton at the Riverwalk
  • If you want pizza, I’ve been happy at Slice (and the NYC-er is very picky about pizza!). Two locations, one near the Garden district.

As for things to do, definitely hear and see a lot music, there is so much down there!  Snug Harbor (if you can, see Charmaine Neville, she is amazing) and the Spotted Cat are great and right by Mona’s.  Presevation Hall is worth the visit because of its historical meaning. 

There are several museums right downtown, the Mardi Gras museum and others.  There are also tons and tons of volunteer opportunities (from soup kitchens, to Ronald McDonald House, to rebuilding) if that is something you guys wanted to spend time doing.

Cruises on the Mississippi are very popular.  There are cooking demonstrations in the Riverwalk.  You may want to spend an afternoon on the streetcar going from the French Quarter to the end of the line through the Garden District and back again.

And of course, going out! The nightlife is unreal!

Enjoy – and post pictures when you get back!! PM me if you have any questions for me, I don’t always remember to check back where I have posted previously.

 

Post # 5
Member
1109 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

also the aquarium, zoo or insectarium are fun to go see! take a street car ride down st. charles ave through the garden district. I agree with going to cafe du monde, and I went on a haunted ghost tour and it was awesome. They also have cemetary tours. There is the riverwalk mall, tons of souvenir places, shops at canal place (which is a mall). You could visit plantation houses, and visit city park, and also there are TONS of festivals all the time. Jackson square is gorgeous, and there is the Gumbo Shop if you want some good food. =)

I live about 35 minutes North of NOLA, when are you coming for your honeymoon? I can let you know if I hear of anything going on when you guys are here.

Post # 6
Bee
2362 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden

@misskarianne: Oh yes! I can’t believe I forgot the Aquarium and the Zoo – must sees!  There are big beautiful parks as well too.  There is one place, and I can’t remember exactly but it is near Cafe du Monde called Johnny’s PoBoys for the real PoBoy experience as well (as I am told! I don’t eat meat so it’s kind of wash for me)

Post # 7
Member
1766 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We got back from our NOLA honeymoon a week ago.  We loved it!  We stayed at the Royal Sonesta, which was ok. The hotel is gorgeous, but we weren’t impressed with the service, including the parking overcharge at $38 a day and someone with a key to our room trying to get in at 6 a.m., only being stopped by the bolt lock.

We spent some days just sitting by the pool and drinking cocktails. The pool water was not very refreshing though. Think bathtub. 

We were right on Bourbon Street, which I would not do again. What a zoo and it smells terrible! The French Quarter itself is very nice though. We did some walking around while the temps were in the upper 70s, but once they hit the upper 80s it was really getting uncomfortable. Definitely do the night walking tours.

We did the dinner cruise on the Steamboat Natchez. Being on the boat was fun, the food was less impressive.  You had to wait in line for an ok buffett.
Another place that didn’t impress us much was Cafe du Monde. Always crowded and lacking some serious charm, it reminded me of a mall food court. The coffee was good though.

We love Cajun Food and had plenty of it! We especially loved the Gumbo, redfish, shrimp, and of course the Hurricanes.  If you like beer, try Abita Purple Haze! One thing we discovered was that some of the local specialties were food we have up North too, just named differently:
Poboy = Sub
Muffaletta = Italian sub with olives
Beignets = flat donuts

My favorite thing was when we rented a car for one day and drove outside of the city to do an airboat tour of the Bayou. That was just increadibly beautiful!

Post # 8
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1109 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yeah if you are going to be there in the summer, go expecting some crowds, that way you wont be disappointed.

If you dont try and SIT down at Cafe du monde there is a a walk up window around back and you can park it on the small brick wall that edges the plants behind the restaurant. Also, if you go behind there, walk down a little and you can actually watch them make the beignets!

Bourbon does have a unique smell to it, but it kind of goes with the territory. You should just expect it.

Post # 10
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1474 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I’m not going there, but I’m totally jealous that you are. ๐Ÿ˜€ Have fun!

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