(Closed) Visiting New Orleans!

posted 7 years ago in New Orleans
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

You have to go to Cafe du Monde – super stereotypical tourist place but absolutely fabulous.

My favorite thing was a young band of about 20 people who played amazing music.

If you want to put yourself to sleep, head to the museum.

By the time we got to NOLA (road trip with some interesting stops), we were exhausted and didn’t even do much. We walked, we drank, we walked and drank… got cussed out by a not very anonymous alcoholic.

But I loved it. The best things to do are to eat, drink, listen and observe. My people watching obsession was so fulfilled the few days we were there.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I went last year with my SO and it was amazing!

Have breakfast at Cafe Du Monde at least once, my SO loved their frozen cafe au laut and the beignettes (not sure if that is spelled right) are outstanding!

We really, really enjoyed Pierre Maspero’s, one of the best dinners we had while we were there, I reccomed the crawfish alfredo!

The Gumbo Shop was great, we went for lunch one day, amazing atmoshpere!

We had a lot of fun just wandering around The French Quarter. The Voodoo Museum was cool, but not what we were expecting (although I still carry around a bag of love gris gris). I got my palm read which was neat and we took a carriage ride through the French Quarter that was lacking considering how much we spent.

The zoo, aquarium and insectarium were awesome! We had a lot of fun riding the trolley there and back, we got to see a lot of the Garden District that way.

Try to spend some time on the river, it’s really nice down there, but no matter what you do you will have a great time!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@petitfour: Oh it was! The zoo has white alligators too which was super, super cool! We’ve been to lots of zoos (mostly in the midwest) but New Orleans is still the best one.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

When I lived there, I remember Port of Call (http://portofcallnola.com/) having the BEST burgers. It’s not specifically New Orleans cuisine, but 6 years later I still dream about them. 

Central Grocery on Decatur Street had amazing muffulettas, and Mother’s (http://www.mothersrestaurant.net/) on Poydras Street has fantastic po-boys. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Lived here my whole life! Wanna go to some places off the beaten path? Try these!

Eat at:

Fancy: Bayona, Sylvain, Herbsaint, Emeril’s Delmonico, Restaurant August, Arnaud’s, Baru (Uptown)

Casual: Drago’s, Parkway Bakery, Ignatius (Uptown), Le Crepe Nanou (Uptown), Joey K’s (Uptown), Casemento’s (Uptown)

Breakfast: Elizabeth’s (in the Bywater) or Coulis (Uptown)

Dessert: Sucre (Uptown), Angelo Brocato’s (Midcity), Southern Candymakers

Drink at: Avenue Pub (great beer selection!), Mimi’s in the Marigny, Cure (Uptown), The Columns (Uptown, and super classy!), St. Joe’s (Uptown, try the blueberry mojito) 

Drink AND listen to great jazz music at: Anywhere on Frenchmen Street. Maison, Blue Nile, and Snug Harbor are usually a good bet, but be prepared to pay a cover at Snug Harbor

 

ALSO:

Celebration in the Oaks – It’s a beautiful Christmas light display complete with all the trimmings in City Park’s Botanical Gardens! Check out: http://celebrationintheoaks.com/cito10/

Visit the Roosevelt Hotel–they’re well-known for their Christmas decorations!

Also, the Miracle on Fulton St. — fake snow every half hour πŸ™‚

That’s in addition to what was said above πŸ™‚ Have fun! And be aware of your surroundings at all times. Also, don’t wear the Mardi Gras beads!! It signals to EVERYONE that you’re a tourist and may make you a more-likely target for pick pocketing, etc. If it looks like you know what you’re doing, you’ll less likely be a victim. And always practice the buddy system! That’s my trick…I’ve lived here 23 years and have yet to be a victim of any crime *knock on wood*

Have fun, I hope you love it as much as I do πŸ™‚

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@LizLemon: Oh I forgot about Elizabeth’s! I used to live in the Bywater, and I loved that place!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Coop’s Place on Decatur (across from Margaritaville)! It looks like a DIVE, and if you go on a weekend at dinner, there WILL be a long wait (no reservations), but I guarantee it’ll be the best food you have while you’re down there!

 

The Camellia Grill is also a traditional NOLA haunt; I’d recommend the one on S. Carrollton rather than the newer one in the quarter. It’s a beautiful ride on the St. Charles streetcar line. Again, no reservations, and if you show up on a weekend during brunch hours, you might be met with a crowd.

 

If you have a little time, I highly recommend visiting Fontainebleau State Park on the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain across the causeway. If you’re looking to stay overnight, they have AMAZING waterfront cabins you can rent through the parks system for ~$120/night.

 

For a fun afternoon, near Fontainebleau State Park is Abita Springs, which has the Abita Beer Brewery and also a campy fun place called the Abita Mystery House. We just did our engagement photos at Fontainebleau and Abita Myster House and had an amazing time!

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Mrs Sarah McK: I second the Central Grocery suggestion!

 

Also, I forgot to mention in my last message, Napoleon House is also really good and famous for their Pimm’s Cup.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Last one – if you’re in the mood for pizza, I *love* Slice right now. I think they have 2 locations, 1 in the lower garden district. Near Slice is a great brunch place called Blue Plate — http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/57/620170/restaurant/Central-City/Blue-Plate-Cafe-New-Orleans.

If you don’t have your hotel yet, you can find some suggestions on our wedding site — http://www.mywedding.com/brittanyandlamont

 

Have fun!!!

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

@petitfour: If you plan on riding the trolley the whole time you’re there, I seriously recommend getting the 5 day pass!! Not only does it save you money, but the trolley’s run all the time, its so worth it.

As far as food good, I would 1000000% recommend El Gato Negro. Its this INCREDIBLE mexican place that makes FRESH quacomole right at your table. The tamales are seriously to die for, they have hundreds of different tequilas, and they serve you mexican coca cola!

I also super loved River Walk (totally a tourist trap, lol) and Harrah’s, but I love me some gambling! The buffet at Harrah’s is awesome, but the desserts are the best part, seriously.

 

I LOVE NOLA. I can’t wait to go back. I’ve been their twice this year alone…

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