Oh NOLA, I could easily make this post one giant ode to New Orleans. NOLA is a magical place, that I cannot recommend visiting enough. The city is full of beyond charming things to see, tasty places to eat, and jazzy places to spend your evenings.
My recent trip to NOLA was my second time visiting the lively city. This time around I frolicked through the city with eleven friends over a long weekend. This trip was so refreshing and recharging. And has reminded me how fun traveling with a group really is!
HOW TO GET AROUND
To get around in NOLA you can walk or take the trolley basically everywhere. The fact that the city is so walkable is one of my favorite things about the city overall! Especially when the weather is mid 70’s everyday, I mean who wouldn’t want to walk everywhere? Do be sure to take the trolley at least a few times! The trolley has an old school feel and is so fun to ride. It goes right up the middle of St Charles street which is beautiful. The trolley is $1.25 a person making it super affordable. BONUS: not only can you drink everywhere in NOLA but you can also BYOB on the trolley as long as your cup is not glass and has a lid!
WHERE TO EAT
Po-Boys: If you are staying near Magazine Street Po-Boys at Parasol’s are a must.
Beignets & Pralines: Let me tell you the hype around Cafe Du Monde is Real. I had sooo many people before my trip tell me not to go because the line was just too long. Well we couldn’t resist and with some insider knowledge we hopped in the take out window line, and grabbed some beers for while we waited. The line went super quick and honestly the time flew by! I ate a bag of 3 beignets myself and left Cafe Du Monde with a giant smile on my face and powdered sugar all over my dress. Insider Tip: Cafe Du Monde is open 24 hours a day so go at night to skip the line!
If praline’s are more your thing be sure to try Loretta’s. They have a store front as well as a space at the French Market!
Dinner: Coop’s Place is not to be missed for traditional creole. PSA order the supreme jambalaya you will not regret it. Insider Tip: Coop’s place can have a long line, but trust me the line goes fast. Grab a frozen Irish Coffee from Molly’s at The Market next door while you hang out in line!
Air Boat Tour: I have been on two tours with this company and both were SOO FUN. The air boat tour is a solid 30 minute drive from the city but is well worth it! You are sure to see some gators, beautiful sights, and to whip around the swamp in an air boat!
Live Music: The Spotted Cat is a fabulous spot to hear live music on Frenchman street. Plus there is an awesome art market right next to The Spotted Cat at night! We also LOVED The Royal Frenchman, which is just right down the road!Ghost & Vampire Tour: Dare I say it this might be my favorite thing we did the entire trip! We went on the Ghost & Vampire Tour, but our AWESOME tour guide also highly recommended the Saints and Sinners Tour!
All in all NOLA is fabulous! The city is epic, and you can feel the rich history everywhere. I would love to hear your NOLA recommendations below!
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