Where to stay...

Treat Yourself: The Ritz Carlton

Set in the French Quarter, this luxury hotel is a 12-minute walk from St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square.  Dining options include a farm-to-table restaurant serving Southern-inspired fare, plus a lounge/bar with live music. There’s also a high-end spa, a resistance pool, a fitness center and event space.

Affordable: Airbnb in ByWater, French Quarter or The Garden District

I think an Airbnb is the way to go in New Orleans because you really get an authentic experience, whether you stay a bit further out of the French Quarter or right in the madness on Bourbon St. booking an Airbnb is smart if you are travelling with a large group. 

Day 1:

9:00am - Breakfast at the famous, Cafe Du Monde, known for café au laits, chicory coffee & beignets since 1862.

10:00am - Walk along the boardwalk with great views of NOLA and The Mississippi River. 

11:00am - Catch the trolley to the Garden District

1:30pm - Grab lunch in the garden district at Juan's Flying Burrito known for strong drinks and great Mexican! 

3:00pm - Walk back into the city along Magazine St. stopping at boutique shops along the way or you can easily take the same trolley you took to get out to the Garden District. 

4:00pm - Boat cruise along the Mississippi River - Grab some drinks and float down the Mississippi with live Jazz.

7:30pm - Dinner at Meril , Emeril Lagasse's restaurant in New Orleans for an upscale meal. 

9:00pm - Head out to Bourbon St. for a fun filled night of bar hopping, drinking and dancing.

12:00pm - Make sure you check out Piano Piano Bar for a friendly and audience engaging battle between 2 pianists/singers. Don’t miss Lafitte's Blacksmith Bar, serving cocktails and Jazz since the 1700s. 941 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA


Day 2:

10:00am - Brunch in ByWater at Satsuma

11:30am - Walk around ByWater and find churches, antique shops and boutiques.

1:30pm - Walk from ByWater to St. Roch Market. This cool food hall sells fresh food, drinks, and offers indoor and outdoor seating. Eat in the market or take a 15-20min walk from the market to the Louis Armstrong Park. This 32 acre park located in the Tremé neighborhood is a great spot for people watching and a picnic. 

3:30pm - Enjoy the Louis Armstrong Park and walk down Orleans St. from the park to Jackson Square. Walk around St. Louis Cathedral and the square to find art vendors and boutique shops.

7:00pm - Order in from Pizza Delicious or head to their restaurant at 617 Piety St. in ByWater. 

8:00pm - Enjoy your night with some New Orleans Jazz on Frenchman Street - Head to The Spotted Cat Music Bar and locals favorite DBA Bar

9:00pm - In between bar hopping head to the night market on Frenchman Street “The Art Garden” 613 Frenchmen St. 


Day 3:

10:00am - Brunch at Cafe Sbisa, a charming French-Creole restaurant in an ornate 19th-Century space. I suggest going for brunch to enjoy the same ambience and avoid the pricey dinner menu. 

12:30pm - Walk around Dauphine St. and find beautiful vintage shops, art shops and boutique stores.

1:30pm - Walk down to the French market for lunch and treasure hunting through 6 blocks is full of costume jewelry, cheap vintage finds and classic Louisiana dishes!

2:00pm - Lunch at Willie Mae's   for "America's best fried chicken" - lot's of sides and salads to chose from if you are a vegetarian too! 

5:00pm - Head to The Franklin in the French Quarter for cocktails in a hip setting. 

7:00pm - Dinner at Sylvian - This elegant gastropub with a great menu and amazing cocktails located in a former carriage house with courtyard seats will not disappoint!