The last time I visited New Orleans was in November 2017 for a dear friend’s wedding. It was a whirlwind weekend filled with Jazz, food and even a quick wedding parade. In between walking around the French Quarter any chance I got and enjoying the beignets at Cafe du Monde -I had them two out of the four days I was there- I had great food and visited amazing places that were filled with NOLA’s rich culture. Below are my favorites:
A healthy stop to prep you for a day of too much Jambalaya: Daily Beet
A casual spot that serves seasonal cold pressed juices, smoothies, grain bowls & toasts.
Vegan Options: Yes
Must try: the Morning Bowl
Address: 1000 Girod St, New Orleans, LA 70113, USA
Phone: +1 504-605-4413
A modern twist on classic Poboys: Killer Poboys at Erin Rose
Delicious Poboys with a twist inside a French Quarter bar.
Vegan options: yes
Must try: The shrimp poboy
Address: 219 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
Phone: +1 504-462-2731
A trendy dinner spot for when you’ve had too much Gumbo: Peche
A raw bar with innovative seafood dishes that surprise you, even in NOLA.
Vegan options: limited to a few sides.
Must try: baked drum with ginger coconut broth
Address: 800 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Phone: +1 504-522-1744
For when you’re craving a Bloody Mary after a fun night out: Brennan’s
They’re famous for their claim on the banana foster, but their brunch menu is an indulgent NOLA classic
Vegan Options: No
Must Try: the Egg Yolk Carpaccio and the Rock Shrimp and Cauliflower Omelet
Address: 417 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Phone: +1 504-525-9711
A cultural activity for when you need a break from all the eating and drinking: New Orleans Sculpture Garden
A great walk surrounded by art in the park behind the New Orleans Museum of Art.
Look for: the sculpture called Karma
Address: 1 Collins Diboll Cir, New Orleans, LA 70124, USA
(Behind the Museum of Art)
Phone: +1 504-658-4100
An after dinner walk for when you need more Jazz: Drinks at Frenchmen Street
Walk Frenchmen Street after dinner to experience NOLA Jazz in an immersive
experience. Grab drinks at different bars to get the full experience. Don’t miss the big band that stops on the street in front of the hot dog place “Dat Dog”
Make sure to stop at: The Spotted Cat, The Art Garden & Floating Gallery
Address: 623 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Phone: +1 504-943-3887
The perfect place to get your portrait painted: Adrian Fulton Gallery
Even if you don’t want to have your portrait painted, this studio is worth a visit. His adorable dog Abby will great you when you walk into the gallery filled wall to wall with paintings drawn on cardboard, glass, and even slate.
Adrian will share his stories with you as he convinces you that he should draw a portrait of you or your dog. My recommendation? Let yourself be convinced. It’s my favorite NOLA souvenir.
Address: 618 Conti St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (337) 658-3274