Travelling is an amazing experience. But let’s be honest, it can sometimes get a little overwhelming. There’s a lot of planning and research required to make sure you see and experience everything you want to while you’re there; and planning equals time. So let’s look at The Top 5 Things to Do in New Orleans.
Whether you are spending a lot of time in New Orleans, or just making a quick pre-cruise stop, these are my “must see and do” recommendations for getting the proper feel of the Big Easy.
Cafe Du Monde & Jackson Square, New Orleans
When in New Orleans this is a must-do! Stop by Cafe Du Monde in the French Quarter for an order of their world-famous beignets and an iced cafe au lait. Not only is it open 24 hours for all of your sugar cravings, but it’s also located at 800 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA across from the beautiful Jackson Square.
My recommendation: Grab a snack and eat in the park. You will not be disappointed!
I love the French Quarter. It’s the heart of New Orleans and definitely a must-see, but there is a lot more to experience. One of my favourite things to do is a swamp tour. The bayou is incredible. Spanish moss decorates the edge of the swamp and alligators swim freely all around. It’s a nice change from the buzz of the French Quarter.
My recommendation: You definitely want to get out on the water. Book a tour that offers an airboat trip and a chance to see some ‘gators and hopefully feed them. Tip: ‘Gators love marshmallows.
Haunted French Quarter tour at night
New Orleans has some serious ghoulish history. It’s said to be one of the most haunted cities in the world. Voodoo. Ghosts. Vampires (after all, it is the hometown of Ann Rice and the voodoo priestess Marie Laveau).
What’s better than taking a walking tour of the city and hearing eerie tales of New Orleans’ sinister past while drinking a tasty hurricane? It’s a great way to explore the city and learn some really interesting history at the same time. The tour guides are full of information and have a flare for the dramatics.
My recommendation: Make sure you take a night tour for an extra haunted feel.
Whether you’re looking for a party or just a place to relax and wet your whistle, New Orleans has no shortage of bars and lounges. If you are looking for somewhere to hear some real jazz and watch music come alive you have to visit Frenchman Street. It’s a little less touristy than the French Quarter and is geared a little more to the tastes of the locals. There is also a night market where local artists sell their crafts.
Located just a few streets down from the French Quarter in the Faubourg Marigny neighbourhood, Frenchman Street is filled with live-music bars and lounges pumping out some of the most beautiful jazz and blues you’ve ever heard.
My recommendation: After an afternoon of sightseeing, treat yourself to a walk down to Frenchman Street when the sun goes down. Let your ears guide you. You’ll be dancing in no time.
The Court of Two Sisters Jazz Brunch
Creole Jambalaya. Shrimp and grits. Southern BBQ Ribs. Pecan Pie. Bread pudding with whiskey sauce. I could go on but you’re probably already salivating. These are just some of the things you’ll find on the menu at The Court of Two Sisters located at 613 Royal Street in the French Quarter.
There is a beautiful dining room and a stunning open-aired courtyard to enjoy your meals in and the staff is friendly and engaging.
My Recommendation: Don’t miss the jazz brunch. You’ll be seated outside in the stunning, classic southern courtyard. Stack your plate with goodies from the buffet, order a mimosa, and enjoy the sounds of the house jazz trio.
I hope you enjoyed The Top 5 Things to Do in New Orleans. It really is one of my most favourite places in the USA to visit. Make sure you check these off your to-do list!
Written by Holly Martin