Last month I shared a post with the top six places my partner and I want to visit before leaving Texas. New Orleans was number one on our list, and I’m happy to say we finally made the trip happen! It was an amazing 4-day adventure filled with delicious food, awesome music, great company, and many lessons along the way. The most important thing for us on this trip was to learn as much as possible about the city, and community within the time we had. It was a blessing to hang out with my friend and her family, all of whom were born and raised in New Orleans.The New Orleans Coffee & Beignet Co. in Uptown is a solid (and yummy) option if you find the line at Cafe Du Monde a little too long. St. Roch Market is the bomb.com! This indoor market houses about 15 unique vendors from across the city. We went early in the morning to plan our out itinerary, and enjoyed a delicious cup of coffee at Coast Coffee Roast. One of my favorite places we visited is Louis Armstrong Park in the neighborhood of Treme. Inside the scenic park are two main sites including Congo Square, where slaves, and freemen and women gathered together during the 19th century. The Mahalia Jackson Theatre is a prominent performing arts venue, also located on park grounds. Sadly, much of the buildings within the park have gone untouched after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 due to lack of funds. Despite this, the spirit of the park is still palpable.Cafe Du Monde is a staple in NOLA, and for good reason. The original cafe was established in 1862 in the French Quarter—it now stays open 24-7! We took our beignets and chicory coffee to go, but next time I hope to dine in.There were two places in New Orleans where I felt a deep sense of connection. The first was at the home of my friend’s mother, who lives about an hour outside of the city. The second was during our visit to the Whitney Plantation, located in Wallace, LA. It’s the only plantation in Louisiana (and one of few in the US) with a focus on slavery.
Additional places we loved:
- Hyatt Place/Convention Center— Located in downtown New Orleans, Louisiana this was our cozy, and affordable home away from home.
- Latitude 29— Our very first dinning experience in NOLA, this spot has fun adult beverages, and good food. I tried Outcast of the Islands, a seriously inventive drink with London Gin and Persian lime, caressed with cinnamon, ginger, almond and anise.I highly recommend this one!
- Landry’s— Located on Lake Pontchartrain, this is a classic for seafood specialties. We tried the Crawfish Étouffée, the Crab Cakes, and Fried Green Tomatoes, and really enjoyed everything.
- The National World War II Museum— We visited the museum right before going to the Whitney Plantation, and I’m so glad we did. It was a day full of history, and learning.
- Mulate’s— We didn’t get a chance to eat here, but hope try it out during our next trip.
- Frenchman and Chartres Streets— If you dig live music, make sure you walk to the corner of Frenchman and Chartres in the French Quarter. The musicians that perform here are on point!
If you live, or used to live in New Orleans we would love to know you suggestions for our next visit!