New Orleans is one of the most magical cities I have ever visited. The food, culture, architecture, art galleries, museums, antiques, jazz clubs, street music, bayous, Garden District, secret little courtyard gardens and infamous cemeteries blend 300 years of history that is uniquely awe-inspiring!
We took every opportunity possible to sample the local cuisine from oysters for lunch at ACME to a mid-day snack of pecan caramels at Southern Candymakers to casual dinners at Lilette and fancy dinners at August. I can honestly say that we didn’t experience one bad meal on our entire trip, which is pretty impressive considering how much we ate! There are so many good restaurants in New Orleans I think it would take at least a full year of eating out twice a day to experience them all! Here’s where we had the opportunity to eat and loved:
- ACME Oyster House (for oysters)
- Angelo Brocato (pastry and gelato)
- Antoine’s Restaurant
- Bon Ton Cafe
- Café Du Monde (for beignets)
- Central Grocery
- Cochon Butcher
- Drago’s (for oysters)
- Lilette – Excited to check out their newly opened sister restaurant Exchange Alley in NYC!
- Mother’s (for breakfast or lunch)
- Southern Candymakers
- Still Perkin (coffee)
- Sucré (bakery)
- Tujacques (po’boys)
From the French Quarter to the Garden District I was constantly inspired by the hanging gardens, iron balconies, double gallery houses, Creole cottages, antebellum homes and landscaped gardens. The art scene in the city is fresh and very up-and-coming. I made my pilgrimage to Amanda Talley’s Studio (more on that later) and thoroughly enjoyed a portion of Roger H. Ogden’s private collection. As for shopping – aside from Paris, New Orleans has one of the best selections of antiques I have seen. We ended our days listening to mind-blowing local jazz musicians spout their tunes while sampling the fantastic cocktails the city is notorious for.
- Antiques and Shops: Bush Antiques, Empire Antiques, Leontine Linens, Lucullus, Malachite, Nadine Blake, The French Antiques Shop
- Art: Amanda Stone Talley’s Studio, Ashley Longshore, Martin Laborde at BEE Galleries, Ogden Museum, Rebecca Rebouche at The Beauty Shop
- Music and Libations: d.b.a., Davenport Lounge at The Ritz Carlton, Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, Pat O’Brien’s, Preservation Hall, Sung Harbor
- Sites: St. Louis Cathedral, Woldenberg Park
- Tours: Cocktail Tour, Garden District Tour, New Orleans City Tour
*I keep a list of restaurants, museums and experiences from various places I’ve visited here. If you have any recommendations please post them in the comment section, I would love to hear from you! And if you follow me on Instagram, I apologize for the repetition of images!