No matter how many times you've been to New Orleans, there is still something new to discover around every corner! Here's a list of our top experiences in The Big Easy.
1. Cafe Du Monde- Most obvious first stop. How are you going to make it anywhere else without the Cafe Ole energy boost? The beignets are not over rated, and never disappoint! If you're pressed for time, we've found that the "to go" line can be a faster option.
2. Draggo's- Located in the Hilton Hotel. A New Orleans' native suggested this place for the best char grilled oysters in the city. I thought, "Really? The best? In a hotel restaurant? You've got to be kidding me..." Well, we decided to give it a try. He wasn't lying. We ordered a dozen. They gave us a baker's dozen. Bonus points, in my book! Seasoned to perfection and soaked in buttah', as Paula Dean would say. Melt in your mouth!
3. Carousel Bar- On Royal Street, in the gorgeous Hotel Monteleone. Stop in early, and take a spin at the revolving bar. It was recently named in Vogue Living's list of the top 20 bars in the world. This comes as no surprise. The whimsical atmosphere is awe inspiring!
4. Adolfo's- Another restaurant you cannot miss, is on Frenchmen Street. Frenchmen is the spot to hear live jazz, especially on weekends! Go to the Apple Barrel bar (yes, it's a dive, but have no fear), and head upstairs. There, you will find a quaint space, with tables covered in checked cloths, and one convenient ATM. It is cash only. Sip cocktails and shop the Art Garden, as you wait for a seat. The fare is Italian, with Cajun flair. Mussels in marinara was our delicious appetizer; followed by crawfish covered tilapia. All smothered in "Ocean sauce" creamy goodness. Just do it, and thank me later!
5. Funky Monkey- Take a stroll down Magazine Street, for an afternoon of shopping. So many lovely boutiques, and I wanted it all! Particularly in the Funky Monkey. Browse their assortment of well priced vintage t-shirts, clothing, and costumes. You are bound to find a treasure!
6. St. Lawrence- Located in the French Quarter, but off the beaten path. Perfect spot to stop for quality late night bites, moody vibes, and the excellent selection of local beers on tap. Try the Pimm's Cup slushy!
7. New Orleans Museum of Art- After four days of eating and drinking our way through the city, we decided to take in some art. NOMA is situated in front of a lovely sculpture garden, complete with a giant Claes Oldenburg. We were able to tour it all within two hours, but you could spend a half day perusing the museum, garden and surrounding City Park. The collection was impressive, and I highly recommend you visit!