The Ultimate Travel Guide to New Orleans

By August 18, 2016Travel

This past June, I attended the International Pow Wow, the largest travel and tourism trade show held in the United States. Each year, it’s held in a new city, and this year, it was hosted in New Orleans.  I stayed in NOLA for two weeks, and got the scoop on the best millennial-targeted hotels, the best restaurants, and fun spots to go out. So grab your coffee, and keep scrolling for the good stuff!

New Orleans, as you know, is one of the food capitals of the world. While two weeks wasn’t nearly enough time to even put a dent in the amount of restaurants I wanted to try, I did a pretty decent job eating (way too much). Here are some of my favorite restaurants, coffee shops and bars in the area.

Favorite Restaurants:

  1. GW Fins – incredible fish dinner, a little pricey, but worth every penny.
  2. Pêche Seafood Grill – they specialize in redfish! You can order an entire fish for the table. Great atomosphere!
  3. The Court of Two Sisters – enjoy jazz music while you brunch! Fresh oysters and mimosas are a must.
  4. Acme Oyster House- signature oyster house.
  5. Mother’s – best po boys for lunch! I’d share one between two people.

Favorite Coffee Shops:

  1. Stumptown Coffee Roasters – house-roasted direct-trade coffee, with neat sitting areas.
  2. Krewe du Brew Coffee House – wide range of espresso drinks in a cute little “homey” spot.
  3. Cafe Du Monde – you already know how awesome this place is! Beignets and coffee. Get there early.
  4. CC’s Coffee House – sweet little brewhouse with delicious pastries.
  5. Who Dat Coffee Cafe – fun atmosphere with sidewalk seating.
Favorite Bars:
  1.  Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits – jazz band, tapas and wine by the bottle. This was my favorite hidden gem!
  2. 21st Amendment Bar at La Louisiane – fun prohibition inspired bar with craft cocktails in a historic building.
  3. Bourbon “O” Bar – live music and great beer.
  4. The Bulldog- grab a craft beer and sit outside on the patio. Afterwards, take a stroll on Magazine Street.
  5. Carousel Bar – classic but fun, touristy bar that revolves like a carousel at the Hotel Monteleone.

Q&C Hotel – located in between the French Quarter & the Warehouse District, this sophisticated Autograph collection hotel is unique in style, voted top 10 hotels on Tripadvisor, and a great value. Brickwalls, leather couches and maps of New Orleans decorate each room including insta-worthy  and sophisticated details around every corner.

Pros: great location-you’re right in the warehouse district, walking to the French Quarter, complimentary boxed water upon arrival!

Cons: as chic as the rooms are, they’re on the smaller side.

My Insider Tip: check out the happy hour from  4-7pm, which offers $5 tap beers and house wines before you head out for the night. New Orleans IPA is my fave!

Moxy Hotel – only a 5 minute walk to the bars and iconic Bourbon Street, this minimalist hotel is contemporary in design and offers a, buzzy, cocktail bar.

Pros: greeted with a complimentary welcome cocktail, spacious rooms and smart design features. I loved the gaming area complete with Jenga and Foosball!

Cons: Not your “typical” quiet Marriott hotel, filled with young adults and millennials alike .. but is that really a con? 🙂

My Insider Tip: check out the fitness center that includes a full circuit gym and boxing bag zone.

Aloft New Orleans – With a funky and urban atmosphere, the Aloft is a fun environment with the XYZ Bar and snacks available all night long.

Pros: comfortable loft style rooms with modern features along with a rooftop pool and packed XYZ Bar.

Cons: located in the Business District, it is a 10-15 minute walk to the French Quarter.

My Insider Tip: Take a dip in the rooftop pool and soak up the view!

Which is your favorite? Book your NOLA adventure and more here! 

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*Opinions expressed are solely my own and do not express the views or opinions of others.

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