With the much anticipated Jazz Festival starting this weekend, New Orleans is buzzing with energy in every corner. As a New Orleans-based company, we know this city inside and out which is why we thought it to be the perfect opportunity to put together our first city guide. Keep reading to learn about our favorite spots that are sure to leave a lasting impression!
EAT + DRINK
Horn's - This is an amazing local spot tucked away in the heart of the Marigny, serving breakfast and lunch and offering a casual atmosphere. If you have a pup, feel free to bring them and enjoy your meal outside.
Effervescence - Located on the edge of the French Quarter, serving up the best bubbles and small bites in the city. Pop in for a late afternoon drink and snack. You won’t want to leave.
Turkey and the Wolf - Located in the Uptown section of New Orleans, Turkey and the Wolfe serves up an amazing sandwich in a casual, funky atmosphere.
Hansen's Sno-Bliz - A New Orleans visit wouldn't be complete without a snoball- and how does one decide where to go?! Well, as they say over at Hansen's "there's no shortcut to quality" and we would have to agree. With homemade syrups and the perfect ice consistency, this is definitely worth your time to beat the afternoon heat.
St. Roch Market - Walking distance from the French Quarter, St. Roch Market is a southern-style food hall with a variety of vendors. Take your pick between fresh seafood, Haitian cuisine, vegan selections and more, you're sure to be met with more decisions than you may be prepared for. Shared seating and wallet-friendly prices makes this spot a must-visit destination.
Parkway Bakery - Famous for their shrimp, roast beef and “surf and turf” (roast beef and shrimp) po-boys, Parkway Bakery is on the top of our list. Our go-to order: a fully-dressed shrimp po-boy paired with a bottle of Barq’s root beer. (Local tip: "dressed" here has nothing to do with fashion, but means that it comes with tomato, mayo and lettuce).
Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop - One of the oldest bars in America, Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop is located on the less rowdy end of Bourbon Street. The historic watering hole is best known for their voodoo frozen cocktail appropriately named, “Purple Drank”
Art + Music:
Skip Bourbon St and head over to Frenchman St and walk around between the Spotted Cat, DBA, Snug Habor and Blue Nile. You'll see plenty of live music in the streets and in the bars with a local vibe.
Known for their local roster of musicians, Tipitina’s is an excellent venue in the Uptown section of NOLA. Make sure you purchase tickets in advance, as most shows sell out.
There are a lot of great art galleries in the quarter on Royal Street and Uptown on Magazine. Some of our favorites include the Ashley Longshore Art Gallery for eclectic pop style art on Magazine St. On Royal Street, we love to go to Antieau Gallery that features Antieau Gallery which features the work of a female folk artist who integrates humor into her unique style. While you’re on Royal Street, stop by Gallery Orange, showcasing the vibrant collections of both emerging and well-known artists.
Explore the beautiful area and visit the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Sculpture Park and Storyland - all three are great places for kids. (*did you know that City Park is 50% larger than Central Park in NYC?!). If you're into golf, be sure to book a tee time at the brand new 36-hole public course.
Definitely a family favorite of ours, the Audubon Zoo should be on your list if you’re visiting New Orleans with kids. Impressive exhibits placed in a beautiful setting right across the street from Audubon Park, makes for an exciting and fun afternoon!
Our favorite shopping in Nola is by far browsing the antique shops and the vintage clothing stores. The always-changing nature makes it hard to pick a favorite. Our suggestion would be to walk around the shops in the French Quarter and on Magazine Street, pop in and explore!