If you read my recent concert updates post, then you know I was in New Orleans with my sisters and mom this past weekend. While we were there, we took the opportunity to explore the city! Here is everything we did for our weekend in New Orleans!
We arrived Thursday afternoon and checked in to Drury Inn and Suites off Poydras, which was walking distance to where the Twenty One Pilots concert was in Smoothie King Center. It’s also fairly close to the French Quarter, so that was an added bonus! Because the concert was a few hours later, we picked up pizza from Reginelli’s right down the street and ate while we got ready. After the concert, we were exhausted and ended up calling it a night.
The next day, we spent the day on Magazine St. Magazine St. is where you can find a ton for restaurants, boutiques, and antique shops. It’s a really long street that has smaller pockets of shops along the way, so I suggest driving and finding places to park instead of walking the entire thing! We started on the farthest end close to the Audubon Zoo and slowly made our way back toward the French Quarter.
In one of the first stops, we found a cute little place called Tee-Eva’s that had the most amazing pralines I’ve ever bought. Not to knock some of the other places closer to the French Quarter, but I find they aren’t as smooth as these.
My youngest sister was on the hunt for some vinyl records to add to her collection, so we stopped at almost every record store along the way. I ended up picking up a Black Keys album from Peaches and promptly played it when I got back home!
For lunch we stopped at the Red Dog Diner, and it is definitely not your typical diner! Everything is made from scratch, and the restaurant itself it beautiful and rustic. We started off with the crab and corn fritters and I got the clams and spaghetti for my meal. Both were delicious! If you happen to be on Magazine St., be sure to stop here for a meal!
For dessert we stopped at the famous Sucré to pick up some macarons and gelato. They were a little crowded when we got there, but their macarons were pretty delicious!
While on Magazine St. we also popped in a few boutiques. Most were a little out of our price range, but I absolutely loved Trendz and The Pink Crawfish. Both shops had so many cute items and they were at great prices! I ended up picking up cute Louisiana shaped stud earrings and matching necklace, along with a tiny powder blue bag from Trendz, and an army-green button down dress from The Pink Crawfish. We also stopped at Lush since I noticed they had their Don’t Look At Me face mask in stock, and I was due for another bath bomb haul! After that, we headed back to our hotel to get ready and head to The Lumineers concert!
The next morning, one of my sisters had to leave, so it was just my youngest sister and my mom. We decided to walk to the French Quarter early and grab breakfast on the way at Mother’s , but sadly the line was so long we ended up at Johnny’s instead! Famous for their po-boys, Johnny’s also has a pretty great breakfast. The line was long, but it moved really fast and we were able to get a table! Like many places around New Orleans, it’s cash only, so if you stop here make sure to stop at an ATM first!
After eating at Johnny’s, we explored the French Quarter, stopping by Jackson Square and passing through the French Market. We were going to stop in for beignets at Café du Monde, but the line was crazy so we decided to get caramel apples from Mister Apple on the way back from the hotel instead.
Pro-tip: there is another Café du Monde location in the Riverwalk and a dozen other beignet places around the French Quarter if you don’t want to wait in line and need beignets asap. Lines are generally shorter on weekdays. If you do go on the weekend and there is a long line, come back in an hour or so and the line (probably) won’t be as long. Thankfully it usually moves pretty quick, so if you don’t mind waiting for 15-20 minutes, you should be fine.
The French Market is a great place to find souvenirs, and if you have cash you can usually make a deal with the people working the stall. The front half has a lot of places to grab a quick bite or coffee, and has booths for local artisans. The back is mostly souvenir-like trinkets and shirts. Regardless, the French Market is a lively place to walk around and explore – especially on Saturdays!
After exploring the French Quarter for most of the afternoon, we decided to head back to the hotel and drop off our stuff. My mom and sister decided to catch a movie at Canal Place, so I took the opportunity to head to the newly opened Tsunami right around the corner from our hotel for some delicious sushi and a drink. Full disclosure: I worked as a server at the one in Baton Rouge, so when I saw the new location was finally open I decided to pop in and say hello! The food was, as usual, delicious. The new staff was wonderful and attentive, and I’m frankly jealous of the new digs. The space itself is beautiful and is so much larger than the one in Baton Rouge! Definitely check it out if you find yourself in New Orleans and craving sushi!
After all the excitement we had, we called it an early night. My mom ended up grabbing food from Mother’s on the way back from the movies and we had a quiet night at the hotel!
Have you ever been to New Orleans?
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