For Simon’s graduation, I planned a trip to New Orleans, and it was finally time for us to take the trip. The plan was initially to drive, but we found such a good flight deal we couldn’t pass it up! The vacation started early Tuesday morning and went until Saturday. It was a great way to celebrate his graduation and my starting school.
Our day started bright and early with an 8:00 am flight. Because of the time change, we arrived in New Orleans at 8:30. After checking in and dropping off our luggage, we walked to the Ruby Slipper Cafe. I had the vanilla iced coffee and seriously couldn’t stop talking about it the rest of the trip! To eat, I had a corned beef benedict, and I LOVED IT! Such an excellent way to start the trip.
After breakfast, we go on the Hop On, Hop Off bus tour. We took the whole trip around to get an idea of what was out there and finished off in the French Quarter. We walked around a little bit and stopped by Cafe Du Monde for some Beignets and Frozen Cafe Au Lait (pronounced: oh-lay). There were to die for! So good! After our beignets, we walked back to the hotel along the riverwalk.
For dinner that night we went to a place called Grand Isle where I had the yummiest crawfish alfredo! It was my first time having crawfish and even though I’m not much of a seafood person I really enjoyed it.
Our hotel was right across the street from the casino so of course, we had to stop by after dinner. Simon, my boyfriend, ended up winning over a thousand dollars and it was such a great way to start off the trip!
By this point, we were pretty tired and decided to take things easy. My allergies were acting up so much all trip, and it really put a damper on my evening plans. We stopped by the hotel bar for a couple of drinks, ran across the street for a Fudrucker’s milkshake and fries and headed off to bed.
We started out Wednesday morning with breakfast at a restaurant called Mother’s. It was recommended to us by out Uber driver and the concierge, so of course, we had to try it out. The food was exactly what you would expect from a southern kitchen, and it did not disappoint.
After breakfast, we took the Hop On, Hop Off bus to the Mardi Gras museum. This is where several of the floats for Mardi Gras are made, and it was amazing to see the figures up close. I had no idea so much went into making a Mardi Gras float or even precisely how big Mardi Gras really is in New Orleans.
When our tour was over, we took complimentary transportation to the French Quarter. We stopped by the Carousel Bar. This was a circular bar that would rotate as you sat and sipped on your drink. We stopped for lunch at a place recommended to us by a friend, Acme House. There, I had my first Po Boy, and it was beyond delicious. It might have been my favorite meal the whole trip.
We decided not to eat dinner on the cruise and wanted something close to our hotel. Randomly enough we decided to go to a German restaurant by our hotel and enjoyed it so much we went back the next night! They had a vast menu and brewed several of their beers on site.
The night finished up at the casino, but unfortunately, there were no wins like the first night.
We weren’t all that impressed with our breakfast at the Cajun Kitchen. After breakfast, we went to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. It was a beautiful aquarium, but I didn’t think it was as lovely as it was advertised to be.
We took the St. Charles Streetcar to Magazine Street which is full of shopping and dining. We ate lunch at a place called Deanie’s. I was barely hungry, but I had fish tacos. After lunch, we went to the place that was the real reason we went there, District Doughnuts. The doughnuts were SO GOOD!! We had a bananas foster and pumpkin spice one.
After all of the food and because of the way my allergies were going crazy, we had a pretty slow night. We hung out at the hotel, went to the German restaurant again and Simon spent time at the Casino after we got drinks at the hotel bar.
Friday was our last day. We had breakfast a Cafe Cristo. I had the chocolate chip french toast and really enjoyed it. It was right in the French Quarter, so we walked around for a while. We went to the French Quarter Market. There was a restaurant we wanted to try new the hotel so after walking around for a little we headed back in that direction.
And of course, the walk took up right by Cafe Du Monde, and we couldn’t turn down another change for beignets.
By this point, I was pretty stuffed. We still headed to a restaurant called Luke. I had a crab and corn bisque, and while I couldn’t finish the whole thing, I sure wish I could have.
This lead to another afternoon of hanging out and going to the hot tub.
It’s hard to believe the trip we had been anticipating for so long is already over! If you haven’t been to New Orleans, I would recommend you check out this one of a kind city. The planning process was overwhelming for us, and I hope these suggestions will help you plan your trip! If you’re interested in other trips I’ve been on, be sure to take a look at my previous travel posts (link)!