We got a little adventurous this Spring Break, and decided to take a little detour through New Orleans before we headed to Miramar Beach. We were able to spend just around 48 hours in this wonderful city and we want to share with you guys our top 10 must do’s in New Orleans if you only have a short window of time!
Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour
Quickest way to see the most important bits of the French Quarter, Garden District, and Canal St. The 3 day pass comes with two walking tours. One for the Garden District and another for a walking tour of the French Quarter! The tour offers a local tour guide to point out all the interesting sites in and around New Orleans. You can also hop off at any stop and look around. The buses come back to each stop in around 30 minutes!
Marie Laveau’s Voodoo Shop
Marie Laveau’s Voodoo Shop is a must when you’re traipsing down Bourbon St. It seems to be crowded all the time, so just keep that in mind as you enter! We went around 10 on a Monday and it was just starting to get crowded. Marie Laveau’s also has a sister shop called Rev. Zombie’s Voodoo Shop that is located on St. Peters St. It’s a little bigger and seems to be a little less crowded than Marie Laveau’s.
The French Market
We unfortunately didn’t get to see all of the French Market because we went a little to early. They were still setting up a majority of the booths. I would say to go around 10-11 all the booths should be set up by then and some of the eateries should be open too! Be sure to plan your trip to the French Market on the same day that you’re going to Cafe Du Monde. They are about 4 blocks apart from each other and the Streetcar drops you off almost right between the two spots!!
We honestly only did Bourbon Street once and it was our first night. It’s definitely something that you need to experience, but I think we were the one and done type of tourists. It’s crowded, reeks of weed, and the drinks are outrageously overpriced. (do however go by Pat O’Brien’s. It’s a little off of Broadway on St. Peter’s St. Rev. Zombie’s Voodoo shop is located right across the street)
Take a Tour of the St. Louis Cemetery #1
The tour company we went with to tour the St. Louis Cemetery is called Free Tours by Foot, and you pay $2 per person online to reserve your spot (and it covers the admission price of the cemetery) and then after the tour is completed, you just pay what you feel the tour was worth. If you do want to do the cemetery on your own then just remember that it is a $2 admission (there has been a lot of vandalism lately and the $2 fee helps to pay for the security guard that sits at the entrance of the cemetery)
The Garden District and District Donuts
The Garden District is a really pretty area of New Orleans. It has beautiful houses and awesome boutiques. I wish we had a bit more time to wander around the area. If you do find yourself in the Garden District, you need to make a pit stop by District Donuts. Everything on the menu so freaking delicious and instagram worthy!
Cafe Du Monde
Cafe Du Monde is a MUST if you’re in New Orleans Just remember to bring cash!!! It’s a cash only establishment and we totally forgot when we went and luckily there was an ATM about 2 blocks away. It is open 24 hours, but it gets crowded FAST! We got there on a Monday around 8:30, and it was busy but we walked right into the place and got a table. Something to remember is that you seat yourself at Cafe Du Monde, and I would grab the first table you can find. The servers typically won’t clear a table until you sit down.
Aunt Sally’s pralines are to die for. They are SO GOOD! It’s 2 doors down from Cafe Du Monde, so I would plan your visit here when you’re going to Cafe Du Monde and the French Market. The store is super cute and kitschy and they have samples of their most popular pralines all over the place for you to try! Keep in mind that they also ship all over the US just in case you’re catching a flight back home and need to be worried about luggage weight!
The Gumbo Shop
The Gumbo Shop is the best place to get gumbo in the French Quarter. There are no reservations and they don’t take your name. You just have to pay attention when you wait (they’ll call by how many people are in a party, not by who is next in line). We went around 3:30 in the afternoon and we waited maybe 5 minutes for a table. We highly recommend getting the Chicken and Andouille Sausage Gumbo. It was amazing, and so much better than the seafood gumbo.
The Ruby Slipper Cafe
The Ruby Slipper is such a good breakfast spot. It’s tucked in between two shops and you’ll miss it if you aren’t paying attention! You have to try the peacemaker, it’s your choice of any two of their eggs benedict that you would like to try. They also have really good alcoholic beverages. I had the Boozy Iced Coffee and Courtney had their signature Ruby Slipper Mimosa! We made friends with the table beside us and they ordered the Brandy Milk Punch which he said was to die for. (keep in mind that in New Orleans you can get your alcoholic drinks TO GO!!)