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My Top 5 Things to Do in New Orleans

In February, I took a weekend getaway to NOLA to run the rock & roll half marathon, which has been on my list for a while now. Now that I’ve returned and my film scans are back, I compiled a list of the top 5 favorite things to do in New Orleans.


1. The French Quarters & Bourbon Street | New Orleans

It goes without being said, but a trip to the iconic French Quarters is a must when you travel to New Orleans. Between the lively crowds and the jam-packed bars on Bourbon Street, you can follow the sound of music to determine which destination is your first stop.

Make sure to also grab a beignet at the world’s most famous coffee shop, Cafe du Monde, before you walk through Jackson Square to watch the street performers.

New Orleans, Jackson Square, French Quarters, Bourbon Street
New Orleans, Jackson Square, French Quarters, Bourbon Street
New Orleans, Jackson Square, French Quarters, Bourbon Street
New Orleans, Jackson Square, French Quarters, Bourbon Street
New Orleans, Jackson Square, French Quarters, Bourbon Street
New Orleans, Jackson Square, French Quarters, Bourbon Street

2. Bacchanal Wine | New Orleans

The number one recommendation that came from numerous friends was to visit Bacchanal Wine Bar. This was definitely at the top of my list of my favorite 5 things to do in New Orleans. This wine & cheese store has an outdoor space in the back with live music. It was the perfect place to hang out with a bottle of bubbles and our handpicked cheese plate, as I celebrated finishing the New Orleans Rock & Roll Half Marathon.

Bacchanal Wine, New Orleans

3. The Garden District | New Orleans

On our last day in New Orleans, we explored the Garden District. This charming neighborhood was full of diverse homes with lavish gardens. Before we headed off on a scavenger hunt to find the five must see houses, we made a much needed caffeine break at the French Truck. The warm temperatures and lush greens had me longing for spring in New England.

french truck coffee, new orleans, garden district
new orleans, garden district
new orleans, garden district
new orleans, garden district
new orleans, garden district
new orleans, garden district

4. 1000 Figs | New Orleans

Before every trip, I always scour the internet for the best restaurants in town. After a few days of southern comfort, we were looking to switch up the food scene. We made a trip to 1000 Figs, a mediterranean spot in Bayou St. John. We ordered the falafel feast for two and it was hands down the best mediterranean fare we have ever had.

1000 figs, new orleans mediterranean food
1000 figs, new orleans mediterranean food
1000 figs, new orleans mediterranean food

5. Hot Sauce Tasting | New Orleans

Traveling with a hot sauce aficionado meant we needed to stop by Pepper Palace to find a new favorite sauce. With so many to choose from, we may have had a chili overdose but we did find the perfect one.


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