A couple weekends ago, I got to go to New Orleans for the first time! I have always heard so many amazing things about this town, so I was excited to see what the hype was about. It’s safe to say New Orleans did not disappoint! The entire town is so picturesque, everyone is friendly, and the food & drinks are amazing!
I went with my college friends Joyce and Grace, and it was a BLAST! We stayed at the New Orleans Marriott, which was at the center of everything downtown. If you’re planning a trip to New Orleans, I would highly recommend staying at a hotel, as they are not much more expensive than Airbnbs, and are all located at very convenient locations.
Over the weekend, we ate at some amazing local places, and I blogged all about the NOLA food in this post. Today I will be talking about some of the things we did when we were in New Orleans – Bourbon Street, Garden District, Mardi Gras World, Swamp Tour, and more. Honestly, we planned our trip based on what we wanted to eat, so the majority of what we did is in the previous post, this post will mostly be the non-food things we did!
Bodysuit: White Fox Boutique | Jeans: Uniqlo Belt: Asos | Sneakers: Superga
Bourbon Street and Frenchman Street
This is where you will find it to be hoppin’ pretty much all day and all night. Because of the lack of open container laws, people are able to walk around with their daiquiris and other alcoholic drinks. You are able to walk into a bar, get a drink, and just walk around the town! There are also a lot of cute streets with colorful walls for you and your friends to take photos. Definitely stop by a live jazz bar to experience the New Orleans flavor.
My romper: Revolve | My wedges: Saks OFF Fifth Friend's dress: New York & Company | Friend's wedges: Tory Burch
Romper: Revolve | Wedges: Saks OFF Fifth
This is where we had the jazzy brunch at Commander’s Palace. See more about the brunch here. The Lafayette Cemetery is also located in the Garden District, which is about a ten to fifteen minute drive from Bourbon Street. This area is really so beautiful. It’s pretty much what I think about when I think about New Orleans! Every time we walked by a beautiful house, we had a mini photoshoot. As you can imagine, it took us a while to walk through this area.
Dress: Just One Answer (also available here) | Wedges: Saks OFF Fifth
Mardi Gras World
We eventually made our way to Mardi Gras World. Yes, I walked in my strappy wedges because they are that comfortable. This is where they keep the floats for the annual Mardi Gras parade. When we got there, we found out that you had to pay for the guided tour, so we decided to just enjoy the Mississippi River view and look at the floats that were available for everyone to see. To be honest, it was a bit underwhelming, but we thought it was a must-see.
Top: Urban Outfitters | Belt: Asos | Jeans: Uniqlo | Cardigan: Nordstrom
We did the Swamp and Bayou tour with Gray Line New Orleans, and chose the earliest slot possible so we could have the rest of the day to explore. What was great about the tour is that it included bus transportation to and from the location. We also saw plenty of alligators! The tour guide was super friendly and accommodating, and even let my friend feed the gators marshmallows. Apparently locals have been doing that for many years. I definitely recommend going on a tour, because they also tell you a lot about the town and how New Orleans came to be.
Top: Nordstrom | Shorts: Urban Outfitters | Sneakers: Superga
Food in New Orleans
As I mentioned before, check out my previous post for everything my friends and I ate in New Orleans! The food scene is amazing, definitely made the trip!!
If you are planning a trip to New Orleans and have any questions about anything, please feel free to reach out! Thank you so much for stopping by 🙂