I wish I could say impromptu weekend trips to nearby cities were the norm around here, but they totally aren’t. If you are from the South, then your weekends could look similar to mine which are typically filled with engagement parties, weddings, baby showers, community events, backyard BBQs, or dare we miss a sporting event!
Definitely not complaining because I love my life here in Birmingham, but sometimes it’s nice to have an open weekend where you can have the freedom to say, “YES! Let’s go to New Orleans.”
With weather in the upper 70’s I was excited to wear my new digs from Universal Threads that I was raving about last week! Here’s that cute jumper I was telling y’all about, and these platform espadrilles were perfect for walking around the New Orleans’ streets all day.
How to do New Orleans in 2 Days
Having only been to New Orleans via fraternity formals in college, I had never really ventured off of Bourbon Street. I knew this city had more than one street to offer, so I asked many of you on Instagram where to go, and you all gave the BEST suggestions.
Below you will find our final destinations, and I’m working on compiling all of the other recommendations to release later this week!
Dinner: La Boca
This restaurant came as a recommendation from a local, and it did not disappoint. Not only did we have excellent service, but the food was delicious!
The best part? After cocktails are served, they bring out house-made bread and a trio of dipping sauces for you to use throughout your meal. Seriously, this was my favorite part because they tasted so good on everything we ate.
The roasted red pepper sauce tasted the best on the steaks, and the lemony horseradish paired perfectly with the flash fried brussels sprouts. There was even a chimichurri sauce that tasted good on just about everything!
Drinks and Bourbon Street Bars: Jester’s and The Beach
We had to visit our old stomping grounds for a little late night sugar rush and play into some bachelorette fun!
Nightcap: Hotel Monteleone (Carousel Bar)
We finished the night out by lounging at the Carousel bar while listening to some live jazz music. The bar is circular and looks just like carousel at the Galleria! Sit and sip while you slowly rotate around the bar. So COOL!
Breakfast: Legacy Kitchen (Renaissance Hotel)
While in New Orleans we stayed at the Renaissance in the Warehouse District. This is a beautiful hotel with great amenities and it seemed to be close to a lot of bars and restaurants. Bourbon Street and Jackson Square are both within walking distance or a quick Uber ride.
Other Destinations for food and beverage:
Afternoon Pick-Me-Up: French Truck Coffee
Late Night: Mannings
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