When we were planning our America trip we had to visit New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz. New Orleans is a completely unique city, there is nowhere else like it on earth. It is a city full of magic and music.What we did
The first thing we did in New Orleans is head straight to the historical french quarter. Once you get off the street car it’s very easy to find your way around, and you can just spend a whole day exploring the charming little streets. There are beautiful buildings everywhere and live music on every corner. If you can get a table go to Cafe du Monde, have a beignet and enjoy the music. I’d also recommend visiting Jackson Square and the Voodoo Museum is very interesting. Also there’s a great bookshop in William Faulkner’s old house.
There is also a lot to see in New Orleans outside of the French Quarter. Magazine Street is four miles of boutiques, art galleries, cafes and antique shops. We loved it so much we visited it twice, and this is where we did most of our shopping. The No Flea Market is a great thrift shop supporting animals charities, where I picked up a J Crew shirt for $7. The Buffalo Exchange is another great second hand shop, I found an Orla Kiely dress for $15 and my boyfriend found a pair of brand new Levi 405s for $17. One of the best things about Magazine Street is the art galleries. My favourites were the Carol Robinson Gallery for though provoking sculpture and mind boggling miniatures and the Antieau Gallery for touching and hilarious appliqué art of local self taught Chris Roberts-Antieau.
For live music you need to head to Frenchman street. The whole street is full of bars, all with live music playing every night. Most have no cover charge, which means you can pop in and out of bars and hear a few bands in one night. We liked The Spotted Cat and the Apple Barrel. It’s best to visit mid week for a chilled vibe, most places are pretty busy on the weekend. It’s also best to stay away form Bourbon Street in the evening unless you like women in tiny underwear.
What we ate
New Orleans is famous for it’s food, the first meal we had was also one of our best at O’Henrys in Riverbend. They do unbelievably good steak and poboys as big as your head. My tip is order half a poboy and have a side salad. Pizza by the slice is is something I wish we had over here. It’s perfect for an affordable lunch when you don’t have a big appetite (I can’t handle the big american portions). We loved Slice on Magazine Street. They have a pizza called The Fresh and it’s the best. Fresh tomatoes, fresh herbs and fresh chilli.
A good way to sample lots of different Louisiana cuisine is to visit the French Market. There’s a whole range of gumbos, poboys, muffulettas and pralines to try.
We found a few lovely little cafes in New Orleans, we loved Mojo coffee and Luna cafe on Magazine Street, and Refuel cafe is Riverbend is great. The french bakery La Boulangerie on Magazine Street is definitely worth a visit, I had a raspberry and white chocolate scone that was to die for.
Where we stayed
In New Orleans we stayed in Rosie’s Cove with host Jennifer. Jennifer was a great host, really friendly and very helpful. Isn’t her apartment fun? We had a lovely big room with a queen sized bed. It was dark when we arrived and once we had dumped all of our stuff everywhere it wasn’t so photogenic anymore, so the picture below is from Airbnb (all other photos by me). The apartment is in Riverbend, a really lovely quiet little neighbourhood, and we were just opposite the street car stop, which was so convenient. Staying with Jennifer felt just like staying at a friend’s place, which is one of the amazing things about Airbnb.
Where we were staying in New Orleans we were less than a minute’s walk from the street car stop. The street car is the most stylish, cheapest and most convenient way to get around New Orleans. We took the St Charles Street Car every day which goes from uptown all the way into the French Quarter. It’s a scenic 30-40 minute journey, winding it’s way through live oak lined streets and stunning traditional Louisiana houses. The street car run 24 hours and an all day pass costs $3. Uber doesn’t operate in New Orleans but with the help of the street car we found New Orleans to be a very walkable city.
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