EVERYTHING IN 72 HOURS
As you know, these broke girls LOVE to travel as much as we can. Most recently we took an awesome trip with some friends to New Orleans to celebrate Jacquie’s birthday, where we ate, partied, toured, and danced for 5 awesome days. We know planning a trip can be overwhelming so we wanted to provide you with a NOLA travel guide with what we did, what we thought, and the prices. We organized our days so that everything was in walking distance of each other and we wouldn’t need to use transportation.
**Thursday and Monday were mostly spent travelling, so we’ll focus on the 3 days where we did all the good stuff.
DAY 1: FRIDAY
Breakfast: Cafe Du Monde $
800 Decatur St. is the original location!
Cafe Du Monde is the original Beignet shop in New Orleans. If you don’t know what a beignet is, it’s like heavenly deep-fried dough covered in icing sugar (you can see the cartoon version of them in the movie The Princess and the Frog).
Nic’s Thoughts: Absolutely delicious and amazingly affordable! You get 3 big beignets for 5 dollars and you really only need 1. We got 2 plates for 4 people and it was inexpensive and they tasted incredible! Service isn’t amazing but they are taking care of A LOT of people so you have to understand. A definite must-do.
Jac’s Thoughts: LOVE! It’s a must! Great treats and great people watching! I had a beignet and the, highly recommended, ice coffee (it’s literally an ice capp from Tim Hortons ahah) and listened to the street jazz performers and watch the groups of bachelorette parties stroll in.
The streetcar’s in NOLA are very cool and old fashioned.
Nic’s Thoughts: The streetcar was cool, but we have streetcar’s in Toronto so it wasn’t too special. However, if you have to travel somewhere, I suggest taking the streetcar because why not? It’s only $1.25!
Jac’s Thoughts: I loved the streetcar, they are old and wooden (perfect for pics!) and I really needed that breeze, it was so dang humid.
FRENCH MARKET $-$$$
700-1010 Decatur St.
The French Market is a big flea market with tons of cool trinkets and lots of delicious food stands.
Nic’s Thoughts: The french market was very cool. If you don’t buy anything, it’s completely free! But there are lots of cool little things to look at, and I got a pretty delicious crepe.
Jac’s thoughts: We came here because it worked in the schedule and I was HANGRY! I kinda walked right by all the souvenirs and went right to the food part of the market. Definitely recommend eating here for a snack or for lunch! SO fresh! I had shrimp tacos and I swear it tasted as if they literally caught the shrimp 10 minutes before I ordered. So delicious! Also, a great way to try some authentic NOLA cuisine in small portions.
DINNER: ACME $$
724 Iberville St. (In French Quarter)
A restaurant just off of Bourbon street that came recommended by a few locals.
Nic’s Thoughts: This place was recommended to us for Oysters, and that was a good recommendation, go for some chargrilled oysters they are DELICIOUS! However, the rest of the food was only so-so for me.
Jac’s Thoughts: FIRST time having oysters and I …loved them! Didn’t think I would but how could I not at Acme. Great service and cool ambience. Like Nic said… not the best food. They did give you the option on the menu to try small portions of Gambo, Jambalaya, beans and rice and very flavorful sausage! I shared this plate with our pal Maddy and it was perfect!
HAUNTED PUB CRAWL $$$
We wanted to know more about the history…and have fun doing it so we found a haunted pub crawl. It was $25 a person, not including drinks. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and kept it funny and interesting. We booked our tour with Ghost City Tours.
Nic’s Thoughts: This pub crawl was SO FUN! I loved learning about the history (and haunted history) of the city. Each bar was unique, different, and off the regular Bourbon street path which was nice. It allowed us to find places we usually would not have and enjoy some great drinks and cool stories.
Jac’s Thoughts: LOVED THIS! Although it was expensive, I did learn a lot. I recommend doing the tour at the beginning of your trip so you have a better understanding of your surroundings and the culture that goes with it. Use the tour guide for their knowledge! They are locals and will give you the best of the best recommendations. Drinking at the bars are optional, but when else are you going to drink absinthe in an old haunted jail from the 1890’s?…only in NOLA.
BOURBON ST. $-$$
The party street in NOLA where we capped off every single night 🙂
Nic’s Thoughts: I mean…it’s Bourbon. It’s soooo much fun. The entire street is one giant party with beads flying everywhere and music blasting out the doors of the clubs and bars. You can even take your drinks from one bar to the next and just party through the street itself. It smells like puke, but other than that it’s amazing.
Jac’s Thoughts: Nowhere compares to Bourban St. This street is INSANELY EPIC! There is a bar/club for everyone! There is no cover so you can go in and out as many times as you want. I felt like an ironing board dancing because everyone around me had so much rhythm. Great people watching!
FAV BARS AND CLUBS
- Razzoo (big dance floor – got an indoor and outdoor – plays top 40’s)
- Bourbon Bandstand – guaranteed a great time
- The Worlds Famous Cats Meow – if youre international they only accept a passport as ID – great karaoke from what we heard from outside
- Fat Catz Music Club – a great place for dancing
- Bourbon Cowboy – GREAT time if you love country music – people are always line dancing and doing the two-step and willing to teach you!
DAY 2: SATURDAY
BREAKFAST: THE VINTAGE $$ 3121 Magazine St.
Highly recommended Cafe in a very cute part of New Orleans we had to bus to.
Nic’s Thoughts: I am IN LOVE with this little cafe/restaurant.
- They played my favourite band (the 1975) multiple times while we ate.
- everything is vintage (hence the name) with a huge focus on old school classic music which is EVERYTHING to me. If you know me, you know I live for old things.
- The food was amazing. I had a breakfast sandwich on the softest biscuit i’ve ever had in my entire life and a raspberry filled Beignet which was like the best Jelly Donut. If I lived in NOLA you would find me in this place 99% of the time. It was priced well too! I gave it 2 $$ because it’s more expensive than Cafe Du Monde – but still cheap.
Jac’s Thoughts: This place is AMAZING! The food, the aesthetic, the pictures, the location…everything is perfect! This is a must! It is more of a local spot…check it out if you want to get away from tourists.
LAFAYETTE CEMETERY No 1 $
1427 Washington Ave
Nic’s Thoughts: This cemetery was beautiful, but the amount of history behind every part of it was definitely the most interesting. I highly recommend you do this with a tour because it will make it so so much better than just looking at graves with no context.
Jac’s Thoughts: Definitely! Agree with Nic! DO THE TOUR! The stories and reasonings behind the graves are so interesting. There are walking tours that are by donation. Check out our blog post on ”How We saved money in New Orleans” for more information.
GARDEN DISTRICT $
The Garden District is where you find all of the huge, beautiful, historical houses in New Orleans.
Nic’s Thoughts: The Garden District has some beautiful homes and is great to just walk around in. Again, I recommend a tour since otherwise you may just be looking at houses. We saw a Django Unchained house, historical homes, and Sandra Bullock’s house!
Jac’s Thoughts: This was one of my favourite afternoons! It was so fun wandering the streets spewing fun facts about each house. Everyone is so different and built with such intention to the culture and the period it was constructed in. For football lovers, we saw the house Peyton and Eli Manning grew up and where they’re parents still live.
P.S. For a cheap way to get all the info you need for these two excursions, use the app“Atlantis “ Every tour is $1.00 and you just walk around following a map and listening to the tour.
LUNCH: NEYOW CREOLE CAFÉ $$
3332 Bienville St.
No frills restaurant where lots of stars come to eat for the home-cooked food, like Queen Latifah and Tristan Thompson! Again, $$ not because it’s expensive, but because it’s more than the cheapest things we did.
Nic’s Thoughts: Well. This has to be one of the best meals I have ever had in my life. The fried chicken was everything I could want in a meal and more. With a side of incredible Mac and Cheese and some classic hush puppies…I was in heaven for only $10.50. And super full too!
Jac’s Thoughts: I had shrimp and rice…BEST Shrimp and rice of my life! So flavourful and delicious. Definitely recommend this place. Its where the locals eat, so why not eat here? Oh, MAN Nic’s Mac & Cheese was tooooo die for! So cheesy!
DINNER: R’EVOLUTION $$$
777 Bienville St.
The very fancy, upscale restaurant we took Jacquie to for her birthday as a treat. They provided an amuse-bouche, bread with regular butter and cane sugar butter, our appetizers (of crab meat beignets), our main meals and desserts, plus a birthday dessert for Jacquie AND a wooden box full of treats.
Nic’s Thoughts: This place is awesome if you’re looking to splurge. Every room is decorated differently but they’re all beautiful and unique. The food was incredible, I had crab and shrimp dressing stuffed cornish hen, and Jac and I split a bread pudding creme brulee for dessert. Every bite was delicious, service was wonderful, but it was very expensive as we expected.
Jac’s Thoughts: I have the best friends! This was such a treat. The food was incredible! It just kept coming and getting tastier and tastier! I would fly down and visit this restaurant just for the cane sugar butter, it was that good. Made tones of good memories at this restaurant and dad the best birthday dinner! Xo
We were told this is where the locals go out instead of Bourbon street. It was an area with lots of jazz bars and some night markets where people sold art, jewellery, etc with sitting areas and board games.
Nic’s Thoughts: This area was very cool but not really the scene I was looking for. It was much more relaxed and probably somewhere I’d also go if I was a local or looking to wind down. I did love the little night market though, so cool!
Jac’s Thoughts: This is the local’s spot, but this particular night I was ready to get rowdy…so not quite my vibe. We did wander through a cool art market and play some Jenga but I was ready to take shots and dance.
DAY 3: SUNDAY
BREAKFAST: FRENCH TRUCK COFFEE
@frenchtruck 1200 Magazine St.
We were in a rush, so breakfast came “to go” from a coffee shop.
Nic’s Thoughts: I didn’t get any food here so I can’t review it but the place itself was cute. The drink I got was too sweet but that as likely my own fault in ordering.
Jac’s Thoughts: Great chain coffee shop! I got ice coffee and a muffin. So fresh and so tasty!
SWAMP TOUR: $$$
We booked our swamp tour and plantation tour through Combination tours at the cheapest rate we could find. They picked us up from a location near our hostel and took us to the swamp first.
Nic’s Thoughts: I was falling asleep because the movement of that boat was so relaxing, but other than that it was cool! You see lots of alligators and they even let us hold one, plus the driver told a lot of stories about the swamp including a haunted one.
Jac’s Thoughts: This was super cool! It was the excursion I was least excited for but is now one of my highlights. This the tour that Will and Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish took…if it’s good for them it’s amazing for us!
LUNCH: DEBRIS Po Boy’s from MOTHERS $$
401 Poydras St.
Ordered for take out in the morning so we could have them during our day of tours. A Po Boy is a sandwich, named so for the type of french bread. We all got the Debris (the meat that has fallen off the bone in its au jus) but there are so many different kinds. Ours came with pickles and mustard on it as well.
Nic’s Thoughts: HOLY SMOKES it was an incredible sandwich. Mmmm I still think about it. I would say it’d be even better hot (since we got them to go and ate them hours later) but if it was that amazing cold I can’t even imagine what it’s like fresh. I also got a piece of pecan pie from here which was delicious.
Jac’s Thoughts: My mouth is watering… I’m not a huge meat eater but this sandwich…oh my gosh. I ate half at the swamp place but literally couldn’t wait to eat the other half, so I made our friends wait for me in the pouring rain under a coffee shop pergola so I could finish it. I would love to go back to Mother’s and try more foods on their menu.
PLANTATION TOUR $$$
There were two to choose from and we chose The Oak Alley Plantation at random.
Nic’s Thoughts: I loved learning about the history of the plantation. There is a lot of sadness in the history when learning about slavery, but the property itself was quite beautiful. They did a very good job of duplicating how rooms would have looked and rebuilding parts of it that would have been there in the 1800s but are now gone.
Jac’s Thoughts: This property was absolutely stunning! The tour was only for the mansion where the plantation owners lived, and it was very cool to see their way of life during that period. I would have loved a guided tour about the slaves of that period.
JACKSON SQUARE $ 701 Decatur St.
A square not far off Bourbon with a big statue of Andrew Jackson (the 7th U.S. President).
Nic’s Thoughts: We just walked through this and it didn’t take long. It’s free to do and it’s very pretty, I recommend. It’s very easy.
Jac’s Thoughts: This place is said to be haunted…don’t worry they close it up at night so you won’t accidentally find yourself wandering. This is where all the voodoo, palm readers and crystal and psychics will go to acquire the business. Take a seat on a park bench and watch all walks of life around you.
DINNER: OCEANA $
739 Conti St.
Nic’s Thoughts: I wasn’t that hungry at this point, but I got some shrimps that were scrumptious. This place was not fancy, very no frills, but great food!
Jac’s Thoughts: I was on a hunt for Jambalaya ALL trip and this was my last chance to get it. Lucky me they had Jambalaya with… ALLIGATOR sausage. It was delicious!! I shared this Maddy and we both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
214 Royal St. in Hotel Monteleone
We only popped in for a minute after the bar was closed to get the feel for it.
Nic’s Thoughts: Love the concept! You just sit and it goes around and moves you slowly. Drinks are expensive but you have to go at least once just to sit.
Jac’s Thoughts: This is no bourbon street. Come for before or after dinner drinks. We hid our beads in our purses. Definitely a must! Very fun ambience.
EXTRAS worth mentioning!
RAZOO: Razoo is a bar on bourbon that was sooo fun! The entertainer there had tons of people coming up doing twerking contests and the vibe was always really cool. There is a HUGE back patio if you want to go out and be away from the music or grab a drink. We went there every night.
HURRICANE’S: Hurricane’s are a classic alcoholic drink in New Orleans but you have to know where to go. Lots of alcohol and fruit juice, so if you go somewhere that loads it with sugary juices it’ll be a killer hangover. Pat O’Brien’s is known for it, but I really loved the one I got at the Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar bar on the haunted pub crawl (Nic) I got mine at Razoo and literally after ten sips… I was gone and needed to go home (Jac)
SUNDAY NIGHTS Bourbon on Sunday nights, at least at this time of year, is a lot more dead than every other night. If you’re going to have a relaxing or chill night in, we recommend you make it a Sunday.
BEADS: Theory is… boys have the beads and the girls acquire them by flashing their boobs. Do what you want with this information.
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