Following along in our weekend getaways series, we went to NOLA this Easter weekend. After a quick 2hrs flight from NYC – New Orleans we decided we weren’t wasting any time. Right after checking in at the hotel, we dived right into it and started exploring the vibrant heart of New Orleans. We started our stroll in the French Quarter district, famous for its vibrant Bourbon Street, street jazz bands, clubs and bars, and all things colourful. We grabbed a delicious creole brunch and continued with our exploration.
If you are in this district and want a serious creole meal, check out The Court of Two Sisters. They are known for their brunches but dinners are just as good. And what’s the French Quarter without mentioning Cafe Du Monde. The beignets here are fantastic, Although I have to admit they didn’t taste as great as when I first tried them two years ago.Another beignet establishment Cafe Beignet is just as good with chic garden sitting.
Other noteworthy districts in NOLA include the Garden district. Living up to its name this district is full of beautiful mansions with luscious gardens. Another very nice formal southern restaurant we tried (with a serious dress code) in this district is Commander’s Palace.
A lot of tour companies are in the area if you want to learn more about the history of the city and how the city recovered from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Another great tour is the Louisiana Swamp tour, a two-hour airboat ride around the swamps learning about all things Alligator. What could be more Louisiana than sighting some alligators while riding through the primeval swamps in an airboat?
But the Big Easy is not only about Mardi Gras and soul filling Jazz vibes, there is a lot of museums, aquarium to visit and family activities such as Kayaking and paddle boating at the city park just north of French Quarter.