The Best of New Orleans

In addition to writing about my experience here in South America, I will also be giving travel recommendations for some of the other places I have traveled to and lived. I’m going to start with the magical city of New Orleans 🙂 I lived in New Orleans for 15 months starting in July 2016 and it was one of the best experiences of my life. The city is unique unto itself and there is no where else in the world like it. The city has an vibrant energy that stems from the mix of struggling artist and musicians, the creole/cajun love of food, and the excuse to have a good time. Every weekend it seems like there is a different festival from the po-boy fest, to mid-summer Mardi Gras, to BBQ and Blues plus MANY more.
Below are just a few of my recommendations (mainly outside of the French Quarter) when it comes to New Orleans. I hope you all enjoy!

Best Brunch:
Uptown: Toast (BYO, reasonably priced, but expect a wait on the weekends)
Garden District: Commanders Palace (“treat yourself” occasion but awesome formal Jazz brunch)
Marigny: Paladar 511 (amazing menu with a fun twist on brunch classics)
Art/Warehouse District: Willa Jean
Best Pizza:
Bywater: Pizza Delicious
Best BBQ:
Bywater: The Joint
Best Burger:
Freret Street: The Company Burger
Best Ice Cream:
Uptown: Creole Creamery (Cash only)
Best Lunch Spots:
Uptown: St. James Cheese Company (also has a location downtown)
Garden District: Parasol’s (recommend the firecracker shrimp po-boy)
CBD: Mothers (recommend the bread pudding and jambalaya, if the line is long don’t worry it moves fast, restaurant doesn’t accept tips, also good for casual dinner)
Mid-City: Parkway Tavern
Best Dinner Spots:
Uptown: Jaques-Imo’s (Traditional NOLA food, good price-try the alligator cheesecake appetizer)
Uptown: Clancy’s (“Treat Yourself” priced menu, reservation recommended, fairly formal)
Garden District: Baru (great tapas style restaurant)
Best Classic Drinks on Bourbon:
Pat O’briens: Hurricane
Lafitte’s Blacksmith Bar: Voodoo daquiri (supposedly the oldest bar in the U.S.)
Best Places to Drink Outside the French Quarter:
Bywater: Bacchanal Wine Bar
Uptown: The Bulldog
Mid-City: Bayou Beer and Wine Garden
Best Coffee Shops:
Mid-City: Fair Grinds Coffeehouse
Uptown: Cherry Espresso Bar
Garden District: French Truck Coffee
Art/Warehouse District: Rouler (also doubles as a bike shop)
Art/Warehouse District: Revelator Coffee
Best Places for Live Music:
Uptown: Tipitina’s (Classic New Orleans Music Venue that hosts outside and local acts)
Uptown: Maple Leaf Bar (great on Tuesday nights to see Rebirth Brass Band)
Marigny: Frenchman Street (I recommend bar hopping between several venues and enjoying all of the various music offered)

Author: jordansjourneys92

Hi! My name is Jordan Gurkin and I am currently traveling around the U.S. and working for a non-profit called Compassion International. I just finished spending a year backpacking and teaching English in South America. I'm a travel blogger focused on bringing you budget travel advice, travel tips, and some of my recommendations on places to visit!

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