New Orleans - Vlog & Itinerary

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Our trip to New Orleans was filled with a lot of different elements. There was the spooky side of New Orlean's voodoo history, the flavorful Creole food and seafood, and the inspiring music. Lots of places to enjoy a drink and good food. The vibe is unlike any other city in the US. Absolutely an adventure!

We only spent about 1.5 days in New Orleans but I still wanted to share where we stayed in the city, where we went and our full itinerary so if anyone else would like to plan a weekend trip to New Orleans, you can definitely use this itinerary. 

Where we stayed: 
Marriott Courtyard Inn - French Quarter/Iberville

2 King Beds - $189.00 - with fees and tax: $220.24 divided by 4 people =$55.06/pp
Free cancellation up until 3 days before your check in date.
Pros: Within walking distance to Bourbon Street, very nice rooms, clean and rooms were close enough to the action but also far enough that we can get some sleep in our room without all of the street noise. 
Cons: No fan in the bathrooms and there was only a sliding door as the bathroom door. 
Check in: 3pm - Check out: 12pm

Places to eat on our radar and what to get: 
  • Palace Cafe - Crab Meat Cheesecake, World Famous Bananas Foster
  • Arnaud's - Bananas Foster
  • Cafe Beignet - Beignets, per Alton Brown on the show: Best Thing I Ever Ate
  • Emeril’s - Wolfgang Puck’s recommendation Banana cream pie
  • Acme Oyster House - for the Po'boys, grilled oysters (GET THESE), and banana cheesecake. 
  • Cafe Du Monde - for beignets and coffees 
  • Desire Oyster Bar - creole style breakfast, seafood breakfast fusion

Aim to land at noon or 1pm 
New Orleans Time Zone: CST

Day 1 - Friday
  • 12:00 Check into hotel $55/pp 
  • 1:00 Walk down Iberville towards Bourbon St. Make a left onto Bourbon St to Cafe (5min)
  • 1:15 - Cafe Beignet (They have two locations) for brunch, beignets and coffee (cafe au lait, “cafe o le”) 1 hour - $15/pp (Low wait times after 1pm)
  • 2:00 - Spirits on Bourbon (bar) - Get the Souvenir Skull drinks called the Resurrection - $15/pp
  • 3:00 - Walk up Bourbon Street 4.5 blocks to Marie Laveau’s Voodoo (6 min walk, 25 mins to check it out), 
  • 3:30 - Then to New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum (2min) $7
  • 4:00 - Then to Voodoo Authentica (2 min walk, 15 mins to check it out) Somewhat low wait times = 40 mins total
  • 4:15 - Walk to French Quarter (3 min walk)
  • 4:30 - St. Louis Cathedral (1 min walk) 
  • Jackson Square (1 min walk) 5 mins of walking,
    30 mins to check it out, 10 mins each site
  • 5:30 - After tour dinner at ACME Oyster House $20/pp (peak wait times)
  • 6:30-7:00 done with dinner, back to the hotel
  • 10:00pm - Ghost Hunt Experience until 2am, starting location is 1022 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA, 70116 - $53.00
Day 2 of New Orleans - Saturday
  • Check out and store bags at the hotel
  • 4 min walk from Hotel to Desire Oyster Bar
  • 7:30/8:00AM - Breakfast at Desire Oyster Bar
  • 3 min walk from desire oyster bar to Deja Vu Restaurant on Dauphine where the cemetery meeting spot is
  • 9:30AM-11:30AM Free Tours by Foot St. Louis Cemetery Tour $2/pp
  • 5 min walk from Tour meeting area and hotel
  • Grab bags from hotel and head out
Aside from flights, we spent about $200.00 per person on hotels, food, sightseeing, and a ghost tour. If your budget is tight, I would cut out the ghost hunt which was $53.00 per person and the Voodoo Museum, $7.00. 

There are so many sights to see in New Orleans for free. If you're looking for the best tours in New Orleans, I also highly recommend the Free Tours by Foot. They are only $2.00 per person but please tip your tour guide well if you liked the tour. We did the St. Louis Cemetery Tour because I wanted to see Voodoo Queen Marie LaVeau's tomb as well as the other famous sights in this cemetery. If you do this cemetery tour, please bring cold water. It is a decent walk through blocks of the city and then through the cemetery itself. We discovered that foot tours are really the best way to see the city, see certain sights up close  and it gives you the best photo opportunities. Also we were instructed not to lean or rest up against any of the tombs, a lot of people on our tour still ended up doing so. Please do not do it as a lot of these tombs are fragile now due to vandalism and the people of New Orleans are big on respecting the deceased! Do not lean, touch or rest on these tombs!

Hands down the best place for seafood in New Orleans was Acme Oyster house. Get the grilled oysters, you won't regret it. We got the grilled oysters and fried crawfish as an appetizer. Both were fantastic. For entrees, we each got a different variety of Po'Boy sandwiches. Also really good, portions were generous. We waited about 45 minutes in line for our table. Definitely worth it. We also enjoyed the banana cheesecake for dessert and it became the #1 spot in my top 3 best desserts. 

If you have any questions or are planning your trip to New Orleans, leave a comment below and let us know your ideas. 

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