Whenever I read articles curating the top U.S. travel destinations for the year, New Orleans is always among that list because of the great food, culture and nightlife.
Only living about less than 5 hours away, I had to go see it for myself and it didn’t disappoint.
If you read my post about how to travel more often then you would know that one of my tips was to visit friends, so that’s exactly what I did.
One of my good friends since elementary school was graduating from Louisiana State University so I came to see her before she said farewell to Tiger Town.
The first night we stayed in Baton Rouge and she gave me a driving tour of spots on campus then the following day was spent exploring New Orleans.
As soon as we drove in New Orleans, we heading to Buckner Mansion which was made famous by being location of American Horror Story Coven.
I’ve only watched the first 3 seasons of American Horror Story and Coven is without a doubt my favorite, so seeing this historic house was a must.
The neighborhood was nice and quiet and I couldn’t get over how much character all the homes had. I appreciate the French influence and love the Arts and Crafts style homes.
The first thing we did once we drove into the French Quarter was walk through the Jefferson Square which is considered a National Historic Landmark.
As we made our way around, we stumbled upon street fortune tellers and tarot card readers. It was tempting but I don’t think I’m ready for that kind of enlightenment.
I’m not sure if there are tons around the city but we saw a tree that was covered in Mardi Gras beads, it look so pretty because the various colors twinkled in the sunlight.
A trip to New Orleans isn’t complete unless you visit the iconic Cafe Du Monde and get yourself some Beignets, so that was the next spot we hit up.
If you don’t know what Beignets are they’re basically fried dough doused in powdered sugar. So heavenly the way they melt in your mouth. Yum!
After our light (and sugary) snack, we did a bit of window shopping and peeked into different boutiques unique to Baton Rogue. In addition, we discovered an Urban Outfitters where I scored this sick denim jacket covered in doodles for $30.
Once I style it in a show-stopping way, I’ll definitely do a post about it.
Towards the end of the day, we found out that The Weeknd was coming through for his Starboy tour and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to that album, so I was down to see it live.
And just like that, a day in New Orleans turned into a night in New Orleans.
To waste time before the show, we strolled through Bourbon Street and surprisingly there was a lot of people for a random Tuesday.
I really appreciated that everywhere you looked had potential to be a great photo op!
Eventually we found our way to a classic Cajun restaurant where we got drinks and enjoyed the view from a balcony as the sun was starting to set.
For dinner, I tried the Corn and Crab Bisque and it was the lick-the-bowl-clean kind of good. Next time, I want to try more seafood dishes.
Before heading to the show, we made one last stop to the coast just as the sun was setting, it was very beautiful to see the sun highlighting different buildings.
Overall, my visit to New Orleans was calm and very tasty. Next time, I hope to stay a night in the French Quarter and experience Bourbon street at night.
Also, The Weeknd’s show was good but not very exciting, the cool part was the rotating LED lights that changes colors and positions throughout the show.
Here’s a shot I got on my iPhone!
Let me know in the comments if you’ve been to Louisiana and any recommendations you may have for activities and food.
Thanks for reading and stay hungry to learn, create and grow!