I visited New Orleans for the first time last week and it was such a treat! I asked Instagram followers for recommendations for their favorite Nola eateries and sights - thanks, folks! It would be just plain rude to not share the hot tips, so here they are for you. I’m calling out the places Ross and I enjoyed as well as the recommendations that we didn’t have time for but I’m v sure are worthwhile. Check ‘em all out the next time you visit Nola!
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Interactive Map of Each Restaurant Recommendation:
Click each blue pin to get the name, address, website, and a photo of each restaurant. You can also click the star icon to save it to your Google maps so you can browse the eateries on the go.
Everywhere we ate:
Note that we’re pescatarians, so everything I recommend is vegetarian or fishy-based. I didn’t try out any of the recommended meat-heavy restaurants, but I left them in the map above. If you want just veggie or vegan food, here’s a good map of those restaurants.
Cane & Table - Get the drum escabeche - it’s like avocado toast, but fishy
Josephine Estelle - Get the Agnolotti, you won’t be disappointed
Bacchanal - Get the build-your-own cheese plate then sit outside to enjoy live music (try sitting in the SW corner and see if the baby opossums come out!)
Café Beignet - Gotta do beignet when in town!
Seaworthy - I loved the decor here and the food was just as delicious
Basin Seafood - We ordered a bunch of different appetizers here to get a taste of some a bunch of good classic Southern food - get the shrimp and grits!
Cavan - The BBQ crawfish pain perdue was a confusing mix of sweet and savory while reading the ingredients on the menu, but it was so so good
Shaya - We got one hummus and three salatim sauces then ate oodles of fresh hot pita bread to dip - I never say no to fresh bread
Magazin Vietnamese Cafe - The spring rolls were the perfect appetizer while we waited for our table at Shaya
Mother’s - This is a traditional restaurant for classic Southern food so naturally I went when craving a buttery biscuit
Find all of the recommended restaurants in the map above. Click each pin when you’re in the area, or click that button in the corner for a list of each eatery.
Things We did:
Avoid Bourbon Street!
Walk Audubon Park and surrounding neighborhoods
Explore the cemeteries
Shop and lunch on Magazine Street
Walk Royal Street in French Quarter
Ride St. Charles Streetcar through Garden District to admire mansions
Walk Frenchmen Street and listen to all of the live music
Things I didn’t do but were recommended:
I only excluded these things because I ran out of time!
Walk around Marigny and admire the colorful houses
Do a swamp and plantation tour outside the city
Take a ghost tour and vampire tour
Go to Hotel Peter and Paul to see the renovations
Visit City park and Bayou St John
Take a walking tour of the mansions in the Garden District
Kayak through sculpture garden
Explore art in the Bywater
Check out the Mississippi river from Crescent Park
Admire the street art organized by Nola Mural Project
Visit Isle de Jean Charles the first town relocating refugees due to climate change