Have you ever been to a place where every corner is Instagrammable?
It’s really not like any other United States city I’ve ever been to. New Orleans is about food, art, history and music(and a lot of it!) I had a hard time compiling my top picks for this list (so many cute little spots), but these spots are completely worth a visit.
1. Greetings from NOLA
4 letters and 4 girls What better way to represent the start of an amazing trip than this?
Before I completely type the restaurant’s name in the search bar, Google’s autosuggest Flaming A-Go-Go brunch tops the list; That pink perfect girls brunch place that you have been looking for forever. From the colorful flamingo mural at the front of restaurant to the tiki bar style open patio brunch setting, this place is the best blend of ambiance and tasty food. Don’t leave out the photo op here!
3. Jackson Square
A timeless attraction in the heart of the French Quarter of New Orleans. The Jackson square is surrounded by historic buildings, including the St Louis Cathedral and faces the Mississippi River. The artists, restaurants, museums, merchants and the square itself make Jackson Square one of the French Quarter’s most popular destinations.
Tip: It’s the best place to take a horse carriage ride and explore the city.
Address: 417 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Fine-dining landmark famed for their bananas Foster and best picks of the Creole cuisine. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get reservations here as it was super last minute, so we switched up the pink with blue and headed to the brunch at Commander’s Palace. Want to know how that turned out? Jump to 9.
5. The French Quarters Corners
Address: Royal St and St. Peter Street
Every corner of the French district is Instagramable. It felt like I was teleported to the streets of Europe with colorful buildings and cast-iron balconies. Whether you’re looking for a pleasing jazz club or Cajun eateries in cute cafes or a potent cocktail on Bourbon Street or some local art and museums, the French Quarter has it all.
French Truck Coffee is a craft coffee roaster in the heart of New Orleans. We stopped here to take a few Instagram photos in front of the cute yellow coffee shop. I quickly snuck in and ordered the New Orleans Iced Coffee. To my amazement, the coffee was actually brilliant, and we stayed a bit to see through the back area where they process and package their beans.
Address: 403 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
On a quest to find buildings that match my outfit, I stumbled on this place, Right next to Brennan’s.
This beautiful yellow building was named after its architect: Benjamin Henry Latrobe. Latrobe was known as the “Father of American Architecture”. Quarter Latrobe’s offers a rich backdrop for glamorous events and intimate celebrations. If you are here taking some photos also head out to the Royal House right around the corner to taste some of the best oysters and Cajun Bloody Mary in town.
8. Cafe Beignet
Address: 334 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Find a spot in a cute outdoor courtyard and enjoy some of the best beignets in town. Their beignets are topped with powdered sugar and best paired with a cup of café au lait. It’s totally Instagram-worthy on the inside and out. There’s also a self-playing piano which is the highlight of the place, and if you’re lucky, you can spot the beignet cat!
Founded in 1880, the Commander’s Palace is located in New Orleans Garden District. It is arguably the gold standard of what New Orleans cuisine has to offer.
The gorgeous sprawling turquoise colored building had a very old school classic vibe to it. As we made our way to the private dining room, light jazzy music filled the lively chandelier hung space and I knew we were in for a treat. The food here is impeccable and the service is artfully done in an old school style. We tried the Gumbo du Jour, Turtle Soup and Cognac Flambéed Wild Shrimp. The Pecan Pie à la Mode and the Creole Bread Pudding Soufflé were just the highlight of the place; they were exceptionally delicious. We also had a live jazz group trio performance in our room while we were dining, and it set such a festive mood.
Do yourself a favor and book yourself a table here for lunch. Don’t forget to check their dress code, first, to make sure you pack the right clothes!
10. Napolean House
Perfect spot to grab a po’boy in a circa-1914 house with a palm filled courtyard.
A little bit of history, the first resident of this 200-year-old building- Nicholas Girod, offered his residence to Napoleon in 1821 as a refuge during his exile. Napolean never made it to the United States but the name stuck and now this place serves as one of the most famous bars in America. The decor is old-world feeling which I also loved.
But, of course, the menu is what you came for and you HAVE to order a Pimms Cup here. It’s kinda what they’re most known for. It was such a refreshing drink. I paired it with a delicious po’boy which was just soft bread, tons of meats and tangy oils.
11. Artsy Corners of French Quarters
Address: Somewhere in French Quarter
A little bit of Bloody Mary and lot more lack of memory; I completely forgot where this picturesque art gallery was. I’m sorry I don’t have an exact address!
The owner actually offered to take a picture of us, seeing us struggle to snap a selfie of the 4 of us in it.
12. Match with the colorful houses in French Quarters.
Address: Somewhere in French Quarter
There are so many great corners in the French Quarters with beautiful balconies and colorful doors that you can explore by a walking tour. You could also find a house that matches with your outfit and get a photo. I assure you there is no shortage of colorful houses on the streets of French Quarters.
Can’t wait to go back. Maybe next time for Mardi Gras. For those who want to know more about Mardi Gras.
All opinions are my own.
What other Instagram worthy places in New Orleans do you recommend?
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