Our First Trip to New Orleans

Happy Fat Tuesday! Check out all of the highlights from our recent trip to New Orleans below!

Adam and I recently went on our first trip of the year and we headed over to a new city to explore that neither of us had seen before--New Orleans!

We made our trip to the big easy during the first week of Mardis Gras, so we were able to experience some of the magic first-hand without the total chaos of the big weekend where everyone comes into town to celebrate. 

We opted to skip the tourist tours and just focused on exploring the different neighborhoods within the city on our own and on our own time. Today, I'm sharing an overview of some of our favorite places in both the French quarter and also the garden district from our first visit to New Orleans that we personally recommend for first-timers who are heading to the big easy for their first time!

The night we arrived in New Orleans, it was the first official parade of Mardi Gras season in the big easy! It was such a fun night where we got to immerse ourselves in the Bourbon Street lifestyle and enjoyed indulging on delicious drinks and tasty bar food, and got to see the nightlife of the city we had heard so much about! Some of our favorite spots along the way from that first night were Turtle Bay, Favela Chic, and 13 Monaghan.

The next day, we spent a lot of time bundling up and enjoying the cool weather and explored all around the French Quarter! 

We had our favorite meal of the entire trip our first day at Café Amelie--the courtyard was so beautiful, they had a busker nearby who played acoustic guitar and sang, and we had a delicious meal. We split a bunch of items from Café Amelie's menu, but our favorites were their chicken and andouille gumbo, oven roasted chicken and waffle, chef jerry's shrimp and grits, and sipped on a few drinks (our favorite was the sparring with bubbles drink, made with fords gin, Averna, fresh grapefruit, and sparkling rose!) 

We spent another night enjoying the nightlife and spent most of our time on Frenchmen Street, and we took advantage of the balcony bars and danced the night away looking over the city!

The rest of our trip was kind of a blur because 1) we were so unplugged from office work that we completely got to let loose and 2) well, we thoroughly enjoyed all of the cheap drinks and free entertainment all around the Bourbon Street and Frenchmen Street areas! 

Some of our other highlights from our first trip to New Orleans during the first week of Mardi Gras celebrations were visiting Cafe du Monde, stopped by Harrah's Casino and winning some extra spending money for our trip, seeing Buckner Mansion where they filmed the "Coven" season from American Horror Story, and having the most amazing eggs benny I have ever had (if you visit New Orleans, we highly recommend you go to Restaurant Stanley for breakfast or brunch and try their eggs stanley!) 

New Orleans was such a fun city and we think it's a great destination for twenty-somethings who want to have a great time on a budget! We will definitely be headed back sometime in the future! 

Keep scrolling to see our favorite pictures from our first trip to NOLA!

What do you think? Have you visited NOLA? Do you want to check it out? Let us know your thoughts below, or share this post with a friend & get them excited about visiting!

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  1. New Orleans is one of my favorite travel destinations ever. The food, the coffee and the surrounding zoos, plantations and gardens, I want to go back again soon and take the kids!

  2. I've heard New Orleans is a fantastic city! Bourbon Street, the French Quarter and Mardis Gras, to name a few-it sounds like a must-visit city! Looks like you both had a fun time!

  3. I absolutely adore New Orleans. If we ever move, it will be to that city. It's got such a unique vibe to it.

  4. Oh wow, this makes me miss New Orleans. My daughter and I like to take the occasional trip down there! I'll have to look into Café Amelie.

  5. Love the pictures of the sites and waffles. I will keep Cafe Amelie in mind if I ever get there. The streets are so quaint it does not look like the USA.

  6. Sounds like you had a great trip! I am drooling over all your food pictures!

  7. I have always wanted to go to New Orleans. All of your photos are so amazing. The place looks very beautiful. The food looks amazing too!

  8. You got tons of great pictures! Ive always wanted to visit New Orleans and this just motivated me to make it happen!

  9. I've always wanted to go to New Orleans to visit. I have heard so much about the ghost tours and would love to go on one!

  10. Oh wow! I have always thought that visiting New Orleans would be wonderful. It looks as though you guys had a fabulous time!

  11. Sounds like you had a great trip! I loved following your path and all the amazing food you shared! Yummy!

  12. This looks like an absolutely amazing trip! I've been to New Orleans twice, but both times were for work so I didn't thoroughly get to take in everything I would have liked to.

  13. I would love to go to New Orleans. I think I should wait until my son is older though, or find another music fan to go with


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