Weekend in New Orleans

How to spend a weekend in New Orleans! Join me as I share a peak into my trip, plus my favorite vegetarian friendly New Orleans restaurants!

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! I'm sharing some great travel tips for visiting this awesome city + my favorite vegetarian friendly New Orleans restaurants! | Hello Little Home

New Orleans is one of my favorite cities … I absolutely love it! My husband and I got married in City Park under a huge, ancient oak tree, so it holds tons of special memories for me.

One of the things I like about New Orleans is that it’s a little rough around the edges, yet still beautiful. There is so much to explore, from gorgeous architecture to amazing food to awesome music. It’s a completely unique city.

I hadn’t been in a few years, so I couldn’t resist tagging along on my husband’s business trip for a weekend in New Orleans. He was working the whole time I was there, so I hung out by myself during the day, and then we met up for dinner in the evening. It was so fun getting to do whatever I wanted (!), especially since I’ve been to NOLA a number of times before and felt like I knew the lay of the land.

Speaking of food, I’m going to be honest: if you’re vegetarian like me, New Orleans is definitely one of the trickier cities to eat in. Most traditional New Orleans dishes are made with fish, sausage, or some other meat. It’s really hard to just randomly walk around and find somewhere good to eat, especially in the French Quarter.

So along with the tour of my weekend in New Orleans, I’m sharing my favorite vegetarian friendly New Orleans restaurants, too.

Let’s get started … grab a coffee, because there are lots of photos! Want a quick snapshot of New Orleans? Just scroll to the end of the post for all of my recommendations!

DAY 1: French Quarter and Frenchmen Street

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! I'm sharing some great travel tips for visiting this awesome city + my favorite vegetarian friendly New Orleans restaurants, like Backspace Bar and Restaurant in the French Quarter! | Hello Little HomeThe weather in Dallas on the day of my flight was horrible. My plane was parked on the runway for two hours. Has that ever happened to you? It was the worst.

Thankfully, we took off right before we needed to return to the gate and an hour later I was in New Orleans! Ha ha …

My husband and I met at the airport and after relaxing in our hotel for a while, we headed to dinner at Backspace Bar. Joel eats there all the time, because it’s just around the corner from the hotel he stays at in New Orleans. It’s not touristy at all, which is really nice when you’re in the French Quarter!

I had the Grown Up Grilled Cheese (yum), and Joel had his usual, the Whitman Roast Beef. The grilled cheese was the only veg sandwich on the menu when I was there, but there were a couple other sandwiches which could be made vegetarian pretty easily if you asked.

A couple Dark & Stormies later, and we were ready to walk around a bit. We headed down Decatur with Frenchman Street as our destination. Even at night, the French Quarter is beautiful!

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Exploring the French Quarter, one of my favorite and most popular neighborhoods in NOLA! Decatur Street | Hello Little HomeAlong the way, we stopped at Molly’s at the Market, one of my husband’s fave bars, for a couple drinks to go. You can carry open containers in New Orleans, which can be a little dangerous!

Frenchmen Street is a good place to hear live music, and it was really hopping for a Thursday night. It’s definitely felt a lot busier than the last time I was in New Orleans.

We stopped into the Frenchmen Art Market to check out art and other handmade goods from local artists. There were lots of tempting items, and I wish my budget had been a little larger!

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Checking out the Frenchmen Art Market! | Hello Little HomeAfter walking around Frenchmen for a bit longer, we turned back onto Decatur and headed into Balcony Music Club. It was a really cool space, and there was no cover (#bonus). It was really quiet when we arrived, but the crowd definitely picked up as the night wore on.

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Listening to a Brass Band at BMC, located near NOLA's Frenchmen Street! | Hello Little HomeLocal brass band Slow Rollas were playing. They were pretty good! Check out my clip below from snapchat … definitely not the best quality … ha ha.

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After hanging at BMC for a while, we walked back through the French Quarter toward our hotel and ended up on Bourbon Street for a couple blocks.

Here are my thoughts on Bourbon Street: it’s great if you’ve just turned 21 or maybe if you’re in town for a bachelor/bachelorette party. It’s also worth seeing (briefly) if you’ve never been to New Orleans. However, unless you like hanging out around huge crowds of super drunk people, you probably want to avoid it.

There are so many better places to spend your time in the French Quarter, whether you are drinking or not.

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! A quick walk down NOLA's one and only (thank goodness!) Bourbon Street! | Hello Little HomeAfter that, it was off to bed!

DAY 2: French Quarter and Faubourg Marigny

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! No trip to NOLA is complete without a stop, or two, at Cafe Du Monde! | Hello Little HomeThe next morning we slept in, then headed to Cafe Du Monde for beignets and cafe au lait. It’s definitely a touristy spot, but I never miss a trip when I visit the city.ย  How can you resist hot fried dough squares buried under a pile of sweet powder sugar? Yum!

Try to visit Cafe Du Monde during off hours or you may face a long wait.

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! No trip to NOLA is complete without a stop, or two, at Cafe Du Monde! | Hello Little HomeAfter that little meal (ha), my husband and I parted ways. My plan was to spend the day exploring the French Quarter and Faubourg Marigny, a nearby neighborhood.

Before heading off to the Marigny, I stopped to take a pic of the lovely St. Louis Cathedral. I have a picture like this from every trip I take to New Orleans, but I still couldn’t resist!

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Exploring the French Quarter, one of my favorite and most popular neighborhoods in NOLA! Beautiful St. Louis Cathedral | Hello Little HomeAs you can see from the sky above the cathedral, the skies were stormy. It was super hot and humid while I was in New Orleans, and overall the weather was downright unpleasant. It also rained multiple times each day, from quick showers to crazy downpours. It was my first time visiting New Orleans during summer, and I can’t say I’ll be quick to return at this time of year. Unless you like to sweat nonstop and never cool off, I’d suggest visiting during one of the cooler months.

Anyway, enough complaining about the weather (for now!) … let’s head to the Faubourg Marigny! From the French Quarter, I walked down Decatur until I hit Esplanade Avenue.

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Admiring the beautiful architecture in NOLA's Faubourg Marigny neighborhood! | Hello Little HomeI walked down Esplanade for a few blocks before heading veering off into the side streets. This neighborhood is filled with charming cottages and other historic buildings. It’s really beautiful.

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Admiring the beautiful architecture in NOLA's Faubourg Marigny neighborhood! | Hello Little HomeI didn’t have a set destination, instead I wandered the streets, taking in all the gorgeous details.

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Admiring the beautiful architecture in NOLA's Faubourg Marigny neighborhood! | Hello Little HomeI could move right in to any of these beautiful homes (provided there was plenty of air conditionning) … aren’t they gorgeous?

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Admiring the beautiful architecture in NOLA's Faubourg Marigny neighborhood! | Hello Little HomeAnother charming neighborhood to explore nearby is Bywater, but I headed in the opposite direction back to the French Quarter instead.

The French Quarter is full of tourists, so it’s fun to explore the quieter streets and outer edges.

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Exploring the French Quarter, one of my favorite and most popular neighborhoods in NOLA! | Hello Little HomeI love all the quaint details on these cute houses. All the color makes me super happy!

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Exploring the French Quarter, one of my favorite and most popular neighborhoods in NOLA! | Hello Little HomeI think this was about the point where I got rained on for the first time. Thankfully, I had my not so trusty umbrella, and it passed quickly.

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Exploring the French Quarter, one of my favorite and most popular neighborhoods in NOLA! | Hello Little HomeThe Cornstalk Hotel and it’s much photographed fence is always worth a stop.

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Exploring the French Quarter, one of my favorite and most popular neighborhoods in NOLA! The famous cornstalk fence! | Hello Little HomeAfter wandering around for a while, I headed back over by Jackson Square and got rained on again. Now I know why everything is so lush and green!

I took a quick walk around the square and hid under a tree during the rain.

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Exploring the French Quarter, one of my favorite and most popular neighborhoods in NOLA! Jackson Square | Hello Little HomeAnd of course, I had to snap another picture of St. Louis Cathedral!Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Exploring the French Quarter, one of my favorite and most popular neighborhoods in NOLA! View of St. Louis Cathedral from Jackson Square | Hello Little HomeAt this point, I was wilting from the heat and humidity. Seriously, guys … it was so hot! I have a new appreciation for Dallas weather after returning home!

It was time for a drink and some food. I grabbed a water and headed down St. Peter Street just off Jackson Square. Then, I took a detour and a quick meander through the Central Business District in hopes of finding some cheap veggie food … no pics and no luck.

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Exploring the French Quarter, one of my favorite and most popular neighborhoods in NOLA! St. Peter Street, just off Jackson Square | Hello Little HomeI was on my way back to the hotel to feast on a Kind bar when I stumbled across Killer Poboys back in the French Quarter. Talk about an awesome and much needed discovery … a breakfast/lunch of beignets is not as nutritious nor sustaining as it sounds!!

Killer Poboys had three awesome vegetarian/vegan options. I got the Roasted Cauliflower Sandwich which was so yummy. I definitely plan to return on my next visit.

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! I'm sharing some great travel tips for visiting this awesome city + my favorite vegetarian friendly New Orleans restaurants, like Killer Poboys in the French Quarter! | Hello Little HomeAfter my late lunch I returned to the hotel to cool off. I was planning to go out again later in the afternoon, but it poured rain for hours.

Joel returned late to find me relaxing cool as a cucumber on our hotel bed. The rain had finally slowed, so we went out to dinner at the Copper Monkey, a dive bar in the French Quarter.

Our meal would have been totally forgettable if it weren’t for the group behind us, a table full of drunk European tourists who were upset that their chicken tenders were not served before the rest of the meal as an appetizer. Lots of yelling and craziness ensued, with opposing shouts of “I’m not paying!” and “This isn’t Galatoire’s!” Ha … not exactly a relaxing dinner!

DAY 3: Warehouse and Garden Districts

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Exploring NOLA's vibrant Warehouse District! | Hello Little HomeThe next day, I took my time getting ready … are you sensing a theme here? My plan for the day was to check out the Warehouse District.

My first stop was lunch at Carmo. Everything sounded so good that I had a hard time deciding, but I finally settled on the Carmo Salad. I figured the namesake salad had to be a good bet, right?

Definitely a good call on my part … yum! I have plans to recreate this salad for the blog; it was that good!

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! I'm sharing some great travel tips for visiting this awesome city + my favorite vegetarian friendly New Orleans restaurants, like Carmo in the Warehouse District! | Hello Little HomeAfter lunch came coffee. I spotted Pulp and Grind on my phone’s map app, and wandered over to get an iced coffee. What a cool discovery!

How cute are those floors? I may have taken one too many photos in there. They serve pastries and food, too, however I was too distracted by the awesome decor to notice much!

weekend-in-new-orleans-13-pulp-and-grindFueled by iced coffee, I started walking around the Warehouse District. This area is full of cute shops, art galleries, and museum. There are lots of loft apartments, and I could totally see myself living here if I lived in New Orleans … if I didn’t move into a cute cottage first!

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Exploring NOLA's vibrant Warehouse District! | Hello Little HomeThe last time I was in New Orleans this area seemed a lot quieter, so it was fun to see all the changes.

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Exploring NOLA's vibrant Warehouse District! | Hello Little HomeI stopped to take a selfie!

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Exploring NOLA's vibrant Warehouse District! | Hello Little HomeGuys, I am officially the worst at selfies … here’s a reel of my selfie fails! Ha ha.

I was so hot and sweaty and red faced the whole time I was there. Seriously, I turn into a tomato when overheated (#PaleGirlProblems). No wonder none of them turned out!

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I didn’t do a lot of shopping during my weekend in New Orleans, but I am a sucker for letterpress, so I couldn’t resist stopping into The Grove Street Press.

What an awesome little shop! It was a combination of letterpress cards and prints, plus fun pennants. You can shop their online store … I am totally lusting after a New Orleans Streetcar Map. Love!

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Exploring NOLA's vibrant Warehouse District, including the must see Grove Street Press! | Hello Little HomeAfter leaving this cute shop, I decided to walk over to the Garden District, which is kind of a hike. I was definitely veering into meltdown territory at this point, so I probably should have taken the streetcar.

Ignoring my better judgement, I walked down St. Charles. I actually made it pretty far, before I started eyeing up bars, restaurants, and pretty much any place with a cold drink. Hello, heat stroke!

I’m not really one to go into bars alone, so McDonalds it was! One giant Mr. Pibb later, and I was somewhat refreshed.

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Roaming through the Garden District, one of my favorite places and definitely one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in NOLA! | Hello Little HomeFrom St. Charles, I decided I head to the nearby Lafayette Cemetery No. 1. I cut down to Prytania Street (home to lots of beautiful old homes) on the way.

I love how the streets in New Orleans are marked by beautiful tiles!

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Roaming through the Garden District, one of my favorite places and definitely one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in NOLA! | Hello Little HomeSpend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Exploring the beautiful, historic, and fascinating Lafayette Cemetary No. 1 in NOLA's Garden District! | Hello Little HomeI’m fascinated by all the history and character found in beautiful New Orleans cemeteries.

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Exploring the beautiful, historic, and fascinating Lafayette Cemetary No. 1 in NOLA's Garden District! | Hello Little HomeI took a million photos, only a few of which appear here … hard to believe, I know!

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Exploring the beautiful, historic, and fascinating Lafayette Cemetary No. 1 in NOLA's Garden District! | Hello Little HomeI could have walked around here forever, but it was closing, so I had to make it snappy.

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Exploring the beautiful, historic, and fascinating Lafayette Cemetary No. 1 in NOLA's Garden District! | Hello Little HomeSpend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Exploring the beautiful, historic, and fascinating Lafayette Cemetary No. 1 in NOLA's Garden District! | Hello Little HomeSpend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Exploring the beautiful, historic, and fascinating Lafayette Cemetary No. 1 in NOLA's Garden District! | Hello Little HomeAfter leaving the cemetery, it was time to head back to the hotel. I was all walked out and decided to take the St. Charles Streetcar.

The streetcar was a long time coming, and I got rained on again. When the streetcar finally arrived, it was so crowded. I squeezed in right behind the driver and got to enjoy a breeze from the open windows all the way back to the Quarter. Score!

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Riding the St. Charles Streetcar through Uptown and the Garden District in NOLA! | Hello Little HomeEarlier in the day, I had walked by a restaurant, Rebellion, that looked promising. When Joel arrived back to the hotel, we headed back for dinner. Mmm … it was another good choice!

We started off with a Rebellion Roll, then I had the B-Bop (bibimbap), and both were amazing. I am obsessed with Korean food right now, and that dish cured my craving. Joel had the Ramen Poutine Fries and the Udon Noodle Crawfish Monica and enjoyed both. I will definitely be back the next time we return!

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! I'm sharing some great travel tips for visiting this awesome city + my favorite vegetarian friendly New Orleans restaurants, like Rebellion in the Warehouse District! | Hello Little HomeOn our way back to the hotel, we stopped by Q & C Hotel | Bar for a drink. Joel and I have actually stayed at this hotel a number of times, but it got a makeover a couple years ago and looks totally different. My horrible iPhone photo doesn’t do the bar justice!

It’s located in the Central Business District, which is right by the French Quarter. I actually prefer staying in this area since it’s a little quieter.

There was a crazy storm while we were there, so we ended up staying a little longer than planned before meeting up with a friend over at Backspace Bar again.

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Cocktails at the Queen and Crescent in NOLA's Central Business District! | Hello Little HomeDAY 4: Magazine Street, Garden District, and Audobon + City Parks

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! I'm sharing some great travel tips for visiting this awesome city + my favorite vegetarian friendly New Orleans restaurants, like District Donuts on Magazine Street! | Hello Little HomeIf you’ve made it this far, you deserve a cookie … er, doughnut! On my last day in New Orleans, I checked out of the hotel at the last possible moment, then headed over to Magazine Street on the bus. There is something about riding buses that I always find stressful, but it was a straight shoot, super quick and easy.

My destination: District: Donuts. Sliders. Brew. … look at that doughnut! It was kind of crazy when I got there, and I almost didn’t go in (single diner jitters), but I’m so glad I did.

There were almost too many creative doughnut options to choose from (decisions, decisions). I settled on a chocolate milk doughnut … yum! District also serves food, and I got a delicious tofu slider, too. I was trying to fill my belly with something other than sugar and pastry, but between the slider and doughnut, it was a lot of food. Sadly, I couldn’t finish my doughnut, but I gave it an honest try. ๐Ÿ˜‰ The cold brew hit the spot, too!

Post sugar-fueled breakfast/lunch, I spent a little time walking down Magazine Street. This is the perfect place to do a little non-touristy shopping. You’ll find everything from antiques to clothing to home decor in these fun shops.

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Shopping and eating my way down Magazine Street in NOLA! | Hello Little HomeAfter a little window shopping, I headed back into the Garden District and wound my way up and down the beautiful streets.

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Roaming through the Garden District, one of my favorite places and definitely one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in NOLA! | Hello Little HomeThe amount of detail on these gorgeous old homes is simply stunning, and I filled up my camera roll with a ton of photos.

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Roaming through the Garden District, one of my favorite places and definitely one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in NOLA! | Hello Little HomeDepending on where you are the Garden District, the homes range from small cottages to huge mansions … there’s a little something for everyone!

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Roaming through the Garden District, one of my favorite places and definitely one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in NOLA! | Hello Little HomeEverything is so green and lush on these streets … that hot, humid weather definitely helps.

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Roaming through the Garden District, one of my favorite places and definitely one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in NOLA! | Hello Little HomeI love this beautiful home with its iconic fence and ornate wrought iron details.

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Roaming through the Garden District, one of my favorite places and definitely one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in NOLA! | Hello Little HomeI could walk around these streets for hours.

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Roaming through the Garden District, one of my favorite places and definitely one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in NOLA! | Hello Little HomeI think the colorful cottages are my favorite though … couldn’t you just picture yourself sipping a sweet tea on that porch?

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Roaming through the Garden District, one of my favorite places and definitely one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in NOLA! | Hello Little Home

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Roaming through the Garden District, one of my favorite places and definitely one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in NOLA! | Hello Little Home

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Roaming through the Garden District, one of my favorite places and definitely one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in NOLA! | Hello Little HomeI spy a lazy puppy!

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Roaming through the Garden District, one of my favorite places and definitely one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in NOLA! | Hello Little HomeHow cute are those chairs? I wanted to take them home with me!

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Roaming through the Garden District, one of my favorite places and definitely one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in NOLA! | Hello Little HomeAfter taking my time wandering through the Garden District, I hopped on the St. Charles Streetcar and headed to Audobon Park. The streetcar was much less crowded on Sunday afternoon than it was on Saturday, and I nabbed my own seat behind this lady with a pretty hat!

The houses along this stretch of St. Charles are beyond gorgeous and huge. I think I was too busy snapchatting to take any pic … oops!

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Riding the St. Charles Streetcar through Uptown and the Garden District in NOLA! | Hello Little HomeAudobon Park is a beautiful spot to relax and take in some nature.

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Exploring vibrant Audobon Park located in Uptown NOLA! | Hello Little HomeThere’s not a whole lot going on there, but you can walk the path around the park, admire the enormous oak trees, or just sit for a spell.

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Exploring vibrant Audobon Park located in Uptown NOLA! | Hello Little HomeI wasn’t there too long before Joel came to pick me up.

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Exploring vibrant Audobon Park located in Uptown NOLA! | Hello Little HomeWe headed to City Park next. Joel and I were married under this very oak tree! We always make a point to visit when we’re in the city.

They added a plaque since we were there last … can you believe this tree is over 800 years old?

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Wandering the beautiful and expansive City Park in NOLA! | Hello Little HomeHere we are under that very tree on our wedding day … check out the size of that trunk! It was a beautiful spot for a wedding.

10th Wedding Anniversary | Hello Little Home #NewOrleans #NOLA #CityParkCheck out my Vintage Number Sign post for more pics from our wedding in New Orleans!

10th Wedding Anniversary | Hello Little Home #NewOrleans #NOLAAfter spending some time under our tree, we walked around the grounds for a while.

It’s such a beautiful park … definitely worth a visit just to see the old oak trees alone, although you’ll find many other sights and activities, too. You can take a streetcar there from the French Quarter if you don’t have a car.

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Wandering the beautiful and expansive City Park in NOLA! | Hello Little HomeThere was a sign that said Swimming near this swampy lagoon. I’m assuming it was a joke, but I guess you never know!

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! Wandering the beautiful and expansive City Park in NOLA! | Hello Little HomeAfter leaving City Park, drove back to Magazine Street for dinner at Juan’s Flying Burrito, one of my favorite vegetarian friendly New Orleans restaurants.

Juan’s has lots of veggie options and a fun atmosphere which my crappy picture doesn’t convey. I had the Green Goat Quesadilla, a special, and it was so good … I definitely ate more than I should have!

Spend a weekend in New Orleans with me! I'm sharing some great travel tips for visiting this awesome city + my favorite vegetarian friendly New Orleans restaurants, like Juan's Flying Burrito on Magazine Street! | Hello Little HomeBefore heading to the airport, I brought Joel to District, which is right nearby, for round two on the doughnuts! Ha. We actually brought them home with us, and they made a yummy midnight snack.

Thanks for sticking around through this long post! Here’s a quick roundup of some of my favorite places to visit in New Orleans:

Where we stayed:

  • Crowne Plaza: we stayed in the Crowne Plaza this time, which is located right on Canal Street at Bourbon. This hotel is super convenient to everything you’ll want to see in New Orleans. Given it’s location, it’s also very quiet. Pro tip: unless you want to face a long, hour+ wait, don’t try to collect your car from valet right at 11 AM checkout time on Sunday. Thankfully, Joel was long gone by then!
  • Queen & Crescent (now Q & C): on previous visits to New Orleans, we’ve stayed at the Q & C. It’s gotten a hip makeover since our last trip, and I can’t wait to check out the rooms on a future trip. This hotel is located in the Central Business District which is adjacent to the French Quarter. It’s still very convenient, but less crazy than a French Quarter hotel.

Favorite places to explore:

  • French Quarter (Vieux Carrรฉ): the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans is full of character and roving packs of drunks … ha ha. It’s mixture of charming architecture, history, and tourist traps. Get off the beaten path and explore the side streets and outer edges to avoid the crowds.
  • Faubourg Marigny / Bywater: wander around these beautiful streets to check out the quaint architecture or grab a bite to eat in a local restaurant.
  • Frenchmen Street: head to Frenchmen to catch live music, visit the art market, and get a bite to eat or a drink. Located in the Marigny.
  • Warehouse District: wander through the shops and art galleries or museums. I didn’t stop there on this trip, but Mardi Gras World is well worth a visit to see the gorgeous floats and costumes up close.
  • Mississippi River: walk along the riverfront near the French Quarter or take a riverboat cruise. We enjoyed a trip on the Steamboat Natchez on a previous visit. You can also take the Algiers Ferry across the river for just $2. I’ve never done it, but maybe next time!
  • St. Charles Avenue: A $1.25 streetcar ride will take you out of the French Quarter and all the way up to Carollton Avenue. You’ll pass beautiful mansions, Audobon Park, Loyola and Tulane Universities, and plenty of restaurants and shops along the way.
  • Cemetaries: New Orleans is full of beautiful and historic cemeteries. I visited Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 on this trips and have visited others on previous trips. Metairie Cemetery is stunning and easy to visit by car.
  • Magazine Street: escape the French Quarter and spend an afternoon exploring Magazine Street. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a day of shopping and eating!
  • Garden District: spend some time walking around the Garden District to check out beautiful historic homes. You’ll find everything from quaint cottages to stunning mansions.
  • City Park: drive or take the Canal Streetcar up to City Park for an afternoon surrounded by ancient oak trees, wandering the botanical garden, riding the carousel, and checking out the art museum.

My favorite vegetarian friendly New Orleans restaurants:

My biggest tip for vegetarians visiting New Orleans is to plan ahead. All those iconic New Orleans dishes are meat and seafood focused, and it can be hard to find decent vegetarian options (let alone vegan) just by wandering around.

  • Backspace Bar: escape the French Quarter crowds and head here for a low key bite and a delicious drink. There was one vegetarian sandwich on the menu (a yummy grilled cheese) when I was there, but a number of the others could have been made veg if you’d ask. Everything had cheese, so not very vegan friendly.
  • Carmo: perfect for a light lunch or dinner, this cute cafe has lots of vegetarian and vegan options. I can’t wait to eat my way through the menu on upcoming visits.
  • Central Grocery: ask for a muffaletta without the meat … yum! These sandwiches are huge so get the half size.
  • Killer Poboys: I was super excited to discover this awesome sandwich shop. There were three vegetarian/vegan options on the menu. Killer Poboys has two locations, one on Dauphine (closes at 5 pm) and one in the Erin Rose Bar (open late, smaller menu).
  • District: Donuts. Sliders. Brew.: come for the doughnuts or eat an actual meal. The tofu sliders are delicious, and don’t even get me started on the doughnuts!
  • Rebellion: I’m so happy to have stumbled upon this restaurant! The menu is a fusion of Asian, Latin, and Southern flavors, and everything we had (down to the cocktails) was amazing.
  • Juan’s Flying Burrito: head to Juan’s for yummy vegetarian friendly Mexican food and a fun atmosphere. There are three locations, but I’ve only ever been to the one on Magazine Street.
  • Domenica: stop by Domenica for amazing pizza, pasta, and more from one of New Orlean’s top chefs.
  • Green Goddess: you’ll find lots of vegan and vegetarian options here, and the setting on Exchange Alley is really quaint. We enjoyed a great meal here on a previous visit.
  • Bayona: my husband and I ate here after our wedding and it was a highlight of our trip. The food is top notch and from one of the city’s best chefs, Susan Spicer. She also owns Mondo, which I haven’t tried (yet).
  • Cafe Degas: this French bistro was another place we ate at on our wedding trip and enjoyed immensely.

I hope you enjoyed this tour of my weekend in New Orleans! Have you ever been?

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