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New Orleans: A Color Lovers Guide

December 12, 2016

Before heading to the vibrant city of New Orleans, I did some research on the things I cared to explore most. 1. Where should I eat? 2. Where can I find the colorful homes? If you’re like me and love exploring colorful cities, than this post will be right up your alley. I knew little about the neighborhoods, so I did a quick search to find all the best colorful spots. I was very happy with the mini tour I created, so I thought I’d share it with you!

But first things first, where to eat?

Surrey’s Cafe and Juice Bar– Banana foster french toast is a New Orleans classic. Surrey’s was highly reviewed and near the Garden District. This place was SO GOOD, and the french toast were some of the best I’ve ever had.

source: yelp

Sucré: They had delicious macarons in unique flavors like banana foster and chicory! Their cupcakes are also a good choice, plus they have a cute outdoor patio.

Domenica– Go during happy hour! A friend recommended this place, and I’m so glad I tried it. They have half off pizzas and select cocktails everyday from 2-5 pm. You can also reserve your spot on OpenTable. The pizza was delicious, and Jorge found a new favorite wine. Win, win!

Dat Dog– Jorge loves trying hot dog places with unusual choices. So we headed to Dat Dog where he ordered an alligator dog. Eek, no thanks. They have regular hot dogs too for us boring folk. I only ordered fries, which were REALLY good. He definitely wants to visit again whenever we’re back in New Orleans.

Carousel Bar & Lounge– GO HERE!! It was such a fun and unique experience. You’ll find this bar inside Hotel Monteleone. I read that it’s usually packed and hard to get seats at the carousel, but we went really late so we had no issues. The carousel slowly spins as the bartenders make drinks, and you sip on your delicious orders!

Cafe Du Monde– This is a given! It’s a famous little cafe that’s worth a stop (or three). The little puffs of heaven (as a friend calls them) live up to the hype. We had some each day we were there because why the hell not? But I sure paid for it later…

Cochon Butcher– We love BBQ, so we walked miles and miles to try this place. We were happy with Cochon and totally recommend it.

Erin Rose– We heard the Frozen Irish Coffee here was some of the best. It was only a few blocks from our Airbnb so we gave it a try. Definitely good. They apparently make killer po’boys too, so that’s on our list for next time!

Where We Stayed

We booked an Airbnb in the French Quarter about a block away from Bourbon street. We didn’t go to any bars on that street (not our scene), so I have no recommendations. But, I did love being close to a lot of great places, including all of the colorful homes in the quarter. Here’s the rooftop view from our Airbnb:

I foolishly didn’t realize I would need a car in order to explore all the neighborhoods in the short amount of time we had (2.5 days). We booked one with Hertz and it only cost us $32 for the day, which is cheaper than doing a bus tour! I recommend checking if you have an alumni discount code from wherever you graduated college. We used Jorge’s DePaul code and it brought our price down a bit.

Where to find the color in New Orleans! 

If you don’t want to adventure out, there’s plenty in the French Quarter:

If you are up for exploring then head toward the Garden District and Irish Channel. There you’ll find gems like this Alice in Wonderland inspired home!

In my opinion, Bywater and Marigny win in the colorful homes department. There were just SO many options there:  

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There were plenty of other things we would’ve checked out if we had more time. Next time we head south, we’d love to combine Charleston and New Orleans and have another color-filled foodie trip.

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9 Comments

  • Reply Adrian González December 12, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Absolutely wonderful synopsis of such a short trip! Hopefully when you go back you can update us on other must see and must visit places!

    • Reply this darling world December 12, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      Thank you!! Yes, I’ll definitely be updating. I felt like there was still so much to see!

  • Reply girlonthegoca December 14, 2016 at 11:18 am

    I love this so much! I swear I’ve seen some of those colourful buildings in movies! The doors… love them!!! Just seeing your post makes me want to visit New Orleans and taste the delicious food you shared!

  • Reply Christie Sultemeier December 14, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    These pics are so great!! I love the “where can I find colorful homes” question — I am exactly the same way! As you know 🙂 You definitely found them! Pinning this for when I finally make it there.

  • Reply Kristen Kellogg December 14, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Cafe Du mond is a favorite of mine. After living in New Orleans and Louisiana for 5 years, I need to get back and see all of the new restaurants and places. SO much has changed. Thanks for sharing this!

  • Reply Grace Silla December 14, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    You had me drooling in the beginning and smiling at the end. I love all the FOOD and I’m so impressed by all the colorful houses. So cute!

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