#ispydiytravel CITY GUIDE | New Orleans


Even though we had a jammed packed 5 days in New Orleans, I feel like I just scratched the surface of this city. There are so many more neighborhoods that I did not get to see, and so many more places that we went to, but I want to share the ones that I loved the most! For part of the time I was there with 11 girls, and then the last two days I was exploring with just a couple friends. If you happen to be going for girls getaway (aka Bachlorette weekend), I totally suggest our Airbnb above (link here) for 6 or 7 girls. And the outside table at Cane & Table was perfect for 11 ladies, plus the food was SO GOOD.  Sadly, the day we went to Jazzfest, there was a monsoon so it got rained out, and we ended up trudging home in knee high water. But we made the best of it! All my recommendations are after the break, and contact info for each is at the end, enjoy! 
Court of Two Sisters – Great for big groups. They let us sit forever and it was buffet style so everyone one could eat at their own pace. Plus a lovely jazz band played. If you are in a smaller group, I would say try something else…it’s pretty pricey and I prefer ordering a meal over a buffet.

French Quarter
Merchant Coffee Shop – Super cute coffee shop in the back of KREWE du optic. Great cup of joe and minimalist style.

Merchant Coffee Shop

French Quarter
Belovo Lights – With my current obsession with copper, it was so cool to see the gas lamps being made in this iconic French Quarter shop. The guys were so lovely to chat with, and my DIY obsessed self could not stop watching how they made each lamp.

Cane and Table – I called ahead to arrange dinner for all 11 girls, and the setting and food was perfect! It was a prix fixe meal, so they just kept the plates coming, and it all was so delicious. The evening was beautiful and we sat there for hours, drinking, eating and laughing the night away.

Sucre – A bunch of you suggested this place and it did not disappoint my sweet tooth. For anyone who loves macarons and herringbone floors, you have to stop in. Make sure to go in the bathroom, the tile is amazing!

The Country Club – The afternoon we spent here was one of my favorites! This hidden gem in the Bywater has a pool that you can lounge by all afternoon on a hot day. The gay friendly spot is the perfect place for our crew of 11 (most-married) girls to kick back with a cocktail.
The Roch Market  – Another amazing evening was spent here! We had a bunch of planned meals with the whole group, but wanted something a little more laid back on our last night. Everyone could get their own food at the market (they have food from all over the world). We pushed together a couple tables and drank wine for hours. It was exactly what we needed after a day of rain at Jazzfest.

Magazine Steet was way more my speed, and seemed more local then the French Quarter. Great shopping and much more chill. Next time I go back I am for for sure going to explore this area more.

WALL – Obsessed with this wall! Make sure to coordinate your outfit for the picture. It’s on the corner of Magazine St and Eleonore St.
District Donuts – Ummm cookie dough donuts…enough said.

NEW ORLEANS GUIDE (by neighborhood)

French Quarter 
Court of Two Sisters 
Address:  613 Royal Street (between Toulouse and St. Peters Street)
Phone: (504) 522-7261

Cane and Table
Address: 1113 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Phone:(504) 581-1112

Address: 337 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone:(504) 598-5005

Napoleon House
Address: 500 Chartres Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70130
Phone: 504-524-9752

KREWE du optic
Address: 809 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Phone: (504) 684-2939

Address: 800 common st.
Phone: 504-571-9580

Address: 521 Conti St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 522-9485

Address: 622 Conti, New Orleans, LA 70130

The Country Club New Orleans
Address: 634 Louisa Street, New Orleans, LA 70117

St Roch Market  
Address: 2381 St Claude Ave,  New Orleans, LA, 70117
Phone: (504) 609-3813

FrenchMan Street (for dancing)
Address: 500 Frenchmen St. New Orleans, LA 70116
Phone: (504) 272-0929


Magazine St.
District Donuts
Address: 2209 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone:(504) 570-6945

Wall Art by Joseph Konert
Corner of Magazine St and Eleonore St.




  1. Neeltje | Thoughts in Style says:

    I love all of these colorful photos! X

  2. Chelsey says:

    In love with all the colors! I just wish I could live in a cotton candy pink building, it would be sublime.

    Chelsey | http://www.chelseythornton.com

  3. Mo says:

    man this city is awesome! i love nola so much <3 i've been 3 times already in the past 2 years. and i'm hoping to make it a yearly trip 🙂 cane & table looks really pretty and i've never heard of it before! i'll have to find it next time im there 🙂 also i love court of two sisters: the food is bomb and the fountain and jazz make the perfect setting. i'm hoping to write a few blog posts soon about nola but until then, i'd love if you could stop by my blog to check it out 🙂

  4. Jessica says:

    Sooooo I’d like to go to New Orleans now. One of my besties is getting married next April Fools’ Day. And we’ve got parties to plan. Hmm. 😉 And Cane & Table: 👌🏻

  5. Michelle says:

    Judging from these pictures New Orleans must be beautifully colorful! I’ve always wanted to go there, and now I have the best preparation!

  6. Cortney | A Whimsy Wonderland says:

    My hubs and I are DYING for a trip to New Orleans! I haven’t been yet, but I’m seeing so much buzz about it lately! So colorful and so much to do (and eat, which is my favorite thing to do). I’ve heard a lot about Sucre and definitely plan on hitting it up when we do make it. And also District Donuts, causeeeee I’d travel anywhere for a good donut. 😉

    Thanks for sharing all these places! All good to add to our list!
    A Whimsy Wonderland

  7. Lii says:

    That printed wall! And the ice cream, amazing!!!


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