There are few cities in the States that leave you with an impression like New Orleans. Located in the banks of the Mississippi River, New Orleans was birthed with a culture like no other. The city is dubbed "the birthplace of jazz" and is home to the tastiest food and striking architecture, making it one of the most interesting cities in America.
Its French, Spanish, and Caribbean influences made me fall in love with the city and I'm thrilled to return for its annual Mardi Gras festival. For those itching to travel to NOLA, MISSBISH created a nifty travel guide for first-time travelers. Check it out below!
Cafe du Monde
This is a must. It is arguably the most popular spot for beignets and its long lines throughout the day are proof of that. Want some beignets after a night of partying? That's no problem, as Cafe du Monde is open 24/7.
New Orleans School of Cooking
New Orleans is home to some of the best cuisine in the world. Thanks to the rich influence of Creole, Cajun, Caribbean, American, and French people, we have what is called "New Orleans Food." If you're up to learn more about how to make some jambalaya or crawfish étouffée, we recommend booking a class at the New Orleans School of Cooking. You wouldn't regret it!
Spanning 6 blocks in the heart of the French Quarter, this market offers some of the best local food vendors, fresh produce, arts & crafts, and more. Perfect for your Sunday itinerary.
Your NOLA trip isn't complete until you hit up a jazz bar. Jazz bars are the perfect way to end your evening. It's entertaining, yet soothing; these sounds are all that makes New Orleans special. Some of my personal favorites are The Maison, Preservation Hall, and Snug Jazz.
Tarot Card Readings
If you're feeling a little bold, we suggest getting a psychic reading. New Orleans' history is enriched with voodoo, thanks to the African diaspora. It doesn't hurt to entertain your curiosity on what's going to happen in your future. Some of my favorite spots include Bottom of the Cup Tea Room and Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo.
Get ready to have an interesting time of your life. The po'boys and snowballs are endless on Bourbon street and we guarantee that you'll have a good time.