We spent the Fourth of July 2019 in New Orleans. We decided to go only about a week before, but it was so much fun to go on a little road trip on a whim. The food and jazz music definitely lived up to all the hype and expectations. We truly had a fantastic time! Below are some of the highlights from our trip including food, things to do, and things to see.
- Beignets – The food was absolutely wonderful. One of the first must try foods for us was having beignets! We went to a cute little restaurant called Cafe Beignet first, which is right by the French Quarter. During our trip Parker tried a beignet from both Cafe Beignet and, of course, the popular Cafe du Monde and he said both were quite tasty. I enjoyed a Beignet from a vegan restaurant called Seed (dairy-free life). The vegan Beignets were absolutely delicious. Seed is a little bit outside of the French Quarter area, but if you are vegan or dairy-free I’d definitely recommend giving it a try.
- Crawfish – One of the best meals we had on our trip was at BOIL Seafood House, which was right near the Garden District. Highly recommend making a stop here for some incredible food. It was our first time trying crawfish and let me just say they were delicious. We really felt like we were able to have a full New Orleans crawfish boil meal. Parker and I shared the Cajun Classic Seafood bucket, which included crawfish, shrimp, sausage, potatoes, and corn. They were super friendly and accommodating to my portion needing to be dairy-free, which is always nice to experience. The seafood bucket was the perfect portion size for two people to share. This spot is a must go to if you are in New Orleans if you ask me.
- Breakfast – Our last morning in New Orleans before we drove home was spent grabbing breakfast and exploring City Park. We had already stopped at all the food spots we wanted to try, so we just searched for a breakfast spot near City Park and came across Wakin’ Bakin’. We are so glad we came across it because the food was incredible. Our breakfast that day was another one of the best meals we had on our trip. I’d definitely recommend stopping here and then exploring City Park. I had some delicious avocado toast and Parker had a breakfast bowl. We got there just in time before the line was out the door waiting to order.
Things to Do/ See
- French Quarter – This is a must see if your in New Orleans, because the city is well know for the French Quarter. We enjoyed walking around to listening to people play jazz in the French Quarter. There’s also options to go on different tours of the city in the French Quarter.
- Garden District -The garden district is filled with cute shops, great food, and beautiful houses. We had lunch at the BOIL Seafood House in the garden district and then walked around some shops followed by exploring the neighborhoods. The garden district was fun to spend an afternoon away from the popular tourist destinations and to see other parts of New Orleans.
- City Park – City Park is a huge park filled with different sculptures and numerous things to do. The park has a museum, water sports, botanical gardens, golf and much more. We only had time to spend about an hour walking around, but you could definitely spend a whole day here. We mostly walked around the sculpture garden, which was incredible to see all the creative sculptures artists had made.
- Fireworks on the River – If you get the opportunity to spend the Fourth of July in New Orleans the Fireworks on the River put on a great firework display. We were able to sit on the lawn at the park and watch the beautiful display of fireworks.
- Jackson Square – Jackson Square is surrounded by artists displaying there artwork along the sidewalk. We enjoyed walking around Jackson Square to view all the different art that artists had created.
- Bourbon Street – This was fun to experience. Obviously this is the place to be if you’re going to New Orleans to party. If you’re goal isn’t to party the whole time I’d at least walk down Bourbon Street to experience it once. We had fun walking down Bourbon Street. The craziest thing to us was that you’re able to get drinks to-go!
- Jazz Show – Last but certainly not least I definitely recommend seeing a jazz show. We saw an incredible jazz show at the Ritz Carlton, which I’d definitely recommend. I hear that most of them are quite good in New Orleans though.
The highlights of our trip that I’d say are must do’s included having beignets, going to BOIL seafood house, seeing a Jazz Show, and enjoying breakfast at Wakin’ Bakin’. If you go visit New Orleans I hope you enjoy all the historic city has to offer.