Where to Go in New Orleans, Besides the French Quarters

I recently took a weekend trip to New Orleans to escape the NY cold. I haven’t visited this vibrant city since 2 years after Katrina. I was quickly reminded why this is one of the best cities in America.

If you are looking for places to eat and things to do besides drinking hand grenades on Bourbon Street (you have to at least once in your life) you are in the right place. See below for some of my favorites stops in NOLA by neighborhood. Be ready for amazing food, jazz, art and pure culture. 

Cafe du Monde 

Cafe du Monde 

Garden District/Uptown ($5-6 Uber)

This is a very typical southern neighborhood. Laid back with big beautiful homes. It has plenty of places to eat and is a great place to just stroll around. 


Slim goodies diner

Red dog diner

Dat Dog – try the Alligator Dog

Atchafalaya – Chicken and Biscuits, Creole food good for brunch

Hivolt Coffee


Walk along Magazine Street

The Pontchartrain Hotel – Bar/Restaurant famous for their mile high cake and Ashley Longshore's portrait of Lil’ Wayne


Walkable from the french quarters. 


Frenchman street A MUST. Walk up and down this street at night for live music, brass bands, people watching and the unique night art market

Faubourg Marigny neighborhood - if you go right before Mardi Gras you will catch the festive decor on the homes

Walk down Esplanade Street for off the beaten path restaurants, coffee shops, bars


Dat Dog - yes, again!

The Orange Couch coffee shop

Port of Call – historic spot with good burgers

Mid City ($5-10 Uber)

Where the true locals hang out. More city like. 


Parkway tavern

The Big Cheesy - best grilled cheeses in life!

Willie Mae – apparently has the best fried chicken in NOLA 

Morning Call – 24 Hour beignets

Biscuits and Buns on Banks

Warehouse District

Hip, trendy area reminds me of the Brooklyn of NOLA. 


I stayed at The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery. This super cute industrial boutique hotel with reasonable room prices. It houses Compere Lapin Restaurant and Tout La Coffee bar. It is pretty centrally located, within walking distance to the French Quarters and no more than a $5-10 Uber everywhere else. 


Willa Jean - you have to get the milk and cookies you will not regret it! 

Little Bird – pop up fried chicken joint, open late night

A Drip Affogato Bar

Dragos – Charbroiled Oysters

Cochon - high end twist on traditional New Orleans cuisine  

Tchoupitoulas Street for more coffee shops bars restaurants

Willa Jean

Willa Jean

A Drip Affogato Bar

A Drip Affogato Bar

Bywater ($10-15 Uber)

Less touristy, hipster locals. 


Studio Be - get your whole life, become inspired and stay woke! Make sure to check the hours before you go. It was closed on my visit, but I will be back for SURE! 


Press street Station – try the king cake latte, so good. 

Blind Pelican - great oyster happy hour specials

Melba’s – hole in the wall po boys and Creole food


Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits 

Bar redux – near “the end of the world”

French Quarters


Krewe – Locally trendy sunglasses store with super cool story and décor


St. Charles Cathedral of course

Bourbon street - I mean you have to 

Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar - oldest bar in the US 


Carousel Bar in the Monteleone Hotel

Café du Monde – because its NOLA and beignets

The grill - classic NOLA diner

The Grill

The Grill


Rent a car - but parking may be tough 


Ride the local Trolley - catch a lift on the green one for a historic feel of the city

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Let me know if you try any of these places or have more to add to the list. Comment below with questions/suggestions! If you found this helpful please pin the image below :)

xoxo - Jakiya The Traveling Fro  

For cool spots other than the French Quarters