Mini-Guide | New Orleans

Thursday, February 23, 2012

I was recently asked for suggestions for a Bachelorette Weekend here in New Orleans. And I've got to be honest, the first image that flashed through my mind was that of a Spider Man donned stripper leaping from the rafters above to fall into a perfect split on the bar in front of me. A testament to Spider Man ... may he still be entertaining patrons down on Bourbon Street ... New Orleans is exciting with so many elements of the unexpected. And while Bourbon Street is famous, there's so much more to this City. New Orleans oozes class like no other, it's insanely sexy, mysterious, brimming with good music, great shopping, beautiful homes and architecture, and serves some of the best food in the world. If that above intrigues you, then come and experience it all.

So to Kayli and her girlfriends, if you don't mind, I'll attempt to lay out a guide from the time you land until the time you have to jet off again.

If you're flying into New Orleans, cabs are easy enough to hail from the airport to the French Quarter.

Check into The Ritz Carlton New Orleans, The Roosevelt Hotel, or Hotel Monteleone.
Don't mess around, go straight to the best, it's the eve of your dear friend's wedding after all. All are ideally located, stunning, and home to some of the best bars in town- The Davenport Lounge, The Sazerac, and the Carousel Bar, respectively.

Drop the luggage off, doll up, and take the St Charles Avenue Streetcar line to the Garden District for Lunch at Commander's Palace.
They'll cut you off after 3 of their $0.25 martinis, and that's fine but don't leave without trying the Seafood Cakes.

Shop on Magazine Street.
You can certainly walk down from Commander's Palace, or easily have one of the many cabs out front drop you anywhere between Washington Avenue & Napoleon Avenue. Hemline, Ah-Ha!, and Tomato near Louisiana Avenue are fantastic clothing boutiques. If antiques and interiors are your thing, Perch & Julie Neill are musts.

Shopping trip a success, treat yourself to Bouliqny Tavern for a cocktail.

Before heading back to the Quarter to gussy up for dinner & a night out, you'll need a proper Mani & Pedi. I like Bamboo Apothecary on Marengo Street & Magazine.

Famished, right? So for a group of girls, I like Cafe Amelie (killer courtyard), Lilette (simple & elegant), or Jacques-Imo's (casual & fun).

Now here's where you've got a decision to make.
In the mood for a bit of debauchery? Don't think twice about it, you need Bourbon Street, and Lafitte's is a place you'll always remember.
Jazz music, swing dancing, and dive bars sound better? Head past the French Market to Frenchman Street. The Spotted Cat is always a sure bet but take a cab from the Quarter, much too far to walk it.
If cozy upscale wine bars sound more appealing, head back Uptown to Oak, Delachaise, and Cure. Bouligny that I sent you to earlier is a fantastic spot late night as well.

Rise n' shine, it's time for omelettes & mimosas at The Court of Two Sisters in the French Quarter.
Sure it's touristy, and it's insanely packed, but the food is great, it's casual, and everyone's in a good mood - it's a must in my opinion.

After brunch, stroll along Royal Street, popping into the many antique shops & boutiques. Make your way to Jackson Square and don't get back on that plane until you've done coffee & beignets at Cafe du Monde.

So Kayli, are you tired yet? Doing it all would be quite ambitious, but hopefully I've given you some new ideas for things to see & do in New Orleans with your girlfriends. These are all my favorites, what I think is best about this City for first-timers. I hope you gals have a blast here, and don't forget to tell me all about it!

-lila

4 comments:

  1. Lila....you made my day!!!! My bride is gonna LOVE me...I appreciate all your wonderful suggestions. Sounds PERFECT. Now I'm even more excited! Thanks for the scoop on your beloved city. I'll take TONS of pictures and tell you all about our escapades!

    xoxo Kayli

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    1. you're most welcome Kayli, looking forward to hearing about the escapades from you girls!

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  2. Thank you for mentioning the Hotel Monteleone in this wonderful article about New Orleans.

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    1. the Hotel Monteleone has provided many a wonderful weekend for my husband & I when we lived away so to me, no weekend would be complete without a stay or a stop at your beautiful hotel.

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