Last year my ex-boyfriend and I decided to go on a weekend trip to New Orleans for New Years Eve. It was kind of a spur-of-the-moment thing as we only planned for the trip about a month in advance, deciding to drive a good 9 hours from St. Augustine, FL to the swamps of Louisiana. The best trips, in my opinion, are the ones where you have little to no plans and you just go!
This is Bourbon Street, one of the busiest and craziest streets in New Orleans. It’s located in the heart of New Orleans’ oldest neighborhood, the French Quarter, where you can find anything from bars / clubs to antique shops and restaurants. It’s where we spent the majority of our trip and is the perfect place to make friends with the locals, experience the NOLA culture and drink hand grenades.
The streets within the French Quarter are filled with artists and extreme performers that will give you quite the show. One of the things I loved most about the French Quarter was the old architecture and the culture. The cobble stone streets and old rustic buildings, the gypsies performing for cash and the laid back atmosphere. It’s a very different, exhilarating feeling you get that you can’t find anywhere else, not like Nola!
Along with the French Quarter, Cafe du Monde is a must-do when you go to New Orleans.
The cafe is located within the French Market right next to the Mississippi River. So when you’re done eating your beignets and had your morning dose of caffeine, grab your friends and take a stroll along the river.
Another good breakfast place to go to after a long night of partying is Mothers where they are known for the world’s best baked ham. When you first get there I’m sure there will be a long line, but don’t fret, the food is well worth the wait.
Even though New Orleans is known for their Mardi Gras, I would say it was the best place that I’ve been to for New Years Eve. It’s not super crowded like New York City and if you’re anything like me, you hate the cold weather, so it was the perfect mix of warmth and party.
A little recap on what to do in New Orleans:
- Experience the French Quarter
- Get a street show from the gypsies of Bourbon Street
- Try the beignets and coffee at Cafe du Monde
- Eat more and try the ham at Mother’s Restaurant
- Get crazy with the hand grenades
- Party like it’s 1999
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