New Orleans Travel Blog

New Orleans was our favourite stop in the US by far. Although you can go for the take-out daiquiris and all day/all night partying on Bourbon Street, the city has a much more chilled out bohemian side to offer. Especially in the Garden District, where our hostel was.

We spent our time wondering through the streets, gazing up at the pretty houses and fascinating street art and eating and drinking better than we had all trip. The wonderful Vanessa at the Garden District House where we were staying happened to be a pretty keen craft beer fan, so she gave us lots of tips on local breweries which are hidden away in warehouses and across railway tracks. Our favourites were NOLA (get a free beer if you visit on Fridays between 2 & 3pm), Courtyard Brewery and Urban South, which were all a walking distance from our hostel, while the Second Line Brewery was also worth the trip up to Mid City. Especially as they had a ‘dog social’ while we were visiting, where local dogs came to hang out and their owners came to drink…

When the beers started to bring on a hunger for carbs, Turkey & The Wolf provided amazing grilled sandwiches, tacos and devilled eggs (as well as pretty powerful cocktails) and Saigon Slim’s kept us well fed with Banh Mi – both tofu and pork options!

We were lucky enough to visit New Orleans on Easter Weekend, so were there for the parades. These were pretty spectacular and we’ll never forget the happiness and energy in the crowds. It was also a lot less busy than it would have been during the more popular festival weekends – so you can get a good view of the parades!

See some of the pics from our visit to New Orleans below…

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