“Don’t go to New Orleans, it’s not safe.” “People pickpocket like crazy.” “Don’t expect your good clothes and shoes to last. New Orleans is dirty” blah blah blah. I can list a number of things people tried to warn me about when I mentioned traveling to New Orleans. Yes, I had some doubts but why let that stop me from visiting one of my top places to see in the U.S.
My experience outweighed my expectation. I was in awe the entire trip. From the people to the food, New Orleans put a little Cajun in my soul.
Where Did We Stay?
We stayed at the Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter which was right at the beginning of the French Quarter. The room was spacious and had 2 big comfortable queen beds. It is also conveniently located by CVS, Walgreens, restaurants, and souvenir shops.
Price for 3 nights: $705.60 – which was split between 5 people
Besides taking a $10 pedicab to Café du Monde, a lot of the activities we wanted to do required an expensive 30+ minute uber ride. We ended up walking roughly 11 miles per day wandering through Bourbon Street and it’s surrounding areas and only took uber to and from the airport. They also have Streetcars in New Orleans that offer $1.25 fares and can be paid with exact change when you board. One, three, and 31-day unlimited ride are also available.
To the hotel at 10:20PM Friday: $30 flat rate (split between the both of us)
To the airport at 5:15AM Monday: $50 flat rate (split between 4 of us)
Café du Monde
Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau, in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
Bourbon Street has everything you need. From bars to karaoke, food, and strip clubs. Stop by one of the bars to get a fish bowl, giant beer, hurricane, or hand grenade and roam through the crazy crowd of Bourbon Street. (Yes, you can take your drinks to go, just ask the bartender for a plastic cup.) Souvenir shops are also open late.
Be prepared to see a few topless girls and get beads thrown on your head. The Beach, The Swamp, and The Old Absinthe House were our favorite bars with great music and a good crowd. Drinks are not that expensive and are reasonably strong. I got a big $12 cup of Long Island and it lasted a couple hours for me. The hand grenades were $10. Bars are open until roughly 7am.
You can stop by a few places to grab a quick bite after the bar. Like Willie’s Chicken Shack and Big Easy Daiquiris pizza shop.
New Orleans Takeaway and Tips:
- Never stray away. Always be with a partner
- Don’t wear flip flops
- Most places are cash only
- Be prepared to walk 5-10 miles a day
- Be well prepared and check times for the activities you want to do/see
- The bars have no cover but there is usually a one drink minimum
Until next time Nola ❤️