Top 5 Places: New Orleans

A promised, we bring you another edition of 5 places not to miss. This week, due to current events, I wanted to bring you New Orleans. It has been on my mind with the flooding they are experiencing, and I wanted to share with you my love for this amazing city!

As always, these are OUR opinions. Someone else may have completely different parts of New Orleans that they love! I am a mom, and they most recent trip I took I was with my baby. I have also traveled their pregnant, and as a very young person. What this means is that you will not find bars and pubs (for the most part) on this list. Most of the places mentioned are kid friendly. If they are not kid-friendly, I will ALWAYS tell you!

1. Cafe Du Monde. Is anyone surprised that I would list a coffee shop as my #1 pick? If you have never experienced Cafe Du Monde before, you may look at the line and think, "No way." But trust me, the line is worth it. The coffee is AMAZING! They serve Cafe Au Lait a la French style coffee, and although I would not go as far to say that it is just like being in Paris, it is worth the wait in line! You also want to make sure you get FRESH Beignets! They are hot out of the oven, and are simply amazing!

2. St. Louis Cathedral. This church is both beautiful and historical. It is the oldest cathedral in all of North America, and it is simply stunning--inside and out. It sits in a convenient location to almost all of the other places you simply cannot miss!
3. Since you are at the church, take the short walk across the street to Jackson Square (technically the church is a part of Jackson Square). The park is lovely, peaceful, and a great place to connect with New Orleans. In that area you are also going to find many local artisans, musicians, and palm readers.
4. The French Quarter for FOOD! You do NOT want to miss New Orleans without some southern Creole food! The French Quarter offers TONS of different options. While you are there, take a walk down the famous Bourbon Street. I only do this during the day, but if you are looking for the party crowd, that is where you will find them at night! This is also the place to find live Jazz music! You may want to wander down Royal Street as well to look at all of the shops available

5. You are not far from the Gulf, and if you have never seen the Gulf, this is your chance. You can travel over the Lake Pontchartrain Bridge which boasts being the longest continuous bridge over water (in the Guinness Book of World Records). The views are amazing, and you will not regret making the trip down to the coast.

 Other places of mention:
Because of the age of my children I traveled and other circumstances there were some places I did not visit that I have heard rave reviews about. Included in those sites are:
  • St. Louis Cemetery
  • Haunted/ Ghost tours
  • Gator tours
  • City Park
  • Garden District
Next week . . . we visit the "City of Lights."


  1. I've always wanted to go on one of those Haunted Ghost trails. I'm just going to live through your favorite places.

  2. Nice pictures and write up of these places. I love going to new places!

  3. Great Pictures, I have never been down there to Louisiana. I do want to go visit there it looks great.

  4. Thank you for sharing! I visited NOLA several years ago, but only for a couple of days. I did not get to see as much as I would have liked to, but I totally agree with you about The French Quarter for FOOD!

  5. Great pictures! I really wish I could travel more...