Hello my dears!
You know what time it is? Time for you to ease on down to New Orleans for a visit. It’s been time, in fact… you’re late but it’s fine. We take it mostly slow down here.
Every few months I put together a list of some of my New Orleans favorites. Spots I frequent for coffee and breakfast sandwiches. Neighborhoods that I never get tired of strolling. Shops with the best wares. And spots to sit with the sunset or admire the Spanish moss. There’s really so much in this city and every time I make a list it feels like it barely scratches the surface.
When I’m hanging out in a new city I like to eat (everything) and walk (almost everywhere, as a way to eat more of everything). I’ve designed one very fine day in New Orleans based on my love of eating and walking. Because there’s lots of on-foot stuff, this little guide is limited to one very walkable neighborhood: the Garden District and Lower Garden District, New Orleans.
Here’s one option for a very fine day in New Orleans.
• Good morning! Grab coffee at one of my favorite spots in the city Cherry Espresso Bar in the Lower Garden District.
• Breakfast could be a pleasing walk down Magazine Street to a sweet little spot by the folks behind the tremendously popular and effortlessly cook Turkey and the Wolf: Have breakfast at Molly’s Rise and Shine. Keep in mind that Molly’s is BYOB but they have orange juice and bloody mary mix. You could stop by a corner store in the walk between coffee at Cherry Espresso and breakfast at Molly’s Rise and Shine if that’s your thing!
• Take a walk around the enchantingly beautiful Garden District. This self-guided walking tour makes for a great post-breakfast stroll.
• A sunset plan is never a bad idea. A sunset plan might also coincide with Second Lunch or First Dinner. Stop at Big Fisherman boiled crawfish before 5pm and pick up a few drinks at Breaux Mart next door. Take a car up to the Fly for a sunset picnic along the river.
Some of my other favorite New Orleans spots this Spring:
• The Saint Bar – if you see me at The Saint it’s best if we avoid eye contact because I’ve probably had tequila and I’m probably dancing too hard to Britney Spears.
• Marjie’s Grill hands-down makes some of the best food in the city. If they have shrimp? Get it. The house cocktail? Get it! You’re welcome.
• If you find yourself in the French Quarter go to Longway Tavern. Their back patio is soothing, their cocktails are great and it’s a classy spot in the Quarter!
If you’d like some other city suggestions I have some older links for you here:
See you in New Orleans soon! Be sure to check out The Bakehouse schedule – you’re welcome to stop in for a baking workshop with me!
Happy Mardi Gras! XXOO