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5 days in New Orleans: a young couple's advice

13 Aug 2012  Just found that there wasn't much choice for itinerary for young couples. Recent trip
4.5 of 5 stars based on 4 votes

Its a bit of touristy locations as well as a mix of off the beaten path... a little something for everyone

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: New Orleans
  • Category: Recent trip
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping, Active/Outdoors, Never been before
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with teenagers, Students, Budget travellers , Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Summer
  • 1. Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette Hotel
    Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette French Quarter Area Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana

    We stayed at Renaissance Pierre Marquette hotel which was located on Common st., a street away from the famous Canal St. many said the location is great, and it really is. Don't expect them to be extremely quick on the room service front, but its a decent clean hotel and did it for what we needed it for. however i was disappointed that they claimed to have complimentary internet in their advertisement, but this means only in the lobby and not in the rooms. you need to pay for wireless, as well as local calls (1.09$) which was a shock when we were about to check out. But all in all it is a good hotel and very nice staff!

  • 2. Maurepas Foods
    Maurepas Foods, New Orleans, Louisiana

    this is outside the French quarter, located in the Bywater section of New Orleans, an up and coming residential area only few minutes cab ride out. The restaurant, which was a former warehouse, has only been operating for 6 months has already become a favorite with the locals. Our local friend took us for lunch on day we arrived and it was great! The menu is very interesting and somewhat complex to decipher at the start. Dishes are described in unadorned terms such as ie: blueberry, shisho oil, green peppercorn. Don't be fooled! Dishes are amazing and all made with local products only. I had the goat tacos on the recommendation of my friend and the waiter, and despite not liking goat generally, this was truly delicious.

  • 3. French Quarter
    French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • 4. Canal Street / Algiers Ferry
    Canal Street / Algiers Ferry, New Orleans, Louisiana

    after the great meal, we made our way back to Canal Street and explored the Canal Mall. Very nice stores within the mall for those who like Saks Fifth avenue, coach, brookes brothers, micheal kors, ect.

  • 5. Coop's Place
    Coop's Place, New Orleans, Louisiana

    we were told that this was a great place to have true local cajun food. The appearance of the place can very much turn you right off. It is a dark bar with unprofessional staff. After much hesitation, we decided to stay and see what the fuss was all about. We ordered the coops taster plate (which we shared) which came with jambalaya, rice, beans, gumbo and fried chicken. It was better than we expected (which wasn't much) and the fried chicken was absolutely amazing. Worth going before the rush at 6pm if you can. Apparently on Friday and saturday the line goes outside, which I don't personally think is worth a long wait.

  • 6. Frenchmen Street
    Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, Louisiana

    we continued our walk on Decature all the way to Frenchmen Street. We were given a few places to go on the Friday and Saturday but as we had different tours and such planned we checked it out Thursday.

  • 7. Three Muses
    Three Muses, New Orleans, Louisiana

    First stop: Three Muses. We were told they had a live band at 7:30 but in order to ensure we get a seat, we need to put our names on the list at the door and come back when band it about to start. We were greeted by an amicable young man who agreed to keep us a table at 730 when we got back from exploring Frenchmen st.

    At 7:20pm, we made our way back to Three Muses and immediately seated despite the line that had formed outside. The menu consists of 8-12$ tapas style food and a great drink menu. The service was amazing and the food was very good, albeit small portions. This worked well for us as we had ate a heavy meal at Coops. We enjoyed the live band and a drink, and were never pressured to eat quickly and leave. Despite it being Thursday, the place was packed. However we heard that the line up is out the door on Friday and Saturday so it is smart to get there early just to put your name on the list.

  • 8. The Spotted Cat Music Club
    The Spotted Cat Music Club, New Orleans, Louisiana

    Next stop: 6:30-7:20pm- Spotted Cat Cafe. We went in for a drink while listening to a mind blowing jazz singer with her band. She sounded like Billy holiday reincarnated. We later found out that she was actually one of the owners of the Three Muses cafe.

  • 9. Court of Two Sisters
    Court of Two Sisters, New Orleans, Louisiana

    10am Brunch at the Court of Two Sisters. Very good service and there is something for everyone. If you are on a diet, this is not a place for you as you will be tempted by all the great cajun food and deserts. I tried some Turtle soup just for fun, and it was delicious! You will need reservations for this place on saturdays and sundays, or if a big group.

  • 10. French Quarter
    French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana

    11:30: we explored the French Quarter and
    Started to get accustomed to the streets. This is definitely a tourist trap but worth stopping in the little stores. Shop around as prices vary from store to store. Also if you are an avid art lover, there are many galleries with beautiful paintings to please everyone's tastes.

  • 11. Free Tours by Foot
    Free Tours by Foot, New Orleans, Louisiana

    1:30: before leaving, I had booked a few of the tours with the company Free Tours by foot. This is a brilliant company which is completely free, and you get to pay the guide whatever you deem their tour was worth at the end of the hour and half tours, no expectations. On Friday, we made our way by train car ($1.50 a ride) to the Garden district, where we met our guide Scully in front of the Cemetery. It was one of the absolute best tours I've ever done. He was extremely knowledgeable and made the tour fun despite the sweltering heat! We walked through the cemetery and were given a detailed history of New orleans and their superstitions. We moved on to the Garden district and walk by all the glamorous houses, which Scully explained interesting tid bits about each and every one of them. We got to see Nicholas cage's home, Sandra Bullock's place and many more.

  • 12. Cafe Du Monde
    Cafe Du Monde, New Orleans, Louisiana

    3pm: we made our way back and went to the Cafe du Monde for the famous beignets. They are good, but if you are from Canada and have beaver tails, they are not as striking as everyone makes them out to be. But definitely worth trying if once again you don't go on Saturday or Sunday when there is a lineup

  • 13. Deanie's Seafood
    Deanie's Seafood, New Orleans, Louisiana

    Deanie's - in our mission to try as many restaurants as possible, we shared a seafood platter. Beware, everything is deep fried. We had the shrimp, oyster and catfish platter ....deep fried. I wasn't a fan of it, but my boyfried really enjoyed the shrimp and catfish. You can definitely pass on the deepfried oysters, as there are better options out there such as Dragos' charboiled oysters.

  • 14. Drago's Seafood Restaurant
    Drago's Seafood Restaurant, New Orleans, Louisiana

    Dragos: its located under the Hilton hotel and definitely worth the trek. I absolutely despise fresh raw oysters. I was told to try these so I went with my boyfriend and we shared a dozen. These are absolutely amazing and the highlight of our trip. It was so good we were licking our fingers by the end and wished we'd ordered more.

  • 15. Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt
    Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt, New Orleans, Louisiana

    Pinkberry: coming from canada I absolutely fell in love with this desert frozen yogurt chain. Probably the only place I got any fruits during the whole trip. A great way to end your evening.

  • 16. Bourbon Street
    Bourbon Street, New Orleans, Louisiana

    we went for a walk to see what the hype is. It is worth going once, but if like us you are not big drinkers and are in couples, this is a very trashy scene. Beware of the girls who hussle you to do shots by shoving tubes down your throats and then asking for ridiculous amounts of $. Lots of porn and sex shows, and definitely not appropriate for children. We only went once and that was enough for the experience. The smell of trash and vomit isn't enticing at all.

  • 17. Magazine Street
    Magazine Street, New Orleans, Louisiana

    cool shops outside the FQ and gives you a different view of New Orleans.

  • 18. Johnny's Po-Boys
    Johnny's Po-Boys, New Orleans, Louisiana

    Saturday morning: 945-10:15: on recommendation of a local, we went and got Po'Boys at Johnny's to take with us on our swamp ride. We had one shrimp and one roast beef po'boy. We ate half for breakfast and other half for lunch.

  • 19. Cajun Encounters
    Cajun Encounters, New Orleans, Louisiana

    10:30-3:15-- after much research, we opted for the Cajun encounters Swamp tour (we booked it also with the plantation tour so we get a discount). A bus picked us up at a specified location and took us to the Swap. this tour was absolutely great and we chose the boat seating 20ppl as we were told you would get a more personal view of the gators and wildlife, as opposed to the airboat which looked fun and was our initial choice. Our guide was very knowledgeable and was of cajun decent, doing the tour gig as a retirement plan for last 15 years. Its was absolutely brilliant. We got up close and personal with many gators and we even got to hold a 2 year old gator on the boat, which was the cutest thing ever, though my boyfriend didn't seem to think so. Wear light cotton or linen clothes as it gets very hot on the swamp. Since the Cajun encounter tours swamp is a "live swamp" the water flows through it rather than staying still, which in part means no to little mosquitoes or bugs and no smell. Would definitely recommend it over any other tour!

  • 20. Preservation Hall
    Preservation Hall, New Orleans, Louisiana

    3:30pm: returned to New Orleans and went to check out Satchmofest, a tribute to the life of Louis Armstrong. As a huge fan, it was amazing to see how jazz was ingrained into the children and teenagers of New Orleans, with instruments being played by young (as young as 4) and old. It was a great atmosphere and everyone was out to have fun. We definitely enjoyed the music with our cold sugar free raspberry snoballs (shaved ice and coulis).

  • 21. Domenica
    Domenica, New Orleans, Louisiana

    4:45pm: we grabed a bicycle cab, which is a great way to see the city and a hell of a lot faster and cooler than any car. We went to Domenica, a restaurant by our hotel which we'd heard was great for happy hour. Here's the hitch, if you don't know about their happy hour (3pm-6pm), there is no advertisement that will point it out to you until you are seated and hear it from the waiters. Domenica very quickly became our favorite, and we went back the next day as well. The service was exceptional, the pizza incredible and the wine and beer list had something for every taste. Happy hour is great as 13$ pizzas are half price, as well as all drinks. Also if you are a fan of balsamic vinegar, be sure to ask for a side of balsamic (2$ charge) to mix with the olive oil before dipping your bread in it. Its been aged for 12years and is absolutely mouthwatering. We had the margerita, the proscutto and the pesto pizzas, all which were very good. Also to be noted for those with specific tastes, you can ask for any toppings to be added or held depending on what you like best. The waiters are extremely professional and our waiter Ryan went above and beyond to make sure everything was to our liking! He made sure to treat us like regulars, which in part made us want to go back! Thank you Ryan.

  • 22. Cajun Encounters
    Cajun Encounters, New Orleans, Louisiana

    *830-2:15: cajun encounter tours - Laura Plantation and Oak Alley Plantation:
    very good and had us back in time for us to be able to do something the rest of our day. the other tour option is from 12pm to 6:15pm which cuts right in the middle of your day.

  • 23. MRB Restaurant and Bar
    MRB Restaraunt and Bar, New Orleans, Louisiana

    6:30-715pm: : Mr.B's Bistro: we continued our trek into the FQ to try the infamous bbq shrimps we had been told about. This had to be the absolutely best service we received in any restaurant in NOLA. Carlos made us feel right at home, and we were constantly catered to by about 4 other waiters as well, like a well choreographed olympic sprinting team(from clearing tables, to filling our waters, to putting bibs on us, to bringing us bread,ect). It was actually entertaining as we would take one sip that our glass was full again. The bib is a life saver as this is a messy meal, but fun and delicious. Prepare to laugh at your first experience of deshelling the shrimps. We shared one plate, which Carlos got the kitchen to split for us (4 jumbo shrimps each). As we were running late for our foot tour, he made sure to put my wine in a "to-go cup" for me to finish on our way out. Drinking in public is completely legal and it was absolutely brilliant!

  • 24. Free Tours by Foot
    Free Tours by Foot, New Orleans, Louisiana

    7:30-9pm: Free tours by foot - ghost tour: very fun facts about the city and paranormal activities with the FQ, but not ideal for kids as its mostly just talking and they may get bored easily. Once again, you do not need to pay but reservations are a must. You simply tip your guide whatever you deem the tour was worth at the end, if you wish.

  • 25. August
    Restaurant August, New Orleans, Louisiana

    Monday - day 5
    August: one of famous chef John Besh's many restaurants, this pricey upscale restaurant is great option at Lunch as it has a prix fix menu that will not break your budget. For 20$, you get a 3 course meal that has you wanting more when the meal is done. we kept this restaurant for the end of our trip so that we would go out with a great meal, and best thing we did. Each meal was a work of art and I can assure you it is very hard not to want to lick your plate...despite the fancy setting. Try not to go in jeans and sneakers as other people are dressed up, but no one will bar you from going in if you are .