We ventured to NOLA for spring break and also to check out some wedding venues! We had been tossing around the idea of having our wedding here so we figured we needed to head out and really decide. We had both been to New Orleans before but this trip seriously sealed the deal for us!
NOLA destination wedding here we comeeeee!
So even if you aren’t planning a wedding I wanted to recap what we did and where we stayed just in case you’re planning an upcoming trip. Which I highly recommend you do. My mouth is seriously watering just thinking of all the amazing food we ate!
We stayed at the NOPSI hotel which we absolutely loved! It’s a beautiful hotel and easily walkable to pretty much everything we did.
They have a rooftop bar which is beautiful and the pool is up on the roof too. It was definitely too chilly for pool time but it was gorgeous sitting up there and enjoying a beverage or two!
After a drink we headed out to Auction House Market. I had seen it on Pinterest and knew I definitely wanted to check it out. It’s a beautiful food hall with a ton of different vendors. Super cute spot to take pics!
Order the charbroiled oysters from Elysian Seafood-they were aaamazing. The oysters are huge here in New Orleans, so much bigger than the one’s here in Tampa. We also ordered a couple of drinks from the main bar and enjoyed the people watching.
Next we headed to Peche which was recommended to us and it’s super close to Auction House. The wait was already really long so we were lucky enough to snag bar seats. We ordered some drinks and we shared some small plates which was perfect! The food is amazing! I highly recommend ordering the spicy ground shrimp + noodles and hushpuppies.
After dinner we strolled down to the French Quarter and just wandered the streets. It was so nice out and there are so many beautiful things to see. We grabbed a bottle of champagne for the next morning because the next day was my biiiirthday!
Starting my birthday off right with room service and some champs! We had some wedding venue tours set up for my birthday which I was really excited about. I mean what better way to spend your birthday than envisioning your bridal dreams come to life?!
After our wedding tours we went over to Willa Jean which was another rec given to us. And omgggg this place is so cute! We ordered the mimosa bar which is such a fun idea-you get a bottle of champs and then three different juices and a bunch of fruit. I ordered the chicken salad salad and it was amazing. This place is known for their delicious sweets, so we got a cookie and blondie to-go and they were incredible!
On our walk back to the hotel we found this really cool bar called Cellardoor. It has such a cute vibe and the drinks were SO good. The bartender gave us a tour of the upstairs and it would be such a cool spot for a party. She said she truly believes it’s haunted and it’s possibly the single oldest house in downtown New Orleans.
For dinner we hit Tableu. I knew I wanted to go there to sit and eat on their terrance overlooking the city. The food was delicious! Any opportunity for shrimp & grits and I’m down. We also ordered the oysters bienville which I’d definitely recommend.
After dinner we headed to Lafitte’s which is the oldest bar in the US and Tee said was a MUST. We got the purple drank which is what they’re known for and I’d definitely say to doooo it. We sat outside and it’s a really cool vibe. Inside there is no electricity so it’s all lit by candles!
To end the night we headed to Cafe du Monde. I mean do I need to say more?!
We had no wedding related appointments this day so we just wandered around the city. We took the trolley and headed to the Garden District and wandered through the beautiful streets with a beer and wine in hand of course!
We got a seafood boil at Boil Seafood House which David had been wishing for and it was amazing!
One of our musts I wanted to do was to go to this spot called Bacchanal Wine. It was about a 30 minute Uber over to that area from the Garden District. It is such a cool spot!! I definitely recomend hitting this place up if you head to NOLA. It’s basically a wine/cheese store. You grab a couple of cheeses or meats and a bottle of wine. Then you grab a seat in their outdoor space which is basically a beautiful backyard with a stage for live music.
Using the meats and cheeses you picked they make a delicious charcuterie board for you. If you know me this is basically my dream place. I could’ve easily moved in.
After Bacchanal we headed to Frenchman Street to listen to some live jazz. We went to Spotted Cat and Blue Nile. It was so much fun!
This was our last and final day and I woke up sooo tired (this is 31) but we had an early morning venue appointment so no rest for the wicked.
Coffee was a must! We grabbed them from Bon Ami which was a really cute coffee shop-get the hazelnut latte!
I’m so glad we rallied and toured this venue because I think this one’s it! But more on that later.
We had two more tours to go but we squeezed in some delicious Mexican food at Juan’s. I definitely recommend walking Magazine Street. There are so many gorgeous boutiques!
We spent some time enjoying the rooftop bar at the NOPSI and then headed out to our last meal at Luke. Luke was sooo delicious. We sat at the bar because the wait was super long and we got lucky with seats. The bartenders were seriously the nicest and celebrated our wedding planning and birthday with some yummy desserts for us. Also get the shrimp and grits. They’re jalepeno grits and were amazing!
I’m honestly so excited to have our wedding in NOLA because it means I get to go back soon! There are so many places recommended to us that we didn’t have time to try and I can’t wait to eat more when we head back.
If you’ve been what are some of your must go spots??
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