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New Orleans Local Guide

Updated: Jul 27, 2023

As New Orleans natives, here are our top favorite local spots ‑ where to eat, drink, explore & sleep!

NO. 1

Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29 🍹 Classic, elevated Tiki drinks hand crafted to perfection surrounded by unforgettable atmosphere ‑ retro Bali Hai meets seasonal theming: speciality Halloween & Sippin’ Santa limited edition fun! Delicious Polynesian cuisine too! One of our all‑time favorite places ever. Do NOT miss & tell them we sent you! 📍French Quarter, New Orleans

NO. 2

Avo 🍷 The menu is constantly changing, always fresh, always unique. They experiment with pasta combinations here you wouldn’t try at home ‑ & it’s worth it. Love their ambient courtyard. 📍Uptown, New Orleans

NO. 3

Oak Oven 🍝 One of our favorite neighborhood Italian restaurants ever. You can’t go wrong with their Spaghetti & Meatballs + Gelato! 📍Harahan

NO. 4

La Boulangerie 🥐 I’ve never been to Paris, but I imagine this is the closest I’ll get in New Orleans. A little French Bakery serving all of the dreamy pastries & coffee that we love. 📍Uptown, New Orleans

NO. 5

Caffe Latte Da 🍳 Our family breakfast spot. We used to eat here ALL of the time. Delicious food served by friendly people. It feels like home. 📍River Ridge

NO. 6

Churros Cafe 🇨🇺The best authentic Cuban restaurant in New Orleans. If you want to know what my childhood tasted & smelled like, this is it ‑ a little hole in the wall serving a whole lotta love. Must‑eat: Sopa de Pollo, Cuban Sandwich, Congri, Sweet Plaintains, Churros & Cafecito 📍Metairie

NO. 7

Shogun Japanese Restaurant and Steak House 🍣 Our favorite Sushi & Hibachi restaurant in New Orleans. We’d come here in between college classes at UNO & try nearly everything off the menu. 📍Metairie

NO. 8

The Creole Creamery 🍦 The best place to get ice cream in New Orleans! Home made, unique flavors. 📍Uptown, New Orleans

NO. 9

The Velvet Cactus 🌮 Our favorite Mexican restaurant in New Orleans. Love their frozen margaritas! 📍Lakeview

NO. 10

Lilly's Cafe The most comforting & authentic Vietnamese cuisine served by the family! On Magazine Street. 📍 Uptown, New Orleans

NO. 11

Vessel NOLA 🙏Sip top notch cocktails in a historic church. Welcome to New Orleans. 📍New Orleans

NO. 12

Longue Vue House and Gardens 🌺 Secret gardens. Need I say more? 📍New Orleans

NO. 13

Audubon Zoo 🐊 Our favorite outdoor place to bring the kiddos for a day! Fun fact: I used to be an Audubon Intern for the Zoo & Aquarium. 📍Uptown, New Orleans

NO. 14

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas 🐠 Our favorite indoor place to explore with the kids! Be mindful of parking. 📍Downtown, New Orleans

NO. 15

Louisiana Children's Museum So much indoor & outdoor family fun here with a very yummy restaurant! 📍New Orleans

NO. 16

Lakeside Shopping Center 🎅 Nostalgia at its finest, with some updates. Shop, eat, & enjoy one of the best Christmas setups in the city. Seasonal train rides & kids playground. 📍Metairie

NO. 17

New Orleans City Park 🌷 Amusement Parks, Botanical Gardens & iconic Celebration in the Oaks for Christmas. 📍New Orleans

NO. 18

The Columns Hotel 👻 Late night spirits (in more ways than one) at the bar inside or on the iconic porch overlooking St. Charles Ave. as the street cars pass by. So many memories here. 📍Uptown, New Orleans

NO. 19

The Higgins Hotel New Orleans, Curio Collection by Hilton WWII era hotel in honor of the museum located directly across the street. Fantastic theming & history. Rosie’s on the Rooftop bar is such a fun spot with beautiful city views! 📍Downtown, New Orleans

NO. 20

The Roosevelt New Orleans, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel 🎄 THE place for magical Christmas decorations & upscale hotel accommodations. Their Spa is also amazing! 📍Downtown, New Orleans


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