I've never been to New Orleans before, so when my mom and sisters talked about going on a girls trip to NOLA, I jumped at the chance! New Orleans is such a wild, and fun city with good food, drinking, singing, and "tourist-ing" all times of the day! When I say all day, almost all the restaurants and bars near Bourbon St. are open 24 hours!
We were SO grateful to be able to stay at "The Quisby" (about a 5 minute drive from the French Quarter) which a hostel with a laid back, fun vibe and even has a streetcar/trolley stop right in front of it! You can stay in a room with other people (like any other hostel) or get your own private room with a bathroom in it, which is what my sisters and I stayed in. We loved it! There's also a cute bar in the lobby when you enter and the staff was so accommodating and friendly. I would definitely stay at The Quisby again and would recommend it on your next visit to New Orleans!
4 bunkbeds in this private room with a bathroom...it felt like old times with my sisters, it was so fun!
Like I said earlier, we were only a 5 minute drive from the French Quarter, so one of the two days we took the trolley and for around $3 you can ride the trolley all day which is very reasonable. Unfortunately, the first day it rained ALL DAY, and when I say rained it was literally pouring rain outside. So we rode the trolley and checked out some of the sights. (from inside!)
We made our way to a highly popular food spot "Cafe Du Monde" in the French Quarter and it has a very specific menu of coffee, juice and beignets. We each ordered a cafe au lait and beignets...and I have to say, the hype is real guys...they were powdery goodness! If you love donuts then you will LOVE these. They were warm and delicious...perfection!
Another highly recommended dinner food spot is "Red Fish Grill" on Bourbon St. We loved everything we ordered ESPECIALLY the bread pudding dessert...to die for! This place has some amazing seafood, I ordered the tuna rice bowl. My sisters ordered various fish entrees and loved them.
Tuna Rice Bowl
Bread Pudding Dessert
After dinner we walked on Bourbon St. and stopped in to Pat O'Briens, which was our favorite bar! Bourbon St. is an experience all in itself, there's so many people performing and walking around. The party never stops on Bourbon!
My mom and sisters at Pat O'Briens bar
Chelsey and I at Pat O'Briens
My sisters: Chelsey, Lauren, Aggie and I
The next day was cloudy but it didn't rain and we were pumped! We went to the Garden District to check out the old, cute houses and the Lafayette Cemetery. Interestingly, at the cemetery all the graves are out of the ground (to preserve the graves due to flooding) and it was very eery.
Walking and drinking our mimosas
We then had brunch at a popular breakfast spot "The Ruby Slipper". We ordered pomegranate mimosas and an assortment of breakfast foods. Pomegrante mimosas are officially my new favorite kind of mimosa...yumm. I had the Croque Madame....so decadent and delicious! Chelsey got an assortment of cajun/seafood Benedicts. We all loved our food, this place had such a broad menu of delicious breakfast bites!
Seafood breakfast sampler platter
Last but not least we went on a Voodoo Bone Lady Haunted tourin the French Quarter called "The 5-in-one Haunted Tour" with ghosts, vampire, zombies, voodoo and pirates! This was one of our favorite activities that we did while in New Orleans and it was seriously worth it. We heard some crazy ghost stories and got to walk and see the houses where these stories occurred. If you're into ghosts, you'll looove this tour! I don't want to spoil it if you ever plan to go on a tour but here's a picture below of one of the "haunted houses".
One of the houses from the ghost tour....Catholic church where "vampire" women lived. Spooooky!