New Traveler’s Guide to New Orleans

Happy Good Friday Day! Today, I’m here to give you guide to New Orleans, as a new traveler to the city. New Orleans is a truly unique American city – a mixture of Southern, European, and Caribbean influences. While known the world around for Mardi Gras, its one-of-a-kind cuisine, and ​Bourbon Street, the town is more layered and complex than that. What follows is an list of thing to do and where to go during a weekend in The Big Easy.​

New Orleans, it’s a great place for female travelers to visit for the tasty cuisine, strong drinks and Southern hospitality. There’s always something going on here and best of all  New Orleans is one of the cheaper destinations in the United States.


Knowing what to pack is very important for this trip, as the weather is hot for the majority of the year but rain appears at a moment’s notice. I covered all of my packing tips in a previous post HERE. The dress code is fairly casual in New Orleans. You might see locals dressed up and others not at all, so don’t worry about dressing to fit in.

Travel & Accommodations

  • Cabs/Uber/Lfyt – Yes. Besides going from the airport to downtown  cab fares, Uber and Lfyt can be exceedingly cheap compared to major U.S. cities. Like $10 to go across downtown; $15 – 20 to go across the city, if that.
  • Bringing quarters to ride the streetcar uptown/downtown – Yes. It costs $1.25 each way or $3.00 to ride the streetcar and the bus all day.  The Streetcar runs down beautiful St. Charles Avenue or famous Canal Street; both are recommended if you have the time.
  • Staying at a hotel on Bourbon Street – No. Avoid “historic” locales in the French Quarter since they’re usually noisy, expensive, and not as luxurious as advertised. We stayed at the beautiful Hyatt Regency on Loyola Ave! This hotel was amazing, from Jazz at night in the lobby, to the streetcar and buses that stop right in front of the hotel.

  • Paying with cash and major credit cards– Yes, I recommend if you are on a budget to use cash, so you can monitor what you are spending. Also, have a backup if you use Amex. Like most everywhere it’s the least accepted card, but a surprising amount of places in New Orleans don’t take Amex.

Sites & Attractions

  • Shopping- Yes, one of the main attraction for shopping itThe Outlet Collection at Riverwalk.  It featurs over 75 retailers and restaurants on the bank of the majestic Mississippi River, The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk offers shoppers and diners an experience like no other. Major national brands include Nordstrom Rack, Neiman Marcus Last Call Studio, Forever 21, Coach, The PUMA Store, and Guess. Some of my  favorites were The Fudgery, Café Du Monde & Fat Tuedsay’s! It has has an amazing view at night, on the boardwalk!

  • Casino- Yes, Harrah’s Hotel & Casino is a big attraction on the strip right down Canal Street. This hotel and casino is amazing, but we didn’t go there to gamble we went to party in their famous night club the Masquerade!  Masquerade a great gathering spot to party and listen to the new beats, you don’t want to miss.  It was Voted # 27 in Nightclub & Bar Magazine’s Top 100 Nightclubs. Unfortunately, like most clubs, the drinks are very over priced, so play a couple of rounds at the slot, to score some free drink!

  • Daisy Dukes-Double Yes!! They offer authentic cajun and southern dining and their French Quarter location is open 24 hours a day, every day, and offers delivery 24/7 to the New Orleans area! The food was so amazing, you have to try the alligator sausage when you go! It was so good. I was so busy eating, I didn’t get a change to snap any pictures of my food,lol!

While there are other places to visit and see in New Orleans, these were just some of my favorites! If it’s your first time in New Orleans give these spot a visit, you won’t be disappointed!

Finally, if you want a better look at my time in New Orleans check out my vlogs for all the footage!

25 Comment

  1. I have never been to New Orleans but I think I would absolutely love it; the music, the French quartier, the food. Can only hope I’ll make it over there one day…

  2. I like the accommodation options here. They’re quite comfy. My go-to spot from your list would probably be the Riverwalk. Nice post.

  3. I’ve always wanted to visit New Orleans ! Now that live closer (Texas) its definitely on my to go list!!! thanks for these tips!!!

  4. This is one place I keep saying I will visit and we are looking for the right time to be able to go, though I would like to see it both during Mardi Gras and also when there is not so much going on. Love this guide.

  5. I traveled to many places but I’ve never been to New Orleans and I live in Texas! I appreciate this post and will keep it in mind when I finally get there.

  6. I’ve never been there but my sister has and she loved it. The thing about choosing a hotel not so close to the historic center is true for other cities too. Better a little far if I am going to be sleeping ok.

  7. I’ve never traveled to New Orleans, but would love to go on a food tour there…lol. I like your tip of not staying in the “historic” districts to avoid the noise.

  8. I have been to New Orleans once before like 20 years ago! I would love to go back outside of Mardi Gras and see all the beauty, sample the food and have a more quiet and relaxing time.

  9. It looks like you had a great time! Thanks so much for all of your recommendations- I’ll have to keep them in mind next time I’m over there. 🙂

  10. I have always want to visit New Orleans. When this is being said, I always end up remembering the tv series The Originals. I hope soon I can be able to go on vacation there.

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