New Orleans, Louisiana is a wonderful place to spend some time. Famous for the French Quarter which has cool buildings and an old-fashioned feeling, the city is also home to delicious local food and a lot of history.
A long weekend is often the best way to see a city since you can not only easily take time off work but it's usually enough time to do everything that you want to do.
Keep reading to see what a perfect three day weekend in New Orleans looks like. Where to stay, what to do, and most importantly, where to eat, are all included here.
The Eliza Jane Is A Gorgeous, Well-Designed Hotel
The Eliza Jane couldn't possibly be a more perfect name for a hotel, and it's in the Central Business District of New Orleans. According to Trip Advisor, it's super close to the French Quarter, where you'll also want to hang out during your trip. Guests can stay in one-bedroom suites or the Editor's Suite with a King or Two Queen beds.
The hotel's design is full of gorgeous colors like purples and greens, and the furniture and decor are super luxurious, too. There's even a courtyard inside, which will be cool to see in person.
The hotel has a restaurant called Couvant where you can French cuisine. Brunch, lunch, and dinner are all served here. Enjoy a variety of croissants, from chocolate to almond to ham and cheese, or come here in the evening and order Roasted Half Chicken or Steamed Mussels. Guests can also have snacks, coffee, or drinks in The Press Room.
The hotel is near a cool place to get breakfast called Cafe Fleur De Lis. The menu has Steak or Sweet Potato Benedict and Sweet Cream Pancakes, so it's perfect for those who love a savory or sweet morning meal. Going out for breakfast in a new place is a cool way to experience the culture, so this will be a great choice.
Enjoy Jambalaya And Po' Boys In New Orleans
According to The Culture Trip, tourists will want to go to Mother's and enjoy Jerry’s Jambalaya. You can also order Mother's Famous Buttermilk Biscuits and a variety of delicious dishes. The restaurant has been an important part of New Orleans since 1938. As the website says, "We have no dress code, so come as you are, but come early – we don’t take reservations."
Eater.com recommends Bears Poboy's at Gennaro's. You'll have to try the beloved sandwiches. There are all kinds of Po' Boys on the menu here, from ones featuring roast beef to fried shrimp, grilled shrimp, fried fish, and more.
Check Out Cafe Du Monde For Its Famous Beignets And Go To Bittersweet Confections, Too
Think about food in New Orleans and your mind immediately travels toward beignets. The place to get them is definitely Cafe Du Monde. As the website explains, "Today, the beignet is a square piece of dough, fried and covered with powdered sugar. They are served in orders of three." Be sure to come here at least once and order some coffee, too. This will absolutely be a memorable part of your three-day stay in New Orleans.
Another great cafe is called Bittersweet Confections (and it's located on Magazine Street, which is the same street as The Eliza Jane). You can have breakfast here, or just grab some coffee or baked goods.
Take A Walking Tour Of The French Quarter And Visit Longue Vue House and Gardens
Two Chicks Walking Tours is a company that gives many different walking tours in New Orleans. According to the website, travelers can take one of the French Quarter, the Cemetary, or the Garden District.
One tour, in particular, would be really fun and informative. Called "Stroll With A Local Tour," you'll walk around the French Quater for two hours one morning. Tourists will be able to see the Tennesse Williams House, William Faulkner House, the French Market, Jackson Square, and also Cafe du Monde (so you can visit more than once, which you'll definitely want to do).
You can also visit Longue Vue House and Gardens which has a total of eight gardens and a museum. According to Go NOLA, Edith and Edgar Stern lived here and also had the house constructed. They were involved in the wealthy New Orleans world of the '30s and '40s.
If you have three days to spend in New Orleans, staying at a chic hotel, enjoying the local food at some famous restaurants, walking around the French Quarter, and visiting a grand estate are all perfect ways to pass the time. And if you happen to stop by Cafe du Monde multiple times for beignets, that's a good idea, too.