Traveling for work can leave very little time to enjoy the city you’re visiting. If you are able to get a few hours that don’t include a conference room or business meeting, the last thing you want to do is spend time trying to figure out things to do.
It can work for a few extra hours or a full day if you’re lucky enough to add a day of leisure to your trip.
Start by taking a taxi to Cake Café and Bakeryfor lunch. The café is located in a quaint neighborhood near the French Quarter, and has a laid-back familiar feel. If the weather is good, I suggest sitting outside. I also suggest the shrimp and grits, because it was DIVINE!
After lunch walk to the French Market.
At the French Market you’ll find a flea market perfect for picking up souvenirs and bayou-inspired food.
I had to take a picture of this sign, because it was my first time seeing sautéed rabbit on a menu.
At the end of the market you’ll find Café DuMonde.
They are famous for beignets and I understand why many consider a trip to New Orleans incomplete without stopping here. Trust me, you must stop. And if you’re still full from lunch get an order to-go. Just look at these beignets and the powdered sugar!
From here you can walk through Jackson Squareon your way to Bourbon Street. Around Jackson Square you’ll find lots of artists on the street selling their work and performing. You can also get carriage rides here and buy tickets for other entertainment.
And last, but not least is Bourbon Street. This is definitely party central. With so many bars, pubs, restaurants and entertainment venues there is something for everyone… over 21. After Bourbon Street you’ll probably need a cab back to your room or the airport, :-).
Enjoy New Orleans!