A Mini Guide to New Orleans, LA

Updated: Apr 24

New Orleans (aka Crescent City), the birthplace of jazz, is a must-see city! With rich French, African, and American cultures, NOLA will have you strolling and dancing in the streets with a beignet in hand. Here's a mini guide to New Orleans, Louisiana:

Where to Stay

Hotel Maison de Ville

Hotel Maison de Ville is a charming French Quarter hotel housed in an 18th century building. The hotel has a beautiful, private courtyard and balconies facing the courtyard or Toulouse Street!


727 Toulouse St.

New Orleans, LA 70130

Update: Maison de Ville is now operated by Sonder, a hospitality brand that operates short-term rentals across the world. If you are looking for more of a hotel-type place to stay, there are plenty of options (I recommend staying in French Quarter).

Where to Eat

Cafe du Monde

What began as a coffee stand in the New Orleans French Market in 1862 has become a popular NOLA cafe. Cafe du Monde serves beignets (delicious, French-style fritter/donut-like pastries served with loads of powdered sugar), coffee, café au lait (1/2 coffee, 1/2 hot milk), hot chocolate, and other drinks.


800 Decatur Street

New Orleans, LA 70116

Note: this location is open 24 hours!

What to Do

French Quarter & Jackson Square

Surrounded by historic buildings (St. Louis Cathedral, the oldest apartment building in the US, etc.), Jackson Square is a must when in New Orleans. Artists, merchants

, and museums are just few of the reasons everyone loves Jackson Square. The square is located in French Quarter, which is where the party is going on (no, seriously... Bourbon Street in in French Quarter haha). With shopping, restaurants, bars, art galleries, jazz clubs, etc., you can't go wrong.

St. Louis Cathedral

Named after King Louis IX of France, St. Louis Cathedral, the oldest continuously active Catholic cathedral in the United States, was built in the 1720s. The Frenchman who started construction on the building died before he was able to complete it. His wish was to be buried within the unfinished building and it is believed that his wish came true. There are also 11 people buried under the church! 💀👻


615 Pere Antoine Alley

New Orleans, LA 70116

The National WWII Museum

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans was designated by Congress as the official World War II Museum of the USA. The museum offers immersive exhibits about the different American perspectives of WWII (here in the US and as an American soldier in combat abroad), an aircraft, a 4D theater, and more!


945 Magazine St.

New Orleans, LA 70130

Garden District

To see the beautiful nineteenth century homes and gardens, I recommend doing a walking tour (like this one) or taking the St. Charles Streetcar. Another place to visit in Garden District, which you can also see on the tour previously mentioned, is Lafayette Cemetery No. 1. There are over 7,000 people buried in this cemetery! Unlike most cemeteries in other places, this one has aboveground graves. Because parts of New Orleans are below sea levels, early settlers experienced issues with bodies washing away when it rained. The solution to this issue: aboveground graves! Definitely check out this cemetery... who knows, you may even see a ghost! ;)

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