Happy Friday Zebras! With less than a week out to plan, I’m sure many of you are looking for things to do outside of the hotel and conference. I’ve made a little list of some of my favorites for you!
Starting out, the first absolute must-have is the classic beignets. If you haven’t had a beignet before, it is a delicious fried dough pillow covered in lots and lots of powdered sugar.
You can find beignets in a lot of locations throughout NOLA but my personal favorite and probably the most well known are from Cafe Du Monde. Cafe Du Monde has a bunch of locations but the classic location is on Decatur Street, where you can run into this crazy location and hopefully grab a table to enjoy your treats and enjoy a Cafe Au Lait while people watching in this buzzing location.
For more information on Cafe Du Monde, you can find their website here!
I’ve gone back and forth with drinking coffee but when in NOLA, I have at least a cup a day. My next must-have is coffee from probably what is my favorite coffeehouse ever. PJ’s Coffee has many different flavors for all taste types as well as assorted other drinks and pastries for a quick breakfast or just an afternoon pick-me-up. My personal favorite drinks include the seasonal flavors Southern Wedding Cake, English Toffee, Frozen Hot Chocolate, and even a Mimosa!
For PJ’s Coffee locations, you can find them here!
If you like burgers, you will LOVE Yo Mama’s Bar & Grill! I came across Yo Mama’s on accident. I’m allergic to seafood and many of the places my friend and I had looked at menus for didn’t have many nonseafood options. The last restaurant we went to, we asked the host if he had a recommendation for us where we could just get some burgers and a drink and he gave us directions to Yo Mama’s. Funny enough, if you don’t know what you’re looking for, you’d probably just walk right past it! We did! It’s a small, hole in the wall bar but the food is delicious! I ordered a plain Cheddar Cheese Burger with a baked potato on the side and was blown away! After taking some family back for dinner that night, they had gotten the Peanut Butter Burger, which has peanut butter and bacon on it, I knew I had found a gem of a location.
To see the full menu and to get more information on Yo Mama’s Bar & Grill, you can visit here!
I LOVE martinis so finding a martini bar in NOLA was high on my list of priorities. A personal recommendation sent me straight to The Bombay Club at 830 Conti Street and it didn’t disappoint! They have many specialty drinks and going in a group of 8, we each had something different that we all enjoyed. The atmosphere was great, the live music was good and the company was even better. The delicious martinis were just the cherry on top.
For the menu and more information and the backstory of The Bombay Club, you can find on their website here!
No NOLA trip is complete for me without grabbing a Voodoo from Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar. Located on the corner of Bourbon and St. Philip, this historic building is considered the oldest structure in the U.S. to house a bar. Voodoos are SO delicious and very very strong. Even a small one of these, I was only able to drink maybe a quarter of it before I had to stop drinking it, in fear of not being able to continue drinking at the rest of our stops. If you grab a Voodoo, I wouldn’t plan on needing to drink anything else!
For more information on Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar and its history, click here!
Lastly, is Mr. B’s Bistro. I really don’t have enough great things to say about Mr. B’s. The food and service is always amazing! You can find Mr. B’s at 201 Royal Street. If you plan on heading to Mr. B’s Bistro, you will definitely want a reservation!
To see Mr. B’s Bistro menu or to make reservations, you can visit their website here!
I hope you guys enjoy my favorite NOLA spots! If you happen to check any of them out, be sure to let me know your thoughts and share your favorites with me!
Also, before you make any plans, remember to check out our conference agenda to not coincide with our unbelievable weekend! If you need the agenda, you can find it here!
*Many photos were taken from Google. Only Yo Mama’s photo is my own.