Char Thian of the Ritz-Carlton in beautiful New Orleans, LA offers her favorite secret spots around NOLA. Of course she’s a bit biased about the hotel, but then again…it’s the Ritz-Carlton so she has reason to be.
The Maison Orleans (Club Level) wing of The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans is a find. This exclusive private key access hotel-within-a-hotel features 75 rooms and is appointed in a residential style. Club Level Concierges assist guests with requests large and small while the Recovery Concierge helps those who imbibed too much on nearby (one block away) Bourbon Street. This upscale B&B style property is a haven from the revelry just outside its doors.
- Camellia Grill (fantastic experience; helpful when it comes to a hangover; order a chili cheese omelet)
- Stanley (on Jackson Square; not a greasy spoon diner; really great food; order the Stanley)
- Ruby Slipper (consistently ranked as one of the top breakfast spots)
- Camellia Grill (see above)
- Johnny’s Po-Boys (shrimp po-boy)
- Domenica (one block from the hotel; great pizzas that you can share)
- Deanie’s (seafood po-boy and cold draft beer) http://www.deanies.com/
- Napoleon (order a Pimm’s cup and a muffaletta)
- Sylvain (best new restaurant in New Orleans. Period.)
- Café Amelie (you’ll need reservations via opentable.com; fantastic brunch on Royal Street)
- 3 Muses (on Frenchmen; great food and music)
- Sylvain (best new restaurant in New Orleans. Period)
- Ste. Marie (another great new restaurant)
- Hermes Bar (located inside New Orleans’ oldest restaurant, Antoine’s; live music on weekends; best kept secret in NOLA)
- Frenchmen Street (great music scene; Blue Nile, DBA, Apple Barrel, Snug Harbor, etc.)
- Irvin Mayfield’s (nice music club on Bourbon Street)
- Café du Monde
- Royal Street (spend an afternoon enjoying this retail area)
- Magazine Street (spend a day enjoying this retail and restaurant 6 mile stretch)
- National World War II Museum
Best Resource for Nightlife, etc.: www.bestofneworleans.com
Dawn C says
Those pictures are beautiful!
Virginia from That Bald Chick says
I know I want to go now!
Wish I had known about some of these when I was there for Brandcation.
I’d love to go to New Orleans with my husband. It’s on my list of things to do when the kids are older.
Sounds lovely! I could use a vacation. 🙂
Anne - Mommy Has to Work says
Tricia Night Owl Mama says
sounds like a wonderful vacation spot thank you for sharing
I hope to visit NOLA one day!
Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell says
The only I’ve tried on your list so far is Cafe du Monde!
Heather Stearns says
Oooooo la la! I’m living in New Orleans now and am so grateful to have discovered this post. My husband and I have been to some places on the list but we’re definitely going to check out some of these recommendations.
One of our favorite restaurants that wasn’t mentioned is Green Goddess because the food is superb and the prices are reasonable.
We also love Slice Pizzeria and The Avenue Pub.
I would love to go!
Dee @ Cocktails with mom says
As a native New Orleanian, I’d have to agree with this post… and this only a handful of the spectacular establishments around the city. Thank for sharing a piece of New Orleans!
Char Thian says
Wow! Thanks for the lovely comments. These are just a few of my favorite places. I hope that they prove helpful!
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