48 Hours in New Orleans

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48 Hours in New Orleans


In January, Kaleb and I headed to New Orleans for the first time ever.  We needed a quick getaway and I snagged a great deal on flights on Skyscanner  – they ended up being free after points – can’t beat that!  We were both super excited but knew we would have to use our time wisely.  48 hours in New Orleans is not enough so we had to make the most of it.

Day 1

9AM – Arrive in New Orleans

Take the airport shuttle to your hotel.  It’s roughly $40 a person roundtrip.  There is some kind of special thing to where Uber is super expensive so we went with the shuttle.  It would have been about the same price, I believe.

10AM – Arrive at Hotel/Hostel and Check-In

We stayed at the India House Hostel – a short, 10-min trolley ride from the French Quarter.  You can find my review here.

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11AM – Head to the French Quarter 

Walk the streets of the french quarter and just take it all in for the first time.  From the crazy Bourbon Street and people completely wasted mid-morning to street performers and more, there is so much to take in visually.

12PM – Eat at the Royal House Oyster Bar

By this point, we were both pretty damn hungry and trying to decide where to eat.  I’m so weird about eating in a new city because I want to make sure I’m getting the best I can in the limited amount of time I have.

We were having a hard time deciding when we ran into the Royal House Oyster Bar and I remembered reading some good reviews so we decided to try it out.  We left full and completely satisfied.

Kaleb ordered oysters on the half shell and I got the Oysters Rockefeller.

1PM – Head to the French Market

The French Market is like a farmer’s market and flea market rolled into one – everything from food items, to typical souvenirs to artwork.


3PM – Nap

5PM – Dinner at Coop’s Place

I purposely went out searching for a local favorite for dinner and we hit the jackpot.  Located right near the French Market on Decatur Street is Coop’s Place – a tiny, hole-in-the-wall dive bar.  The staff is would I would describe has no-nonsense friendly – they’re nice but they do things their way.  The food though…the food was amazing.  Exactly the perfect traditional New Orleans food we were looking for.

There tagline is “Where the not-so-elite meet to eat” which is great if you ask me!

I chose the rabbit + sausage jambalaya (supreme option which includes shrimp) and Kaleb got the Coop’s Taste Plate which has a little bit of everything.  Let me explain something about this jambalaya…I’m salivating at the mouth – almost three months later – just writing about it.

7PM – Beignets at Cafe du Mondé

If you can squeeze in more food, walk on over to Cafe du Monde to try the infamous beignets.  Make sure to get a chicory coffee as well.  All the hype over these delicious powdery bites completely makes sense.

8PM – Get into Trouble on Bourbon Street

You’re in New Orleans.  Live a little.  Have some fun.  I tried absinthe for the first time at the Old Absinthe House – which while pricey was pretty cool to do once.

Day 2

7AM – Wake Up

We’re early risers even when we have late nights.  It’s an unfortunate side effect of getting older.  I hate it because I love sleep but oh well.

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8AM – Eat Macarons for Breakfast from Sucré

I had planned on visiting the main Sucré on Magazine Street at a later time in the day but we literally ran into Salon by Sucre while heading to breakfast.  I got an assortment of macarons and I was so sad when I finished the last one.  Sucre also ships to your house which is something I need to do soon!

Afterwards, we headed for our intended breakfast spot – The Ruby Slipper.  It had amazing reviews and everyone we mentioned it to, highly suggested it.  Unfortunately, we were not all that impressed but I’m assuming that was a fluke considering the high praise and wait.  I hope to try it again next time we go!

9AM – Walk Around Jackson Square

Check out all the art vendors, street performers and more in Jackson Square


11AM – Get Your Fortune Read

Go to the Bottom of the Tea Cup and get your fortune told – something that is pretty common around Jackson Square.


12PM – Lunch + Nap at Hostel

We like our naps.  Okay?

3PM – House Shop in the Garden District

There is plenty to do in the Garden District (and plenty I didn’t get to do for lack of time!) but house-shopping would be one of the top things.  When I say house shopping, I mean enviously stare at every house and wish I could have it.

5PM – District Donuts

So, I google the best donut places everywhere I go.  Does this mean I have a problem?  I got this box of donuts and carried them all the way back to the hostel to have for breakfast the next morning.

7PM – Head to Frenchman Street

This is the local preference over Bourbon Street – a lot calmer option with tons of great jazz music!

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9AM – Back Home


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  1. Amanda - EatWorkTravel

    March 31, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    This is a great compilation! We just spent last weekend in NOLA and hit many of these spots. The Royal House is a favorite place for us and we always wait for a table on the balcony. We much prefer Frenchman Street over Bourbon and spend most of our time checking out the live music there.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      April 1, 2016 at 9:49 AM

      Sounds like you’ve been a lot! I was pretty happy with our first whirlwind of a trip but can’t wait to go back and experience it more now that we’ve gotten a feel for it! 🙂

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  3. Erin Klema | The Epicurean Traveler

    March 31, 2016 at 10:35 PM

    I love this itinerary! All I want to do right now is go to New Orleans and eat. 🙂

    • Ashley Hubbard

      April 1, 2016 at 9:49 AM

      Thank you! We had a blast eating everything in sight 🙂

  4. Joy @MyTravelingJoys

    April 1, 2016 at 2:51 AM

    We love NOLA! So much so we were married there at the Omni Hotel in 2010! 🙂 Dreaming about those sugary beignets already!

    • Ashley Hubbard

      April 1, 2016 at 9:50 AM

      We loved it too! Dreaming of going back already! That’s awesome you got married there – how often do you get to go?

  5. Amanda

    April 1, 2016 at 10:32 AM

    I would love to get my palm read! Such a novelty, but there’s something mysterious about the supernatural. What an awesome experience!

  6. Kyle B.

    April 1, 2016 at 12:21 PM

    You’ve inspired me, this would make a great weekend getaway. What flight deal did you take advantage of?

    • Ashley Hubbard

      April 1, 2016 at 1:12 PM

      Southwest had some crazy deal and the flights were only like $60 roundtrip or something like that – it was extremely cheap compared to usual. I think Nashville to NOLA is normally like $200 something RT.

  7. Rhonda Albom

    April 1, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    I haven’t been to New Orleans in probably 25 years, yet some of these recommendations I remember, like Cafe Du Monde. Reading this makes we wish were including it in our upcoming US adventure.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      April 2, 2016 at 7:22 AM

      Add it in! :p Where is your adventure taking you??

  8. Chris Boothman

    April 1, 2016 at 10:08 PM

    We LOVE New Orleans! We were there just a couple of weeks ago with Heather’s cousin who actually proposed to his soon to be wife in the beautiful city of NOLA. Our itinerary was actually very similar, first place always has to be Cafe Du Monde, though I am never happy about the wait. We have actually experienced both locations and found that the one in the Riverwalk Outlet Mall is a little quieter but equally as good as the original location on Decatur.

    We sampled awesome food at Acme Oyster House, Oceana’s and then visited Drago’s in Jackson, MS en route back home. All great choices but let’s be honest, you are spoiled for options in NOLA!

    Great review Ashley!

    • Ashley Hubbard

      April 2, 2016 at 7:23 AM

      Good to know about the 2nd Cafe du Monde location – we actually had zero wait on our visit though 😀 I don’t know if it was luck, great timing or the fact that it was surprisingly freezing in NOLA that weekend haha

  9. Donna Janke

    April 2, 2016 at 9:58 AM

    Sounds like a wonderful 48 hours in New Orleans. That city is still on my to-do list.

  10. Hoteluri Fundata

    June 11, 2016 at 2:42 PM

    Good info. Lucky me I discovered your blog by chance (stumbleupon).
    I’ve saved it for later!

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