Travel Tuesday: New Orleans City Guide

Happy Tuesday! I’m so excited to share my graduation trip from last year with you today. I’m so sorry it’s SO SO late, but I’m finally getting back into blogging more that I’ve got my schedule down pat. My dad took me to New Orleans, and it was so fun!

New Orleans Pharmacy Museum:

Since I am a pharmacist, I had a great time visiting the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum. And let me tell you…there were some crazy finds inside. We are talking tinctures of all kinds, cocaine toothache drops, and opium tampons. Even if you’re not a pharmacist, the museum is super cool!

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I really enjoyed seeing the writing from pharmacists back in the day. It was such an amazing experience to see how my profession has evolved over the years.

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Where I Stayed:

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I stayed at the Ritz Carlton in the French Quarter. I highly recommend this hotel for location and superior service. I had stayed at a couple of Ritz Carlton hotels in China, but it’s great to stay at one here in the US. We stayed on the club level which provided daily food offerings throughout the day in the Club Lounge. I ate breakfast in the Lounge each morning and snacks were available throughout the day. The rooms were well-appointed with gorgeous garden decor.

My favorite part of the hotel was the beautiful courtyard! It had pretty statues & lights where I would wind down each evening.

Where I Ate:

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Chophouse: If you know me, you know I live for a good steakhouse. I am SUPER picky about meat, and I will hardly eat it without knowing what I’m getting myself into. After searching for a steakhouse on multiple sites, I chose the Chophouse. It did not disappoint! I recommend the filet mignon & onion rings. Also for appetizer, try the thick cut bacon.

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The Rum House: This restaurant calls itself a “caribbean taqueria”. Y’ALL. These tacos were to-die-for! It’s located on Magazine Street, which was a quaint little section of town. I really enjoyed the location. I recommend the Carolina BBQ or the Buffalo Soldier taco.

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Where I Shopped:

Another one of my favorites on Magazine Street was Kendra Scott. It was so cute outside and more beautiful inside. Can we say decor goals?! It was gorgeous!

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I think I need to take another trip to NOLA just to shop. I’ve heard good things about the Shops at Canal Place. If you have any recommendations, let me know!

Tips:

Stay in the French Quarter! It’s within walking distance to everything. You will want to walk everywhere, because streets are narrow and parking is scarce.

It gets HOT. I visited in early May and it was so hot y’all. I literally felt like I was walking through an oven when I would step outside. If you have naturally curly hair like me, that’s the way to go! I didn’t plan on straightening my hair and that was the best idea I’ve ever had. You’re so close to the ocean that it’s super humid, so plan accordingly ;)

Visit the St. Louis Cathedral! You can hear music all around Jackson Square, and it immediately transports you into the NOLA culture. Also, be sure to walk across the street to the observation area to photograph the cathedral in its entirety. Cafe du Monde is right next door, so be sure to check it out for yummy beignets.

Have you ever been to New Orleans?

If you like this type of post, be sure to check out all of my travel recaps here.

Thanks for reading! XO,

Rebekah

24 Comments

  1. Crystal

    09/26 at 10:38 am

    New Orleans is high on my bucket list to visit but one of the few states I’ve never been to! I am dying to go to that Pharmacy Museum! It looks absolutely stunning!

    1. Rebekah

      09/27 at 11:54 am

      It should be #1 on your bucket list…it’s that great ;)

  2. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    09/26 at 10:44 am

    New Orleans is one of the best cities in the US. There’s such a feel of nostalgia and soul there. It’s truly amazing.

    1. Rebekah

      09/27 at 11:54 am

      Stacie, what a great way to describe it. NOLA definitely has soul!

  3. Jennifer Van Huss

    09/26 at 7:05 pm

    That looks like fabulous trip! I have been dreaming of attending Mardi Gras in New Orleans. The pharmacy museum like a lot of fun too!

    1. Rebekah

      09/27 at 11:53 am

      YES, I need to go to back for Mardi Gras ;)

  4. Joely Smith

    09/26 at 7:06 pm

    Seriously you had me at the pharmacy museum! I love old apothecary items! We have an old time pharmacy at one of our local historical sites and I love visiting it. NOLA is an AMAZING place!!

    1. Rebekah

      09/27 at 11:53 am

      I LOVE old pharmacy history! It’s so enlightening.

  5. Marysa

    09/26 at 8:16 pm

    I have never been to New Orleans before. I had no idea it was that hot! I would have been surprised too that it was so hot in May. Sounds like you had a lot of fun. Seems like there is plenty to explore, I’d love to try some of the unique foods.

    1. Rebekah

      09/27 at 11:53 am

      Yes, Marysa. There are definitely many amazing restaurants!

  6. Leah

    09/26 at 8:32 pm

    I’ve always wanted to visit here. My husband went for work once and said it was so neat and alive there.

    1. Rebekah

      09/27 at 11:52 am

      YES, it’s almost like the city never sleeps ;)

  7. Sapphire Kharyzma

    09/26 at 9:57 pm

    I love New Orleans. It has such a tantalizing appeal to it! I love the pics you shared. I also loved reading your experience, sounds like you had so much fun! I plan to visit NOLA in 2018!

    1. Rebekah

      09/27 at 11:52 am

      Enjoy NOLA in 2018! The French Quarter is the place to be.

  8. ricci

    09/27 at 3:50 am

    You made me want to go to NOLA ASAP!!! I think the pharmacy museum sounds amazing!!

    1. Rebekah

      09/27 at 11:52 am

      It’s so crazy to see how my profession has evolved!

  9. Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place

    09/27 at 7:16 am

    That’s definitely a place you cannot miss. New Orleans is packed with everything, history, culture, music, food. There’s nothing that you won’t love about the place!

    1. Rebekah

      09/27 at 11:52 am

      You’re so right Jocelyn. Thanks for reading!

  10. Kathy

    09/27 at 8:35 am

    Those are some very beautiful photos. I have always wanted to go to New Orleans. Looks like such a great place to visit.

    1. Rebekah

      09/27 at 11:51 am

      Thanks Kathy! NOLA is gorgeous!

  11. Cherri Megasko

    09/27 at 11:12 pm

    I always stay in the French Quarter when I visit NOLA, unless I’ve rented a house instead. The Quarter is the perfect location for your home base – everything is close and most is within walking distance. And if it’s too far, the trolley is cheap, fast and fun!

    1. Rebekah

      09/28 at 10:17 am

      That’s great advice, Cherri! Thanks!

  12. Marielle Altenor

    09/28 at 4:38 pm

    Nola is the perfect destination. The food alone looks amazing! I totally want to plan a trip there sometime soon.

    1. Rebekah

      09/30 at 4:26 pm

      Yes, you’ve got to plan a trip there!

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