Unveiling the Magic: A Couple's Guide to the Most Enchanting Experiences in New Orleans!

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Joelle Destache

  • New Orleans

  • Couples Travel

  • City Travel

  • Local Culture

  • Entertainment

  • Outdoors

A view of a castle under a cloudy blue sky in New Orleans, Louisiana
Curator’s statement

New Orleans, with its vibrant culture, music scene and unique history, is a fantastic destination for couples. It is a city that exudes romance and excitement and these activities offer a perfect blend of culture, history and fun for couples looking to create lasting memories together.

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Things to do in New Orleans

Houmas House

French Quarter Stroll

Take a leisurely stroll through the historic French Quarter, characterized by its charming architecture, narrow streets and lively atmosphere. Enjoy the street performers, art galleries, and don't miss the iconic Jackson Square.

Live Jazz and Blues

New Orleans is renowned for its music scene, especially jazz and blues. Spend an evening at a live music venue or a jazz club, like DBA New Orleans, soaking in the soulful tunes that permeate the city. Frenchmen Street is a hotspot for authentic live music experiences.

Steamboat Natchez Cruise

Enjoy a romantic cruise along the Mississippi River on the Steamboat Natchez. Choose a daytime cruise for scenic views or an evening jazz cruise for a more intimate experience with live music and city lights.

Cafe du Monde Date

Share a sweet moment at the iconic Cafe du Monde. Indulge in beignets and coffee while enjoying the bustling atmosphere. It's a perfect spot for a relaxed breakfast or afternoon treat.

Romantic Carriage Ride

Explore the French Quarter in style with a horse-drawn carriage ride. It's a romantic way to learn about the city's history and architecture while cuddling up with your loved one.

Garden District Exploration

Wander through the charming Garden District, known for its antebellum mansions and oak-lined streets. The picturesque surroundings provide a tranquil escape from the lively atmosphere of the French Quarter.

Culinary Adventure

New Orleans is a food lover's paradise. Share a culinary adventure by trying local specialties such as gumbo, jambalaya and po'boys. Consider taking a cooking class together to learn the art of Cajun and Creole cuisine.

Streetcar Ride

Take a ride on one of the historic streetcars, like the St. Charles Avenue line. It's a nostalgic and charming way to see the city while enjoying each other's company. Take this line to the Maple Street stop to have breakfast at the Camellia Grill. Then hop back on to the Walnut Street stop and walk around Audubon Park's oak trees and lagoons.

Swamp Tour

For a unique experience, venture out on a swamp tour to see the bayous and wildlife surrounding New Orleans. It's a thrilling and romantic adventure that offers a different perspective on the region.

Moonlit Cemetery Tour

Explore the historic cemeteries of New Orleans on a guided night tour. The stories and unique above-ground tombs create an eerie yet fascinating atmosphere, perfect for a slightly spooky but memorable date night.



Places to eat & drink in New Orleans

Café Du Monde's beignets is a New Orleans tradition.

Breakfast

Camellia Grill: A favorite among tourists and locals. A casual diner with traditional favorites and signature milkshakes.

Lunch

St. James Cheese Company: Traditional lunch favorites like soups, salads and sandwiches. Oh, and cheese.

Superior Seafood: Because when in New Orleans, seafood is a must.

Boucherie: A great place for some contemporary southern cooking. You'll want to be hungry when you go to eat at Boucherie.

Dinner

Commander's Palace: an award-winning landmark of New Orleans.

Herbsaint: for contemporary French-Southern cuisine, this is the perfect spot in downtown New Orleans.

Drinks

The Columns Hotel Bar: a cute bar with outdoor seating and craft cocktails.

Delachaise: You'll definitely want to stop by Delachaise for drinks if you love wine.

Hot Tin Rooftop Bar: A hip rooftop bar with a 270-degree view of the Mississippi River and downtown New Orleans.



Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Summerlin Holzhalb’s guide, The Perfect Girls Weekend in New Orlean.



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