This blog post has been many months in the making. Every time I go to New Orleans, I never seem to do everything I wanted to that trip. This post includes stops from three different trips and still does not contain all of the places I wanted to include in this guide. New Orleans is filled with the coolest hotels, and you can check them out without having to pay to stay there. However, I did realize one thing about my trips to NOLA; every time I go back, I always return to my favorite spots. So really, these are not only the most Instgrammable spots in New Orleans, but my personal favorite spots. I hope you enjoy and get inspired for your next trip to NOLA!
Address: 600 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70130
The Ace Hotel is one of my favorite spots in New Orleans because it has so much to offer. If it wasn’t so far from the French Quarter, I would probably stay there. This hotel has so much to offer: from the coffee shop, to therooftop bar and pool, to one of my favorite brunch spots, Josephine Estelle. Whenever you get a chance to make it over to the Ace hotel, I recommend allotting a decent amount of time because there is so much you can do there. We usually start out downstairs at the restaurant, Josephine Estelle, and have a quick brunch. I have always loved everything I’ve ordered here. You really can’t go wrong with this brunch spot. After finishing brunch, we head up to the rooftop bar for a drink and sit by the pool and relax. I’ve never been able to swim while visiting, but it is definitely on my list to do next time I’m in town. The hotel’s décor is wonderful, so make sure you walk around before you head to your next destination. Pro tip: they have a vintage photo booth right next to the elevator. I have made it a tradition to get one every time I go!
2. Ashley Longshore Gallery
Address: 4537 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
If you don’t know who Ashley Longshore is, I don’t know where you've been. She’s taking over the local art scene and is known for her amazing pop art pieces. She resides in New Orleans, so her personal gallery is located there. If you are a fan of Ashley, or just art in general, I highly recommend making a trip to her gallery. It is a little further out from the inner city, but it is well worth the trip. There are lots of restaurants and shopping spots on Magazine street. Her gallery is incredible and is probably the most Instagrammable place EVER. I’m serious.
3. Auction House Market
Address: 801 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
This is a collection of different eateries and is perfect if you have a group of people that all like different foods. They have a food hall with 10 different vendors which offer a great variety of cuisines. They have a beautiful bar in the middle of the site as well! The one thing you would never expect, though, is the bathroom. It is covered in an amazing lip wallpaper. You will want to conduct a full-on photo shoot, I promise.
4. Café du Monde
Address: 800 Decatur Street, 70116 New Orleans
This place rarely needs an introduction, but it is an essential spot to visit. I get very offended when people say that Café du Monde isn’t worth the hype or the line, because it most certainly is. I know; the line can be intimidating, but it is a true New Orleans staple and is so worth it! If you have never been, I recommend waiting for a table because you have to experience dining there at least once. If the line for a table is too long, I usually wait in the to-go line because it is often shorter. Pro tip: Café du Monde is open 24 hours and is relatively empty after the bars close around 4 am.
5. Copper Vine Winepub
Address: 1001 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70112
This is a beautiful wine bar that has a wide selection of wines on tap. They have a beautiful patio area that features tons of hanging plants which make for the perfect photo op! Unfortunately, when we went it was raining outside, so we couldn’t fully enjoy the outdoor seating.
6. The Drifter Hotel
Address: 3522 Tulane Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
The Drifter Hotel is a hipster’s heaven. It has the best vibes and is a great place to spend the day relaxing by the pool. If you are in New Orleans in the warmer months, make sure to take a day trip to the Drifter. They have a cute little pool with a disco ball over it and a super fun bar. They usually have events going on with live music, so research before you go so that you know what you’re getting yourself into. I know there is a fee to use the pool, but I don’t remember paying more than $10 for it. If you stay and drink a couple hours it's totally worth it.
7. The Eliza Jane
Address: 315 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Eliza Jane is a modern hotel with breathtaking décor. The patio in the middle of the hotel is what initially drew us to this location. It has a beautiful sculpture with a neon sign that says “Bisous” meaning “kisses” in French. Little did we know, that the rest of the hotel is completely stunning as well and is just a couple blocks from the French Quarter. I would love to see what the rooms look like and might consider staying here next time I’m in town.
8. The Frenchmen Hotel
Address: 417 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116
The Frenchmen Hotel is an iconic hotel located on Frenchmen street and is my personal favorite place to stay in New Orleans. This hotel was built in 1860 and still has the old-timey New Orleans feel about it. It is just steps from famous music clubs on Frenchmen St. and is the perfect place to stay if you love live music. The only downside to being on Frenchmen street is that it usually isn’t very quiet, but you can always sleep when you’re not on vacation! The owners of the more modern Drifter Hotel just purchased the Frenchmen Hotel, so I can’t wait to see what kind of remodeling they do while still keeping the historic feel.
9. Monkey Board
Address: 1111 Gravier St, New Orleans, LA 70112
Monkey Board is a super cute rooftop bar located on top of the Troubadour Hotel. We stayed at the Troubadour Hotel once and loved going up to see the amazing skyline view. They also have some pretty cool neon signs up there, and I am a huge sucker for a good neon sign.
10. Hotel Monteleone
Address: 214 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
The Monteleone is a famous hotel located right in the French quarter, not far from Bourbon street. It has the most Instgrammable garage I have ever seen. On the inside, it is very classically designed and features the infamous Carousel bar- a must see.
11. The Pontchartrain Hotel
Address: 2031 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
The Pontchatrain hotel is a beautiful hotel in the garden district. It is known for its iconic room featuring Ashley Longshore’s Lil Wayne painting surrounded by many floral paintings. We took a trip to the hotel to take in all the magic of this room.
Address: 622 Conti St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Sucre is a well-known sweets boutique that has a downstairs filled with amazing treats and an upstairs restaurant. You will want to try every dessert in there, and it helps that it has the cutest décor! I hope to try their restaurant next time I am in New Orleans.
13. Willa Jean
Address: 611 O'Keefe Ave, New Orleans, LA 70113
This is a must brunch spot! It’s one of my favorite places to go even though there is always an hour wait… I have never waited that long, but decided to get it to-go instead. They take reservations, so I recommend calling before you make the trip over there. Not only is the atmosphere very Instgrammable, but so is the amzazing food. I highly recommend this place, you will not be disappointed!
Here is just a glimpse of everything New Orleans has to offer, but honestly it isn’t even close to encompassing all of the magical spots in this city. New Orleans has stolen my heart, and I fall more in more in love with the city every time I go. I hope to make another trip back this year for Jazz Fest and continue to add to my list of favorite places. I’d love to hear about your favorite spots in New Orleans!