[ NEW ORLEANS ] Walking and exploring Nola

New Orleans - french quarters - jackson square

Dear Food Diary:
My travel itinerary is usually filled with must eats and Nola was no exception. With all the good and hearty food, I was so thankful New Orleans could be enjoyed by foot.

Satisfied my tummy and treated my eyes to great architecture and art – no better way to enjoy the city in my book.

These are my days walking and exploring in Nola.

The French Quarter was so charming and colorful. I was delighted by little details everywhere.

new orleans - arquitecture - doors and windows
Obsessed with doors and windows. Specially the slanted ones.

new orleans - arquitecture - balcony details - colors
Beautiful vibrant colors. Transported us to another time and place.

streets of new orleans - french quarter
Doors in all shapes and sizes. Secret coffee spots and garden restaurants. It was a bit chilly in December to enjoy the outdoors, but I can imagined the crowd on warmer days.

New Orleans - street musicians - jazz brunch
Music everywhere. Randomly at street corners, marching bands. And a nice Sunday Jazz Brunch at Muriel’s.

new orleans - colorful houses

new orleans - arquitecture - balcony details

frenchmen street new orleans
Frenchmen Street lights up at night. During the day, it’s a fun graffiti filled stroll.

new orleans - praline - typography
I just loved the typography at this sweet Praline shop. Mmmmmm, buttery praline and bacon pecan brittle.

mardi gras world - new orleans
Mardi Gras World was a fun touristy attraction. I had a good time watching the artists at work.

around New Orleans - world war 2 museum
Streetcars were easy to navigate, a one day Jazz Pass was just $3. Horse carriage was another option, but I preferred walking.

The World War II Museum was very informative and interesting. The dress up photo-opp is not to be missed – We Can Do It.

new orleans - walking to Elizabeths
On our way to Elizabeth’s for their life changing Praline Bacon.

Most people arrived in cars or cabs, we took our time to walk around and take in the random sights. On the return trip, I had great Bloody Mary to go. Drinking on the streets, what a novel idea for this New Yorker.

SoBou - New Orleans
SoBou had the best decor. I would hate to be the cleaning lady there. The hundreds of glass bottles surrounding the restaurant was so modern and slick.

jass at cafe beignet - new orleans
Cafe Beignet was such great stop day and night. Free jazz in the patio all day long.

New Orleans - streets at night
At night, Bourbon Street came to life. The energy was completely different from before sunset.

You never know who you will encounter. 

Like a guy playing music on glowing glasses.

Or an opera singer?

Pat O'Briens hurricane - new orleans
Hurricane from Pat O’Briens while waiting on line to get into Preservation Hall.

Preservation hall - new orleans
Preservation Hall is such an institution. So much jazz and history. I’m no expert, but we had an amazing time.

cafe du monde - new orleans
Cafe du Monde is open 24hrs! Perfect late night snack and no line by then.
Had a really great time in Nola. Will be back for more yummy eats, charming sights and friendly people.

Check out my Best Eats Nola list.