This travel itinerary is a list of some of the attractions you should check out if you plan to stay in the French Quarter in New Orleans for the weekend. I was not able to do a whole lot during my one-day solo adventure, but here’s a list of my destinations. There are plenty of stuff to do in and around New Orleans, like plantations, swamps and bike tours. So be sure to do your research especially if you plan to stay for more than 3 days! There is quite a lot of historical landmarks in and around the French Quarter, making it hard to hit all of them in one weekend.
Places to go to:
If you’re looking to have a great time with great music definitely head over to the French Quarter. Fun Fact: By law, the historic buildings in the French quarters cannot be demolished; and any renovations or new construction must meet city regulations, preserving the historic architectural style. Another fun fact: the balconies and windows are examples of late 18th century Spanish architecture.
New Orleans Musical Legends Park
A tribute to New Orleans Musical Legends with life size bronze statues. Live local bands play daily so it is a great place to wind down and just enjoy the music.
Café Du Monde (CASH ONLY)
A MUST TRY whenever you are in New Orleans! Located in the French Quarter, it is an iconic café known for their café au lait (coffee with hot milk) and beignets. Prices are really cheap for amazing crispy beignets. Their chicory “au lait” was ok nothing too special (too milky for me) but when you dip the beignets in it, boy that was a game changer!! Lines can get long depending on the time but it’s open 24 hours!! Here’s more information about chicory coffee. It is a New Orleans favorite and used almost everywhere over there.
St. Louis Cathedral
A major landmark of the French Quarter and the oldest active cathedral in the U.S. Did not get the chance to go inside but I have seen pictures and it is beautiful!
A historic park in the French Quarter with artists, museums, restaurants, and merchants. It is surrounded by historic buildings, St. Louis Cathedral, Presbytere (Louisiana State Museum) and Lower and Upper Pontalba Apartments (oldest apartment buildings in the United States).
Washington Artillery Park
Really small park that serves as a memorial for the city’s veteran artillery unit. Located across from Jackson Square and between Café Du Monde (a MUST TRY!!). Gives you a nice view of Jackson Square and the Mississippi river.
Was not able to take pictures around Frenchmen Street on my trip but based on some locals they prefer it over the French Quarter which to them is overrated and too crowded.
Louis Armstrong Park
Another green space that is rich in local history and named after one of New Orleans’ most renowned musicians, jazz trumpeter, Louis Armstrong. It is relatively close to the French Quarter making it a convenient spot.
A historical open-air market with shopping, dining, music and local traditional unique to New Orleans.It was not as crowded as I expect from a public market but I had an enjoyable time looking at all the handmade crafts.
Joan of Arc Statue
This golden bronze statue of Joan of Arc was given to the City of New Orleans from the people of France. It is located near the French Market.
An affordable source of transportation that is a fantastic way to cover a lot of the city. You can travel from the French Quarter to the Garden District for just $1.25 one way or $3 for an all-day pass.
This green space took a while to get to, as it is in the heart of the Central Business District. It is the second oldest square in New Orleans. I spent half an hour here resting up before I made my way to the Garden district.This green space took a while to get to, as it is in the heart of the Central Business District. It is the second oldest square in New Orleans. I spent half an hour here resting up before I made my way to the Garden district.
Considered one of the best-preserved collections of historic mansions, the Garden District is a popular place to visit and stroll around. The area itself was relatively quiet and peaceful with a similar vibe to some of the neighborhoods in Pasadena, California.
Did not have the guts to walk inside and look around. Cemeteries give me the chills… This is the most filmed cemetery in New Orleans with above-ground tombs. I also didn’t have guts to take any pictures…. Lol, but it is located in the Garden district smack in the middle surrounded by residential houses.
Immaculate Conception Church
I just happened to stumble upon this Roman Catholic church in the Central Business District on my way to my hotel. Again, based on pictures online the inside of the church is really nice!