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I didn’t foresee the amount of times I’d be calling walls, doors, buildings, windows, or general décor “cute” this past weekend in New Orleans. I mean, if we’d made a drinking game out of how many times the word was used, we wouldn’t remember the past 72 hours.

So, other than the fact that I missed my flight on the way to Nola and on the way back to Chicago, my trip was perfect! This city is adorable. I felt like I was transported into a different time and country while exploring the charming streets of the French Quarter. The rich colors and enchanting architecture are total eye candy. The only street I’d recommend not spending too much time walking is Bourbon Street—it truly lives up to the mess that its reputation is. Royal Street, however, I recommend spending loads of time on. Apart from the lovely look, it’s host to some amazing restaurants like Brennan’s for brunch and Royal Oyster House for lunch. Oh and of course, get the beignets and a café au lait from Café du Monde! Skip the crazy four hour sit down line and stand in the quick 15-25 minute take away line. These powdered donuts are quite possibly one of the best doughy desserts I’ve ever had.

Uptown is worth checking out, especially if you’re looking for a fun dinner spot like Jacque Imo’s. This place always has a wait, but that hour ensures a fun time for the entire crew. Seriously, you’ll be tipsy before even sitting down to eat. The vibes are fab and the food is delicious. Another place with a lively ambience to have an excellent night at is Frenchman Street. It’s full of live music cafés that are perfect to sip drinks in.

The Garden District is full of old, historic mansions that are jaw dropping beautiful. The combination of cast-iron balconies and colorful paint is an insanely gorgeous aesthetic. My new goal is to own a house like that one day. This may sound weird, but exploring New Orleans’ cemeteries is really interesting. Next to these mansions is Lafayette Cemetery. What makes this a sight to see is that the tombs are above ground rather than below like most of us are used to. Spooky chic. Another great walk in this area is down Magazine Street. Have lunch at La Petite Grocery and then walk down in the direction of the French Quarter to encounter endearing boutiques, galleries, and cafés.


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