New Orleans guide | designlovefest

i thought we would put together a bunch of our favorite new orleans spots for our wedding guests (5 weeks to go!) and then i figured, might as well post it on the blog too. so here’s a list of restaurants and bars that are special to us. justin is from new orleans and it’s his favorite place to be. can’t wait to celebrate, eat, drink and be merry! leave your favorite new orleans spot in the comments.

get ready to be FUUUUUULLLLL and happy…

New Orleans guide | designlovefest

felix’s is our favorite place for oysters in town! get the soft shell crab po’boy and the chargrilled oysters.

New Orleans guide | designlovefest
New Orleans guide | designlovefest

cochon is an excellent meat heavy restaurant in the cbd. on the pricier side but definitely a place to make reservations and have a delicious meal!

next door, they have a more casual sandwich spot called cochon butcher and it’s great as well.

New Orleans guide | designlovefest
New Orleans guide | designlovefest

cane and table is where we are having our family dinner the night before the wedding. cool decor, a fantastic chicken sandwich, a great bar, and it’s in a lively area to wander around with a drink in hand.

New Orleans guide | designlovefest
New Orleans guide | designlovefest

willie mae’s scotch house. best fried chicken – justin says “maybe in the world!”

New Orleans guide | designlovefest
New Orleans guide | designlovefest

we’ve had a few dates at the counter at this low-key bar in the marigny, port of call. order the giant burger, loaded baked potato and a bloody mary. the perfect hangover fix. one of my favorite meals in town!

New Orleans guide | designlovefest
New Orleans guide | designlovefest
New Orleans guide | designlovefest

we almost had our wedding here, it’s so charming! stop in the napolean house for a pimm’s cup and it feels like you’ve transported in time in the french quarter.

New Orleans guide | designlovefest

elizabeth’s is a very classic new orleans breakfast spot. a solid, no frills southern brunch. shrimp and grits, duck waffles, praline bacon…


New Orleans guide | designlovefest

adolfo’s. one of our favorite spots for a hearty meal in new orleans. above an awesome jazz bar on frenchman street. a cozy date spot for italian food!

New Orleans guide | designlovefest

parasol’s bar. as neighborhood bar as you can get. po’boys are delicious (my fave). sit outside at the picnic tables and order the firecracker shrimp.

New Orleans guide | designlovefest

sylvain. great hidden spot in the quarter (near napolean house). on the fancier side. love the lush courtyard. happy hour with the charcuterie board was amazing.

New Orleans guide | designlovefest

casamento’s. quaint place to get oysters and po’boys heading uptown. on magazine street.

New Orleans guide | designlovefest

hotel peter and paul, a new (and awesome looking!) b&b hotel that opened up in an old church. let’s grab a drink here!

New Orleans guide | designlovefest

masperos. where justin grew up eating po’boys. classic seafood spot.

New Orleans guide | designlovefest

surrey’s cafe. great breakfast spot in the garden district. somewhat healthy. justin’s favorite shrimp and grits is here!

New Orleans guide | designlovefest
New Orleans guide | designlovefest

the champagne-focused happy hour at brennan’s! pink building in the french quarter. a colorful courtyard with striped umbrellas and classic decor.

New Orleans guide | designlovefest
New Orleans guide | designlovefest

fritzel’s european jazz bar, a fun bar to pop into for a drink and live music!

New Orleans guide | designlovefest

central grocery and deli, home to the original muffaletta!

New Orleans guide | designlovefest
New Orleans guide | designlovefest

bacchancal wine is a backyard bar. pick some cheeses and wine out of the fridge and hand them over for a custom built cheese plate, live music, string lights, a good new orleans vibe. gets busy, and bring bug spray!

New Orleans guide | designlovefest

the joint. great bbq at the far end of the bywater.

New Orleans guide | designlovefest

café du monde for beignets, of course!

New Orleans guide | designlovefest

we have stayed at the ace hotel quite a few times. their bar is a great casual hangout spot!

New Orleans guide | designlovefest

the list really could go on and on, but these are just a few that hold special memories for us. we can’t wait for our big day and hope you have the most fun exploring new orleans!! love, bri + justin


Add your own

    Em says:

    Wow, this looks SO fun! Thanks for the roundup 🙂 hope I’ll get to visit someday.

    Lizzy says:

    Secretly hoping people don’t read this list and discover Elizabeth’s haha

    Kyrie says:

    We loved Luke in the business district. Newer place! Great oysters, awesome breakfast! My mother in law says dinner is great too. My husband is from New Orleans too and it’s sooo special. We went to maesperos after we got engaged. My husband also loves Juan’s flying burrito. I haven’t been yet, but he’s in love, and used to go all the time in high school!

    Kyrie says:

    I forgot to add superior grill in the garden district to my list! Hubs and I just had a moment thinking of their margaritas. 🤤

    Joanna says:

    Hotel Peter and Paul is just A DREAM. I stayed there for our “minimoon” after our New Orelans wedding 🙂

    It was perfect.

    Maggie says:

    MMMMM all good places! Time to take a drive for a day trip before it gets too hot!

    Jerome says:

    Stein,s market is a must for muphuletta and matzah ball soup. It’s on the corner of Magazine and Jackson.

    ASHLEY SMITH says:

    This is wonderful! I’ll be in New Orleans in two weeks and now have all of my meals planned. Thanks so much!

    Marcella says:

    Yassss I’m going over Memorial Day weekend with my boyfriend + friends for the first time I’m SO excited. I just want to chill in a courtyard and listen to jazz.

    Love this guide, makes me miss NOLA! will have to try some of these spots if I go back again! 🙂



    Ashley says:

    Just got back from a New Orleans Spring Break trip with kids. We loved Franky and Johnny’s for classic NOLA food, Camellia Grill, a cute breakfast greasy spoon, District Donuts on Magazine St. for a delish donut and cold brew. And Lula, for a nice dinner and drink (in house distillery). Also, a tip is to get beignets at the Cafe Du Monde food truck in City Park- way shorter lines, just as fresh and yummy and you can eat them in the beautiful park!

    Samae says:

    Thanks for the roundup. I just saved all of these spots to Google maps for the next time I am in Nola. Congrats and have the best time!

    Wolf Feather Honey says:

    Great places – some of our fav. too! Be sure to check out The Ponchetrain Hotel – it has incredible accommodations but even more exciting is that inside you can find The Jack Rose – a personal favorite of mine, known for their incredible interior design, mimosa brunch and CAKE! On the roof you’ll find The Hot Tin – their roof top bar; besides it’s cool decor, you get some of the best views of all of NOLA – I suggest a Sazerac Cocktail.

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