Arielle & Kyle

    Things To Do

Things To Do

There's so much to do in New Orleans that it would be impossible for us to cover it all, but these are some of our favorite parts of the city and some suggestions for food and drink ideas, as well as some things to do around the French Quarter.

Free Tours by Foot

Free Tours by Foot offers name-your-own-price New Orleans walking tours in different neighborhoods across the city, including ghost, cemetery, and food tours. Check out their website, linked below, to see tour options and times.

Frenchmen Street

Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LA

Frenchmen Street, a vibrant and eclectic stretch in New Orleans, is a haven for music enthusiasts and nightlife seekers. Lined with live music venues, jazz clubs, and cozy bars, it offers an authentic taste of the city's soulful music scene and lively atmosphere.

Garden District

New Orleans, LA

The Garden District is a captivating neighborhood that exudes timeless elegance and southern charm. Lined with magnificent historic mansions, lush gardens, and tree-lined streets, it offers a glimpse into the city's opulent past. Visitors can take leisurely strolls, admire the stunning architecture, and immerse themselves in the serene ambiance of this iconic district.

New Orleans Food Tour

Below is a list of foods to savor during your visit to the Crescent City, some of which you might even find at our wedding reception... You'll be here right when crawfish season is taking off, so take advantage and make sure to get some boiled crawfish at a local spot (some favorites are Select Crawfish Company at Tracey's in the Lower Garden District and Bevi in Mid-City). Some year-round New Orleans favorites include gumbo, jambalaya, and red beans and rice, all of which you can find at a number of restaurants throughout the city (although no one's red beans are as good as Kyle's). If you're looking for beignets, we recommend trying Loretta's Authentic Pralines (in the French Market) or Cafe Beignet- we think they're both superior to Cafe Du Monde. Also try a muffuletta from Central Grocery and a po boy from Domilise's, Parkway Bakery, or Killer Po Boys. Alligator sausage, shrimp and grits, and oysters are some of our other favorites. Feel free to ask us for recommendations!

The Sazerac House Tour

101 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

The Sazerac House Tour offers an interactive journey through New Orleans' cocktail history. Explore the historic Sazerac House building and learn about the city's cocktail heritage, including the creation of the famous Sazerac cocktail. The tour is free, but you should reserve tickets on their website beforehand.

Kyle and Arielle's St. Charles Street Car Engagement Bar Crawl

Follow along with our engagement bar crawl! Start uptown at Cooter Brown's on the riverbend. From there, walk or take the streetcar (if it's cooperating) to the Gilded Perch, located in the Park View Historic Hotel next to Audubon Park and across from Tulane University. Then head to the Chloe, where you'll want to make sure you take a look around the hotel and check out the pool area in the back. After that it's a quick walk to the Columns Hotel, where you should try to get a seat on the patio. And finally, it's just a few blocks to the Delachaise, one of our favorite spots in the city even before we got engaged on their patio.

French Quarter Bars

If you're looking for drinks in the Quarter, some of our favorite spots are Jewel of the South or Arnaud's French 75 Bar for excellent craft cocktails (we even do a quarterly French 75 Bar date to check out their seasonal offerings), Latitude 29 for excellent tiki drinks, Erin Rose for frozen Irish coffees (and if you're hungry check out Killer Po Boys at the back of Erin Rose for some of the best po boys in the city), Chart Room (cash only) for the cheapest drinks in the French Quarter, Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar for a Purple Drank (officially known as a "Voodoo Daiquiri") at the oldest structure used as a bar in the U.S., and the Carousel Bar at Hotel Monteleone for a ride to go along with your cocktail.

Audubon Aquarium

1 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Located in the French Quarter right by the One11 Hotel. It is consistently ranked in the top 5 best aquariums in the U.S. The aquarium reopened in June 2023 after an eight-month renovation that included incorporating the Audubon Insectarium and adding a butterfly garden.

Royal Street

Royal Street, New Orleans, LA

Royal Street, a charming and picturesque thoroughfare in New Orleans' French Quarter, is renowned for its elegant architecture, art galleries, antique shops, and boutiques. It offers a delightful blend of history, culture, and shopping experiences, making it a must-visit destination for travelers seeking a taste of the city's artistic and historic charm.

The Pavilion

Metairie, Louisiana

Better than the best bar you’ve ever been to (unless you’ve been here). A neighborhood speakeasy that comes with the best craft cocktails and best people. We know the owners, just ask us for the password.

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