I'm a little biased since Carlos helps manage this place, but they truly have some of the best food and a great selection of vegan options. They have a beautiful outdoor patio where we seriously considered having the wedding (it just wasn't quite big enough).
Two separate events happening the Sunday after the wedding! One is a second line with music, floats, and dancing on the East Bank. The other is a Super Sunday with Mardi Gras Indians on the West Bank. Keep an eye on the link for details as we approach the date!
"In the southern corner of Armstrong Park is Congo Square, an open space where the enslaved and free people of color gathered throughout the 19th century for meetings, open markets, and the African dance and drumming celebrations that played a substantial role in the development of jazz." Not a lot of tourists know about it, but every Sunday there is a drum circle at Congo Square which sometimes has an accompanying event tied to New Orleans culture or a local political cause. Definitely worth a stop before or after wandering into the French Quarter.
"A historic music venue in the French Quarter working to protect, preserve, and perpetuate the spirit of traditional New Orleans jazz." It used to be cash at the door, but looks like they want you to buy tickets in advance on their website (link below). Definitely worth it if you've never been!
A local spot with some of the best breakfast tacos and iced coffee. Also good: Hey Cafe, French Truck, and other local coffee shops.
Liuzza's by the Track is one of the best cajun restaurants in town (not to be confused with Liuzza's Restaurant and Bar, an Italian restaurant). Their barbecue shrimp is something Mayu dreams about.
Really good vegan soulfood. You should go here if your vegan or not.
Solid mediterranean food at nice prices.
Very cute pastry/jam spot which turns into Bar Pomona at night.
Very delicious ice cream parlor with multiple locations. Mayu's favorite flavor is the lavender honey. Also good: Parish Parlor, Lucy Boone Ice Cream, Angelo Brocato.