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The Heart of NOLA: A Romantic Itinerary

Let our romantic itinerary be your guide for love-y, lusty, charming things to see, do, eat, and drink around New Orleans.

Frenchmen arts market
Browse any one of the many art markets in New Orleans. (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)

New Orleans is seductive. Having a romance with the city — her music, food, culture, and people — is as easy as breathing in the jasmine-scented air. Likewise, when it comes to finding ways to be romantic, New Orleans has an embarrassment of riches. Our titillating, romantic itinerary bursting with things to see, do, eat, and drink is yours to browse below.

New Orleans Romantic Itinerary

Things to See & Do

There is always a lot happening around town. Music shows, second lines, markets, and more — are all opportunities to romance a special someone and soak in the romantic lure of New Orleans. Simply meandering the streets of New Orleans can be special, but seeing the Mississippi river at sunset (sunrise, too), or swaying on a streetcar passing grand homes and moss-hung trees, is stunning and, sigh, romantic.

Watch (and join) a second line — Hear the sound of drums and brass in the distance? Seek out that sound, because it might be a second line. Spontaneous dancing with your sweetie will surely follow.

Walk and picnic the parks — Crescent, Audubon, or City Park are all great places to explore and unwind.

This romantic spot is near Tad Gormley Stadium at the end of Roosevelt Drive in City Park along Marconi Drive. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Take a day or night tour Tours themed around history, mystery, or even cocktails are just the beginning. Tailor your tour experience to your significant other’s personal interests for a memorable, romantic date.

Snuggle at Snug Harbor — Or Three Muses, or any of the Marigny music clubs while listening to jazz from local musicians.

Snug Harbor, one of the iconic music venues on Frenchmen Street. (Photo: Elizabeth Heideman)

Wander local markets There’s so much to gawk at and enjoy, from food to wearable (or wall) art at Frenchmen Art Market, the French Market, Crescent City Farmers’ Market, and more.

Visitors stroll through French Market. (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

Take a streetcar ride — The green streetcars along St. Charles Avenue are your ticket to a leisurely tour of the city as you roll along underneath ancient oaks and past stately mansions. Prices are a steal — just $3 for an unlimited, all-day ticket.

A streetcar rolls along St. Charles Avenue. (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

Shop New Orleans artisans cover a lot of ground, including smart and sassy tees at Storyville, Dirty Coast, or Fleurty Girl; wall art from galleries on Royal or Magazine Street; locally inspired fragrances at Hove on Chartres Street; a memorable piece of jewelry from Jose Bali, GoGo, or Mignon Faget; sunnies from Krewe du Optic, and many, many more.

Eat & Drink

Drinking and dining go together like you and your honey. Here are a few ideas for romantic dining in New Orleans.

Coffee and beignets – Every local has his or her favorite, but it’s almost impossible to go wrong with a plate of crispy, fried beignets showered in powdered sugar and paired with steaming cups of milky café au lait (made with dark New Orleans coffee and chicory). Try Morning Call, Cafe Beignet, or Cafe du Monde.

Beignets and cafe au lait from Morning Call. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Seafood – Not immediately obvious, but anytime eating by hand is possible, it’s a must-do. Nothing is sexier (or more delicious) than feeding a loved one peeled, well-spiced crawfish, sweet shrimp, fat lumps of crab meat, or slurping briny, aphrodisiacal Gulf oysters.

Spirits – Cocktailing can be tame or wild — and both can be romantic. A bottle of wine (and a nibble) at Bacchanal; a spin on the carousel at the Carousel Bar & Lounge, a Vieux Carre cocktail in hand; a funky drink and a little bump and grind on Bourbon Street… there’s a cocktail for every taste.

Eggplant, mussels and a bottle of rose on the Bacchanal patio. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Sweets – There’s another word for romance: dessert. Need a few ideas? How about sticky-sweet treats from Southern Candy Maker; chocolates, macarons, and more from Sucre; Bourbon-caramel ice cream and a glass of bubbly at Kenton’s; white chocolate bread pudding creme brulee at Restaurant R’evolution; and over-the-top sundaes at Angelo Brocato or Creole Creamery.

The sweetly vintage exterior of Angelo Brocato Italian Ice Cream and Pastry. (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)

Cooking Classes – Cooking is one of the most romantic activities, and there are great cooking schools and classes to tap into that inner chef. Check out Langlois, New Orleans Cooking Experience, or the myriad single-experience Creole/Cajun cooking classes in the French Quarter.

Any New Orleans Meal, Anywhere – So many options! Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, or late-night — any shared meal is a moment to sit back, relax, and swoon: the unique regional cuisine is steeped in history and crafted with excruciating care, even if it’s a big bowl of gumbo.

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