When you’re in New Orleans during the week, you can be sure you won’t miss out on plenty of fabulous things to do. In fact, there’s as much to do here on any given weekday (looking at you, Tuesday) as there is on the weekend. But that also means there’s a lot of ground to cover. Instead of running all over the Crescent City, why not get to know a neighborhood or two and walk away with a local’s sensibility? We asked blogger extraordinaire Juley Le of Upperlyne to take over our Instagram and show us around one of her favorite parts of the city: the Garden District.
Scroll down to see her #HappyTuesdayTakeover to get you through the morning and afternoon. The rest of the day is up to you! And remember, follow @VisitNewOrleans on Instagram for even more takeovers and weekday itineraries.
Garden District Itinerary
Greet the morning with donuts and coffee
It’s a classic combination: coffee and donuts. And it only gets better in New Orleans, where we have an ongoing love affair with both these breakfast staples. Le went to District in particular, but here are a few other donut places to try.
Pause and reflect at a quiet cemetery
Lafayette Cemetery on Washington Avenue is on one of the most coveted corners of the Garden District, home to shopping, Commander’s Palace (more on that below), and a beautiful art gallery. Still, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at just how tranquil the cemetery is inside, especially on a weekday morning. Take time to inhale the sweet scent of magnolias and pay respects to the graves, some dating back hundreds of years.
Get fancy with lunch at Commander’s Palace
What Brennan’s Restaurant is to brunch, Commander’s Palace is to lunch. Owned by the same storied family, Commander’s Palace is the place in New Orleans for an iconic, boozy lunch (the martinis are just 25 cents with the order of an entree). And no matter what, order the bread pudding souffle with whiskey cream sauce.
See a literary landmark
Anne Rice’s “Interview with the Vampire” has cult status both as a novel and film. You can see the author’s home, the Brevard-Rice House, at the corner of First and Chestnut streets. Note the skull motif in the iron fence — a perfect detail for this famed horror writer.