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A Long Weekend Itinerary in New Orleans for LGBT Travelers

A long weekend in NOLA (Photo: Devonte Williford)

Sometimes, a Friday to Sunday weekend getaway just isn’t enough. I totally agree, especially here in New Orleans. That’s why I created this special, long weekend itinerary for trips to the city from Thursday to Sunday that highlights some of the best activities for LGBT travelers. Whether you decide to follow this itinerary as is, or tailor it to your needs, there’s something here for everyone to enjoy.

The hurricane from Café Amelie (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Thursday

Grab lunch at Café Amelie which is home to one of the best courtyards in the city.

Hop on the St. Charles Streetcar (I recommend getting on at St. Charles and Common) and make your way Uptown to see the historic mansions and architecture along the way. Tickets for the streetcar will only cost $1.25 each way and can be purchased onboard. (Note you can purchase a Jazzy Pass as well, which for $3, will give you unlimited rides for the day).

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band (Photo: Zack Smith)

See a Jazz Show at Preservation Hall – a very special venue preserving jazz music and culture. Show times are 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10 p.m.

Dinner at Compére Lapin – a beautiful restaurant serving Caribbean and European-inspired cuisine located inside the Old 77 Hotel. The menu is crafted by legendary chef Nina Compton, which means everything on the menu is worth trying!

See a drag and comedy show at Oz, the hottest gay club in the city. My favorite comedy act is Geneva Joy – a Philadelphia-turned-NOLA resident who will have you laughing for hours. After you’ve had your share of laughs, stick around for great drag artists such as Chi Chi Rodriguez – Voted New Orleans #1 trans performer of the year!

Horn’s is a neighborhood favorite in the Marigny. (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Friday

Breakfast at Horn’s Eatery. This quaint Marigny spot is perfect for a hearty breakfast. If you love a breakfast where eggs are the star of the meal, this is definitely the place.

Take an LGBT history tour with Frank Perez, and learn about the importance and influence of the LGBT community in New Orleans. To book a tour, see here.

Relax by the pool at the Country Club – also a wonderful spot to grab lunch. There is a small fee to enter the pool ($10 or $15 depending on the day of the week), but it’s certainly worth it for a day in this Bywater oasis.

Enjoy dinner at Lüke – a Creole-inspired restaurant with local and fresh ingredients each day. The fresh gulf puppy drum melts in your mouth and is a can’t-miss.

The Sazerac Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Sip cocktails at the Roosevelt Hotel – their Sazerac and Gin Fizz are a must-try. Not only is the Sazerac a delicious spirit made with rye, bitters, and absinthe, but it also has a lot of history behind it. This now world-renowned cocktail was first invented in New Orleans before the Civil War.

Saturday

Wake up and explore the bayou on a world-famous swamp tour, just a quick 30-minute shuttle ride to the West Bank.

Return to the city and dine at Meauxbar, a French bistro located just a stone’s throw from Armstrong Park. My favorite dish here is the Shakshouka – made with lamb, chickpeas, and yogurt.

Kayaking on Bayou St. John (Photo: Devonte Williford)

Paddleboard or kayak on Bayou St. John – a must for anyone looking to do some outdoor activities.

Dine at Cane and Table – I highly recommend their take on the piña colada which is less creamy than the traditional version, but much more refreshing.

Catch a show at the Allways Lounge – an eclectic venue with drag performers, burlesque shows, and much more entertainment.

Sunday

Brunch at Elizabeth’s – a casual breakfast/brunch spot offering a truly spectacular menu. If you have a sweet tooth, try the Bananas Foster stuffed French Toast.

Stroll through Crescent Park and cross the “Rusty Rainbow” bridge right across the street from Elizabeth’s. Once in the park, enjoy a great view of the city and Mississippi River.

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