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How to Do Date Night in New Orleans

Cafe du Monde
Cafe du Monde is always a good idea for date night. (Photo: Kelsey Campion)

Holidays like Valentine’s Day get everyone thinking about how to spend some quality time with their person. But in New Orleans, Valentine’s Day is frequently overshadowed by Mardi Gras, and there’s a festival just about every weekend. So really, any night makes for a good date night. Here are some of our ideas for the perfect New Orleans date night.  

Casa Borrega (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

First Date

First dates are a delicate balance of showing you put thought into the evening without trying too hard. An understated restaurant with a great vibe will do the trick. Try Arabella Casa di Pasta, Casa Borrega, Thalia, or Mopho.

If first date drinks are more your thing, grab laid-back craft cocktails at Twelve Mile Limit or Bar Tonique. The Delachaise or N7 are both perfect spots for a glass of wine in an intimate corner. If you’re looking for an activity to break the ice, catch a comedy show at The New Movement or a movie at the Prytania or Broad Theater.

Sophisticated Date Night

If you’re trying to impress your sweetie with your impeccable taste, New Orleans has endless dinner options. Herbsaint, Lillette, Ralph’s on the Park, and Cafe Degas are some intimate white-tablecloth spots. Before or after dinner, try Cure or The Elysian Bar for upscale craft cocktails. If you want to catch a show, see what’s happening at the Saenger, The Orpheum, or the Marigny Opera House.

An exterior shot of the Marigny Opera House. (Photo via Marigny Opera House on Facebook)

Foodie Date Night

If your special someone is a foodie, you’re in luck. For a truly unique, five-course tasting menu experience, try St. Germaine on St. Claude Avenue. For a more low key, foodie experience, head to Meril or Cochon. To go on a real foodie adventure, check out some of the city’s best Vietnamese spots like Tan Dinh or Dong Phuong. If want to learn something new together, book a cheese-tasting class at St. James Cheese Company or a cooking class at Langlois.

Music Lovers Date Night

If you’re planning a romantic evening with your favorite music lover, start the evening with a stroll down Royal Street in the French Quarter to hear the buskers. Some of these musicians will be playing bars later in the evening, so it’s extra special to listen on the street in the daylight. After your stroll, head to dinner at Bacchanal or Three Muses, which both have live music nightly. After dinner, catch a show at d.b.a., The Spotted Cat, Maple Leaf Bar, Candlelight Lounge, or Chickie Wah Wah.

Sunset at The Fly in Audubon Park (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Outdoors Date Day/Night

If the weather is beautiful, New Orleans is a great city to take your date outside. Rent bikes and explore the neighborhoods, or take a stroll in Crescent Park or at The Fly along the Mississippi River. Head out to magnificent City Park or walk around the lagoon at Audubon Park. If you love the city life as much as we do, take a walk along the riverfront and then grab some beignets at Cafe du Monde afterwards. Whatever you decide, you really can’t go wrong. New Orleans is a city for lovers.

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