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 romantic itinerary is bursting with things to see, do, eat, and drink — check it out below.
New Orleans Romantic Itinerary
Things to See & Do
There is always a lot happening around town. Music shows, festivals, 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.
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.
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 $1.25 for a single-ride fare or $3 for an unlimited, all-day ticket.
Shop — New Orleans artisans cover a lot of ground, including smart and sassy tees at Dirty Coast or Fleurty Girl; wall art from galleries on Royal or Magazine Streets; locally-inspired fragrances at Hove on Chartres Street; a memorable piece of jewelry from Jose Balli, 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, Café Beignet, or Café du Monde.
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 — in New Orleans, it’s both. Whether you fancy a bottle of wine (and a nibble) at Bacchanal, a spin on the carousel at the Carousel Bar & Lounge, or a French Quarter to-go cup, there’s a cocktail for every taste.
Sweets – There’s another word for romance: dessert. Need a few ideas? How about sticky-sweet treats from Southern Candymakers; Bourbon-caramel ice cream and a glass of bubbly at Kenton’s; white chocolate bread pudding crème brûlée at Restaurant R’evolution; and over-the-top sundaes at Angelo Brocato’s or Creole Creamery.
Cooking Classes – Cooking is the perfect date-night activity, and there are plenty of great cooking schools and classes to help you tap into that inner chef. Check out Langlois, New Orleans School of Cooking, or the myriad other 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.