New Orleans isn’t always the first place people think of when looking for a romantic getaway, but to truly know New Orleans is to know its romantic side. Full of charm, history, and culture, New Orleans sets the perfect backdrop for romance. So we’ve lined up seven things, one for each day of the week, for a romantic day in New Orleans.
Monday: Live Jazz at Snug Harbor. There is something about sitting in a dimly lit room and listening to live music that gets people into a romantic mood. Snug Harbor is open seven days a week, so if you’re busy on Monday, you can still come in night after night for a great show.
Tuesday: Carriage Ride through the French Quarter. It may be cliché, but who doesn’t get weak in the knees at the thought of riding through the French Quarter at sunset cuddled up next to your sweetheart? Not only is a carriage ride one of the most fun ways to see New Orleans, it’s one of the most romantic things to do in the city.
Wednesday: Cocktails at Bar Tonique or The Delachaise. I love a good cocktail, and Bar Tonique is one of my favorite spots for hand-crafted cocktails and good conversation. If you’re already downtown, come here for a post-dinner cocktail or just for a round or two. If you’re eating dinner uptown, or in the neighborhood, The Delachaise is another great spot for a cozy, romantic night. Their wine and beer lists are very extensive and their cocktails are fantastic. The seating is a little tight, which is perfect if you’re on a date.
Thursday: Gelato from Piccola Gelateria. Nothing says romance like gelato with your sweetie.
At Piccola Gelateria, you’ll find house-made artisan gelato, made with the same gelato artisan standards of Florence and Bologna, Italy with all natural ingredients including local milk and cream. If you like to have your gelato with a little something extra on the side (we do), try the classic fresh-made french crepes, with micro-roasted espresso, or the made-to-order gelato and semi-freddo cakes.
Friday: Dinner at La Crepe Nanou or Café Degas. There are plenty of romantic restaurants in New Orleans, but my two favorites happen to both be French restaurants: La Crepe Nanou, which is located in Uptown New Orleans on the corner of Robert and Prytania Streets, and Café Degas, which is in Mid-City on Esplanade. The seating at both is a little tight, which is ideal for one-on-one conversation.
Saturday: Gondola Ride in City Park. City Park is a romantic place to picnic, but it’s even more romantic when you’re touring the lagoons via gondola. Taking a gondola ride is easily one of the most unique and romantic things to do in the city. Robert Dula, also known as Gondola Guy, runs 50-minute gondola rides through the lagoons of City Park and encourages you to bring wine, champagne, or grape juice to accompany your ride.
Sunday: Classic Movie at the Prytania Theatre Sunday at 10 a.m. This over 100-year-old theater never fails to infuse that old-school New Orleans charm into whatever film you’re watching. If you’re anything like me, you love a classic movie – especially a romantic one. Past movies have included Casa Blanca, Singing in the Rain, and many others.