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Explore New Orleans With This Travel Noire Inspired Itinerary

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Mardi Gras Indians celebrate Super Sunday (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Travel Noire is launching their first domestic trip and they’ve chosen none other than the Crescent City as home for this unique travel experience. From Sept. 21-23 a diverse group of jet setters from around the globe will discover New Orleans cuisine, music, heritage and culture. If you miss it, our Travel Noire Inspired Itinerary will give you the complete Travel Noire Experience during any three-day weekend in New Orleans.

FRIDAY

Check in at the Eliza Jane Hotel. Located in the heart of the Central Business District in New Orleans, the Eliza Jane offers easy access to the historic New Orleans streetcar, Uptown New Orleans and of course, Bourbon Street. If you want to avoid the hustle of downtown, head to Mid-City and stay at The Moor. This newly renovated hotel pays homage to the multicultural melting pot that is New Orleans through its use of design.

StudioBE (photo credit Emily Ramirez Hernandez)
StudioBE (Photo: Emily Ramírez Hernandez)

Once you’re all settled in, make your way to Studio BE and spend your mid-morning inspired by the 35,000 sq. ft. art warehouse operated by New Orleans artist, Brandan “BMike” Odums.  Don’t forget your fuel! There are a number of lunch and dinner spots in the Bywater neighborhood, and some of our favorites are The Praline Connection, The St. Roch Market, Sukho Thai, and Pizza Delicious.   

The Drink Lab (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Finish off your first night at the New Orleans Drink Lab and learn history and tradition of classic New Orleans cocktails all while creating and tasting them yourself. Or enjoy handcrafted, custom cocktails downstairs at Victory New Orleans.

Le Musée de f.p.c. (Photo: Justen Williams)

SATURDAY

Get ready for Day 2. Start your day off with a light breakfast from Refuel Cafe. After breakfast immerse yourself in one of the many culture heritage tours and exhibits throughout the city and nearby such as the Whitney Plantation, Le Musée de f.p.c., The McKenna Museum of African American Art, or the Backstreet Cultural Museum.

New Orleans School of Cooking Demonstration (Photo courtesy of New Orleans School of Cooking)

After you’ve spent the morning exploring, enjoy a cooking demonstration followed by lunch at the The New Orleans School of Cooking and learn how to prepare authentic Creole cuisine.

Once the sun goes down prepare to dance the evening away at a host of different clubs, bars and lounges. Enjoy Soca beats and Caribbean cuisine at Club Caribbean or unwind with premium cigars and cocktails at Whiskey & Sticks. Stroll along Frenchmen Street to experience some of the best live music you’ve ever heard. The endless list of live music will keep you dancing all night long.  

SUNDAY  

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Bananas Foster French Toast (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Wind down your weekend the right way with a Sunday brunch. Enjoy traditional brunch staples such as chicken and waffles and eggs benedict or add a little New Orleans twist and try classic Shrimp and Grits or Bananas Foster French Toast. We’re currently loving Morrow’s brunch, served with a side of bottomless mimosas! Toast, Katie’s, and The Munch Factory are a few other must-try choices on our list.  

After brunch enjoy a Sip & Sew class at Second Vine Wine and learn more about one of New Orleans’ most beloved cultural traditions: Mardi Gras Indians masking. Whether you stick to this script or customize your own itinerary, a weekend in New Orleans is far from ordinary.

Mariah Hickman is a Minneapolis native who landed in the Crescent City by way of Dillard University, and stayed to feed her festival fever. She loves writing about the hidden stories of New Orleans, and shedding light on diverse and locally-owned businesses. A self-proclaimed listicle queen, get ready write down a few of her suggestions for food and fun in New Orleans.

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