New Orleans, United States
Sara, 31
Floral Designer
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What are the New Orleans spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

In general, Uptown and the Garden District. Just taking a stroll down one of these neighborhoods, admiring the historical homes for an afternoon, will make your trip.

Do’s and don’ts in New Orleans: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):

Please make sure to tip at restaurants and coffee shops. Our local community is filled with hard working people who do their very best to live in this gorgeous city. Don't litter - keep our beautiful city clean. As well, be kind. Just in general, be kind. It's just good Southern hospitality.

What do you do and why do you do it?

I am a floral event designer and I LOVE what I do. I have a small company called Antigua Floral & Styling with a team of strong women. We get to be part of a client's special event and decorate different historical venues around the city. At the end of the day, I just want to make people look at a space filled with flowers and smile.

How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?

Dinner and drinks for my husband and I - $50 ish? Depends where you go to. It can definitely range.

Which New Orleans shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?

Saint Claude Socia Club on Magazine St. Even walking into their space is so inspiring.

Your all-time favorite musicians:

The local Robin Barnes! Also Trombone Shorty, the Revivalists and Sweet Crude.

Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?

Day - Garden District. Night - Central Business District and Frenchmen.

What’s the one place in New Orleans you think is underrated?

The Bywater. Very much up and coming.

Where would you take a date for a romantic night out?

Saba on Magazine or Willa Jean in the CBD

Drunk and hungry - where do you go in New Orleans?

Crepes a la Cart for something sweet. Dat Dog for something savory (get the cheese fries here).

It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?

Go inside of Effervescence and stay all day enjoying their happy hour and small bites.

Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?

The Ritz Hotel at the Daven Port Lounge. Live music, swanky people and lots of swing danvcing.

Your go-to brunch spots:

Red Dog Diner, Paloma Cafe and Surrey's (the Uptown location)

Your perfect night out in New Orleans includes:

A good dinner, drinks, dancing and ice cream.

Which local creators do you admire?

Trevor Mark Ekanger, Joy the Baker, Liz Kamarul and the ladies from Saint Claude Social.

Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:

Roof top Hot Tin Bar. Beautiful!

Best place for a cheap bite on-the-go:

Dat Dog.

Tomorrow’s your last day in New Orleans. How do you spend it?

Morning by the Mississippi, afternoon strolling the Garden District and going drunk crazy that night on Frenchman.

You’re meeting the mayor of New Orleans - what constructive criticism would you give them?

I would tell them thank you for everything and keep on loving the locals. They are your people. Also, I would tell them to somehow lower the cost of living and fix the pothole down my block.

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