New Orleans, United States
Sarah, 33
Wardrobe Stylist + Social Butterfly
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What are the New Orleans spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Cafe Du Monde, Royal Street, Central Grocery, streetcar ride to Audubon Park, Commander's Palace.

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

Utilize public transportation - especially the bus! The streetcars get most of the attention due to their beauty and the St. Charles Avenue allure; however, the bus is the fastest and most convenient way to travel between certain areas of the city. For a $3 day pass you can take the bus as many times as you'd like. The purple/#11 line runs from Audubon Park all the way down Magazine to Canal St. so you can easily visit Uptown, the Garden District, the Central Business District and the French Quarter all by jumping on and off this route.

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

Century Girl Vintage is one of my absolute favorite shops in the city. The shop owner, Leah, has amazing taste and is always bringing in amazing vintage pieces. Visiting her shop is like going back in time. It's an experience for all who walk through the doors.

Your all-time favorite musicians:

I have an extremely random taste in music therefore this questions is very hard to answer. Let's go with Prince. You can never go wrong with Prince.

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

I am an advocate for visiting the French Quarter during the day. There are so many amazing breakfast/brunch/lunch spots ranging from casual and cheap to fancy and pricier. The architecture and history in the French Quarter is easier to spot and enjoy during the day as well. Let's not forget you can walk around with cocktails here! Game changer!

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

My two favorite Uptown spots for an amazing meal, Clancy's and Carrollton Market, are underrated in my opinion. They are neighborhood gems, one older and one newer, but the food and atmosphere are out of this world.

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

A few of my favorite romantic spots include Arnaud's, GW Fins, Clancy's, and La Boca.

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

Warbucks on Magazine Street. Incredible food and drinks. Wonderful laid pack atmosphere. Definately a great place sober and hungry as well - very family friendly!

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

If it's during the Holiday season definately visit a hotel bar! Top picks would be the Ritz, the Roosevelt, the Monteleone and the Royal Sonesta.

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

My favorite place to take out of town guests is Commander's Palace for lunch. Amazing food, amazing service, 25 cent martinis, live jazz music (on the weekends) and it's nestled in one of my favorite neighborhoods. This place has got it all for locals and tourists alike.

Your go-to brunch spots:

From fancy to casual: Arnaud's (Sundays only), Brennan's, Upperline, Surrey's.

Your perfect night out in New Orleans includes:

Having a French 75 at the French 75 Bar, hopping over to Arnaud's for dinner, taking the streetcar back Uptown, catching some late-night live music at Dos Jefes.

Which local creators do you admire?

Currently loving Maria Etkind Millinery and her gorgeous fascinators!

Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:

Newman Bandstand at Audubon Park, walking the levee at the end of Magazine Street, views at the Hot Tin roof bar at the Pontchartrain Hotel.

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

Central Grocery for a Muffuletta. Take it to go and eat it across the street along the Mississippi River.

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

Brunch + live music + friends + family + dancing in the streets

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

We definitely need to work on fixing our streets. Not just the quality of the roads but road signage, functional lights, stop signs and making sure the city is more biker friendly.

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