After enjoying our time in the Garden District, we made a beeline for the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans, French Quarter, also known as Vieux Carré. Parking was a daunting task. We had to park all the way at the end of Royal Street, which was kind of far from where all the action is. I didn’t mind it though because the charming architectural houses we saw on the way kept me busy. The houses here are simple and modest. A far cry from the grandiose houses in the Garden District.
We walked a few more blocks before finally reaching Bourbon Street. Standing in the middle of what I consider as the French Quarter’s heart and soul was electrifying. It was buzzing with fellow tourists. Some, waiting for musicians to fill the air with music. Others, allowing themselves to be fully engrossed in the history of this place. In the midst of what seemed to be fun chaos, I found myself entranced with the jazz music. Everyone was having such a good time!
Tired from hours of strolling, we definitely needed a snack. We didn’t have to look far because right across Jackson Square is the world-renowned Café Du Monde. Known for their delicious beignets or fritters, coffee with chicory and café au lait, we were thrilled to try all of it & apparently, we’re not alone. The line was crazy long! Since we couldn’t wait any longer, we opted for the take-out line instead. We found a bench nearby and enjoyed our afternoon treats in front of the Mississippi River.
We only stayed for a few more hours before heading to dinner. A trip to NOLA isn’t complete without dining in Chef John Besh’s Lüke. It’s a bit on the pricier side but since my husband and I looooove to eat & usually like to splurge on food when we travel, we didn’t hesitate to try it. I ordered the Washington Parish Roasted Chicken (rustic rosemary potatoes, garden herbs, natural jus), while my husband got the Jumbo Louisiana Shrimp “en cocotte” (roasted jalapeño cheese grits, andouille & green onion sausages). Both were amazing & flavorful. I would definitely come back here again!
Day 1 has finally come to an end. With our tummies filled with amazing food & tired from all the sightseeing, we headed back to our hotel to rest. Day 2 coming next! Stay tuned for Part 3. 🙂