This past weekend Hilton Garden Inn sent me on a trip to New Orleans to attend the New Orleans Food and Wine Experience (NOWFE)! After checking in at the Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans, we freshen up and walked over to Royal Street for NOWFE’S Royal Street Stroll. We spent the evening sampling different kinds of wines and local NOLA restaurants in the stunning historic architecture of the French Quarter.
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NOWFE’S Grand Tasting was the ultimate tasting with more than 1000 domestic and international vintages served by over 75 of New Orleans’ finest chefs and purveyors. It was a great opportunity to try some of NOLA’s best restaurants like Acme Oyster House, Shaya, and Willa Jean.
This is my second time in New Orleans so I revisited a couple of favorites with Dani Austin like Willa Jean, Salon By Sucre, District Donuts, and Cafe du Monde. Read on for my New Orleans city guide to the French Quarter.
Where to Stay in the French Quarter
Hilton Garden Inn
Located just blocks from the French Quarter, the Hilton Garden Inn was walking distance from all the restaurants and shop. It was super convenient to set off on foot in the morning and explore the French Quarter. NOWFE’s Stroll and Sip event was held on Royal Street in the French Quarter so after a night of wining and dining, we just walked back to the hotel.
It was hard to not sleep in after having breakfast in bed but we had to check out the 18th floor rooftop pool deck, which has the best view of the city. We ordered a couple of drinks from the bar (bahama mama, hurricane, and Bloody Mary), and spent the afternoon lounging at the pool.
821 Gravier St, New Orleans, LA 70130, http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com
Where to Eat in the French Quarter
Frosé and avocado toast at Willa Jean is the best way to start the day and you can even get the frosé to-go! I would be here every week if I lived in New Orleans. Willa Jean is just around the corner from Hilton Garden Inn so we stopped by for frosé to-go before exploring the city on foot.
611 O’Keefe Ave, New Orleans, LA 70113, willajean.com
Salon By Sucre
Located in the heart of the French Quarter, Salon By Sucre is the best spot for afternoon teatime in their casual, French mid-century modern dining room. Be sure to order the macarons, petit fours, eclairs, and assorted chocolates. The patio seating has an incredible view of French Quarter.
622 Conti St, New Orleans, LA 70130, restaurantsalon.com
Cafe du Monde
A mandatory stop when you visit NOLA, Cafe du Monde is a must for beignets and chicory coffee.
800 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116, cafedumonde.com
Court of Two Sisters
Brunch is served every single day at Court of Two Sisters with live jazz in the courtyard. You know you’re in NOLA when there’s crawfish and kings cake for brunch! Court of Two Sisters is a great spot to try all of the iconic dishes of New Orleans for $29: turtle soup, creole jambalaya, veal grillades and gravy, shrimp etouffee, and bananas foster.
613 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130, courtoftwosisters.com
Where to Shop in the French Quarter
The French Quarter is filled with plenty of Instagrammable walls but the most iconic one is Brennan’s pink pastel walls.
417 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130, brennansneworleans.com
Craig Tracy Gallery
Eating piña colada cotton during the NOWFE Royal Street Stroll in front of the Craig Tracy Gallery. The French Quarter is filled with art galleries and antique shops that will make it hard for you to go home empty handed.
827 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116
This local funky shop carries a wide range of different colored wigs that’ll fit your every need.
934 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116
KREWE du optic
Drop into KREWE du optic and try on a couple of shades. The New Orleans-based and culturally inspired independent eyewear label is beloved by locals, New Yorkers and even Beyoncé
809 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116, kreweduoptic.com
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