If there’s one thing for sure about a New Orleans bachelorette party, it’s that this city is going to deliver an unforgettable experience. After all, the city’s motto isn’t “let the good times roll” for nothing. You’ll spend your days wandering the famous streets of the French Quarter, and probably eating more beignets than you can count. Come evening your crew will have a heyday taking Bourbon Street by storm, taste testing the libations that put New Orleans on the map.
All of the above sound right up your alley? Let us help get your New Orleans bachelorette party itinerary in order with all the best hangouts for the ultimate girls weekend.
What to Do
Forget the car, because this city is best explored on foot and it all starts with the famous French Quarter. This historic district is known as the heart and soul of the city and encompasses must-see stops like Bourbon Street, Frenchman Street, Royal Street, and Jackson Square, just to name a few.
While the French Quarter certainly has no shortage of tourists, this area will uncover what makes New Orleans so unique—from the endless bars of Bourbon Street to the live jazz music clubs of Frenchman Street, and all the eateries and shops in between. If you’re serious about the sights, try booking a walking tour (some of which are completely free) or even a ghost tour for those interested in New Orleans’ spooky side.
If a little retail therapy is on your New Orleans bachelorette party agenda, this city has plenty to offer. Stick around in the French Quarter, and you’ll find a treasure trove of shops along both Royal and Decatur streets, specializing in antiques, art, and one-of-a-kind gifts. Pop by Fleurty Girl on St Peter for cutesy souvenirs and gifts of all kinds or check out Le Jardin on Royal for a selection of locally made artwork. Another shopping destination that’s certainly worth a visit? The French Market off North Peters Street which features six blocks of shopping along with a flea market, farmers market, and mix of restaurants and cafes to suit everyone in your group. Be sure to check their events schedule for fun happenings like jazz yoga or live concerts you won’t want to miss.
Once your feet have worn out from walking, hop aboard the New Orleans Streetcar, which runs three different lines transporting throughout the city. This storybook streetcar is the perfect mode of transportation over to the Garden District, featuring some of the most impressive mansions this city has to offer. In this district, you’ll also find the famous Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, Audubon Park, and the miles of boutique shopping up and down Magazine Street.
Any New Orleans bachelorette party should include some nightlife action, and whether you’re looking for mild or wild, you’ll easily find something for everyone. For groups in search of live music, check out Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro, d.b.a., or The Maison and take in NOLA’s world-class jazz scene. You can also take your turn on the karaoke stage at Cat’s Meow which welcomes rowdy groups to the scene. They even offer special packages for a complete New Orleans bachelorette party, covering everything from drink tickets to line passes, so you’ll get a chance to belt out your favorite song even sooner.
Looking for even more ideas? The BACH app has an entire section devoted to New Orleans. Browse and book activities with input from your group—you can poll your friends to find out exactly what they want to do.
Where to Eat
Start your brunching adventures at Cafe Amelie for breakfast favorites served in their stunning courtyard. They serve up southern favorites like boudin and grits and chicken and waffles, while also perfecting a decadent french toast to satisfy your sweet tooth. For some musical entertainment in the early morning hours try Commander’s Palace to experience their elegant jazz brunch as the fun kickoff to your girls’ day.
You planned a New Orleans bachelorette party, so you simply have to experience the French and Creole-inspired cuisine this city is all about. Elizabeth’s will deliver all those down-home classics, with menu picks like praline bacon and fried green tomatoes topping the list of diner favorites. For a more sophisticated take, try Sac-a-lait which is known for its Cajun and Creole dishes served up with a modern twist.
If you’ve never tried the fried deliciousness of a freshly made beignet, consider this New Orleans bachelorette party your perfect opportunity. Although admittedly touristy, Cafe du Monde is legendary for their tasty beignets and cafe au laits, so grab your carbs and caffeine for a little indulgence any time of day. Over in the Uptown neighborhood, you can also get your fill of French donut goodness at New Orleans Coffee & Beignet Co which serves up the yummiest bite-sized beignets and an array of coffee specials.
When you’re ready for a cocktail, head straight to Arnaud's French 75 and order up the “French 75.” Made with Courvoisier VS, sugar, lemon juice, and champagne, you’ll quickly realize why this drink is a NOLA classic.
Where to Stay
For French Quarter accommodations, add the Hotel Le Marais to your list. With its chic style, central location, and outdoor heated saltwater pool, this spot totally hits the mark. Or, the iconic Hotel Monteleone is a French Quarter gem that’s all about luxury. Right under the same roof of Hotel Monteleone you’ll find the incredible Carousel Bar & Lounge. This iconic hangout features a revolving merry-go-round bar and was named one of the Top 20 Bars in the World by Vogue Living.
If your ladies are planning a New Orleans bachelorette party on a small-scale budget, The Quisby in the Lower Garden District is the place to stay. Think “trendy hostel” with modern conveniences, and they even specialize in group travel. Not only will this spot put you within walking distance of all the city’s hot spots, but you’ll have access to Quartz Bar (open 24/7) located right on the property.
Set in the Central Business District, the Ace Hotel New Orleans nails the hip, modern vibe any Millennial traveler would love. While it’s not set in the heart of the tourist action, you’re only a short streetcar ride away from the city’s main sites.
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