Looking to escape for a weekend of fun with your girls? The Big Easy has you covered. Discover stellar nightlife, an award-winning culinary scene and seemingly endless shopping in one of the most walkable cities in the nation.
Exploring the City
Once you’ve arrived in the Big Easy, get out and explore the city with your girls. A cocktail walking tour of the French Quarter is a fun alternative to the typical tour. Not to mention, once you’ve registered to run, you’ll be in store for the ultimate tour-by-foot of the best sights in the city!
If you and your girls like to shop ‘til you drop, head over to Magazine Street, which features six miles of shopping, dining, galleries and more. Begin near Felicity and Magazine Street for some fun vintage shops as well as local boutiques. Dense retail picks up again near Washington and Magazine, and you can stop nearby at Sucre to get a sweet treat and refuel with coffee. If you still haven’t had enough, explore more options further down near Jefferson and Magazine.
If you and the gals prefer antiquing, Royal Street is the place to be. Royal is one of the oldest streets in the city and features blocks of art galleries, fine antique shops, street musicians and more. Antique shops like M.S. Rau Antiques contain items from some of the finest estates of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, ranging from Samurai swords to papal jewelry.
When it comes to hip cocktail bars and innovative mixology, New Orleans can’t be beat. SoBou in the French Quarter is a great stop for stellar cocktails and small plates. If you’re interested in New Orleans’ burgeoning Tiki renaissance, head over to Cane & Table for a taste of the tropical. Venture beyond the Vieux Carré and stop in at Cure– this swanky bar is credited with kickstarting the modern mixology movement in New Orleans. For an intimate setting and unpretentious cocktails in the Warehouse District, stop in at Cellar Door located in a converted historic home.
To dance the night away, look no further than Frenchmen Street. Known as the “local’s Bourbon Street,” Frenchmen offers two blocks of live music venues with performances seven nights a week. Music ranges from live jazz to blues and reggae, and the area is just minutes from the French Quarter.
There’s no better way to recover after a night out OR from a long run than with a hearty brunch, and New Orleans is nothing if not a brunch town. Head over to Brennan’s for a classic Creole brunch. The restaurant is credited with turning breakfast into an event (in addition to its flaming culinary contribution of Bananas Foster). Other hot brunch spots include The Ruby Slipper Café, Arnaud’s, Court of Two Sisters and Palace Café.
Beyond brunch, New Orleans offers no shortage of culinary talent. James Beard Award-winning restaurant Peche serves up local seafood with a fresh take. La Petite Grocery puts a new spin on local favorites with dishes like Blue Crab Beignets. Carrollton Market is a market-driven restaurant and utilizes local produce, seafood and meats for Southern-inspired dishes.
After a weekend of getting after it with your girls, it’s spa time. You ladies will deserve it! When it comes to relaxation, the Big Easy doesn’t disappoint. For a truly luxurious experience, the Spa at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans offers massages, facials, nail services and even reiki energy sessions. The Spa at Windsor Court offers traditional spa experiences alongside innovative L.E.D light treatments and oxygen facials. Check out Spa Aria at the Hotel Monteleone for an experience that blends traditional spa experiences with the forces of Chinese Yin and Yang. The Waldorf Astoria Spa at the Roosevelt New Orleans offers hydrotherapy alongside its unique spa experiences, including “Beauty Diamond Facial” and “Sculpting Gold Perfection Facial.”
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Content provided by the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau.