While many people associate New Orleans with food, drink, and music, it’s actually an incredibly romantic city to spend Valentine’s Day in too. In New Orleans, Valentine’s Day is about more than chocolate and jewelry—it’s about new experiences and making memories that will last for many years to come. Here are four things you can do in New Orleans to celebrate with your valentine this love-filled holiday.
Dining Out – Take Your Pick
New Orleans is known for food for good reason, as the city boasted more than 1,400 restaurants as of last August, and new hot spots open up each month. Looking for something traditional? Commander’s Palace, Antoine’s, and Tujague’s have you covered. Need to satisfy a seafood craving? Don’t miss Acme Oyster House, Deanie’s Seafood, or Ralph Brennan’s Red Fish Grill. More international flavors? Try Tommy’s Cuisine for Italian or La Casita for Mexican.. A place with good brews and cocktails? Knock ‘em back at Crescent City Brewhouse, Gordon Biersch, SoBou, or Café Adelaide and its Swizzle Stick Bar. In short, you can really take your pick here.
Dance the Night Away
Whether you’re big on dancing or not, New Orleans is a hotbed of live music. You can check out a slew of genres from modern jazz to brass bands, at The Maison on Frenchmen St, blues and rock ‘n’ roll at B.B. King’s Blues Club, jazz on Bourbon St at Maison Bourbon Jazz Club, or classic New Orleans music from My Bar at 635.
Take a Scenic Stroll
From the majestic oak trees to richly historical architecture, New Orleans is never short on sights to see while taking long walks down popular thoroughfares. Instead of hopping on the St. Charles streetcar, get off in the Garden District to admire the centuries-old mansions and oak trees that line the avenue. For more greenspace, check out Audubon Park (which also features the Audubon Zoo) or City Park in the Mid-City and Lakeview neighborhoods. And, of course, there’s always the French Quarter, with its stately Spanish architecture and French street names still etched in sidewalk tiles, and the Mississippi River with Woldenberg Park just on the other side of the walking path.
Take New Orleans Home With You
What could be better than being able to take a piece of New Orleans culture back home with you? At the New Orleans School of Cooking, instructors teach you how to make traditional New Orleans dishes while adding in history, trivia, and all the ingredients you need for a good time. For a similar experience on the drinks side, the newly opened New Orleans DrinkLab offers two-hour classes that teach the fundamentals of bartending while also showing you how to make classic New Orleans cocktails at home.
Enjoy and one or more of these true New Orleans experiences to make this year your most memorable Valentine’s Day yet!
The French Market Inn, New Orleans, La., is tucked away on the banks of the Mississippi River in the center of the French Quarter.
The dedicated and friendly staff of Hotel St. Marie will ensure you experience all of the best of New Orleans' many sights, sounds, and tastes.