I feel the light breeze across my face as a hint of Creole spice fills the air. My foot is tapping to the light jazz that’s playing in the background and it seems like the birds are chirping to the rhythm as well. Laughter and conversation are being shared across tables in the courtyard and glasses are clinking as memories unfold.
If that doesn’t charm the pants off you, I don’t know what will!
Here are a few of our favorite charming restaurants in New Orleans. Bon appétit!
Napoleon House – Old World Charm
Located in the historical French Quarter, the Napoleon House radiates old world charm and nostalgia of yesteryear. The name derived by the local legend that Napoleon Bonaparte was invited to New Orleans to spend his days in exile. I can’t help but wonder, what his impact would have been if he ever made it to the Crescent City.
Stepping in the long-standing structure built in 1794, is truly like stepping back in time. The battered walls display old portraits and lanterns hang from the ceiling. Sip on a Pimm’s Cup in the quaint courtyard, while your worries fade away listening to classical music. Make sure to try other local favorites such as a warm muffuletta sandwich and jambalaya.
500 Chartres Avenue, New Orleans, LA
Court of Two Sisters – Magical Courtyard
The atmosphere at the Court of Two Sisters is beyond delightful. Beautiful blooming flowers are on display along the walls, a water fountain trickles in the back corner, all under a canvas of interlocked vines in the courtyard.
Make sure to touch the “Charm Gate” when entering for the gift of charm to bestowed upon you. The gates were wrought in Spain and blessed by Queen Isabella especially for The Court of Two Sisters. Sample New Orleans fare such as turtle soup, shrimp etouffee, chicken gumbo and bananas foster. A jazz brunch is offered every day from 9 am – 3 pm.
613 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA
Bacchanal Wine – Bywater Hidden Gem
Bacchanal is located on a quiet corner in the eclectic Bywater neighborhood. Grab a bottle of wine at the front shop and hang with the locals on the outdoor patio. It’s a fabulous place for conversation with the backdrop of local jazz. Your own cheese plate creation, mussels saturated in a garlic and saffron sauce, or a braised pork shoulder cooked with a rose wine are just some of the options on the menu. Live music is featured every day and is only for the 21 and older crowd.
600 Poland Avenue, New Orleans, LA
If you are looking for a fun attraction check out our post about New Orleans Mardi Gras World!
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Thank you New Orleans CVB and its associates for hosting me at the Court of Two Sisters. All thoughts and opinions, however, are my own.
Plan Your Trip to New Orleans
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- Hotels.com has a best rate guarantee program that allows you to price match up until 24 hours prior to arrival and its rewards program gives one free night for every 10 nights collected.
- Airfarewatchdog.com is a comparison website that searches through tons of flights. It compares airline pricing up to three times a day, having up to date information and also includes airlines such as Southwest and Allegiant that other websites do not include.
- Priceline is usually the cheapest for car rentals and has a best rate guarantee program as well.
What are your favorite charming restaurants in New Orleans?
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