I'll say it again for good measure: I LOVE NEW ORLEANS. There's really no place like it. This was my first trip to Nola, and it was a total party for my senses. The colors, the music, the flavors were all so bright. I stayed in this magical Airbnb near the French quarter, with crazy tall doors and wild green walls. There was a balcony overlooking a pool and courtyard that was perfect for morning coffee/evening wine sipping. I was about a mile's walk from the bustling part of the French quarter, where I spent most of my time in ducking into restaurants in search of crawfish and cocktails. A few of the places I tried and loved:

Cafe du Monde // Beignets + cafe au laits for breakfast (or any meal, really) are a MUST.

Cochon // A meat heavy cajun restaurant with a cool bar. I tried the braised pork cheeks with white beans and herb salad, which was served in a little skillet and was delicious. The waiter also suggested fried boudin and the Louisiana couchon.

Carousel Bar at Hotel Monteleone // This is a real life, moving carousel that's also a bar. Belly up for a classic Nola cocktail and perhaps a po'boy if the mood suits ya.

Sylvain // This place was suggested to me so many times that I had to check it out. I showed up without a reservation (but mostly everyone suggestions you make one) and tried a few craft cocktails while writing about my travels. I had a sazerac (delish!) and a "No Fun" (a little sweet, but still nice and boozy).

Lüke // Looking for a late petit-dejeuner and a good cocktail? This is the spot. I was searching for a gumbo + sazerac night cap, and Lüke did not disappoint. A few friends told me their brunch was tasty as well, and I have to say that fried chicken + tabasco honey biscuit sounds like a good idea.