My boyfriend and I stayed in The Marigny thanks to a friend's recommendation. We were struck by the neighborhood's unique architecture and the endless colors! Lots of pastels, front porches, huge plants, and enormous windows and shutters. And it was also close enough to the French Quarter without the tourist traffic.
Every morning started with a coffee and walk around the neighborhood. It was special just to see the architecture; it made us feel very far from home in the best way possible.
In nearby Bywater, we discovered The Country Club. The décor of this pool bar and restaurant was reminiscent of southern-style country clubs without the homogenous crowd and elitism. In fact, it was particularly diverse and LGBQT friendly. We decided it would be our Memorial Day spot so we showed up for brunch (eggs benedict on a biscuit=heaven) and then commandeered a spot by the pool. If you’re ever in New Orleans, don’t skip The Country Club.
Pro Tip: If your stay in New Orleans extends into the weekdays and you must do the Café Du Monde thing, save it for a Monday or Tuesday.
After sauntering right in to Café Du Monde on Tuesday morning, eating beignets, and sufficiently documenting our most touristy experience, we hopped in an Uber towards Magazine Street. This area was more student-centric with college town feel thanks to fun inexpensive restaurants (like Rum House) and the proximity to Tulane University. After lunch, we made our way down St. Charles Avenue via streetcar to admire mansions and oak trees.
After a bit of rest and a wardrobe change, we headed to Frenchman Street for our last night out. Frenchmen is home to several great live music venues and has emerged as a more authentic alternative to the Bourbon Street scene.