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Romantic Itinerary: Day 1 | A Perfect Romantic Evening

Make your first romantic evening in New Orleans completely unforgettable.

Stops at a Glance:

  1. Woldenberg Park
  2. Napoleon House
  3. Irene’s Cuisine
  4. Bayona
  5. Jackson Square
  6. Carriage Ride
  7. Café Du Monde

jacksonsquareStart your evening off with the sunset at Woldenberg Park and watch the sun dance across the Mighty Mississippi. Take a walk along the Moonwalk, which is on the river at Jackson Square.

Toast your relationship over pre-dinner cocktails at Napoleon House. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time when you take a seat in the dimly lit, rustically romantic barroom. Order up the bar’s signature Pimm’s Cup, and take in the scenes from the street outside – or just stare longingly into each other’s eyes.
Once the sun has gone down, get ready to dive into some good ole New Orleans cuisine. If you’re in the mood for Italian with a distinctly New Orleans twist, stroll hand-in-hand down Chartres Street to Saint Philip Street, and duck into Irene’s Cuisine. Aside from having outrageously delicious food, Irene’s also has the added allure of being somewhat off the beaten path. Irene’s does tend to get busy and even with a reservation, you may still have to wait. Pass the time with a glass of wine, some good conversation, and perhaps a quick kiss or two – trust us, it’s worth it.

Bayona is another top pick for romantic fine dining in the French Quarter. With its eclectic global cuisine crafted by beloved (and critically acclaimed) New Orleans Chef Susan Spicer, Bayona truly provides a feast for the senses. Linger over artistically crafted cocktails in the lush courtyard before taking a seat in the main dining room. The warmth from the walls seems to radiate throughout the whole interior of the restaurant, providing a dining experience so intimate, it will leave you glowing.

horseandcarriageAfter dinner, swing by Jackson Square (on the Decatur Street side), and sweep your loved one off of their feet – literally! There are few things more quintessentially romantic than a late-night ride around the Quarter in the back of a horse-drawn carriage. Tales of the city and picturesque views envelop you on this 45-minute journey through one of America’s most historic areas. In those rare cold winter months, blankets are provided, so snuggle up and get ready to go!

Finally, it’s always fun to end an evening with a little something sweet, so before heading back to your hotel, swing by Café du Monde for a cup of café au lait and an order of world-famous beignets.


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