48 hours in New Orleans

The Perfect Louisiana Weekend: 48 Hours In New Orleans

One weekend in the Big Easy may not seem like enough time. However, there is so much you can see and do over the course of 48 hours in New Orleans.

After checking out these sites and restaurants, you’ll be ready to pack your bags today.

48 Hours in New Orleans, Louisiana

Friday Afternoon

First things first: check into the lovely Henry Howard Hotel before changing into an outfit that is comfortable meets classy. For dinner, saunter over to the Commander’s Palace, a James Beard Foundation award-winning restaurant that has been in the Garden District since 1893.

Be sure to pick the cognac flambéed French escargot and South Louisiana redfish court bouillon. And don’t forget the Creole bread pudding soufflé with a libation for dessert.

48 hours in New Orleans


Greet a great start in the morning by heading to Atchafalaya Restaurant for a creole brunch. This restaurant has been around since the 1920s and has been everything from a grocery store to a bar to finally a restaurant. There’s plenty to try, especially the eggs Louisianne, chicken and biscuits, and duck hash. Grab a self-guided tour book of the Garden District at your hotel and walk and learn about some of the most beautiful houses in the American South. 

Next, head over to the National World War II Museum where there are always events going on like lunchbox lectures. Then learn about New Orleans’ people of yesteryear by taking an insightful cemetery tour. Learn about the famous Mardi Gras parades by visiting Mardi Gras World where costumes and floats are year-round. After, grab a beignet and a coffee for a snack at Cafe Du Monde

Art lovers will adore visiting the New Orleans Museum of Art where over 40,000 works of art including those focused on Acadia. Be sure to take a picture at the St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square, perfect for Instagram. For dinner, head over to Arnaud’s Restaurant for shrimp Creole and their caramel custard.

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Sunday Morning

After checking out of your enchanting hotel, head to Elizabeth’s Restaurant for your last meal in NOLA. Choose the famous praline bacon and the duck waffle for a sweet and savoury meal. It will be the perfect last resort before heading off to the airport, grateful for your weekend in New Orleans.

48 hours in New Orleans

Molly Harris

Molly Harris is a freelance travel journalist dividing her time between the United States and the Western Balkans.

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