I Left My Heart In New Orleans

I love those Buzzfeed quizzes that try to determine what place you should 'actually' live in based on your personality, coffee order, hair colour etc.,. But have you ever visited a city while travelling abroad that you felt reflected your personality completely? Somewhere that just felt like home, even though you were a stranger to its streets? New Orleans is that city for me. 

I stayed there for a week back in early 2016 and fell in love. I remember sitting at a coffee shop on Royal St., enjoying some cajun hashbrowns while sipping on my café au lait and life just felt so...right. 

Here are a few of the unique ways New Orleans calls to my millennial heart.

New Orleans is unlike any city in America. Its cultural diversity is woven into the food, the music, the architecture - even the local superstitions. It’s a sensory experience on all levels and there’s a story lurking around every corner.
— Ruta Sepetys

AN ARCHITECTURAL HUB

I love talking about home design, so it's no wonder that during my stay I noticed that a lot of inspiration from my fav design trends mirrors the interior and exterior architectural aesthetic of New Orleans! Capturing both old world structure and new world eclectic design, the industrial use of brick walls and airy colours is a trend that many decorating artists are beautifully using in homes worldwide. Whether the residence was once a factory, warehouse or storage facility, many homes in New Orleans are now being reimagined and transformed into hidden gems. So, if you're thinking of taking a trip to The Big East, consider booking an Airbnb instead of a hotel. 

Here are a couple of my favourite Airbnbs in New Orleans that I happened to stumble upon. 

French Quarter Gem Steps to Bourbon St.

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With over 50 reviews and a 4.5 star rating this hotspot Airbnb pick has a lot to boast about! If you're like me and looking for a place that echoes old world design with a hint of modern luxury, I've found just the place for you. 

This listing has original hardwood floors, a stunning 1800s European door, original steel beams, brick walls and everything that makes me want to make it my own! 

 Click on image to view the full listing. 

Click on image to view the full listing. 

A Royal St. Beauty

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With over 95 reviews and a 5 star rating, host Luanne seems to be a fan favourite in the Airbnb New Orleans community. This loft is open, chic and has two levels. Though newly renovated its simple charm still shines through the building's original brick walls and the attic-like second floor bedroom.

This loft is advertised for 262 a night, but don't freak out! With two bedrooms and enough space for 4 people you'll technically only be paying about 65.00 a night! I know, total steal. 

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Cafe's That Can't Be Ignored

 Image by Kristin @FoodFash one of my fav food bloggers! (you have to try her homemade granola recipe ;)

Image by Kristin @FoodFash one of my fav food bloggers! (you have to try her homemade granola recipe ;)

In the spring of 1988, I returned to New Orleans, and as soon as I smelled the air, I knew I was home.
It was rich, almost sweet, like the scent of jasmine and roses around our old courtyard.
I walked the streets, savoring that long lost perfume.
— ― Anne Rice, Interview with the Vampire

I visited this beautiful boutique café offering tea service and contemporary cuisine, with a friend during my visit to New Orleans.  Located in the French Quarter,   Salon by Sucré had everything I love to see in a café/restaurant. A gorgeous balcony, talented (and quite attractive) musician playing on the neighbouring street corner, and a photo-worthy view. 

Salon by Sucré will always be my first stop when I visit New Orleans. (Most likely during their weekend bottomless mimosa brunch special, we'll see.) 

Café au lait makes it possible to get out of bed. Beignets make it worthwhile.
— A Very Wise Person

Café du Monde is a staple tourist attraction in New Orleans, and oh. my. god. is it good. When I first visited I didn't believe the hype. So I went to the shop, purchased three beignets, tried it out and thought "wow, that's pretty amazing". Then, I went to the beignet place across the street just to take a measure and shockingly enough, it didn't equate. Not by a long shot. So, if you're worried that Café du Monde is more hype than truth, think again, and try it for yourself. You will not be disappointed. 


The Unique Sound of New Orleans

My favourite moments in time are when I'm walking along a busy street, and a sound catches my ear that just makes me stop. It's rare that I get those small unexpected pauses so I appreciate every one of them.  Many great artists were bred in this super cool city, so take a walk down the streets of New Orleans during your next visit and soak in its sound. 

New Orleans has a story that can't simply be expressed through words. It's a city of rebirth, and from my experience; music, art, food, style and love were the strings of life tying the city back together. You won't find a more culturally rich state in the U.S. 

If you're someone who seeks originality and raw beauty during your travels, New Orleans may just be your soul city too! You've gotta visit to know for sure!

Your Wannabe Wanderer,