nola: a few favorites.
by Leslie Santarina comment


new orleans travel guide / sfgirlbybay

new orleans…i wish i had a few more days to spend with you. it was every bit as darling as i remember, but even more so thanks to the many suggestions you provided. so a big thank you! today i’m sharing some photos and a few favorites from my recent visit. i know there is plenty more to see and experience, so perhaps there will be another trip—and soon i hope! i simply can’t get over the charm and good eating in this city.

pink two-story home in new orleans / sfgirlbybay

henry howard boutique hotel in new orleans / sfgirlbybay

the garden district is my favorite area and where i spent most of my time. loved the peaceful pace, the tree lined streets and pastel period homes. i stayed at the henry howard hotel which is an 1867 townhouse converted into an 18-bedroom boutique hotel. the property was gorgeous and there is a lovely front porch and parlor for morning coffee and evening drinks. they don’t serve meals here, but that wasn’t a big deal since there were so many great eateries to experience in the city.

new orleans architectural guide / sfgirlbybay

architectural details in new orleans / sfgirlbybay

first street is where i stumbled on the stately home of novelist anne rice and the much grander joseph caroll house. i skipped the historic streetcars along st. charles and chose to walk around town instead. magazine street had plenty of spots for eating and shopping—especially for antiques. i did hit district for donuts (the coconut cream one especially) and i really liked the the decadence of the tasting room for bites and drinks.

walking guide for new orleans architecture / sfgirlbybay

luxe decor in new orlean's tasting room / sfgirlbybay

the best eating i found making my way to the arts and warehouse districts. everything at cochon was delish (i tried the fried alligator!) and pesce was the best all-around meal from appetizers to dessert. brunch and baked goods at willa jean was terrific, too. in this area i also stumbled on the gorgeous new ace hotel (which i shared earlier) and this green gem below. listed on the national register of historic places, the swoop-duggins house was formerly a home, one of the longest running brothels, a restaurant and now an airbnb rental and gastrolounge called the cellar door. i now know where i’m staying and eating on my next visit!

 green swoop-duggins house in new orleans / sfgirlbybay

new orleans neighborhood guide / sfgirlbybay

new orleans walking and architecture guide / sfgirlbybay

the french quarter is the pulsing heart of the city. music, terraces, carriages, mardi gras beads and bars aplenty! in two afternoons i was able to squeeze it all in. beignets at cafe du monde, a cocktail at the carousel, pimm’s and a muffaletta at napoleon house…you name it. the latter i loved the most in nola and caribbean drinks at cane & table was high up there.

new orleansnapolean house / sfgirlbybay

new orleans restaurant guide / sfgirlbybay

new orleans shopping and travel guide / sfgirlbybay

new orleans carosel / sfgirlbybay

a thirty minute walk east and i found myself at the airy fusion-food hall known as st. roch market. and lastly a quick uber ride led me to willie mae’s for their famous southern fried chicken. it was the best i’ve had yet.

• all photography by leslie santarina.

11 responses to “nola: a few favorites.”

      • did you go into the back dining area at brennan’s? it’s fantastic! great booths.
        i also love the simple interior at cane & table. and.. what about the sliders and donuts at district donut? so good! new orleans is the best.

  1. I love this post! I’ve never been to New Orleans, but I’ve always been so intrigued by it. I love the architecture and the mixed cultures. I have to make my way down south someday!

    • I hope you do may your way there soon. Such a beautiful and lively city and very easy to pack into one long weekend,

  2. I was just in NOLA in March and I could have a whole new trip with everything you mentioned! Such a cool city, I can’t wait to go back!!!

  3. Leslie- I saw this piece referenced on Twitter and thoroughly enjoyed it! Living just outside of Baton Rouge, I make frequent trips to New Orleans and my daughter has dubbed it “our second home”. New Orleans is a photographer’s paradise with it’s blend of different cultures and styles, and you have done an excellent job of capturing the beauty and the atmosphere. It’s definitely a unique place, and you know it’s been a great trip when you leave making plans for your next visit!

    • Thank you for your sweetest note! Gosh I felt I needed just a bit more time here. There were areas I still wanted to visit and photograph. There will be another trip indeed. So lucky you’re so close!!

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