French Quarter Guide to an Exciting New Orleans Bachelorette Party
You can hardly cross the street in the French Quarter these days without witnessing a merry krewe of bachelorettes spilling out of this bar or that restaurant. There are many good reasons for it, if you consider the whole months of perfectly mild weather, and all the opportunities to both relax and revel in one of the most splendid settings in the country, if not the world. New Orleans offers a backdrop both historical and modern — a perfect blend of ingredients to make your bachelorette party unforgettable.
Sky is the limit when it comes to eating, drinking and shopping in New Orleans, but you have to start somewhere. So here are some suggestions to help your bachelorette party have a great time in New Orleans.
Breakfast or brunch
Start the day off right with a hearty breakfast at Stanley. Not only will you have a view of Jackson Square, but you’ll have a choice of several very Louisiana eggs Benedict options (topped with seafood and Creole Hollandaise, or served as a po-boy).
Feeling more like brunch? Heading in another direction lies an award-winning brunch spot, the Ruby Slipper. This local mini-chain’s French Quarter location at 204 Decatur Street isn’t as crowded as the Mid-City one, but even if you have to wait a little for the table, the Ruby Slipper’s Eggs Cochon and BBQ shrimp and grits are well worth it. The signature items are also offered in lighter versions (Skinny Migas, Skinny Florentine). There’s another location nearby, in the Central Business District (CBD), at 200 Magazine Street.
Speaking of CBD, the Willa Jean bakery and cafe deserves the trek out of the French Quarter for its Southern-inspired take on the weekend brunch featuring avocado toast, pancakes, and signature cornbread. Check out the mouth-watering descriptions of the “biscuit situation” on the menu.
The Country Club in Bywater has a drag brunch on Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. that’s popular with bachelorette parties. Reservations are recommended.
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Within walking distance of the French Quarter, Canal Place houses Saks Fifth Avenue, Anthropologie, Michael Kors, and many more upscale retailers. For locally made goods, check out the daily flea market at the French Market or the Dutch Alley Artist’s Co-Op.
United Apparel Liquidators (UAL) is unsurpassed for hunting name brands with deep discounts. Also on Chartres Street, Hemline is a popular boutique that carries a well-curated shoe and women’s fashion collection from local and national brands.
You’ll find retro-inspired clothing, corsets, lingerie, and accessories at Trashy Diva‘s French Quarter outpost (537 Royal Street). And, speaking of shoes, check out John Fluevog Shoes. Since we’re a costuming city, we highly recommend Fifi Mahony’s. They’ll help you find a perfect wig, and makeup and accessories to go with it.
For a taste of esoteric New Orleans, the quiet Voodoo Authentica is well worth a visit for its handmade dolls, gris-gris bags, candles, oils, and Haitian and African spiritual arts and crafts, including the remarkable Haitian vodou drapeau (flags). The in-house practitioners also offer spiritual readings and consultations.
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There’s a good chance you could stumble into a great bar on your own if you just start walking in any direction, but we won’t steer you wrong with these suggestions either.
First off, The Bombay Club is a must if you are a martini lover and want some live music. The menu is a fresh take on British cuisine, with a Cajun twist. Or, toast the bride-to-be with a classic New Orleans cocktail like Sazerac in the Carousel Bar & Lounge at Hotel Monteleone. It’s posh, and it revolves (that’s right).
If you want bubbles, Brennan’s Roost Bar happy hour has Champagne cocktails and discounts on bottles of Champagne, plus a lush courtyard with plenty of space to accommodate large groups.
If you dig rum, Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29 Tiki cocktails are magical potions that are mostly classic but with inventive twists.
Finally, if you’re feeling adventurous and want some serious New Orleans flair, why not try absinthe in a historic bar? The hole-in-the-wall Pirates Alley Cafe, just off Jackson Square, and the Old Absinthe House on the corner of Bourbon and Bienville streets have both been quirky, solid constants in this city, and serve many a mean absinthe-based concoction.
Are you planning to come to New Orleans for a bachelorette party? To stay close to all the action, book a historic boutique hotel in the French Quarter at FrenchQuarter.com/hotels today!