New Orleans is often referred to as one of the most romantic cities in the U.S., and it’s no surprise, given the beauty of the architecture, the candlelit bistros, and the gorgeous views throughout the city. There are endless opportunities for lovers to steal a kiss, whether under the gas-lit glow of the French Quarter or under a canopy of oak trees in City Park. Here are our picks of the most romantic spots in the city to enjoy with your love.

Justen Williams

Wandering Jackson Square makes for a great date. Live music, street performers, artwork, and historic buildings are great for enjoying hand-in-hand while feeling the breeze from the Mississippi River located across the street. Explore the square and dip into St. Louis Cathedral to admire the architecture. Grab some food to-go from nearby Cafe Beignet or Central Grocery and picnic. 

For $1.25 per person, each way, hop on the St. Charles Ave. streetcar for a scenic tour of the historic Garden District. Snuggle up on the mahogany and brass seats under the flicker of exposed ceiling light while passing stately mansions and perfectly manicured lawns and relax to the hum and sway of the car.

Rebecca Todd

Have a date night at one of the many cooking classes offered in New Orleans. Learn with your partner how to cook decadent dishes and take home a new skill.

For a quiet, relaxing trip out of the city center, go 15-minutes from the French Quarter to the South shore of Lake Pontchartrain. Seafood restaurants dot the shore in the West End area. Charter a boat and spend the day on the water culminating with a wonderful sunset. See our guide to the lake here.

Let the intoxicating sounds of jazz carry you away from day into night. Dance close together all night or grab a corner booth in one of the many live music venues in the city. Sip on a craft cocktail at the Davenport Lounge or snuggle up at Snug Harbor. Preservation Hall is a great option as well.

Rebecca Todd

Dine and dance in this lush urban garden. The outdoor venue (and working garden!) offers a variety of events that are romantic, unique, and exciting, including a seasonal concert series. Sit under strung lights and among the candles with your significant other.

Rebecca Todd

The charm of the French Quarter is best captured from horseback. Hop in a private carriage for a great tour and learn about the history and folklore of New Orleans. The mild winter weather is just the excuse to snuggle close under a blanket.

Photographer Zack Smith

With more than 1,300 acres of lakes, centuries-old oak trees and green spaces, City Park is an outdoor oasis. Connected to the French Quarter by the Canal St. Streetcar, couples can rent paddle boats in Big Lake, stroll through the Botanical Gardens, relax on a gondola ride or steal a kiss on the wooden carousel.

Enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise while a steam-powered paddle-wheel churns through the Mississippi River. After dinner, sneak up to the top-deck for beautiful views of the city skyline or dance to the on-board band while landmarks pass you by.

Rebecca Todd

Throughout the city, there are plenty of romantic restaurants and bars, but something about the outdoors makes some stand out more than others. Sip cocktails on the porch of the Columns Hotel or in the courtyard of Hotel Peter and Paul. Enjoy dinner and a breath of fresh air at N7 or Sylvain.