Hi there! My name is Arielle Calderon (@ariellesays), and I’m a travel writer who loves to share all the colorful plates and places of the world. I’ve been to several countries and continents, but the city that holds a special place in my heart is the one and only New Orleans. I visited recently during Mardi Gras and had to share all the things NOLA has to offer that the rest of the world desperately needs!

Rebecca Todd, NOTMC
Frenchmen Street Musicians
  1. Streets bustling with jazz music and an energy that will flood your soul with joy.
  2. Po-boys that are so good, you’ll want to order two.
  3. World-famous Mardi Gras parades that outshine ALL other parades — like this fandom-based Chewbacchus parade!
  4. The original Muffuletta from Central Grocery, with sandwiches that are bigger than your face.
Arielle Calderon
Enjoying the Aligator Dog at Dat Dog
  1. Alligator hot dogs from Dat Dog!
  2. The best gumbo, red beans + rice, and jambalaya on the planet!
  3. Unique jewelry and handcrafted souvenirs from the French Market and Palace Art Market on Frenchmen Street
Justen Williams
Palace Art Market
  1. Afternoon drinks from the whimsical Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone
  2. Gigantic donuts from District Donuts that will make your taste buds happy
  3. Flavorful sandwiches and crazy salads from Turkey & the Wolf
Arielle Calderon
Drinks at the Carousel Bar
  1. Some of the best BBQ you’ll ever have in your life at The Joint.
  2. Amazing street art at Studio Be that’s both beautiful and inspiring.
  3. Colorful, charming houses that show NOLA’s personality.
  4. Soft and perfectly warm beignets from the famous Cafe Du Monde.
Rebecca Todd
Turkey and the Wolf
  1. The original Banana Fosters from Brennan's!
  2. Hurricanes and dueling pianos at Pat O’Briens.
  3. Oysters and rabbit from Cochon that will make your face light up.
  4. Second line parades that will really up your wedding game.
  5. And of course, KING CAKE!!!