Whether you’re in town for business or leisure, New Orleans is a great destination for any solo traveler. It’s the perfect mixture of fun and adventure, arts and culture, and relaxation and rejuvenation. Ditch the groups and plus-ones, and dedicate your next trip to yourself.
We’ve made it easier and rounded up a few pro-tip hacks and suggestions for an all-around successful solo trip to NOLA.
Conveniently located in New Orleans’ Central Business District, the Ace Hotel makes solo tripping simple. During the day, knock out some work from the hotel’s coffee shop, Lovage, or relax at their rooftop pool, Alto. The in-house restaurant, Josephine Estelle, offers delicious brunch, dinner and happy hour options with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients and handmade pastas.
This quaint and cozy eatery is known for its selection of traditional and vegan-friendly breakfast, brunch and lunch options. Loaded with two-top tables and a small breakfast bar, Bearcat is the perfect size for a party of one, but the delicious menu will tempt you to order for two. Visit Bearcat at their dual locations Uptown right off Freret Street or downtown on Carondelet.
Looking to get some work in while on your solo trip? Head to the Business Bar Uptown where you can sip a cocktail while typing away. This part-bar-part-restaurant-part-workstation also features a menu of business-themed tasty bites in case you get hungry. For more on New Orleans coworking spaces, see here.
One of the best things about solo travel is the time you’re able to spend exploring and learning more about your destination. With so much living history in New Orleans, the Whitney Plantation is a notable starting point. A quick 45-minute drive outside the city, it's the only plantation in Louisiana with a direct focus on slavery. Take the time to engage with tour guides, ask questions, and process the information presented.
The Lower Ninth Ward Living Museum is dedicated to promoting community empowerment through remembering the past, sharing stories of the present and planning for the future. The museum should top the list of every traveler’s New Orleans itinerary, but it’s the perfect stop for a solo traveler to explore the exhibits, witness oral histories and converse with museum guides at your leisure. Admission is always free.
The best Colombian cuisine in the Crescent City can be found at Maïs Arepas. Enjoy housemade arepas, freshly squeezed limeade and margaritas, and savory appetizers and sides. Come hungry and prepare to be amazed.
Treat yourself during your time alone. Magazine Street is known for locally-owned shops and boutiques filled with unique finds. Splurge on a new pair of shoes, a stunning handbag or a uniquely New Orleans keepsake.
Head over to Bayou Saint John with your favorite book or music, and enjoy the picturesque views of Mid-City. Looking for a bit more adventure? Try paddleboarding or kayaking for an afternoon of outdoor fun.
New Orleans has a ton of incredible museums, showcasing from contemporary art to cocktail culture and African American history. The Ogden Museum of Southern Art features one of the largest collections of Southern art and is conveniently located in the Warehouse/Arts District.