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 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.
In need of a coworking space during your visit? The Shop at CAC is conveniently located in downtown New Orleans at the Contemporary Arts Center. Equipped with a full suite of amenities, enjoy a focused workspace in a creative setting. The Day Pass is the perfect option for a visitor looking to get some work in.
One of the best things about solo travel is the time you’re able to spend exploring and learning more about your destination—and only you get to decide what to choose. 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 house-made 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 everything 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.
There’s nothing quite as relaxing as browsing a bookstore, and New Orleans is full of charming, local shops. Blue Cypress Books is tucked away in the Riverbend and offers new and used books, plus a feline companion. Community Book Center specializes in books from Black authors on historic Bayou Road. Browse Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Bookshop for your science fiction needs. Both The Garden District Book Shop and Baldwin and Co. conveniently have coffee shops/cafes on site, so you can linger over a latte or a light lunch with your new book for a bit. Uncover the spirit of New Orleans in print and browse the bookshops here.
If you’re worried about dining solo or are not sure where to begin in the New Orleans food scene, then a tour is right for you. Let the experts guide your tastebuds to decadent gumbo, over-stuffed seafood po-boys, and classic sips. Browse our list of food tours here. If you’re more so looking for a communal dining experience, check out Mosquito Supper Club.
Take advantage of hotel deals and fewer crowds by visiting New Orleans on a weekday. From happy hour hopping to live music seven days a week, breathe in the sounds and flavors of the city like a local. Here are eight reasons to visit midweek.
Not sure when to visit? Why not plan a trip around a festival! Plenty of people attend festivals solo—the great part is that you never meet a stranger in New Orleans. Whether you prefer the rush of Jazz Fest, the laid-back atmosphere of Satchmo SummerFest, or the holiday magic of LUNA Fête, there’s a good time just waiting to be had.