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.
Remember that New Orleans is currently following a Phased Reopening Plan, which means that masks or face coverings are to be worn when out in public. It’s strongly recommended that you make a reservation or reserve a timed entry ticket online when visiting restaurants and attractions.
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, Stumptown or have a cocktail poolside atop the rooftop garden, 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.
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.
The best Colombian cuisine in the Crescent City can found at Mais 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 filled with locally-owned shops and boutiques that you’re sure to spot unique finds and items in. 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.