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, Stumptown or have a cocktail poolside atop the rooftop garden, Alto. Start your evening with a meal from one of the Ace’s signature restaurants Seaworthy or Josephine Estelle before checking out the night’s lineup at their in-house music venue, the Three Keys.
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.
Spend a few hours (or the entire day) unwinding and rejuvenating at the NOLA Organic Spa - the first and only spa in New Orleans that specializes in organic treatments and services. Manicures, pedicures, soaks & steams, massages and more are all part of the spa’s many offerings.
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. It is 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 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. Grab a seat at the bar 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 Bue Biking or paddleboarding for an afternoon of outdoor fun.
Nestled inside of the stunningly revitalized Hotel Peter & Paul, the Elysian Bar’s French-inspired fare is the perfect meal to complete a day of solo travel and fun.
Wine tasting for one? Sounds like a plan! The Wine Institute of New Orleans features 100+ national and international wines on tap. WINO also offers a range of educational seminars and events throughout the year for guests to partake in.
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. If you’re visiting on a Thursday, be sure to swing by their weekly entertainment series, Ogden After Hours, which features light adult refreshments, live music, educational programming and more.