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Romantic Itinerary

Suggestions for a truly romantic getaway to New Orleans

There’s no city quite as charming and intoxicating as New Orleans, which makes it the perfect destination for a romantic getaway. Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day, an anniversary or looking to take date night to the next level, here are some of the most romantic attractions, activities, restaurants throughout New Orleans.

Stephen Kent Johnson, Maison de la Luz
Maison de la Luz

Book a romantic room

Equipped with unique luxury amenities, buzz-worthy bars and restaurants, and stunning architecture,  nothing sets the tone for romance like a stay at one of New Orleans’ boutique hotels. From the Arts District’s luxurious and critically acclaimed Maison De La Luz, to the Bywater’s award-winning Hotel Peter and Paul or the conveniently located and stylishly designed Eliza Jane Hotel, there are tons of stylish options all across the city. Searching for a stay with specific amenities? Explore more boutique hotels and guest rooms here

Explore City Park with your sweetheart

Is there anything more romantic than a gondola ride on the bayou under ancient, moss-draped live oaks? CNN didn’t name New Orleans one of the world’s most romantic cities for nothing. City Park has plenty of great options for a date. For a sweet photo op, pose before the Love sculpture in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden in the park, next to the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Paul Broussard
Besthoff Sculpture Garden

Classes for couples

Cooking classes are a great way to learn more about the Crescent City while enjoying quality time with your partner. Make pastries as sweet as your love at the Bakehouse NOLA or mix things up with mixology classes at Drink Lab

If the kitchen isn’t your area of expertise then opt for an art class like a Mardi Gras Indian Sip & Sew or a Paint & Sip Class at Journey Allen Gallery. The options are endless and the choice is yours. 

Shop for the perfect memory

A work of art by a New Orleans artist or a unique antique is the perfect way to commemorate your trip. The French Market and Julia Street are home to many wonderful antique shops and art galleries. Magazine Street and Bayou Road offer a little bit of everything.

Rebecca Todd
Jackson Square Sunset

Have your fortune told in Jackson Square

It’s fun whether you’re a believer or not. Better yet, have your portrait done together and bring home a little piece of Jackson Square.

Quality rest and relaxation

Sometimes, the best plan is nothing at all. Rest and relax with a couple’s spa date. Belladonna Day Spa, NOLA Organic Spa and Woodhouse Day Spa all offer a selection of massage, nail, and facial packages perfect for two. 

Justen Williams
Vyoone’s

Outdoor Dining

Dining under the stars or a canopy of trees screams romance. There are several options in New Orleans to dine al fresco, but some favorites include Vyoone’s, Gris-Gris, and Cafe Degas. Check out our list of New Orleans’ most romantic restaurants for more inspiration. 

Go dancing on the Mississippi River

Take a harbor jazz cruise and roll along the river under the stars and beside the city lights. The Steamboat Natchez or the Creole Queen are great options.

Enjoy fine wine

From cozy wine bars to white-tablecloth establishments, a nice glass or bottle helps set the scene for your date night. Enjoy tastings together at W.I.N.O., Second Vine Wine, Saint-Germain or Pearl Wine Co. We also have a wide selection of restaurants with strong wine programs. Learn more here

Listen to live music

No matter your preferred genre of music, New Orleans is sure to have a hotspot to enjoy it seven days a week. The Ritz Carlton’s Davenport Lounge and the historic Preservation Hall are two sure bets for live jazz, but you can also never go wrong with a stroll along Frenchmen Street to hear brass bands, reggae, blues and more.