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Hotel Royal
Hotel Royal

Romantic Itinerary

Plan a romantic getaway in New Orleans with this itinerary

With its tucked away, charming alleyways in the French Quarter reminiscent of Europe's streets, its dimly lit restaurants, and the sound of jazz all over the city, New Orleans is the perfect destination for your romantic vacation.

Paul Broussard
French Quarter - Architecture

Find your balcony 

Find your space above from the crowd and have a balcony scene of your own. Overlook the streets of the French Quarter and listen to live street music or watch the streetcar roll by from a Garden District balcony. Many hotels and restaurants in the area have balcony seating or rooms such as Arnaud's, Curio and Gris-Gris, as well as many Bourbon Street bars.

Enjoy fine wine

From cozy wine bars to white-tablecloth establishments, a nice glass or bottle helps set the scene for your date night. See restaurants with strong wine programs here. Recommendations include Claret, Bacchanal and Lilette.

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.

Rebecca Todd
Jeremy Davenport- Davenport Lounge

Listen to jazz 

The Davenport Lounge at the Ritz Carlton is one of the swankiest places in town to take in jazz. Other nice options are the Jazz Playhouse in the Royal Sonesta Hotel or the Polo Club Lounge in the Windsor Court.

Dine in a French Quarter courtyard 

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 Bayona, Sylvain, and Cafe Amelie. Or see here for a list of our top romantic restaurants. 

Go house hunting together on St. Charles Avenue 

Take the streetcar into the Garden District and down the Avenue to pick out your dream mansion. The architecture is stunning. You can also take a Garden District tour to learn more about the history of the homes.

Rebecca Todd
Cafe Amelie

Stroll hand-in-hand through City Park

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 pic, pose before the Love sculpture in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden in the park, next to the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Come during Mardi Gras and go to a ball 

Although most Carnival balls are by invitation-only, you can buy tickets to some. Get dressed up and enjoy Carnival season together.

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.

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. Rue Royal and Julia Street are home to many wonderful antique shops and art galleries. Magazine Street offers a little bit of everything.

Cheryl Gerber
Haunted New Orleans

Take a haunted tour

There are dozens of ghost tours to choose from in the city: from bar crawls to carriage rides. Protect one another from the spirits around you by cozying up on tour. 

See the lights at Christmas time

From Celebration in the Oaks to Hotel Lobbies, the holidays are magical in New Orleans. Plan a trip to show your loved one all of the sparkle.