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.
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 Art District’s newly added 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.