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