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From Houston to New Orleans, the drive is about 6 hours. Try to leave early as 7am so you can get there by 3 pm (hotel check-in time). There are some construction and bumpy roads along the way to New Orleans but the road trip overall is very scenic! Buku Music & Art Project 2019 was so fun as well as exploring around New Orleans! Here are details of Buku Music Festival and 12 fun things to do in New Orleans!
1. BUKU Music + Art Project (2019)
2019 BUKU Music + Art Project happened in Mardi Gras World, New Orleans from March 22nd and March 23rd for two days. Going to local festivals is a great way to explore what each city has to offer and enjoy the music festival at the same time. For 2020, the dates for Buku Music Festival are March 20 and March 21. Get your tickets early & don't forget to RSVP!
The lineup for 2019 included various artists like ASAP Rocky, RL Grime, Louis The Child, Nghtmre B2B Slander, G Jones, Getter, Liquid Stranger, Peekaboo, 1788-L, Tokimonsta, Dabin, Noizu and many more talented DJs. Can't forget all the creative art and murals... they were beautiful and unique! Make sure to bring a bandana or anything to cover up your face because the dust is extreme! Bring portable chargers because you don’t want your phone to die in the middle of the festival! I always stay hydrated using this glitter pink 2L hydration pack from Vibedration. It's cute, light, and perfect to put other necessities in the bag. These holographic fanny packs are on sale right now!
2. Magasin Kitchen
This casual Vietnamese restaurant was 5 min walk from Hyatt Regency New Orleans hotel we stayed at. We got eggrolls, fresh shrimp spring rolls, pho brisket bowl and pho chicken bowl. The food was very delicious and their interior was modern. The pho soup was pretty hot and good.
3. Hyatt Regency New Orleans
After comparing a lot of hotels in New Orleans, we decided to go with Hyatt Regency New Orleans hotel. This four star luxury hotel is beautiful and very spacious! The overnight parking is quite the spend but we loved every part of our stay! Not to mention, comfortable bed and variety of restaurants within the hotel itself! The only thing would be unlike Marriott properties, you have to purchase everything from the smallest things like water. You will be impressed by the interior architecture and from the top, you can view the Mercedes-Benz SuperDome which is pretty awesome.
4. Cafe Beignet
Dessert you must try at New Orleans? Would be beignets! They are deep-fried choux pastries. The most popular restaurant might be Cafe Du Monet. However this one is located inside a mall and the line is endless. We suggest you to go to Cafe Beignet New Orleans in French Quarter. Everywhere you go to buy beignets in NOLA, especially on the weekends, will be busy. We waited around 30 minutes in total until our food came out. But at least this Cafe Beignet one in French Quarter has a beautiful interior and a patio too. We got orange juice, coffee, royal croissant (which includes ham and cheese, salad) and beignets. Their croissants, scones, beignets, muffins .. all the pastries they in the cafe were huge! One order of beignets comes with 3 of them! Sprinkled powdered sugar on top.
This seafood restaurant and bar is located inside the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. From Borgne, we ordered mac n cheese, oysters, crawfish soup, and jambalaya. If you haven’t tried jambalaya, you should! It’s a popular Louisiana-origin dish of Spanish, West African and French influence, consisting mainly meat, mixed vegetables and rice. What reminds you of when you hear coastal Louisiana cuisine? Oysters! Their pillars are made up of oyster shells (photo above). How cool is that?
6. Vitascope Hall
Reflective glass and photogenic bar in New Orleans, also located in the Hyatt Regency New Orleans hotel. Vitascope Hall had some variety of food serving at the bar including sushi! Love their bar design with a lot of bottles on the glass shelves.
7. French Quarter
French Quarter is the staple district when visiting New Orleans! You will experience the beauty the city, colorful buildings, historic and jazz vibes. Most of the bars in French Quarter have second floors and they are decorated with plants and lights as you see in the photo above. Restaurant designs like these are unique to New Orleans.
8. New Orleans Riverwalk & Outlet
Don’t forget to check out New Orleans Riverwalk! Go during the night rather than afternoon since it’s more quiet, relaxed and chill. During the afternoon, it’s very busy and crowded but with the beautiful weather in New Orleans, you get to see the city view!
9. Carousel Bar
The Carousel Bar is located in Hotel Monteleone and it’s popular in New Orleans due to the unique dining experience on a revolving bar. You should make reservations months prior since it’s so well-known in NOLA but it’s memorable for sure!
10. Mercedes-Benz Superdome
You might have spotted this very cool architecture building while driving by. This is the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. This domed sports and exhibition venue located in the heart of New Orleans is worth the visit. Super Bowls, Final Fours, major concerts, Monster Jam, and festivals of all kinds are held here at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and it’s one of America’s most recognizable landmarks. From Hyatt Regency New Orleans, we could see this dome from the top which was super cool.
11. Jackson Square & St. Louis Cathedral
Jackson Square is one of the national historic attractions and must visit spots in the Big Easy. The nickname Big Easy comes from many sources like NOLA’s vibrant jazz music and nightlife, melting pot of French, African and American cultures, and just like the life in New York City is the Big Apple, life in New Orleans like the Big Easy.
12. Lafayette Square & New Orleans Cemetery Tour
Lafayette Square is the second-oldest public park in New Orleans, Louisiana. Peaceful local area with historic statues around. Cemetery tours in New Orleans are a great way to learn more about histories behind each tombs and art! Did you know New Orleans French Quarter and Lafayette Cemetery were both featured in The Originals (the early life of Vampire Diaries)? If you are a big fan of The Originals, or into spooky haunted houses, ghosts, vampires, and voodoo vibes, here are more places you should check out in New Orleans.
13. Daisy Dukes Express
If you are looking for some delicious and warm homey breakfast, go to Daisy Dukes. This Cajun-Southern restaurant has cozy New Orleans vibes inside and is welcoming. It feels like your best friend’s mom is making you breakfast after a crazy night of partying (LOL). The wait at Daisy Dukes Express was not too bad and for parking, try to park in the garage across or few blocks away! They have six locations in NOLA and we went to the one by Bourbon Street. What we really liked about this place was their food. It’s not seasoned so you don’t have to worry about eggs or bacon being too salty… you so you can season it by yourself! Totally recommend.
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