NOLA On A Budget

New Orleans is such a unique city with so many nooks and crannies to find. The old age and charm of the city could have me taking pictures of doorways and porches on every block!

I did try, but Micah didn’t get it and kept saying that there will be better doors. He was right.

We happened to pass through New Orleans after visiting every theme park possible in Florida and drinking our way around the world at Epcot (AKA BLOWING THE BUDGET.)

But we couldn’t miss out on the city so we set a goal of spending only $100 between the two of us, and guess what; we did it without feeling totally restricted.

This does not include lodging as we stayed in our RV at a park a little further out from the city.

TRANSPORTATION: $30 total. This included 2 rides from our RV park to the city & back + 2 full day streetcar tickets. The street car ride is a must and an inexpensive activity at $3 per person.

LUNCH: $20 with a split meal & water to drink. I know water in NOLA is no fun but we had a day of exploring ahead and drinks don’t really help the wallet. We had been recommended Deanie’s Seafood by a handful of people and it did not disappoint. We got the shrimp po’ boy with a side of coleslaw and we were stuffed. They also serve boiled potatoes to start which was a nice (free) app!

HAPPY HOUR: $40 at two different spots. I mean it when I say that happy hour is the way to go in this city. You can sit down at a nice bar, drink a $3 beer and eat some nummy $4 apps instead of overpaying for cheap booze & sugar. Don’t get me wrong there is a time for this and I am not above that, but when it is me and Micah hitting the town its not really in our agenda!

  • Kingfish for happy hour: $3.50 beers & $6.00 cocktails, can I say more? It is centrally located, fun bar spot that has happy hour until 7:00pm.
  • The Bombay Club for happy hour: It was raining on the day we were in NOLA so we were ok with a dark lit bar with swanky vibes. The Bombay club hit the spot. Try one of their craft cocktails or a glass of wine + their poutine was the perfect treat. Also in a great location.

TREATS: $10 coffee & beignets. We visited the famous Cafe Du Monde and had a sweet treat at the end of the night of their famous coffee & beignets. Tip; wait until later after dinner as most people are out drinking and you can get a seat right away. Also – they are cash only!

GARDEN DISTRICT WALKING TOUR: Take the StreetCar to the garden district and marvel at all of the historic houses along the way. We got on the St. Charles street car in the French Quarter and got off at Jackson Ave. I followed the walking tour here & it was great!

LAFAYETTE CEMETERY: I could have spent hours in this cemetery, which are words I thought I would never say.. It really is so fascinating. We spent time wandering around, looking at dates and names of those who have been buried and taking A LOT of photos. Who knew a cemetery could be so photogenic. The Lafayette Cemetery is right in your Garden District walking path so make a pit stop.

PEOPLE WATCH BOURBON STREET: This activity could last all night. There is quite the show going on all along Bourban Street and there is something new along every corner. Stop in the little shops, get your cards read or stop by a to-go bar for a drink.

Whether you’re just passing through or looking for a cheap weekend in the city, we found that happy hours will be your best friend, splitting meals allow you to experience the food on a budget & self guided tours are just as good (if not better, in my opinion) than paying for one. Hope you enjoy your time in NOLA!

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