New Orleans has often been named one of the most romantic cities in the country—and for good reason. The city has endless restaurants, bars, historic locales and scenery to take in—so much of which is perfect for a romantic evening like Valentine’s Day. Here are a few of the best spots you can try this year.
Columns Hotel (Uptown – 3811 St. Charles Ave)
With the Columns Hotel, you have two options for enjoying each other’s company and the atmosphere around you. Outside is an expansive, picturesque porch that overlooks St. Charles Ave, and you can enjoy not only each other but the quaint scenery and sound of the streetcar as it whirrs by. Inside is a dimly lit bar and room of candlelit tables perfect for cozying up and feeling the intimate vibes passing between you both. Either setting you choose, you can enjoy decadent classic cocktails, such as a fantastic Pimm’s Cup or to-die-for Sazerac, and a delightful bistro menu with tasty options that are perfect for sharing.
Snug Harbor (Marigny – 626 Frenchmen St)
If you’re looking for one of the more intimate settings for enjoying live jazz, you have to visit Snug Harbor on Frenchmen St. Revered as one of the best spots for contemporary jazz in the city, Snug Harbor offers two sets, 8 and 10pm, that will blow your mind and give you something to talk about long after the set is done. Tables are set up around the music room that are perfect for two, and you can enjoy a delicious drink from the bar downstairs while you listen to the music. If you want a bite to eat, there’s a restaurant downstairs with a menu of classic local and bar food as well.
Café Degas (Esplanade – 3127 Esplanade Ave)
If Paris is the city of love, then a phenomenal meal at an intimate French bistro like Café Degas may be just your ticket to a night of romance this Valentine’s Day. Share a steaming plate of escargots or a classic cheese plate with a glass of their finest reserve wines. Bask in each other’s company and conversation as you devour dishes like Parmesan crusted veal medallions and pan-seared rack of lamb. The restaurant is smaller than some and very popular, so make sure you call as soon as possible for a reservation.
Bayona (French Quarter – 430 Dauphine St)
Fronted by the locally beloved chef Susan Spicer, Bayona is a fantastic place to get a great meal and enjoy each other’s company in a romantic setting. It’s housed in a romantic 150-year-old Creole cottage in the French Quarter, which provides the perfect atmosphere for a Valentine’s Day meal. The food is unforgettable: global, contemporary cuisine that entices your taste buds from start to finish. Plus, once you’re finished your meal, you’re in the heart of the French Quarter and ready to meander the streets or find a place to sit and have a drink together. Call ahead for reservations.
A Stroll Down the Mississippi River at Sunset (Woldenberg Park – French Quarter)
The Mississippi River snakes along the edge of the French Quarter, and the paved pathway along the levee is a perfect setting for watching the sunset over the beautiful city and her Crescent City Connection. Take a stroll hand in hand or pull up a seat on one of the benches along the path to take in the scenery at its best part of the day.
New Orleans is a romantic city that’s completely inimitable by any other in the U.S. You’ll find endless places to go and things to see to perfect your night and create a romantic Valentine’s Day memory that will last forever.