If spending a weekend in Vegas with your besties before your wedding sounds a little, well, outdated to you, you’re not alone. In fact, you’re among a growing group of women opting to forgo the bright lights and debauchery of Las Vegas in favor a new bachelorette party destination: New Orleans.
According to Pinterest’s annual wedding report, New Orleans is the top bachelorette party destination of 2017, with NOLA-related pins leaping up in popularity by 142% so far this year.
And, honestly, it’s no wonder: Between the super delicious treats (hi, beignets), the dazzling street life, and the jazz — so much jazz — who wouldn’t want to trade the chaos (and high cost!) of Vegas for a weekend of rich history and great food in NOLA.
If you think you might be on board, here’s how to do New Orleans for your bachelorette weekend!
Stay in the French quarter.
If you’re headed to NOLA for a weekend of fun and girl time, stay in the heart of the action in the French quarter. Book an off-the-beaten path spot on Airbnb for an unforgettable vacation.
Eat all the GD beignets your heart desires.
Pop into Café du Monde and nosh on New Orleans’ most famous dessert. And don’t forget to buy some extra for a late-night snack.
Drink the best cocktails of your life at Bar Tonique.
Boasting one of the nation’s most extensive — and thorough — cocktail lists, Bar Tonique is a must-visit destination in NOLA. Happy hour goes from noon to 5 p.m., and you’re on holiday, so we suggest making an afternoon pit stop at this spot — and then heading back after you’ve had a nap, too.
Scarf down Sunday brunch at Daisy Dukes.
Do yourself a favor and have a Daisy Dukes Po Boy for breakfast. You won’t regret it.
Hit up the French Market Flea Market for your “something old.”
Once you’ve successfully dragged yourself out of bed on Sunday morning and eaten a massive breakfast, head to the French Market Flea Market to search for your “something old.” Treasures abound.