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Planning the Perfect Bachelorette Weekend in NOLA

Planning the Perfect Bachelorette Weekend in NOLA

When looking for the ultimate bachelorette party, New Orleans should be top of your list! This historic and vibrant city has something for any kind of celebrator – from live music to unique Southern cuisine, you’ll find it all here.

New Orleans is so much more than its nightlife scene. Between picturesque brunch spots, boutique shopping on Magazine Street, an array of art galleries, or its many rooftop bars, New Orleans bachelorette party activities are available for every type of bride-to-be.

Not to mention, luxury accommodations and access to premier spas ensure both wild nights out and cozy restorative days. In short, New Orleans is the perfect place to mark this special occasion before your friend’s happy day.

It might be overwhelming, given all the choices, but don’t worry. We’re here to help you plan the ultimate New Orleans bachelorette party!

Your NOLA Bachelorette Weekend: Morning, Noon, and Night

You’ve got your or your best friend’s bachelorette weekend trip planned out meticulously; you check into your vacation rental on Friday, and a few cocktails later, the plan is out the window! Here is your guide for keeping things on track, morning, noon, and night in NOLA.

Morning Activities in NOLA

Beignets at Cafe du Monde

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  • Address: 800 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA
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When in NOLA, eat beignets. Right across from Jackson Square, Cafe du Monde is one of the most famous spots in New Orleans for a reason. Located along the Mississippi River, Cafe du Monde offers you a front-row seat to the liveliest part of the city while enjoying its famous breakfast item, the beignet! Think fried donuts without the hole, topped with mounds of powdered sugar, and you have a glimpse into what makes the beignet special.

Reservations are not required.

Drag Brunch at The Country Club

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New Orleans is known for its brunch spots, but one, in particular, has become popular due to its paired entertainment. Drag Brunch at The Country Club happens every Saturday and Sunday at 10 am and 1 pm. This quirky spot in the Bywater neighborhood is what Bachelorette party dreams are made of. The hand-painted walls offer countless picture-taking moments while you enjoy morning mimosas and a fresh take on Creole brunch.

Bonus: Head over to the pool at The Country Club after your brunch for $20 and enjoy poolside drinks and snacks.

Reservations typically book out months in advance for the Drag Brunch.

Pro Tip: If brunch at The Country Club is sold out, try our other favorite brunch spots: Copper Vine, Willa Jean, or Tableau. Commander’s Palace also has an incredible Jazz brunch on the weekends.

A Private Class with Bride Vibe Yoga

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If your group is the active type, what better way to start the day than a private yoga class specialized for your bachelorette group? Bride Vibe Yoga offers one-hour yoga classes straight to your doorstep, literally. You can choose to host the private yoga session at your vacation rental or a local yoga studio.

They even offer a Bubbly Bachelorette Yoga class complete with post-yoga champagne.

Morning Coffee at French Truck Coffee

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If your group’s ideal morning starts with delicious coffee, you’ll want to check out French Truck Coffee. With various locations throughout NOLA, you’ll be sure to have a French Truck nearby for your vacation rental. French Truck Coffee is a local roaster that offers a variety of coffee and tea options, including fresh pastries each morning. You can’t miss the iconic blue and yellow buildings scattered throughout the Crescent City.

Pro Tip: Other favorite coffee shops include Mammoth Espresso, HiVolt, and District Donuts & Coffee Bar.

Daytime Activities in NOLA

Stroll Magazine Street

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Away from the hustle and bustle of the French Quarter, Magazine Street is iconic in and of itself. In the heart of the Garden District, Magazine Street is full of local shops, antique stores, restaurants, and more.

The Garden District is known for its colorful architecture. Magazine Street is lined with beautiful historic buildings turned beloved local businesses. The street offers a little something to everyone, from high-end furniture to eclectic second-hand clothing. Your bachelorette group will surely enjoy wandering Magazine Street and seeing what you discover.

Pro Tip: When you get hungry, stop in La Boulangerie for lunch. It’s the cutest little French bakery on Magazine Street, offering salads, soups, sandwiches, and of course, wine and champagne.

Shop at The French Market

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The French Market is uniquely Nola. Known as one of the best open-air markets in the country, The French Market is open seven days a week and displays a variety of local produce, food, handmade items, art, and more.

Centrally located in the heart of the French Quarter, it is the perfect spot to head after Cafe du Monde before strolling the most famous New Orleans streets. Your group can shop, walk, sample local cuisine, and get a little lesson on NOLA culture along the way.

Enjoy a Walking Tour of New Orleans

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No matter what your bachelorette group is into, there is a walking tour for you! Between cocktail walking tours through the French Quarter, Voodoo tours, and even swamp tours to get a taste of Louisiana – your group can pick from a variety of options. There’s even a “Photowalk” tour of the most Instagram-worthy spots in NOLA.

Bond Over a Facial at Poppy & Ivy

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It’s hard work waking up late with your girlfriends and drinking mimosas at the Drag Brunch! Treat your squad to a group facial, oxygen infusion, or eye rejuvenation at Poppy & Ivy’s. Housed in a classic French Colonial house, it is conveniently located on Magazine Street, close to some of the best shopping and nibbles!

Nighttime Activities in NOLA

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Dinner at Jack Rose

There are so many incredible dinner spots in New Orleans, but Jack Rose is really something special. Located inside a boutique hotel named The Pontchartrain, this funky restaurant in the heart of the Garden District offers Cajun-Creole dishes in a larger-than-life atmosphere.

Complete with the infamous Lil Wayne painting by local artist Ashley Longshore, each room is like eye candy, decked out in extravagant décor.

We recommend starting your group’s night at Hot Tin, a rooftop bar on top of Jack Rose restaurant, before heading downstairs for dinner.

Reservations are recommended, and there is no dress code.

Pro Tip: Other delicious dinner options with fun atmospheres are Commander’s Palace, Saba, and Cane and Table.

Cocktails at Carousel Bar & Lounge

Carousel Bar is one of the most popular spots in New Orleans. As the city’s only revolving bar, it offers year-round live music, craft cocktails, and appetizers in its grand lounge. Carousel Bar & Lounge is located inside the Hotel Monteleone in the Historic French Quarter, so it is the perfect spot for post-dinner drinks before heading a few blocks over to Bourbon Street.

There are 25 seats along the revolving bar, and it is first-come, first-serve. However, if your group can’t fit around the bar, there is plenty of room in the lounge with incredible city views.

Nightlife on Bourbon Street

It wouldn’t be a NOLA bachelorette trip without a tour of Bourbon Street! If your bachelorette group is into the nightlife scene, this storied street of bachelorette parties past is the place to be.

In the heart of the French Quarter, you may be surprised to know that Bourbon Street was not named after the liquor, but more possibly the other way around. The streets of NOLA were named after French Royal Houses and Catholic Saints!

This lively street is lined with bars and nightclubs, making it the perfect destination for bar hopping. Try the infamous Hand Grenade cocktail, enjoy an authentic NOLA daiquiri, or stop into Pat O’Brien’s, known for inventing the Hurricane Cocktail. After you’ve built up your liquid courage, you definitely don’t want to miss a group karaoke session at Cats Meow on Bourbon.

Pro Tip: If Bourbon Street is a little too touristy for your group’s taste, head to Frenchmen Street instead! You’ll get to experience some of the best local music New Orleans has to offer in a more low-key nightlife setting.

NOLA Bachelorette Party Guide

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When is the best time to plan a bachelorette trip to New Orleans?

When should you visit NOLA? The short answer is: anytime! However, it really depends on what your group wants to do. Of course, you’ll find the best weather in the spring or fall, but winter temperatures are also pretty mild. On the other hand, summer will be extremely hot, so we recommend sprinkling in indoor activities to get a reprieve from the humidity.

If you want to plan a Mardi Gras-themed bachelorette trip, visit during the months of January and February and check out our Mardi Gras guide! You can also plan your celebrations around popular music festivals, such as Jazz Fest or the French Quarter Festival.

What is transportation like around New Orleans?

New Orleans’ international airport – the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), makes it easy to visit New Orleans from all parts of the country. A cab from the airport costs around $35 and takes thirty minutes to reach Downtown NOLA.

We recommend renting a car for your New Orleans trip for easy access to different neighborhoods throughout the city.


Visitors can also utilize ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft to get to-and-from the airport and within the city.

Party Limo

You can also rent a party bus or limo to take you around town. In addition, companies like New Orleans Party Bus and Jazzy Limousine and Shuttle offer large-group transportation with bottle service.

On Foot

Once you are in a certain neighborhood, we recommend exploring by foot, as shops, restaurants, and businesses are within walking distance of each other. Particularly, the French Quarter and Magazine Street in the Garden District are extremely walkable.

Should I make reservations in advance?

Yes! New Orleans is a busy city, and weekends are especially full of locals and visitors enjoying all of the different restaurants in town. We recommend making reservations at least one month in advance for brunch, dinner, and spa appointments to secure your spots.

Does New Orleans have any local bachelorette planning companies?

Your suitcase is only so big! The Big Easy Bash is a local company offering services like custom party favors and bachelorette decor delivered straight to your vacation rental. You can take the stress out of planning every last detail and let Big Easy Bash do it for you.

How much does a Bachelorette trip in New Orleans cost?

The cost will vary based on your group’s plans. Generally, expect to pay for transportation (including rental car or ride-sharing services and paid parking), food and drinks, and shopping activities.

For brides looking for a budget-friendly bachelorette trip, you can definitely make that happen in NOLA. We recommend taking advantage of the free entertainment options, including local music festivals, beautiful art galleries, countless parks, and even free city walking tours.

Planning Your Perfect Bachelorette Weekend in Nola

If you choose a NOLA vacation rental for your bachelorette party, we promise you it will be one for the books. Whether you and your group enjoy rich cultural experiences, fine dining, and shopping, or endless nightlife opportunities, New Orleans delivers on all of it in very NOLA fashion.

We hope you leave feeling celebrated, wined, and dined, and already to return for the honeymoon!

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