Kristin is a hard-working, very kind, savvy local entrepreneur. She owns the fabulous store, Home Malone. If you haven't shopped there, add it to your list. She has the most amazing gifts most of which are made by local artists. Kristin is committed to supporting fellow, small business owners, artists and entrepreneurs. Below is her guide to an ideal day in New Orleans. Her New Orleans travel day would be a great itinerary if traveling with kids or without. And, of course, we recommend you ride with KreweCar to make your way around.
We would start the morning at Cafe Du Monde in City Park (no line as opposed to downtown!) for coffee/chocolate milk and beignets for breakfast while the kid(s) play right there on the playground, the amphitheatre, or walk along the waterways to see the ducks, swans, turtles, etc. After finishing the beignets and exploring the park nearby, we would walk over to our favorite spots like Storyland or The Children's Museum for an hour or two of play.
For lunch we would eat at Acorn Cafe in City Parkor drive a few minutes to Parkway Bakery for po-boys. If you get your po-boys to go, you can walk across the street to sit on the breezy Bayou St. John or on The Lafitte Greenway.
After lunch, we head to the French Quarter to do some window shopping on Royal Street and see some street performers then cut down Pirates Alley to see St. Louis Cathedral and the visual artists and more street performers on Jackson Square. From there we would stop by the French Market to grab a snack from Meals From The Heart or some fresh fruit from the produce stand to bring to the riverfront to watch the boats on the Mississippi pass by.
For an early dinner we would drive along the river down Tchoupitoulas and head Uptown to Barracuda for an affordable, family friendly dinner spot. If there was time, find a local sno-ball stand or head to Creole Creamery on Prytania St. Then head home for a long bath and read some New Orleans kids books to review the fun things we were able to see that day. A great way to unwind after a full day of adventure.