New Orleans Mardis Gras

Let the Good Times Roll in New Orleans

Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday in French, and represents the season of Carnival celebration. Every year, Mardi Gras season begins on Twelfth Night, which is January 6. Twelfth Night represents the Christian holy day of the Epiphany. The season, which represents a time of celebration before Christian Lent, lasts until Fat Tuesday. Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras Day, is February 13, 2024. Between January 6 and February 13, enjoy parades, king cake, community celebrations, and more.


Most Romantic Restaurants In New Orleans:

Whether you’re embarking on a memorable first date, exploring the wonders of a new city, or seeking the perfect backdrop to propose in one of the iconic Crescent City restaurants, these establishments effortlessly embody the laissez-faire attitude of New Orleans. They encapsulate the essence of this captivating city, where love and celebration intertwine amidst the intoxicating ambiance and culinary delights.




1. Vyoone’s

The alleyway of lights will draw you in, and the intimate atmosphere will make you want to stay awhile. Enjoy French cuisine at Vyoone’s in the Warehouse District, where the courtyard is ideal for a date both daytime and night.


2. Sylvain

Just off Jackson Square, you’ll find this dimly lit carriage house and courtyard. The craft cocktails, killer playlist, and French Quarter charm make Sylvain a great spot for a first date and all the ones that are sure to follow.

3. Jewel of the South

This French Quarter tavern is from legendary bartender Chris Hannah. Enjoy delicious hand-crafted cocktails and a sophisticated selection of small plates that are perfect to share with your dining partner.


4. La Crepe Nanou

This local gem is located Uptown and has been a favorite date spot for those in-the-know for years. Mussels, escargot, crepes, and fondue pair perfectly with Crepe Nanou’s magical ambiance to create an intimate, romantic experience.

5. The Elysian Bar

The Elysian Bar inside Hotel Peter and Paul will wow you as soon as you walk in the door. The retro yet exciting décor will make your night out feel like a classic silver screen rendezvous.

Sample the best of New Orleans’ cuisine at Black-owned businesses:

Delicious food is everywhere in New Orleans, but some of the tastiest bites can be found exclusively at Black-owned restaurants. From Creole to Caribbean cuisine and drinks to match, check out our self-guided tour below for a delicious day (or days) of eating at your own pace. And check out our guide to Black-owned restaurants in New Orleans for even more options.



Loretta’s Pralines -Rebecca Todd

Pralines from Loretta’s Authentic Pralines

No one does pralines better than Loretta’s. This chewy candy-cookie makes for the perfect take-home treat. Flavors vary from original praline to chocolate, rum, peanut butter, and coconut. You’ll find this Loretta’s location in the French Market.

Turtle soup from Café Sbisa

Enjoy classic French-Creole cuisine at Café Sbisa. The turtle soup is one of the best in the city, enriched with lemon and sherry. They also have a beautiful balcony overlooking lower Decatur Street.



French onion soup from Vyoone’s

Vyoone’s French onion soup is so delicious, it’s award-winning. Lounge a while in their courtyard during happy hour (Wednesday-Saturday, 3-5 p.m.).

Crab fingers from Compère Lapin

Chef Nina Compton’s St. Lucian-inspired restaurant is known for serving upscale Caribbean cuisine. Give the marinated crab fingers a try while you’re there.


Doubles from Queen Trini Lisa
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Doubles from Queen Trini Lisa

“Vegan” and “drool-worthy” are not exclusive of each other when it comes to the doubles from Queen Trini Lisa. The dish is made of curried chickpeas between two turmeric flatbreads with chutney. Oh-so delicious.

Shrimp po-boy from Neyow’s Creole Café

Soul food at its finest, you can’t go wrong with a shrimp po-boy from Neyow’s.



Jollof from Dakar NOLA

Simple yet packed with flavor, this humble dish from Dakar NOLA is a comfort food for Owner and Chef Serigne Mbaye himself. Dakar has one seating per night and dishes are served family style, so you can’t exactly stop in for jollof, but you absolutely won’t regret carving out an entire evening for this culinary experience.


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