Romantic Things to Do in New Orleans

It's not hard to find romance in the Big Easy, a city formed by the confluence of French, African, Native American and Spanish cultures. If you're looking for lovey-dovey things to do with your honey during your stay at a New Orleans bed and breakfast, check out these top 10 romantic ideas:

Grab a drink at Arnaud's French 75

New Orleans Restaurant

The interior of this bar is old-timey and sophisticated. Come here after dinner with your significant other to smoke a cigar or sip on a custom-made cocktail by master mixologist Chris Hannah, for whom classic cocktails seem to be a work of art. You know French 75 on Rue Bienville has some serious class when you find out Esquire Magazine calls it "both masculine and romantic" and GQ named it one of the top 25 cocktail bars in the U.S. in 2010.

Jazz at Irvin Mayfield's

This dimly-lit, velvety playhouse is a cozy oasis in the middle of the often-rowdy Bourbon Street in the French Quarter. Catch a show here with your love - it's a perfect spot for jazz aficionados or couples who want to sip on drinks and listen to classy tunes in an intimate setting after dinner. Though you'll have to brave the crowds on a weekend night to get to Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse, there are typically two fabulous live shows a night and an extra incentive: no cover! You can find it across the street from Arnaud's more casual sister-bar, Remoulade.

Antiques on Magazine Street

The antique shops up and down Magazine Street are one of a kind, but the most charming are the French varieties. Take a stroll with your sweetheart down Magazine Street to visit some of the best, like Wirthmore Antiques. Though completely unassuming from the outside, stepping inside Wirthmore feels like you're in an upscale, vintage cafe, ready to sit down and enjoy a fantastic petit dejeuner. This cute shop has everything from elegant French furniture and vintage terra cotta tiles to more suitcase-friendly items like a charming vintage French teapot.

Go house-hunting in the Garden District

This upscale neighborhood is known for its elegant, well-preserved mansions. Take a slow stroll - your own architecture tour, if you will - with the one you love and imagine living in one of these stately chateaus with billowing gardens. See if you can find famed novelist Ann Rice's house.

Channel “The Notebook” at City Park

North of the French Quarter and across Interstate 610 you will find New Orleans' sprawling City Park. There's lots to do within the park, but harness your inner child and head to Carousel Gardens - an amusement park with a 100-year history and vintage rides that look almost as old. Hop on the ferris wheel and pretend you're Noah and Allie from The Notebook - probably the most romantic movie ever made (just avoid Noah's dangerous feat!). Ride the cute carousel and brave new heights on the Coney Tower. Finish off your playful date with fluffy cotton candy and other carnival fare.

Visit the Art Museum and LOVE Sculpture

While you're in City Park, head to its resident museum - the New Orleans Museum of Art - to see inspiring and varied collections. Visit the sculpture garden for a sweet lip-locked photo opp in front of a replica of Robert Indiana's famous "LOVE" sculpture, featured on many a postcard.

Ride an Old Streetcar

Streetcars are a part of NOLA's history and were first used here in 1835. The streetcars that you can actually ride for a very small fee have been in operation for 90 years! If you've got time for a leisurely ride in your lover's arms, hop on the car that runs down the trendy and scenic St. Charles Avenue. Get on at Carondelet and Canal Streets and get off whenever you see a shop or restaurant that catches your eye. If you ride the entire route, it takes about 40 minutes.

Take a Riverboat Cruise

The three-tiered Steamboat Natchez is one of the most famous riverboats around. It's decked out in American colors and you'll feel very patriotic aboard this moving piece of history. What could be more romantic than a dinner and jazz cruise on Ol' Man River - the mighty Mississippi?

Picnic in Jackson Square

Jackson Square is right near the water in the French Quarter. Plan a perfect picnic here in front of the towering, castle-like St. Louis Cathedral and charming gardens. La vie est belle!

Sip and snack at Café du Monde

Café du Monde is world-famous for its cafe lattes and beignets, which are fried but airy square fritters topped - no, piled - with powdered sugar. Nothing's sweeter and more romantic than a good dessert. You can even feed each other if you fancy it.