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10,000 steps in New Orleans

Hey, vegetarian family with kids in New Orleans, LA for the day?


Read along.


I am breaking this down by: Where to stay? What to eat? What to see? We could do all these things below in less than 24 hours!



Where to stay?

The best place to stay is the French Quarter. My recommendation is to stay between North Rampart Street and Decatur and between Canal St. and Esplanade Ave. Within this rectangle is where all the action is. If you are traveling with kids, avoid staying too close to Bourbon Street.


I would say, Westin New Orleans probably has one of the best river views, so you won't go wrong if you choose anything in that vicinity. The Ritz-Carlton is closer to Bourbon Street so couples would be okay if they choose that. The Marriott, like the Ritz is right on the strip. They are both centrally located but in general, that area has a lot of hustle-bustle.



What to eat?


Local flavors is the way to go. You should be able to do all these three in a day:


Coffee and Beignets at Cafe Du Monde

There is always a line here but it moves really quick. There is restaurant seating but they also have a pick up window. Get a coffee with milk and a bag of beignets. The coffee is not cheap at almost $4 for a tiny cup but it is really superb - you may be tempted to buy a box to take home!


Their coffee blend has chicory which gives the coffee a slight nutty taste. This stand has been here in Jackson Square since 1862. Beignets are French donuts. Typically, they are served with a huge heap of sugar on top so even though they are not as sweet as donuts, they end up being sweet, anyway.





Vegan New Orleans cuisine at Sweet Soul Food

Traditionally, soul food is meat-heavy but fear not, this restaurant is a welcome relief for vegetarians and vegans. For lunch, make your way down to this quick-serve restaurant and pick up their buffet.