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25 Best Romantic Getaways in New Orleans (Hotels, Restaurants, & More)

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Town and Tourist, Updated September 30, 2022

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If it’s time to get away and enjoy some romance with your significant other, and you’re headed to New Orleans there is much to do. There are hundreds of lodging, restaurant, and activity choices that will provide the right setting and mood for your special time.

Most are in or very close proximity to the French Quarter. Couples can go from one location to the next by walking. Such activities as steamboat rides, walking tours, and voodoo tours can spice up the romance. Many lodgings have beautiful balconies overlooking stunning courtyards, gardens, and pools. Still, others have charming street views and out-of-the-way seclusion.

Romance is easy, in the Big-Easy, as the Crescent City, it’s fun and has the right mix of action and quiet. Couples can share an intimate moment on one corner and walk down the street to some exciting entertainment.

Top Rated Romantic Places in New Orleans

1. Auld Sweet Olive Bed and Breakfast

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Just outside the French Quarter, in a trendy neighborhood, couples will find this intimate bed and breakfast. There are cute shops, restaurants, and cafes, along Frenchmen Street, the locals Bourbon street that has an off-the-beaten-path romantic setting.

The lush green plants around the property, and bright yellow façade instantly draw you in with its warm welcome. The interior is upscale with unusual antique treasures in a relaxed, homey setting. The bed and breakfast are perfect for couples because each room has a private bathroom.

Deluxe amenities include wi-fi, hairdryers, climate controls, bathroom toiletries, maid service, and breakfast every morning.

There are 3 rooms and 2 suites making this a cozy place to spend quality time together. The canopy beds, French doors outside, or windows with views add that extra special touch. The rooms have names like the Oak-Magnolia Suite and Cypress Room, couples will feel comfortable and cherished.

Address: 2460 North Rampart Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70117
Phone Number: (504) 947-4332
Website: Auld Sweet Olive
Booking.com Rating: 9.4/10 View Availability

2. Café Du Monde French Market

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When visiting New Orleans, no trip for a couple would be complete without visiting Café Du Monde. The famous French market is busy from opening to closing with none stop customers. They serve famous beignets and other bakery items.

This French market is world famous for their bakery items, namely the beignets.  Visiting this market is usually a must-do on visitors lists when they come to the Crescent City.

From the striped awning that welcomes, to the sweet treats and coffee, this market brightens everyone’s day. The seating can get crowded, but it’s worth ignoring when a couple has to lean in for conversation and romance.

Address: 800 Decatur Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
Phone Number: (504) 525-4544
Website: www.cafedumonde.com
Hours of Operation – Everyday 7:30 AM – 11 PM

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3. The Blue Nile

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No trip to New Orleans can go by without some great music. Couples will enjoy this legendary yet intimate music experience. The location on Frenchmen Street puts this venue at the heart of the local scene. This music venue has been home to numerous musical acts from international and local artists covering all styles of music.

The showroom faces the street, and a trendy upstairs where the party continues on a balcony overlooking the street. The bar/club located in a historic building has a showy atmosphere with shiny gold and sparkly blue décor.

Couples can catch a show upstairs or downstairs and enjoy something from the full bar. They will listen to special guest live performances or regular in-house musicians that play weekly. Couples can add romance to the music by sharing a cocktail, beer, or hard spritzer and make a night of it.

Address: 532 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
Phone Number: (504) 766-6193
Website: www.bluenilelive.com
Hours of Operation:

  • Thursday – Saturday 7 PM – 4 AM
  • Sunday 7 PM – 1 AM
  • Tuesday 8:30 AM – 1 AM
  • Wednesday 8 PM – 2 AM

4. Nola Bliss Massage

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Couples can share a massage that restores the mind, body, and heart in a tranquil setting. At Nola Bliss Massage couples can let go of their stress and enjoy the pleasure of being pampered.

Many hotels offer in-house spa packages that include couples massage.  This massage center does only massage by trained and knowledgeable expert staff.  They are experts in this Crescent City area in offering restorative massages.

The studio located in a downtown Warehouse District is airy, bright, and soothing to the senses. Therapists are licensed, skilled, and friendly. They offer 60- and 90-minutes massages including deep tissue, Swedish, and other offerings.

Address: 322 Lafayette Street, Suite 300, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Phone Number: (504) 615-9414
Website: www.nolablissmassage.com
Hours of Operation: Sunday – Friday 10 AM – 8 PM  |  Saturday 10 AM – 6 PM
Cost of Services: Depends on Massage Chosen

5. Dauphine Orleans Hotel

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This lovely smaller boutique hotel is steps away from famed Bourbon Street. The beautiful outdoor grounds include a cozy courtyard for intimate conversations, and beautifully restored carriage house.

This hotel offers an inviting outdoor saltwater pool for couples to enjoy during their stay. The setting is unforgettable for a romantic getaway. Couple will feel far-removed from the French Quarter yet be close enough to walk to some exciting activity.

Couples can enjoy complimentary cocktails upon arrival, and valet service if needed. There is an elevator, an on-site ATM for guest use, and bottled water in each room. All rooms have deluxe amenities of in-room safe, climate control, bathrobes, and internet access.

This interesting hotel is rich in history and boasts a ghostly past, and burlesque style entertainment at May Bailey’s Place.

The 111 guest rooms and suites have southern charm. Each room has plantation shutters, beautifully exposed brick, and cypress tree beamed ceilings. The atmosphere is a romantic paradise, and a perfect spot for couples to rekindle that flame.

Address: 415 Dauphine Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
Phone Number: (504) 586-1800
Website: https://www.dauphineorleans.com/
Booking.com Rating: 8.3/10 View Availability

6. Muriel’s Jackson Square Restaurant

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For a historic couples dining experience in the heart of the Vieux Carre this restaurant perfect. It has a courtyard bar for intimate conversation, sipping spirits and talks about local ghost lore.

The atmosphere is easy-going with a romantic feel that is formal but not fussy. Intensely rich colors, art of a by-gone era, rustic fireplaces, and warm bricks are the décor.

Built by locals, Muriel’s is rich in history and embraces the Creole flavors that awaken the palette and couple’s hearts. Menu items of Crispy Onion Salmon and Fontana’s West End Soup will surprise the senses. They also have a delightful Sunday Jazz Brunch for couples to enjoy.

Address: 801 Chartres Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
Phone Number: (504) 568-1885
Website: www.muriels.com
Hours of Operation:   

  • Sunday – Thursday 5 PM – 9:30 PM
  • Friday and Saturday 5 PM – 10 PM
  • Sunday Jazz Brunch 10:30 AM – 2 PM
  • Bar Sunday – Thursday 3 PM – 9:30 PM
  • Bar Friday and Saturday 3 PM – 10:30 PM

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7. Voodoo Bone Lady Tours

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If a couple wants a hauntingly good time to bring them closer together, this voodoo tour is the perfect adventure. A gifted #1 psychic in New Orleans offers pirates, magic, vampire, voodoo, and ghosts tours. It’s commonplace to have sightings on every tour. Couples are encouraged to bring their cameras along for a chance to capture these sightings.

The priestess hosting these tours is a fifth generation. She is skilled, and knowledgeable about the other side and the Crescent City.  Her knowledge and abilities make a for a memorable, other worldly experience.

Address: 701 Royal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
Phone Number: (504) 267-2040
Website: https://www.facebook.com/voodoobonetours/
Hours of Operation: Everyday 10 AM – 10 PM

8. St. Louis Cathedral – French Quarter

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This famous French Quarter landmark with 3 steeples is easily recognizable. Its historically rich location is across from the square holding the famous statue of Andrew Jackson on horse. it’s worth taking a romantic stroll and seeing the sights.

The area that surrounds St. Louis Cathedral is lush with history and historic sites that can also be enjoyed during a long walk.

Currently, Jackson Square is closed until further notice, but the St. Louis Cathedral remains open. Couples that want to attend a mass can do so on Saturday or Sunday as this is an active church.

Address: 615 Pere Antoine Alley, New Orleans 70116
Phone: (504) 525-9585
Website: www.stlouiscathedral.org
Hours of Operation: Daily from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM  |  Daily Mass at 12:05 PM

9. Lake Pontchartrain

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At well over 600 square miles of water, Lake Pontchartrain is an extraordinary sight. What makes this stunning is the 23-mile-long bridge spanning its distance. The bridge crosses the lake from New Orleans to Mandeville, for a nice couples’ drive outside the Crescent City.

The lake and surrounding area have abundant wildlife like speckled trout and pelicans. Activities on the lake include kayaking, paddle boating, and swimming. There is also a lovely lakefront area with shops and restaurants.

10. Bienville House

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This humble but charming little gem hotel offers comfortable guest rooms in the heart of New Orleans. Its ageless beauty and historic eye appeal are the perfect pairings for a romantic getaway. Located in the Vieux Carre section of New Orleans, it has a beautiful courtyard with a pool for guests to enjoy.

All recently updated 80 guest rooms and suites have modern amenities. Couples can choose from superior or deluxe rooms or suites. Some have balconies while others do not, but each is luxurious and has that authentic old-world feel.

The French-inspired suites have king beds, floor-to-ceiling windows, sitting area, and wet bar. The bathrooms are all marble and have glass showers. The suites have in-room safes, w-fi, cable tv, and coffeemakers. The Penthouse Suite has a stunning view of the Vieux Carre.

Address: 320 Decatur Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Phone Number: (504) 529-2345
Website: https://bienvillehouse.com/
Booking.com Rating: 9.1/10 View Availability

Related Read: 20 Best Romantic Getaways in the Southeast

11. Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World

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New Orleans is synonymous with Mardi Gras, and couples can visit this warehouse during non-Mardi Gras times. While walking through this warehouse and museum they can plan a Mardi Gras adventure.

During the tours, couples can see how everything is made and planned for the yearly event. Couples can tour the workshop and studios where artists are working and planning for this and other events. They will gain insight into the history and background of Mardi Gras.  It’s a lovely way to spend a few afternoon hours.

Address: 1380 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Phone Number: (504) 361-7821
Website: www.mardigrasworld.com
Hours of Operation: Everyday 9 AM – 5:30 PM
Cost of Admission: Adults $22.00 Per Person  |  Military Discount $17.00 Per Person

12. Hotel Monteleone

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This historic hotel is luxury at its best. It’s a place where timeless beauty and ambiance meet southern style. It’s located at the base of Royal Street and central to everything in the French Quarter. The hotel’s entrance is just steps from restaurants, gift shops, and landmarks like Jackson Square and the Mississippi River. It’s the perfect spot for a romantic interlude.

There are 522 guest rooms that include 55 stunning suites, a bar/lounge, and in-house restaurant for dining pleasure. A romantic getaway at this hotel close to the French Quarter action will be exciting yet offer a secluded feel. For some romance mixed with peace and tranquility, the Spa Aria is located in the hotel.

The hotel features a rooftop heated pool for comfort and breakfast-only room service. There is also valet parking and an exercise facility for guests’ use.

The guest rooms have deluxe amenities of internet, cable tv, coffeemaker, refrigerator, and modern Provencal décor. Rooms have views of the Mississippi River or the French Quarter with two double beds or one king-sized bed.

Address: 214 Royal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Phone Number: (504) 523-3341
Website: https://hotelmonteleone.com/
Booking.com Rating: 9.1/10 View Availability

Romantic Places in New Orleans with a Package

13. Omni Royal Orleans

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This luxury hotel has an understated, but classy feel that welcomes couples upon arrival. This pet friendly hotel is located in the heart of the French Quarter. The hotel offers valet service and transportation to and from the airport for a fee.

There are 3 on-site bars/lounges, an award-winning restaurant, and a heated rooftop pool for couples to enjoy. Couples can also enjoy the fitness center and free wi-fi at this franchise hotel that has 345 guest rooms and suites.

Each room offers tasteful, modern décor and roominess so couples can relax after a fun night. There are four style rooms, from petite to deluxe, premier, and grand suites.

This hotel offers a beautiful romance package for couples including wine, chocolates, and a late check-out of 1 pm. Also offered is the French Quarter Sip and Stroll Package. This package includes a walk down Royal Street with breakfast and dinner credit.

Address: 621 St. Louis Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Phone Number: (504) 529-5333
Website: https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/new-orleans-royal-orleans
Booking.com Rating: 8.6/10 View Availability

14. Bourbon Orleans Hotel

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This historic gem located in the heart of the French Quarter between Royal Street and Bourbon Street is a New Orleans landmark. The hotel is elegant with that New Orleans, big-easy eye appeal.

Couple can share some drinks in a vibrant, modern setting, at the in-house bar, Bourbon ‘O’ Bar. There is also Roux restaurant which offers a delightful menu. This elegant hotel hosts live musical events and displays local artists works.

The rooms and suites have understated character that appeals to the senses. There are multiple room choices, beginning with the grandest two-story loft suites. There are also courtyard rooms and deluxe standard rooms. Rooms will have a king-sized bed, queen bed, or two double beds.

Views from the rooms vary between courtyard, poolside to street views. Décor is Provencal with clean lines and comfortable furnishings. All rooms have marble bathrooms, bottled water, and bathrobes for the couple to use.

Packages include discounts for extended stays or booking directly through the hotel rather than an online website.

Address: 717 Orleans Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
Phone Number: (504) 523-2222
Website: https://www.bourbonorleans.com/
Booking.com Rating: 8.7/10 View Availability

15. Old No. 77 Hotel

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This charming historic hotel is located only 3 blocks from the French Quarter. The welcoming walls are filled with original works of art and inspired by the culture and history of this city The hotel takes great pride in supporting local artisans, from the products to the décor. It’s eclectic, funky and has a cool and trendy energy.

Standard amenities include concierge, fitness center and restaurant located on-site for guests’ convenience.

The 117 guest rooms include king, queen, or two double beds. They are deluxe, premium, artist loft suite, Wayfarer, or studio rooms. The suites have hardwood floors, seating area, brick walls, walk-in shower, and king size bed.

This hotel offers two packages for couples. The Crescent City to Cajun Country provides a taste of the real Louisiana. This package takes couples to Cajun Country, where they tour a plantation, enjoy a cooking class, and swamp boat tour. The Swamp and the City package offers a two-hour swamp boat tour.

Address: 535 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Phone Number: (504) 527-5271
Website: https://www.provenancehotels.com/old-77-hotel
Booking.com Rating: 8.7/10 View Availability

16. Hilton New Orleans Riverside

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This franchise hotel is a great spot for a romantic getaway along the Mississippi River. Couples can enjoy watching the boats that float by or walk a few steps for the nightlife that makes New Orleans so special.

The hotel combines modern décor with that historic New Orleans character. Hotel Amenities include tennis, fitness center, salon, room service, and an outdoor pool. This hotel also boasts 6 dining options, including a fresh market, café, and seafood restaurant.

This hotel has many guest rooms and suites, all with deluxe hotel amenities. Each room has either two double beds, queen, or king size. There are various suites to choose from with eat-in living area, and panoramic views for a perfect backdrop to romance. Complimentary breakfast is included.

Address: 2 Poydras Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Phone: (504) 561-0500
Website: https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/msynhhh-hilton-new-orleans-riverside/
Booking.com Rating: 8.1/10 View Availability

17. Oak Alley Plantation Tour

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Not far outside New Orleans, couples will find 3 stunning plantations, Oak Alley, Laura, and Whitney Plantations. Couples can arrange a tour to any number of plantations in this area. The plantation tours take them through bygone era history in these antebellum Mansions.

Couples can take a romantic walk through 1 or all 3 of the grand plantations. The lovely tree-canopied pathways that lead to the homes are remarkable. It’s a great place for some memorable photos, with Oak Alley situated along the west bank of the Mississippi River.

Oak Alley Plantation offers civil war and slavery exhibits and a theater. This plantation operates as a restaurant and Inn. Couples can spend the night, or enjoy breakfast, lunch, or Sunday brunch with delightful dining options like gumbo and sandwiches off their lunch menu.

Address: 3645 Highway 18, Vacherie, Louisiana 70090
Phone Number: (225) 265-2151
Website: www.oakalleyplantation.com
Hours of Operation – Everyday – 8:30 AM – 5 PM
Cost of Admission – Varies based on the tour package

18. Doctor Gumbo

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Nothing spells romance more than sharing some great food. The best way to experience it is by going on a food tour to explore different restaurants and food. There are 3 food tours to try as well as private tours.

The Cocktail Combo and Food History Tour will take the couple and other guests on a 4-hour tour. The tour has up to 6 stops at a Creole restaurant, cocktail lounge, and candy store, to name a few. The Food History Tour lasts 3 hours and takes couples and the other guests up to 5 stops, including a sandwich shop.

Finally, the Cocktail History Tour is a 3-hour tour. This tour takes couples and other guests to famous bars where they learn a bit of history and sample historic drinks.

Address: New Orleans, Louisiana
Phone Number: (504) 473-4823
Website: www.doctorgumbo.com
Hours of Operation – Everyday 11 AM – 8 PM
Cost of Admission – Varies depending on the food tour chosen

Romantic Places in New Orleans to Propose

19. City Park

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The City Park is a beautiful outdoor space for any romantic interlude. Proposing marriage here provides the perfect backdrop for such an unforgettable occasion. The park offers plenty of beautiful spots to choose from when it comes to that big moment in a couple’s life!

The stone bridge over the water is a perfect spot. its lush background of green grass, towering trees and the lovely water below are breathtaking and memorable.

There’s the sculpture garden area with the LOVE sculpture that might also be the perfect location for a marriage proposal! It has that artistic energy and larger than life eye appeal. There is also a gondola ride in the park for a romantic proposal on water.

Every spot in this park offers a different view and stunning beauty for proposing marriage. Depending on the time, one place may be better than another. Sunrise, and awe-inspiring sunsets are a popular time for asking an important question between two people in love.

Address: 1 Palm Drive, New Orleans, Louisiana 70124
Phone Number: (504) 482-4888
Website: www.neworleanscitypark.com
Hours of Operation – Everyday 9 AM – 5 PM
Cost of Admission – Free

20. New Orleans Carriage Ride through the French Quarter

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Nothing could be more romantic than a carriage ride through the streets of the French Quarter. This carriage company offers different styles of carriages to accommodate various-sized riding parties.

For couples, choosing the intimate yet comfortable white wedding carriage will feel cozy. It has a plush and rich interior and is pulled by one horse with a skilled driver. The ride lasts about an hour and takes you through the streets at a gentle trot.

Couples can enjoy the sights and sounds of New Orleans from the privacy of their carriage. It’s a lovely way to enjoy some closeness and conversation. Reservations recommended, and it is a good idea to inform them that there is something special planned for the ride.

Address: 700 Decatur Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
Phone Number: (504) 943-8820
Website: www.neworleanscarriages.com

21. Steamboat Natchez

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A jazz sightseeing cruise with brunch, lunch, or dinner makes for a perfect marriage proposal option. This steamboat company takes boats out daily for sightseeing and food/music cruises along the Mississippi River.

The steamboats and paddleboats are beautiful treasures, rich in history. They offer live entertainment, fresh delectable food choices, and stunning views while guests travel along the river.

The cruises last two hours from boarding time to return. Brunch includes such offerings as Pain Perdu, crescent city eggs, iced tea, and coffee included. The lunch menu includes local favorites like jambalaya, and red beans and rice with coffee and iced tea. Dinner options include chicken and sausage gumbo and pasta primavera. Cocktails, beer, and wine can be purchased onboard, and there is a gift shop for souvenirs. Any of their cruises would be a wonderful way to pop the question.

Address: 600 Decatur Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Phone Number: (504) 586-8777
Website: www.neworleanssteamboat.com
Hours of Operation:

  • Brunch Cruise – 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
  • Lunch Cruise – 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
  • Dinner Cruise – 7 PM – 9 PM

Cost of Admission: Sightseeing Cruise – $39.00 – $50.00/person  |  Sightseeing with Food – $52.00 – $89.00/person

22. GW Fins Restaurant

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For a traditional proposal, this restaurant serves some of the best fish New Orleans offers. They begin with the freshest fish and locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. The chef’s creations are inspired by nature and the Big Easy.

The ambiance of this restaurant is classy with airy but intimate energy. The restaurant’s interior has clean lines, spacious rooms, and artful décor which pairs nicely with the menu. Choosing the lobster dumplings, Chef Original Scalibut, and salty malt ice cream for dessert will please the senses. Wine, beer, and cocktails like the Ford Mustang would be a nice way to celebrate an engagement.

Address: 808 Bienville Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
Phone Number: (504) 581-3467
Website: www.gwfins.com
Hours of Operation: Sunday – Thursday 5 PM – 9:30 PM  |  Friday and Saturday 5 PM – 10 PM

Related Read: 45 BEST Things To Do With Kids New Orleans, LA

23. Omni Royal Orleans or Another Hotel Rooftop

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Many of the hotels in New Orleans have rooftop pools and lounges. If a couple is lucky enough to be staying in one of these hotels, it’s a great way to propose marriage. Each hotel offers its own breathtaking views of the Crescent City that will provide a romantic backdrop for the happy occasion.

The Omni Royal Orleans has a beautiful rooftop pool and stunning views for hotel guests to enjoy. Sunrise and sunset would be traditional times to ask an important question, perhaps while sipping a drink.

Address: 621 St. Louis Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Phone Number: (504) 529-5333
Website: www.omnihotels.com

24. Courtyard Café Amelie

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This romantic courtyard café has cute outdoor tables set amongst brick and lush greenery that can make a magnificent spot to propose marriage. Day or night, lights twinkle amidst the greenery, and a gentle breeze slips through the courtyard adding romance.

The café serves brunch, dinner, and drinks, and the happy couple can sample appetizers like pepper-glazed shrimp. The couple can share a Cochon De Lait sandwich and wash it down with a seasonally inspired libation. After dinner dessert of cherry almond bread pudding would be a perfect choice. Couples can then stroll around and find a great club with jazz music to enjoy.

Address: 912 Royal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
Phone Number: (504) 412-8965
Website: www.cafeamelie.com
Hours of Operation – Thursday – Sunday 5 PM – 9 PM

25. New Orleans Botanical Gardens

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Flowers are synonymous with romance, and there is no more perfect place for a couple to visit than a Botanical Garden. The New Orleans Botanical Garden is located in the City Park. It has displays of beautiful flowers, swaying greenery, and floating lily pads. There is also a gently moving pool of water with a lovely sculpture.

Fountains, statues, and bright and dazzling colors will pop out at every angle as the couple walks through the gardens. Brick walkways and walls create perfect little nooks for an intimate moment shared like a marriage proposal.

Address: 1 Palm Drive, New Orleans, Louisiana 70124
Phone Number: (504) 483-9386
Website: https://neworleanscitypark.com/botanical-garden
Hours of Operation: Wednesday – Sunday 10 AM – 4:30 PM
Cost of Admission: $10 Per Person

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