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Mother’s Day in New Orleans

New Orleans is the perfect place to show your mom some T.L.C. on Mother’s Day. From fantastic brunch spots to relaxing parks to chic boutiques, New Orleans has everything you need to show appreciation for the women and mothers in your life.

Below, we listed some options to consider when it comes to planning this special day. We grouped ideas by neighborhood, but feel free to branch out and check out the galleries in the Warehouse District , the aquarium in the Central Business District or one of the day spas across the city.

Insider tip: Make reservations in advance, as this day is very popular for restaurants.

The French Quarter

  1. Brunch: A classic New Orleans jazz brunch is a great way to start the day. Court of Two Sisters has the largest outdoor dining courtyard in the French Quarter, and Brennan’s is credited with creating Bananas Foster.
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    French Quarter
    Window Shopping: Walk down Royal Street to observe the beautiful galleries and antique shops. Make sure to visit Rodrigue Studio, which features a large collection of his famous Blue Dog paintings.
  3. Explore: Check out St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square and then stroll along the Mississippi River. If you have time, board the famous Steamboat Natchez for a relaxing boat ride or take a carriage ride to learn about the historic French Quarter.
  4. Dinner: The French Quarter is home to tons of great restaurants. Try one of the French Quarter staples Antoine’s, Galatoire's or K Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen. You also can’t go wrong with Irene’s or the Italian Barrel.

Uptown/Garden District

  1. Breakfast: Bring mom breakfast in bed with pastries from one of Uptown’s many delicious local bakeries such as Maple Street Patisserie, Breads on Oak or La Boulangerie. Feel like getting out of the house? Brunch at Kenton’s outdoor patio is a great place to spend a beautiful day.
  2. Exercise: Take some time to unwind at a local yoga studio. Wild Lotus Uptown and Life yoga studios are known for promoting spirituality and a sense of wellbeing. Audubon Park is also a great place to exercise outdoors or relax.
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    Shopping: Magazine Street is home to tons of local boutiques. Browse the Market at Magazine and Sixth for home goods, Pilot and Powell for modern high-end clothing, or any of the other shops and galleries along the popular street.
  4. Spa Day: Go ahead and pamper yourself at Belladonna, a full service day spa in Uptown. Or come back rejuvenated after a trip to Earthsavers.

Mid-City &Esplanade Ridge

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    Brunch: Mid-City has a great selection of Brunch restaurants to choose from. Ralph’s on the Park jazz brunch is an upscale option with beautiful views of the park. Other great options are Katie’s for bottomless mimosas or Café Degas for French fare with a touch of Creole.
  2. City Park: Burn off brunch in New Orlean’s largest park. Walk the Oak tree lined paths, rent bikes and paddleboats, or try your hand at mini golf at City Putt.
  3. Museum Visit: Technically housed in City Park, the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) is a must-visit. Check their website to see what new exhibits they’re currently showing.
  4. Gelato Run: No trip to Mid-City is complete without a visit to Angelo Brocato. This Mid-City staple has fantastic gelato and Italian cookies at affordable prices.


  1. Breakfast: Start your morning at a local coffee shop such as The Crepe Place for good eats and cozy chairs or Satsuma for fresh smoothies and organic bites. It’s also hard to pass up a bloody-mary and the praline bacon from Elizabeth’s.
  2. Relax: Watch the barges float down the Mississippi River at Crescent Park or grab a cocktail and lay by the pool at the Country Club.
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    Frenchmen Art Market
    Shop: Browse through the Frenchmen Art Market for unique jewelry, gifts and handmade goods or pop into Dr. Bob’s Studio for your own iconic “Be Nice or Leave” painting.
  4. Drink Wine: End Mother’s Day at Bacchanal, a Bywater favorite. Select a bottle of wine, grab some cheese, and then settle in for a night of listening to local bands play under the stars.
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