What could be more romantic than whisking your sweetheart away to a weekend in New Orleans for Valentine’s Day, one of the most magical cities in the country?

New Orleans is built for love and romance, and Hotel Monteleone is the perfect place to start. After grabbing a romantic New Orleans cocktail at our Carousel Bar & Lounge, we wanted to recommend some of our favorite things to do for Valentine’s Day in New Orleans.

You can stay with us for the evening or book a weekend getaway for an extra special celebration.

The Best Things To Do in New Orleans for Valentine’s Day:

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Our restaurant, Criollo, is a romantic destination for a memorable meal.

1. Dine at Criollo Restaurant

The elegant and handsome decor of our New Orleans restaurant, Criollo, serves as the perfect location for a wonderfully tasting menu followed by some of the best desserts in town. Sip on wine and enjoy the luxurious service of our staff, who will cater to your every wish and desire. Follow it up with a drink at the Carousel Bar & Lounge while enjoying live New Orleans music nightly!

2. Take a horse-drawn carriage

While New Orleans is easily accessible by foot, bike, car or streetcar, there’s no better way to see Valentine’s Day in New Orleans than by an old-fashioned horse-drawn carriage. Pick-up locations for the horse-drawn carriages are close by — just a quick stroll from our French Quarter hotel to Jackson Square! Your knowledgeable driver will serve as a wonderful storyteller of the rich history of our city during your ride through New Orleans (just as New Orleans residents used to do for hundreds of years).

Beautiful Royal Street, full of shops and galleries. Note the horse-drawn carriage in the background! (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Beautiful Royal Street, full of shops and galleries. Note the horse-drawn carriage in the background! (Photo: Paul Broussard)

3. Peruse the shops on Royal Street

Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter is lucky enough to be located on one of the best streets for window-shopping in New Orleans: Royal Street. Known for its vibrant art galleries and unique custom jewelry shops, Royal Street makes for a wonderful stroll through the French Quarter while shopping for a special present for your significant other.

4. Try local sweets from French bakeries

Maybe you can’t make it Paris for Valentine’s Day this year, but New Orleans’ French cultural influence will get you close. With our roots rich in French history, we offer some of the best in local French bakeries or patisseries. Enjoy the many delicious treats available at these charming shops, including the newly opened Salon by Sucre on Conti Street (conveniently right near the intersection of Conti and Royal!).

Parisian pastries galore at Salon By Sucre in the French Quarter. (Photo via Yelp on Flickr)

Parisian pastries galore at Salon By Sucre in the French Quarter. (Photo via Yelp on Flickr)

A Romantic Valentine’s Day Getaway in New Orleans

Hotel Monteleone is the perfect place to celebrate Valentine’s Day in New Orleans. You’ll also love discovering all there is to do in the New Orleans French Quarter! From window shopping on Royal Street to a carriage ride with your loved one, our New Orleans hotel is the perfect place to celebrate Valentine’s Day.