Dog Friendly Travel Guide | New Orleans
New Orleans is a city like no other, with a lively music scene, distinctive architecture, world-class dining, and let's not forget Marti Gras. To top it off, 'The Big Easy' is also a very dog-friendly city—so if you're planning a trip, check out our top picks for accommodation, eating and activities...and start packing Fido's bag!
Where to Stay
Seriously stylish digs for you and your pup, the Ace Hotel has everything you need. Complete with three cool restaurants, Stumptown coffee, shops and a gorgeous rooftop—you may find it hard to leave.
Dog Friendly AirBnb
If you're looking to stay like a local and maybe even have a nice backyard for your pup, there are plenty of great dog-friendly AirBnbs available to suit every budget. We can vouch for this lovely one bedroom just off Magazine Street, which is also a great area for walks around the neighborhood. More options here, here and here.
Where to Eat
No trip to New Orleans is complete without indulging in some pillowy soft, powdered sugar covered beignets. Cafe Beignet also serves delicious savory breakfast options and has a beautiful dog friendly outdoor courtyard—what more could you want!
As if delicious donuts aren't enough, District Donuts is also well known for their sliders and local coffee. Think of it as a one-two-three punch. Located on bustling Magazine street, this is the perfect stop for breakfast before a day exploring the neighborhood.
Modern takes on southern fare, the most picturesque interior and dog-friendly outdoor seating (including on that magnificent porch), make Cavan the perfect lunch spot. We recommend the fried chicken and corn fritters with honey butter.
This Garden District building located on Magazine Street was built in the late 1880’s and has at one time or another been a residence, auto parts store, and grocery store. A neighborhood staple, but also perfect for a special occasion, Coquette is open every day for dinner as well as brunch on the weekends, serving up modern southern cuisine with a focus on locally sourced ingredients.
If you're looking for a bit of a fancier lunch or dinner with outdoor seating, La Petite Grocery is the winner of the 2016 James Beard Award for Best Chef South. The Blue Crab Beignets are to die for, as is the LPG Cheeseburger. Yes please!
What to Do
Explore the French Quarter
The French Quarter is much more than just the famous Bourbon Street. Filled with beautiful architecture and unique shops and restaurants, its a great place to stroll around with your dog (assuming they are comfortable in busier situations). Woldenburg Park is also right off the Mississippi River and makes for a nice place to relax with your pup.
Shop and Eat your way through Magazine Street and the Garden District
Bustling with some of the cities best restaurants, shops and beautiful old grand dame mansions, Magazine Street and the Garden District are the perfect place to spend some serious time exploring with your furry best friend. We found that many of the shops are more than happy to have your dog join you as you browse around the store if you just ask.
Approximately 350 acres of outdoor paradise await you at Audubon Park, including jogging paths, picnic areas, a lagoon, zoo, and the famous 'Tree of Life.' Scioto Park is also located within Audubon, a dedicated dog park with an agility area, a digging sand pit and lots of space for your pup to run free.