New Orleans enjoys a tropical climate, with the summer as its longest season. Starting in late April till the beginning of October, temperature varies between 80°F to 90°F during the day with humidity of 80-90%; rainy days are especially common in the summertime.
Be prepared to plan your travel based on the heat. Start early in the day for outdoor activity and retired to an air-conditioned place during midday till afternoon when the heat subtract.
This weather combined with the swamps in the area leads to the presence of many mosquitoes, and as the sun goes down, they come out. Therefore, it is recommended to always carry a repellent with you.
There are ten rainy days every month on average. During the pick of the summer, June-August, rainy days can increase to an average of 15. Be aware that the Atlantic hurricane season is June till the end of November.
Fall and winter can be chilly with temperatures as low as 40° during the night time and 60° during the day. Snow is very rare in the area, happens once or twice a decade.
During your visit you can check the current weather on this website.
Local Food Scene
New Orleans food scene is unique as the rest of this city’s landscape and atmosphere. Its diverse origins developed an interesting fusion of different cultures and traditions, which is mostly known for its Cajuns and Creole cuisine.
The following list mentions some of the traditional dishes you must try while visiting the area:
Beignet – The official Louisiana doughnut, a square deep-fried French-style doughnut covered with sugar powder. The most famous ones are served at Cafe Du Monde.
Creole cuisine dishes – different seafood and meat dishes spiced with the creole spices, usually served with rice. Among them are the Jambalaya, a rice mixed with meat and seafood, Gumbo, the official State cuisine, a stew of meat and seafood with the rice served on the side or top.
King Cake – the traditional Mardi Gras dessert.
Red beans and rice – a stew of mixed vegetables, red beans cooked with the leftovers of the weekend, (was usually served on Mondays).
Po’boy – a special local sandwich, a baguette (French bread) filled with roasted meat or seafood with vegetables.
The Brunch during the weekend is another New Orleans ritual, and usually, alcohol is included in the menu, while Jazz music is playing in the background. It is offered in lots of restaurants, mostly on Sundays till 2 pm, occasionally on Saturdays.
The city also has several culinary schools; the main ones are New Orleans Culinary Institute, New Orleans School of Cooking, and Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine.
The female presence in this area of the city is well established, and leading successful women chefs are a part of New Orleans old and current food scene. See a list of some of the most famous ones later in this article.
Where to Stay in NOLA
When you plan your trip to New Orleans, there are so many options for hostels and hotels in the city that it is really hard to choose. There are no women-only hotels; however, there are nice hostels that offer female-only dormitory rooms.
Location is also an important factor; if you like to stay in the heart of the French Quarter or just close enough or you prefer a quieter place, we have all this covered for you. Check out this list below:
- Madame Isabelle’s House, 3-star hotel * $-$$, 1021 Kerlerec St. A new hostel in a historic house, within walking distance of the French Quarter. Complimentary breakfast is served daily. Wi-Fi, shared kitchen, and Backyard Patio with Hot Tub are among the facilities the hostel offers. There are private rooms as well as female-only and mixed dormitory rooms.
- HI New Orleans, 3-star hostel * $-$$, 1028 Canal St. Located in the French Quarter, this 3-star hostel offers a shared kitchen and dining room, free Wi-Fi, and gorgeous interior mezzanine. There are private rooms as well as female-only and mixed dormitory rooms with privacy curtains and lockers.
- The Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans – Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, 5-star hotel * $$-$$$, 130 Roosevelt Way. An elegant and luxury hotel, across the street from the French Quarter. Among the hotel’s amenities are an outdoor pool, gym, spa, restaurant, and Rooftop Bar. Each room has Bathrobes and a 14-inch TV as well as complimentary Wi-Fi.
The hotel made history on September 26th, 1949, when women stormed into Sazerac Bar in the hotel demanding equal rights to enter the bar and have a good drink. Women were allowed to enter this men-only bar (only on Mardi Gras). The Roosevelt Hotel commemorates this day every year.
- Bienville House Hotel, 3-star hotel * $$$, 320 Decatur St. Located in the heart of the French Quarter, in a historic warehouse from the 1800s which transformed into a summer hotel, firehouse and residence building and at last, a hotel. The Bienville House Hotel offers luxury and comfort in French style decorated rooms, an outdoor saltwater pool, and complimentary breakfast.
- Hotel Monteleone, 5-star hotel * $$$$, 214 Royal St. An historic luxury hotel, operating in the city since 1886 by the Monteleone family. The beautiful rooms feature classic-antique design with all the modern comforts. Among the hotel’s facilities are heated rooftop swimming pool, Carousel Bar, restaurant, spa, and gym. Located a block away from the French Quarter.
Getting around in New Orleans
Vast and user-friendly transporting in New Orleans is operated by the Regional Transit Authority (RTA), with five streetcar lines, 34 bus routes, and two ferry routes. Using the streetcar as a visitor is recommended not only as a way of transportation but also to enjoy the ride in one of the city’s historic icons which is operating since 1835.
A single ride will cost $1.25 for bus or streetcar, an express bus will cost $1.50, A ferry ride $2.00.
There are unlimited Jazzy Passes to use on bus/streetcar for 1,3,5 or 31-day in a magnetic card format or on the RTA’s GoMobile app. There are also unlimited pre-paid options for the usage of the ferry and an integrated card. Click here for more information.
Lyft and Uber are operating all over the city and are easy to use and get around with. Sometimes prices vary to the same destinations, so it’s better to compare.
The city is mostly flat and easy to navigate. Blue Bike stations are located all over the city (Click here for more information), as well as stores that rent bikes by the hour\day, and even offer guided bike tours.
Events in NOLA
New Orleans is mostly known for the Mardi Gras festival, which brings into the city more than a million visitors. In addition to the Mardi Gras, almost every other month, there is a music festival focusing on jazz, blues, or gospel music.
Check out WWP’s annual events calendar to plan your visit accordingly and not to miss any event which focuses on female creation as females krewe parades, New Orleans Women’s Half Marathon and 5K, and more.
Find women-related changing events by browsing through the designated calendar.
There is only a single designated public restroom in New Orleans, which is located at the French Quarter Visitor Center at 419 Decatur St.
Shopping malls usually have clean restrooms, and the advantage here is that you do not have to be a customer in order to use them. Here are four options in the French Quarter and its area:
- Shops at Jax Brewery 600 Decatur St.
- The French Market at 700-1010 Decatur St.
- Canal Place at 333 Canal St.
- The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk at 500 Port of New Orleans Pl.
There is always the option to request using the restrooms at the many hotels, restaurants, bars, and even museums, which can be found all over the French Quarter, Art District, and Magazine St.
- New Orleans Family Justice Center – (504) 866-9554 or 1-888 411- 1333
- Metropolitan Center for Women and Children and Sexual Assault Response and Assistance (SARA) Center – 1-888-411-1333, 1-(504)-482-9922 or 1-504-483-8888
- Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response (STAR) – 855435STAR (=8554357827)
- Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), 24 hour Hotline: 1-800-656-4673
We recommend using Sekura, a free women’s safety app, to feel more secure wherever you are. Download through this link.