It may almost be September, but that doesn't mean cooler temperatures are expected anytime soon in New Orleans! The South Louisiana heat can be brutal, but here are our recommendations for staying cool the rest of summer:
Cool down with a sno-ball, a fine and fluffy New Orleans delight! Not to be confused with a snow cone, sno-balls are a seasonal treat generally sold only from roughly March to October. Stop by one of New Orleans' famous sno-ball stands, including Hansen's Sno-Bliz, the Uptown family-owned mainstay or Pandora's, a tiny little stand near City Park that also serves soft serve. Craving traditional ice cream? Try the iconic family-run Italian bakery and gelateria, Angelo Brocato's, which has been pleasing ice cream fanatics for 100+ years or try the the Tchoupitoulas Challenge—a huge 8-scoop sundae— at Creole Creamery. Looking for something new and different? Try Freezy Street on St. Claude Avenue, which was solely responsible for bringing the Thai rolled ice cream trend to a storefront in New Orleans.
Who doesn't love a frozen drink? Willa Jean, the CBD brunch mecca's new win slushie, the Frose Y'all—a frozen rose— is one of the most popular drinks in the city right now. The Delachaise also has a tasty frose and a friesling, a frozen riesling. Compere Lepin serves up daiquiris with a true tropical flair and lots of seasonal concoctions. In the Riverbend, Bourree was opened as a daiquiri and wing shop, where Nathanial Zimet and James Denio, the owners behind Boucherie, have been slinging fresh fruit and gin and tonic daiquiris for more than a year.
Take A Dip
New Orleans has an abundance of hotel pools to cool off and relax at. Some hotels offer rooftop views of downtown, some come with cabanas and poolside service, and a few pools are tucked away in private courtyards. The Ace Hotel has a trendy rooftop pool that's open to the public daily (10 a.m. to 9 p.m., year-round)—non-guests have to spend at least $20 on food or drinks to swim, though. The Roosevelt New Orleans's pool is open seasonally, the rooftop pool has a whirpool tub, private cabanas for rent, poolside service, and a full bar with frozen concoctions. While only open to hotel guests, the Roosevelt occasionally hosts events that open the pool to the public.