We support our local businesses.  Find out what a real New Orleans breakfast tastes like.  Be a New Orleanian when you’re in New Orleans.  Have an authentic New Orleans breakfast accompanied with chicory coffee and good conversation.  We’re here for you.  We have a wide selection of tea, too.

Breakfast at La Belle Esplanade
The power is on.  Part of the curated breakfast buffet at La Belle Esplanade.

La Belle Esplanade is a tiny five-suite hotel, so the city won’t give us a license to cook.  Only hotels with more than six rooms can have a commercial kitchen.  We prefer to offer five spacious and personalized suites with all the amenities to more, smaller rooms with shared baths.  You get what you pay for.  At La Belle Esplanade, you get to live like a real New Orleanian while you are here.  Stay in style.  You have two friends at La Belle Esplanade.



Every day should start with good food and with good conversation.  You can look at your phone while you’re gobbling scrambled eggs at home.  When in New Orleans, be an New Orleanian.  Take your time.  Good memories are made in New Orleans every morning.  The best New Orleans memories are made at La Belle Esplanade.  You belong here.

Every morning is a pleasant surprise.
Every morning is a pleasant surprise.


Your goodwill ambassadors who run La Belle Esplanade travel to various neighborhood places every morning to pick up whatever is interesting to serve that day.  I ride a motor scooter, so every errand is a pleasant adventure.

It is my pleasure every morning to travel our neighborhood as bakeries and patisseries and greengrocers and restaurants open their shops.  I catch up on the neighborhood gossip and I get to buy fresh things to serve our guests.

Your man in New Orleans.
From the Mississippi River to the shores of Lake Pontchartrain, we go the ends of New Orleans to gather up the stuff from which good breakfasts are made.

We go farmers’ markets, Cajun butchers, fourth-generation sausage makers, praline chefs,.  We’ve built relationships with neighborhood cooks, entrepreneurs, and caterers.  We know secrets.  Our, jams, jellies, and pickles come from a lady who lives in St. Bernard Parish, downriver from New Orleans.  Her preserves are the stuff local legend.

On some days, it’s Mardi Gras:

King cake, New Orleans, La Belle Esplanade
During Mardi Gras season we eat a lot of king cake and other colorful treats.

On other days, it’s just another magical day in New Orleans:

Craft meats and cheeses
Craft meats and cheeses from local butchers, charcuterie shops and cheesemongers.
A craft baguette baked with care in New Orleans.
There is a story behind this baguette. This bread is a labor of love.
A fruit plate in New Orleans.
We eat fruit in New Orleans, too. It is all in the presentation. No one goes hungry at a real New Orleans breakfast.

Every morning we serve something hot and something savory.  I should take more pictures of what we serve for breakfast, but that would spoil the surprise when you finally get here.

Fresh bread from local bakers, a different loaf from a different bakery every day.  Different jams every day.  Pickles.  Fruit in season.  We serve loquats from our garden, satsumas from Planquemines Parish (on the other side of the Mississippi River) paw-paws and lemons and figs, sometimes bananas, from our neighbors’ gardens. Every day in New Orleans is an ever-changing feast for the senses.  Visit like you belong here.  You do.



New Orleans can be very confusing.  We know.  We live here.  Take the time every morning to get to know us as we get to know what interests you about this wonderful city we call home.  At La Belle Esplanade, our job is to make personalized and tailored recommendations about what to do off the usual tourist radar.

If you want to stay on the tourist map, that’s fine, too  We can talk about those things.  We have done just about everything there is to do in New Orleans.  We are here to help you make the choices that will make good New Orleans memories that will last you the rest of your life.  Good memories are made in New Orleans every day.  The best New Orleans memories start at breakfast at La Belle Esplanade.

You have the opportunity to talk with the most interesting man in New Orleans.

The Most Interesting Man in New Orleans.
Have breakfast with the most interesting man in New Orleans.

You are on the right website if you want to explore New Orleans like a local experiences the city.  Nobody ever says their visit to New Orleans is too long.  It is always too short.  The longer you are here, the more you’ll discover.  I always say five nights is the perfect amount of time to get a taste of the various aspects of the city for your first visit.  You’ll want your second visit to be longer.  We only have five suites, so we tend to fill up early.  Here is a link to our availability calendar.  Plan ahead.

Follow our blog.  You can waste a lot of time there.  I know I waste a lot of time writing it, but, in a New Orleans state of mind, there is no such thing as wasted time—this is what good memories are made of in New Orleans.  We sponsor a sister blog, too, if you can’t get enough New Orleans in your life.  It’s called, unsurprisingly, A New Orleans State of Mind.  Check it out.

You can follow us on Facebook and Instagram, too: La Belle Esplanade.  We post 2, 3, 4, or five times a day to share what it is like to live in this wonderful city we call home.  When you are ready to visit New Orleans, you know where to find us.  La Belle Esplanade is the bright orange house with blue shutters on Esplanade Avenue.  We’re here for you.

Buffet in New Orleans
Here is a sample on what we have on part of the buffet table every morning.

“My wife and I have traveled a lot and stayed at a number of hotels and short term rentals. La Belle Esplanade is unlike anywhere else.  Upon showing up, Matthew sat us down to get a sense of what we wanted to do in town and where we’ve been. Matthew provided excellent recommendations of local spots we should be checking out. He never lead us astray.

Breakfast each morning was a joy as we talked with Melanie and Matthew along with other guests about our experiences around town over a locally sourced spread of tasty treats.

We stayed in the Les Pêches suite. The room was very comfortable and the balcony was a nice place to watch the neighborhood go by. The neighborhood is quiet and also great to walk around and explore. I can’t recommend La Belle Esplanade enough. You won’t be disappointed.” -B.G., Connecticut.  November 2019.

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