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Past the Garden District sits Uptown. Famous for its beautiful homes, exquisite shopping and world-renowned restaurants, Uptown is for exploring. Take the St. Charles Ave. streetcar past century-old mansions or stroll down Magazine Street for 7+ miles of unique boutiques, antique shops, restaurants and bars. If you’re lucky, you may run into some of the city’s most famous residents.
The bustling business district officially marks the end of the French Quarter (using Canal Street as a barrier). Because of the constant openings of high-end hotels, fine dining and world-class museums and entertainment, the CBD is now hub for tourists and locals alike. The Mercedes-Benz Superdome and Harrah’s Casino are both located here. Try a pedicab ride and ask for local recommendations - they’ll be sure to point you in the right direction.
The oldest and most famous New Orleans neighborhoods, the French Quarter is much more than the high-energy raucous found on Bourbon Street. In the Quarter you will find local-filled dives, James Beard Award-winning restaurants, homes that transport you to the 18th century, modern shops, street performers, famous musicians and more. There is something for everyone in this 78-block area. Don’t forget to stop and watch the performers in Jackson Square and try a Muffuletta from Central Grocery.
Artists and musicians flock to this quirky area once called “New Orleans’ best kept secret.” Music venues, like d.b.a., The Maison and Three Muses line Frenchman Street - the late-night hotspot in the “Marigny Triangle.” Neighbors leave their doors open, so friends can walk in-and-out. The “everyone is welcome here”-vibe is easy to spot as you bike around. Don’t miss the nightly pop-up art market, where you can buy local crafts and mingle with locals, while you sip cocktails at Mimi’s in the Marigny.
The area just past The Marigny is now one of trendiest in the city. It has become a favorite for transplants, with its distinct character and eccentric long-time residents. The eclectic homes are painted in all colors of the rainbow, in true New Orleans’ fashion. No car needed to explore this ‘hood. We vote renting a bike or taking a stroll. Not to miss - the newly opened Crescent Park, located alongside the Mississippi River, Dr. Bob’s Folk Art Shop and BBQ at The Joint.
Named for the expansive gardens and antebellum homes that surround them, the Garden District is one of the New Orleans’ most beautiful and relaxed neighborhoods. The LGD (Lower Garden District) has offbeat and vintage clothing boutiques, eco-friendly shops and Coliseum Square, with fountains, walking trails and dog-friendly areas. Head to the upper Garden District and you’ll find some of the best dining and shopping. A walking tour is the perfect early morning activity.
Head to the end of the St. Charles Ave. streetcar line (at the intersection of St. Charles and Carrollton) and you’ve entered the Riverbend neighborhood. Its many restaurants, both casual and upscale, make it popular for families, while its growing bar and nightlife scene is great for the university students and young professionals who live nearby. Wander down Oak or Maple Streets for coffee shops, local bookstores, cafés and bars.
The oldest black neighborhood in the U.S., Tremé is home to the birthplace of Jazz and the Mardi Gras Indians secret society and is the site of some of the most important events in African American history. The area has recently seen a revitalization, due in part to the HBO series of the same name. Visit and you will be sure to see second lines, jazz funerals and block parties. Not to miss: fried chicken at Willie Mae’s, Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival and Kermit Ruffins’ Mother-in-Law Lounge.
Recently this area, named for the warehouses that dot its streets has gone through a renaissance all its own. The warehouses have turned into high-priced and highly sought after condos, neighboring John Besh restaurants, chic wine bars, art galleries and world-renowned museums (including the National WWII Museum). Walk down St. Joseph Street, one of the last original cobblestone roads in the city, and make time to visit Julia Street’s Gallery Row, where local artists have set-up shop.
Like its name states, Mid-City is the halfway point between the French Quarter and Lake Pontchartrain. It’s a charming community of festival (Jazz Festival, that is) goers and laid-back New Orleanians, who are much more interested in visiting City Park or picnicking around Bayou St. John than the revelry downtown. The neighborhood hosts more than a dozen festivals a year - from the bigger, well-known like The Voodoo Experience to smaller block parties such as Bayou Boogaloo.
This little neighborhood within the Garden District has a distinct charm unique to it. Named for the large Irish population, who settled in the area during the early 1800’s, the Irish Channel is known for its quaint shotgun homes - what they lack in size they make up in charm. Not to miss: Tracey’s Bar, Parasol’s and the annual St. Patrick’s Day, one of the biggest (and best) in the U.S.!
Take the ferry across the Mississippi River and you’ll dock in the second oldest neighborhood in the city. It’s a mere 10-min ride, but world’s away from the hustle-and-bustle of downtown. The small, completely walkable community prides itself on its unique cafes, bars and architecture. Take time to appreciate the slower side of the city - don’t forget to stop at Old Point Bar, where celebrity patrons often quench their thirst, and head to the levee to catch a one of the most beautiful sunsets in the city