A Guide to the Best Neighborhoods in New Orleans
New Orleans has many faces. This lively Louisiana city has deep roots, a world-famous music scene, and a modern feel all at the same time. There’s a never a dull moment in New Orleans, and there’s something for every traveler who stops by here. Follow this neighborhood guide to find the best that NOLA has to offer.
The French Quarter
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One of the city’s most famous districts, the French Quarter is a good place to start when staying in New Orleans. This area is the city’s oldest district, and it shows. Courtyards, balconies, and ornate touches are what make the neighborhood so unique and charming. There are lots of shops and restaurants around here to try, and you shouldn’t miss a walk around Jackson Square, the French Quarter’s vibrant center.
New Orleans’ Arts District has gone through a few reinventions in its time. It was originally known as a warehouse district, as the area was industrial and used for storage. As business died down, the neighborhood fell into a state of disrepair. In the late 20th century, the city decided to revive this part of town. Now there are dozens of art galleries and museums here, including the National World War II Museum, one of NOLA’s best attractions.
Faubourg Marigny and Bywater
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Faubourg Marigny and Bywater is the perfect alternative neighborhood if you’re looking to escape the hectic, tourist-filled French Quarter. This area is known for being artistic and cosmopolitan, as well as a place where you can find lots of great live music and mingle with New Orleans’ hip young crowd. If you like jazz, this is the place to be. Take a walk around, and you’ll find lots of clubs to slip into for a fun evening.
For a completely different atmosphere in New Orleans, hop on a ferry to Algiers Point. This area has the peaceful, laid-back vibe of a small town, making it an great place to go if you want to have a restful day in a quaint neighborhood. Shops and parks line this district, and don’t miss the Jazz Walk of Fame, a route that takes you through important moments in jazz history through the 20th century.
The Garden District
Another one of NOLA’s great historic neighborhoods, the Garden District has existed for over two centuries. That fact is clear as day when you wander by the 19th-century homes that still line its streets today. This area is good for shopping, with lots of unusual, independent stores, as well as numerous restaurants where you can stop in for a bite to eat. As the name suggests, the Garden District is also noted for its beautiful scenery, and Coliseum Square is the districts showstopper park.
With so much variety, there’s tons to see and do in New Orleans. A few days here is never enough, but that’s just a good excuse to return one day to discover all that this magical city has to offer!