Best Neighborhoods in New Orleans, Louisiana

 

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The city of New Orleans is unlike any other in the state of Louisiana or even the United States. It has a deep connection with jazz music and a blossoming culture that is steeped in history. It is one of the oldest cities in the United States, founded in 1718. Being a melting pot of cultures, it offers an atmosphere that is a mix of French, African-American, Spanish, Caribbean, Italian, Irish, Haitian, Vietnamese, and German cultures. The city continues to remain one of the most famous tourist destinations, with each neighborhood offering some novel attractions.

 

The five best neighborhoods to visit in New Orleans are-

 

1.French Quarter

 

The French Quarter is the most tourist-friendly section of the city, besides also being one of the oldest parts. This neighborhood has a lot to offer besides music and nightclubs. Tourists can drink in the history, admire the gorgeous architecture, and explore the local boutiques and antique stores of the Quarter. The French Quarter also has a lot to offer in terms of family-friendly activities, like carriage rides, Cabildo Museum, and the Aquarium of the Americas.

Eating at Galatoire’s will offer you a glimpse into the city’s unique dining culture, which can then be topped with drinks in Arnaud’s French 75 bar. One cannot leave the Quarter without trying the beignets at Café du Monde. The French Quarter has easy access to most other neighborhoods too, and the elegant Royal Street is located just a block away.

The Royal Street houses exquisite antique shops, art galleries, and fine jewelry stores in the backdrop of picturesque buildings embellished with intricate ironwork.

 

2.Central Business District or Downtown New Orleans

This neighborhood is located adjacent to the French Quarter and is also often referred to as Downton New Orleans. Initially called the American Sector, because of the many settlers that migrated here after the Louisiana Purchase, it is now termed as the Central Business District (CBD). It is the financial district of New Orleans LA, and houses many high-rise hotels, skyscrapers, and fine dine restaurants.

Besides the many museums like Ogden Museum and the National D-Day Museum, the neighborhood also has one of the largest sports venues in the world, called the Superdome. The Warehouse District is also located in the CBD area, with the Gallery Row in Julia Street being the home to around a dozen art galleries. This is why this area is also called the Arts District. The neighborhood offers many attractions to the tourists, like the Orpheum and Saenger theatres and well-known restaurants like Peche, Emeril’s, and Cochon. Many bars like Ace, Troubadour, Sazerac, and Moxy offer an extensive drinks menu to the visitors to wind down.

 

3.Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods

The Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods are located downriver from the French Quarter. This is also why the area is referred to as ‘Downriver’. Marigny has the famous Frenchmen Street, which is known for its authentic music scene. Marigny is connected to Bywater by the Crescent Park, and both the neighborhoods are Creole faubourgs, offering a hip Bohemian vibe. The neighborhoods have a food cachet, with new restaurants springing up every other day. Besides the music clubs, bars, tattoo parlors, the Downriver area also has the Marigny Opera House and other local theatres for art lovers.

 

4.Uptown New Orleans

Uptown New Orleans comprises many small residential neighborhoods located upriver from the French Quarter. It is known for its exquisite historical architecture and beautiful Garden District. It is the home to many local institutions, besides the Audubon Park and Zoo, and the universities of Tulane and Loyola. The neighborhood offers the taste of New Orleanian culture without the hustle and bustle of the French Quarter. It has some of the most unique art galleries, antique stores and upscale boutiques. The tourists visiting the picturesque Garden District will be able to savor delectable food at high-end restaurants like the Commander’s Palace or hop on to the neighborhood cafes and po-boy shops. Tipitina’s, which is a landmark in this area, is a must-visit destination for music lovers.

 

5.Mid-City

Mid-city is the heart of the town, located midway between Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River. It houses many popular attractions like the New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, and the Botanical Garden. Located in the Esplanade Ridge is the New Orleans Fair Ground, which hosts the famous Jazz and Heritage Festival every year. It also has the historic Franco-African neighborhood, Tremé, which is home to many Creole restaurants. The Bayou Road has many historical landmarks, besides the colorful homes. Tourists to this area cannot skip a visit to the beautiful City Park, which is spread across 1,300 acres of land. The Park offers many activities like golfing and boating in The Big Lake. The Botanical Gardens and the New Orleans Museum of Art are also located in City Park.

 

Other neighborhoods in NOLA include Lakeside and Algiers.

 

·   Lakeside: This part of the city is generally unknown to the visitors and is located in the northern part around Lake Pontchartrain. However, it has a cluster of popular eateries along Harrison Avenue, besides other attractions like historical forts and parks.

·   Algiers: This neighborhood is a quiet suburb located across the Mississippi River. The characteristic feature of this neighborhood is the beautiful Creole cottages, which are located in the midst of small art galleries and local pubs.