6 BEST NEIGHBORHOODS TO VISDIT IN NEW ORLEANS

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6 BEST NEIGHBORHOODS TO VISDIT IN NEW ORLEANS

6 BEST NEIGHBORHOODS TO VISDIT IN NEW ORLEANS

6 BEST NEIGHBORHOODS TO VISDIT IN NEW ORLEANS

Experiences driven by the senses abound in New Orleans. The city has a captivating charm that is evoked by the sound of second line celebrations and Mardi Gras, the flavor of gumbo and a stuffed po’ boy, and the sight of oak trees hanging over pastel-colored cottage homes. Fortunately, most of New Orleans’s most intriguing neighborhoods are conveniently located near one another, making it simple to go from the French Quarter’s bar-lined sidewalks to Marigny’s Frenchmen Street’s jazz note-filled corners. You also won’t leave this city without enjoying a satisfying supper, regardless of the location you choose, as it is home to some of the top restaurants in the country. These are a few of the best New Orleans neighborhoods to explore.6 BEST NEIGHBORHOODS TO VISDIT IN NEW ORLEANS

Tremé is considered the oldest African American neighborhood in the country, and few places in New Orleans exude the cultural vibrancy and pride of the city quite like it. The neighborhood’s impact on the city’s identity is undeniable; you’ll find generational recipes from this district in award-winning restaurants around New Orleans and joyous second line parades. All Bout Dat offers walking tours of the area, including a Black Heritage & Jazz City Tour that makes a stop at Congo Square, where free and enslaved Africans once met to celebrate their culture through music and dance. At the African American Museum, visitors can view the impact of Black culture in New Orleans through a number of exhibits. Lil Dizzy’s Cafe and Dooky Chase are both soul food institutions that have drawn people from around the world for a bowl of gumbo or crunchy fried chicken. Fritai first opened in 2021 by chef Charly Pierre and celebrates Haitian street food like plantains, stewed pork, and dumplings. In the evening, get a true taste of New Orleans music at Kermit’s Treme Mother-in-Law Lounge, where musicians serenade crowds into the early morning.

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Experience home away from home at this 18-room boutique hotel. There’s an on-site café that serves coffee and snacks, and a number of restaurants are within walking distance. On the grounds of a former railway station, the hotel sits directly across from the oldest still-operational cemetery in New Orleans, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, where famous New Orleans’s voodoo queen Marie Laveau is buried.

 

Garden District

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Check into Hotel Saint Vincent for eclectic design and festive energy. Located in the heart of the Lower Garden District and close to boutiques, restaurants, and coffeehouses on Magazine Street, this 75-room property debuted in 2021 with brightly colored accommodations that include floor-to-ceiling windows and vintage art. During the summer, guests can lounge by the large pool or grab an iced coffee and snacks at its French Vietnamese Elizabeth Street Café. At night, don’t miss dinner at the Italian-inspired menu at San Lorenzo restaurant followed by cocktails at the guests-only Chapel Club.

 

French Quarter

 

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Though just a minute’s walk from Bourbon Street, this 102-room hotel feels worlds away from its noisier neighbor. Room balconies, an intimate courtyard where complimentary breakfast for guests is served, a Prohibition-themed bar, and centuries-old Spanish architecture are just a few of its charms.

6 BEST NEIGHBORHOODS TO VISDIT IN NEW ORLEANS
6 BEST NEIGHBORHOODS TO VISDIT IN NEW ORLEANS
Roasted shrimp at the Elysian Bar is an unmissable dish in a city full of them.

Courtesy of The Elysian Bar

 

Faubourg Marigny

Best For: Live music

Make your way past the French Quarter to the pastel cottages and artist enclave that is Faubourg Marigny. Home to Frenchmen Street, a hub lined with jazz clubs and cafés, this neighborhood’s draw is a vibrant nightlife that’s not quite as overwhelming as the Quarter can be at times. For live music, Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro occupies a renovated 1800s storefront and brings in artists from across New Orleans and beyond for performances. At Studio Be, street artist turned gallery owner BMike has transformed a 35,000-square-foot warehouse into a space celebrating Black culture through mixed media art. At Bywater American Bistro, James Beard Award–winning chef Nina Compton and her team create dishes of roasted Gulf fish and wagyu beef lasagna as an ode to global comfort foods. Flip through a wide selection of books at independently owned Baldwin & Co., then head over to Botanicals Nola to cool down with smoothies featuring fun names like Ya Heard Me and Beaucoup Berries.

Where to stay

Warehouse District

6 BEST NEIGHBORHOODS TO VISDIT IN NEW ORLEANS
6 BEST NEIGHBORHOODS TO VISDIT IN NEW ORLEANS
New Orleans’s streets are singularly photogenic.

Photo by Laura Dannen Redman

Best For: Discovering new art

Enjoy some of the city’s most popular restaurants, retail shops, and art galleries in the Warehouse District, located 15-minutes by foot from the French Quarter. Every first Saturday of the month, Julia Street comes alive with galleries opening their doors for free entrance to new exhibits, including Ogden Museum of Southern Art and Contemporary Arts Center—where you can fuel up inside at Mr. Wolf Espresso while enjoying vibrant art and books on its shelves that celebrate Black culture. At the National WWII Museum, a new special exhibit highlights Japanese American veterans. You’ll also find some of the city’s most visited restaurants in this formerly industrial strip, including Pêche and Cochon—where a tender suckling pig with stewed okra, tomato, and pork jus is certainly worthy of its popularity.

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One of the newest hotels to debut in the city in 2021, Kimpton Hotel Fontenot recently expanded in March 2023 with 12,000-square-feet of meeting and events space, 33 new guest rooms and suites, and a new French brasserie, called King. Service here represents the best of New Orleans’s welcoming spirit, from the bartenders at the always crowded Peacock Room to the front desk check-in experience. Don’t leave without trying a chocolate babka knot at the ground floor café, Gospel Coffee & Boozy Treats.

The Botanical Gardens at City Park in New Orleans, Louisiana.
After a night or two of revelry, the calm of the Botanical Gardens beckons.

Photo by Suzanne C. Grim/Shutterstock

 

Mid-City

Best For: Home away from home

For a real neighborhood experience that feels far enough from the tourist center, but close enough to reach it via taxi in about 10 minutes, consider Mid-City. Located between Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River, the neighborhood is home to the famous annual Jazz and Heritage Festival and more than 2,000 flower plant species to view at the city’s Botanical Gardens. Mid-City is also home to the New Orleans Museum of Art, which contains both domestic and international fine art pieces. Don’t miss the free Besthoff Scultpture Garden here. Though the best po’ boy in the city is always a hot topic of debate, many will name Parkway Tavern Bakery their favorite, especially the roast beef option. For classic Creole food with a lively atmosphere, make a reservation at Neyow’s for a bowl of its well-loved filé gumbo.

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Located on a quiet street, this eight-room historic bed-and-breakfast features a courtyard to relax, and is just a 15-minute streetcar ride from downtown New Orleans. Guests can enjoy a complimentary gourmet breakfast each morning, including blueberry bread pudding.

 

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