Nearby New Orleans Neighborhoods
There are over 73 neighborhoods in New Orleans, divided by the bodies of water, railroad and streetcar tracks, and by the seemingly arbitrary geographical boundaries. The city a rich tapestry of its neighborhoods, with the older ones clustered around the French Quarter and stretching all the way Uptown. Here are few quick highlights of the five neighborhoods closest to the French Quarter.
The Central Business District (CBD) starts just across Canal Street from the French Quarter. After the 1803 Louisiana Purchase the area experienced an influx of Americans, who built brick townhouses and Protestant churches. The modern-day CBD is now home to many historic commercial and residential buildings, office high-rises, restaurants, boutique hotels, theaters, museums, and retail stores. Clusters of galleries on Julia Street known as the Warehouse/Arts District, host openings on the first Saturday of the month and special annual events like White Linen Night.
The area contains the South Market District, an upscale shopping destination, and Orpheum, Joy, and Saenger theaters. The area around Canal Street, which borders with the French Quarter, is home to numerous retail stores and restaurants, as well as the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, the Insectarium, and Harrah’s casino.
The Garden District/Uptown
The Garden District, part of the larger neighborhood called Uptown, is a must, even if you just zip through it on the St. Charles Avenue streetcar. Incredible architecture awaits, drowning in lush greenery under the canopy of centuries-old live oaks. Some of the most iconic restaurants could be found there, along with the James Beard-winning luminaries. Uptown is host to the historic Audubon Park and Zoo, Loyola and Tulane Universities, and the bustling shopping corridors of Magazine and Freret Streets.
Cross Esplanade Avenue, and you’re leaving the French Quarter and entering Faubourg Marigny, named after Bernard de Marigny, a French aristocrat whose plantation and its subdivisions formed the area in the early 19th century. Today the Marigny is home to an eclectic mix of residents, excellent bars and restaurants, covetable historic houses, and iconic music venues. You’ll find quite a few of those on just a few blocks of the famous Frenchmen Street, but St. Claude Avenue also has one of the highest concentration of live music venues in the city.
Adjacent to the Marigny, Bywater starts right past the train tracks on Press Street. The vibrant scene has experienced an influx of newcomers in the past decade, which has resulted in even more galleries, music venues and art markets. The food scene is a mix of casual and trendy, featuring some of the greenest and health-conscious eateries in the city. The Bywater neighborhood is also lauded for its dives, street murals, small boutiques, off-the-beaten path galleries, and the revamped St. Roch Market food hall. The riverside Crescent Park offers trails, picnic spots, and sweeping city views.
It’s one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, settled in the late 18th century. The area was named after Claude Tremé, a French hatmaker and real estate developer who migrated from Burgundy in 1783. Today’s Tremé is known for its music clubs and soul food spots (many double as both), architecture, and cultural centers celebrating the neighborhood’s roots. It’s a vibrant, diverse neighborhood, home of many a second line parade, and the star of popular HBO’s namesake series. Tremé is said to be the birthplace of jazz, and it’s still a great place to hear live music.