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You’ll find authentic multicultural experiences – the Soul of New Orleans – in our historic neighborhoods.
300 YEARS OF HISTORY
Celebrate the 300th anniversary of one of the world’s most unique and diverse cities.
The Vieux Carré
Living, Breathing, Dancing History
The Vieux Carré, or French Quarter, is home to Jackson Square, centuries-old Creole restaurants, world-famous beignets and café au lait, fabulous antique shopping, and the French Market, where people from all nationalities have worked and shopped for centuries. The 164-stall Bazaar section of the French Market was designed by Joseph Abeilard, one of America’s first African-American architects. Unfortunately, it was destroyed by a hurricane in 1915 and was rebuilt later by the WPA.
Acme Oyster House
African, Soul Food, Vegetarian
Seafood, Cajun/Creole, Breakfast & Brunch
Where New Orleans Gets Real
The portion of the Ninth Ward stretching downriver from the Industrial Canal to the St. Bernard line is called the "Lower 9th Ward" or "the Lower Ninth.” It includes Jackson Barracks, once home to colored troops who served the United States during the Indian Wars and the Spanish-American War. The area above the Canal is the "Upper Ninth Ward, " and the section along the riverfront between Faubourg Marigny and the Industrial Canal is the Bywater. Famous 9th Ward residents, past and present, include legendary rock ‘n roller Fats Domino, rapper Magic, NBA player Eldridge Recasner, NFL player Marshall Faulk, authors Kalamy ya Salaam and Poppy Z. Bright, actor John Larroquette, trumpeter Kermit Ruffins and members of the Batiste musical family.
American, Bar/Pub Food, Burgers
New Orleans East
Blast Offs & Bahn Mis
The East is home to Joe Brown Memorial Park, the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, and the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility. At one time, African-American families came to the East for Lincoln Beach, a segregated amusement park built during the Jim Crow era. Along with a large African-American population, the East has a thriving Vietnamese called "Little Vietnam.” The area has a number of truly fine Vietnamese restaurants, including Dong Phuong Restaurant & Bakery, known for its Vietnamese Po-Boy (the banh mi) and for amazing king cakes.
Ba Mien Restaurant
Chinese, Vietnamese, Asian, Bakery
Ma Momma’s House of Cornbread Chicken & Waffles
Southern, Chicken Wings, Soul Food
The Birthplace of Jazz
The country’s oldest African-American neighborhood is the birthplace of jazz. In the days before the Civil War, Congo Square, in what is now Louis Armstrong Park, was the only place slaves and free people of color were allowed to congregate for drumming, chanting and ritualistic dancing. The neighborhood also housed Storyville, the city’s famed red-light district, where jazz grew up. Today, the Tremé is known for St. Augustine Church, the Tomb of the Unknown Slave and the Backstreet Cultural Museum – as well as for its charming architecture, mouth-watering soul food and unique art galleries.
Dooky Chase Restaurant
Creole/Cajun, Soul Food
Backstreet Cultural Museum
Le Musée de F.P.C.
Museum, Venues, Event Spaces
A Fusion of Cultures and Flavors
The heart of New Orleans is Mid-City. Known for large homes on Canal Street as well as cute shotgun houses of all colors, you’ll find people from all backgrounds in Mid-City, including a growing Hispanic population. A perfect evening in Mid-City might include dinner at Café Minh on Canal Street, where the exotic flavors of Vietnam, Thailand and France second line alongside the whimsy of New Orleans. Follow that with an Italian ice, spumoni or gelato at the famous Angelo Brocato’s which has been on Carrollton Avenue since 1905. Then head over to Rock ‘n’ Bowl where you can dance to the best local bands between games.
Best Life Pharmacy & Restaurant
Soul Food, Drugstores
The Half Shell Oyster Bar & Grill
Sweet Lorraine's Jazz Club
Bars, Jazz & Blues, Nightclubs
The Garden District and
Uptown New Orleans
Take the Streetcar Down the
“Jewel of America’s Grand Avenues”
After the signing of the Louisiana Purchase at the Cabildo on Jackson Square in 1803, Americans came in droves to seek their fortunes. Snubbed by the Creoles in the French Quarter, the Americans built their lavish mansions along St. Charles Avenue in what is now called the Garden District and Uptown. Tulane University is home to the Amistad Research Center at Tulane with the largest manuscript collection in the world on African-Americans, race relations and civil rights. You’ll also enjoy Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, and dining and shopping on eclectic Magazine Street.
Baru Bistro & Tapas
Latin American, Small Plates, Tapas
District Donuts Sliders Brew
Coffee & Tea, Donuts, Burgers
Miyako Japanese Seafood & Steakhouse
Japanese, Sushi Bar, Hibachi
Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar
Tee-Eva's Famous Old Fashioned
Candy store, Desserts
Ashé Cultural Arts Center
Ashé Cultural Arts Center
Still Jazzy After All These Years
New Orleans’ Central City neighborhood was originally designed by famous Creole architect Barthelemy Lafrain in 1809. With its lovely Queen Anne, Greek Revival and Italianate architecture, it was named a historic district in 1982. The main street of Central City, Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, is the center of the action in the neighborhood. Before the Civil Rights movement, black musicians like Buddy Bolden and Professor Longhair, barred from other venues, played for their fans on O.C. Haley. After years of urban decay, O. C. Haley rebounded and was named a Great American Main Street by the National Main Street Center in 2017. Just a short walk from the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar line, visitors come for the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, the New Orleans Jazz Market, the Ashé Cultural Arts Center, and for wine tastings and pop ups at the Dryades Public Market. For an authentic New Orleans meal, drop by Café Reconcile, a training ground for young chefs.
A day at the races
Gentilly is known for Dillard University, a private, historically black liberal arts college with roots that go as far back as 1869. This lovely neighborhood cozies up to the New Orleans Fairgrounds, the country’s third oldest, continuously operating thoroughbred race track. The Fairgrounds are also the site Jazz Fest, one of the most beloved music festivals in the world.
The Original Fiorella's Cafe
Italian, Seafood, Local/Regional Fare
Where New Orleans Gets Artsy
In the 19 th century, this part of town was home to warehouses filled with produce, coffee, cotton, and grains that came in through the Port of New Orleans. Today with its chic loft apartments, restaurants owned by James Beard award-winning chefs, popular music venues, and Julia Street (Gallery Row), the neighborhood is known as the SoHo of the South. Come spend a day at Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World, the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and The National World War II Museum art here. The latter was named the No. 4 Museum in the United States and No. 11 in the World in the 2016 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards.
Central Business District (CBD)
Get Down Downtown
The CBD was once part of a huge plantation owned by the explorer who founded New Orleans, Jean Baptiste LeMoyne Sieur de Bienville. The land was sold to the Jesuits in 1723 and, by the 1830s, the “American Sector” began to challenge the French Quarter as New Orleans’ main business district. In addition to being a vibrant business district, the Central Business District is home to fine hotels, loft apartments, restaurants, bars, theaters and attractions such as the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the Smoothie King Center, Harrah’s Casino, the Aquarium of the Americas, and the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. You’ll also find high-end shopping at Canal Place.
Speaking the Language of Fun
This neighborhood, officially known as Leonidas, was nicknamed Pigeon Town because at one time its inhabitants spoke mostly “pidgin” English – just enough to get by. Now home to the city’s annual Po-boy Festival, Pigeon Town is fun place to grab a coffee or a meal and peruse charmingly antiquated boutiques.
“The American Dream Realized”
Ernest “Dutch” Morial (New Orleans first African-American mayor), actor/producer Wendell Homes (star of “Treme” and “The Wire”), and Grammy Award-winning Jazz musician Terence Blanchard all called Pontchartrain Park home. Billed as “The American Dream Realized,” Pontchartrain Park was the first sub-division in New Orleans planned with middle- and upper-class African Americans in mind. The development features an 18-hole course, designed and named for African-American golf pro Joseph M, Bartholemew, Sr., who was not allowed to play on several other courses in the city.
Gert Town is a derivation of “Gehrke’s Town,” an early general store and gathering spot in the area. Once part of the McCarty Slave Plantation, Gert Town is now, ironically, the site of prestigious Xavier University, the only historically Black and Catholic university in the U.S. Johnson Park and Lincoln Park hold significant jazz history.
Barbeque, Soups, Sandwiches
Mikimoto Japanese Restaurant
Japanese, Sushi Bar
Playground on Pontchartrain
Picturesque stone bridges over the bayous in City Park. Elegant Italianate homes on Canal Boulevard. Fun in the sun along Lake Pontchartrain on Lakeshore Drive. The vibrant restaurant scene on Harrison Avenue. Welcome to Lakeview, a popular neighborhood for growing families, bounded by the Seventeenth Street Canal, Lakeshore Drive, Bayou St. John, and City Park Avenue. Make room on your itinerary for dinner at celebrity chef Susan Spicer’s Mondo, coffee at NOLA Beans, gift shopping at Little Miss Muffin, homemade ice cream from Creole Creamery and drinks at Parlay’s, the longest bar in Orleans parish.
Another Broken Egg Cafe
Breakfast & Brunch, Cafe
Russell's Marina Grill
Breakfast & Brunch, Cafe
Barbeque, Burgers, Chicken Wings
Great Views & Must Dos
For the best views of New Orleans, hop the Algiers Ferry to Algiers Point, an artsy community on the West Bank with a village feel. Over the years, musicians including Henry “Red” Allen, Peter Bocage, Oscar “Papa” Celestine, “Kid” Thomas Valentine and Elizabeth “Memphis Minnie” Douglas have all called “The Point” home. Today the Algiers riverfront offers three miles along the levee for walking, biking, and picnics. The neighborhood is known for its charming Victorian cottages, the Jazz Walk of Fame honoring New Orleans’ musical legends, and Confetti Park, a whimsical playground with fence work by artist Steven Kline.
New Orleans: A Bubbling Caldron
of Many Cultures
New Orleans has always been a brightly colored canvas. The air is filled with the aromas of all different kinds of cuisines, as well as an original, constantly evolving soundtrack that can be heard around the world.
We hope you join us this year as the city celebrates this rich, cultural gumbo with fascinating special events and soul-stirring tributes. We also invite you to experience our soul at our world-class attractions, museums and parks.
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“New Orleans is truly a city of many nations, a melting pot, a bubbling caldron of many cultures. There is no other place quite like it in the world that so eloquently exemplifies the uniquely American motto: e pluribus unum — out of many we are one.”
– Mayor Mitch Landrieu, after the removal
– of four Confederate statues