OUR CULTURE

THE NEIGHBORHOODS

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.

FOOD MUSIC CULTURE & ARTS

Acme Oyster House

Seafood, Cajun/Creole

724 Iberville St.
New Orleans, LA
5045225973

Bennachin Restaurant

African, Soul Food, Vegetarian

1212 Royal St.
New Orleans, LA
5045221230

Café Du Monde

Donuts, Coffee & Tea

800 Decatur St.
New Orleans, LA
5045254544

Deanie's Seafood Restaurant

Seafood

841 Iberville St.
New Orleans, LA
5045811316

Desire Oyster Bar

Seafood, Cajun/Creole

300 Bourbon St.
New Orleans, LA
5045532281

El Gato Negro

Mexican

81 French Market Place
New Orleans, LA
5045259752

Gumbo Shop

Cajun/Creole

630 Saint Peter St.
New Orleans, LA
5045251486

Oceana Grill

Seafood, Cajun/Creole, Breakfast & Brunch

739 Conti St.
New Orleans, LA
5045256002

Red Fish Grill

Seafood, Cajun/Creole

115 Bourbon St.
New Orleans, LA
5045981200

SoBou

Cajun/Creole, American

310 Chartres St.
New Orleans, LA
5045524095

World Famous N'awlins Cafe & Spice Emporium

Seafood, Cajun/Creole, Herbs/Spices

1101 N Peters St.
New Orleans, LA
5045287770

Ninth Ward


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.

FOOD MUSIC CULTURE & ARTS

Café Dauphine

Café, Creole/Cajun

5229 Dauphine St.
New Orleans, LA
5043096391

Junction

American, Bar/Pub Food, Burgers

3021 St. Claude Ave.
New Orleans, LA
5042720205

Melba's Old School Po-boys

American, Local/Regional Fare, Po-Boys

1525 Elysian Fields Ave.
New Orleans, LA
5042677765

Vaughn's Lounge

Bars, Nightclubs

4229 Dauphine St.
New Orleans, LA
5049475562

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.

FOOD MUSIC CULTURE & ARTS

Ba Mien Restaurant

Vietnamese

13235 Chef Menteur Hwy., Suite C
New Orleans, LA
5042550500

Castnet Seafood

Seafood

10826 Hayne Blvd.
New Orleans, LA
5042448446

Dong Phuong

Chinese, Vietnamese, Asian, Bakery

14207 Chef Menteur Hwy.,
New Orleans , LA
5042540296

Ma Momma’s House of Cornbread Chicken & Waffles

Southern, Chicken Wings, Soul Food

5741 Crowder Blvd.
New Orleans, LA
5042440021

Two Sister's Soul Food Restaurant

Soul Food

9901 Chef Menteur Hwy.
New Orleans, LA
5042420469

Club Continental

Bars, Nightclub

7140 Downman Rd.
New Orleans, LA
5042458888

Faubourg Tremé


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.

FOOD MUSIC CULTURE & ARTS

Backatown Coffee Parlour

Coffee & Tea

301 Basin Street
New Orleans, LA
5042641132

Dooky Chase Restaurant

Creole/Cajun, Soul Food

2301 Orleans Ave.
New Orleans, LA
5048210600

Li'l Dizzy's Café

Cajun/Creole

1500 Esplanade Ave.
New Orleans, LA
5045698997

Willie Mae's Scotch House

Southern, Cajun/Creole

2401 St Ann St.
New Orleans, LA
5048229503

Backstreet Cultural Museum

Museum

1116 Henriette Delille St.
New Orleans, LA
5045776001

Le Musée de F.P.C.

Museum, Venues, Event Spaces

2336 Esplanade Ave.
New Orleans, LA
5043235074

Treme's Petit Jazz Museum

Museum

1500 Governor Nicholls St.
New Orleans, LA
5047150332

Mid-City


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.

FOOD MUSIC CULTURE & ARTS

Best Life Pharmacy & Restaurant

Soul Food, Drugstores

2657 Tulane Ave
New Orleans, LA
5042645100

Boswell's Jamaican Grill

Caribbean

3521 Tulane Ave.
New Orleans, LA
5044826600

Cupcake Fairies

Desserts

2511 Bayou Rd.
New Orleans, LA
5043339356

Neyow's Creole Café

Cajun/Creole

3332 Bienville St.
New Orleans, LA
5048275474

Shamrock

Pubs, Arcades

4133 S Carrollton Ave.
New Orleans, LA
5043010938

The Half Shell Oyster Bar & Grill

Seafood, Cajun/Creole

2517 Bayou Rd.
New Orleans, LA
5044532287

Three Palms Bar & Grill

Cocktail Bars, Event Spaces

3813 Tulane Ave.
New Orleans, LA
5044594474

Shamrock

Pubs, Arcades

4133 S Carrollton Ave.
New Orleans, LA
5043010938

Sidebar Nola

Cocktail Bars, Wine Bars

611 S White St.
New Orleans, LA
5043243838

Sweet Lorraine's Jazz Club

Bars, Jazz & Blues, Nightclubs

1931 St Claude Ave.
New Orleans, LA
5049459654

Three Palms Bar & Grill

Cocktail Bars, Event Spaces

3813 Tulane Ave.
New Orleans, LA
5044594474

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.

FOOD MUSIC CULTURE & ARTS

Baru Bistro & Tapas

Latin American, Small Plates, Tapas

3700 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA
5048952225

Café Abyssinia

Ethiopian, Vegan

3511 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA
5048946238

Café Reconcile

Cajun/Creole, Southern

1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
New Orleans, LA
5045681157

District Donuts Sliders Brew

Coffee & Tea, Donuts, Burgers

2209 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA
5045706945

Houston's

American, Steakhouse

1755 St Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA
5045241578

Juan's Flying Burrito

Mexican

5538 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA
5048974800

Jung's Golden Dragon

Chinese

3009 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA
5048918280

La Thai

Thai, Asian, Seafood

4938 Prytania St.
New Orleans, LA
5048998886

Miyako Japanese Seafood & Steakhouse

Japanese, Sushi Bar, Hibachi

1403 St Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA
5044109997

Roux Carre

Food Court

2000 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
New Orleans, LA
5043092073

Superior Grill

Mexican

3636 St Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA
5048994200

Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar

Seafood, Cajun/Creole

4338 St Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA
5042933474

Tee-Eva's Famous Old Fashioned

Candy store, Desserts

5201 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA
5048998350

VooDoo BBQ & Grill

Barbeque, Cajun/Creole, Sandwiches

1501 St Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA
5045224647

New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

Attractions

1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
New Orleans, LA
5043715849

Ashé Cultural Arts Center

Museum

1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
New Orleans, LA
5045699070

Ashé Cultural Arts Center

Museum

1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
New Orleans, LA
5045699070

Southern Food and Beverage Museum & Museum of the American Cocktail

Museum

1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
New Orleans, LA
5045690405

Central City


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.

FOOD MUSIC CULTURE & ARTS

Gentilly


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.

FOOD MUSIC CULTURE & ARTS

Sassafras

Seafood, Cajun/Creole

2501 Leon C Simon
New Orleans, LA
5042883939

The Original Fiorella's Cafe

Italian, Seafood, Local/Regional Fare

5325 Franklin Ave.
New Orleans, LA
5043090352

Zimmer's Seafood

Seafood, Delis & Sandwiches

4915 St. Anthony Ave.
New Orleans, LA
5042827150

Arts/Warehouse District


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.

FOOD MUSIC CULTURE & ARTS

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.

FOOD MUSIC CULTURE & ARTS

Pigeon Town
(Uptown Back’oTown)


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.

FOOD MUSIC CULTURE & ARTS

Pontchartrain Park


“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.

FOOD MUSIC CULTURE & ARTS

Gert Town


Historically Inspiring

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.

FOOD MUSIC CULTURE & ARTS

C&A Seafood

Seafood

1429 S Jefferson Davis Pkwy.
New Orleans, LA
5048228497

Dunbar's Famous Creole Cuisine

Cajun/Creole

7834 Earhart Blvd.
New Orleans, LA
5045096287

Five Happiness

Chinese

3605 S Carrollton Ave.
New Orleans, LA
5044823935

LA SMOKEHOUSE

Barbeque, Soups, Sandwiches

8300 Earhart Blvd #103
New Orleans, LA
5042658905

Mikimoto Japanese Restaurant

Japanese, Sushi Bar

3301 S Carrollton Ave.
New Orleans, LA
5044881881

Red Star Chinese Restaurant

Chinese

8330 Earhart Blvd.
New Orleans, LA
5048611933

Wayward Owl Brewing

Breweries

3940 Thalia St.
New Orleans, LA
5048271646

Wayward Owl Brewing

Breweries

3940 Thalia St.
New Orleans, LA
5048271646

LAKEVIEW


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.

FOOD MUSIC CULTURE & ARTS

Another Broken Egg Cafe

Breakfast & Brunch, Cafe

607 Harrison Ave.
New Orleans, LA
5043014667

Chap's Chicken

Chicken, Fast Food

203 W Harrison Ave.
New Orleans, LA
5043715546

Creole Creamery

Ice Cream, Desserts

6260 Vicksburg St.
New Orleans, LA
5044822924

El Gato Negro

Mexican

300 Harrison Ave.
New Orleans, LA
5044880107

Lakeview Harbor

Burgers

911 Harrison Ave
New Orleans, LA
5044864887

Mondo

New American

900 Harrison Ave.
New Orleans, LA
5042242633

NOLA Beans

Coffee & Tea

762 Harrison Ave.
New Orleans, LA
5042670783

Reginelli's

Pizza, Italian

874 Harrison Ave.
New Orleans, LA
5044880133

Rosedale Restaurant

American, Traditional

801 Rosedale Dr.
New Orleans, LA
5043099595

Russell's Marina Grill

Breakfast & Brunch, Cafe

8555 Pontchartrain Blvd.
New Orleans, LA
5042829980

Sala

American, Traditional

124 Lake Marina Dr.
New Orleans, LA
5045132670

The Backyard

Barbeque, Burgers, Chicken Wings

244 West Harrison Ave.
New Orleans, LA
5043098767

The Blue Crab

Seafood, Salad, Soup

7900 Lakeshore Dr.
New Orleans, LA
5042842898

Two Tony's Restaurant

Italian

8536 Pontchartrain Blvd.,
New Orleans, LA
5042820801

Velvet Cactus 

Mexican

6300 Argonne Blvd.
New Orleans, LA
5043012083

Wasabi

Sushi, Asian

8550 Pontchartrain Blvd.
New Orleans, LA
5042673263

ALGIERS POINT


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.

FOOD MUSIC CULTURE & ARTS

Audrey Mae's Catering

Catering

17 Tennyson Place
New Orleans, LA
5044585305

Congregation Coffee

Coffee & Tea

240 Pelican Ave.
New Orleans, LA
5042560194

Dry Dock Cafe

American, Bars

133 Delaronde St.
New Orleans, LA
5043618240

Tavolino Pizza & Lounge

Pizza, Italian

141 Delaronde St.
New Orleans, LA
5046053365

Tout de Suite

Coffee & Tea, Breakfast & Brunch

347 Verret St.
New Orleans, LA
5043622264

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