Posted: 5/23/23 | May 23rd, 2023
New Orleans is known for its rambunctious nightlife and wild Mardi Gras.
But there’s more to the Big Easy than the frozen drinks on Bourbon Street.
It’s essential to branch out during your visit. The Garden District, the Central Business District (aka CBD), the Marigny, Bywater, and Mid-City (among other neighborhoods) all have their own distinct style, vibe, and personality.
And, since each is going to shape your experience, you want to pick an area to stay that fits your style.
To help you plan your trip, here is my breakdown of the best neighborhoods in New Orleans for visitors (as well as suggested accommodations in each).
But, first, some frequent questions I get asked about staying in New Orleans:
What’s the best neighborhood for sightseeing?
This one is pretty simple: the French Quarter. Yes, it’s packed with tourists, but if sightseeing is on your agenda, then a stay here is a must.
What’s the best neighborhood for families?
If you’re traveling as a family, Mid-City is the place for you. In addition to hugging up against the expansive City Park, the area is also home to the Louisiana Children’s Museum and the New Orleans Museum of Art.
What’s the best neighborhood for shopping?
The Warehouse District is filled with great shops and boutiques. Make sure you hit Magazine Street, which stretches into the Lower Garden District as well.
What’s the best neighborhood for foodies?
Tremé and the 7th Ward are excellent for people who travel with their stomach and taste buds in mind. There are new trendy spots but also a handful of excellent traditional Creole and Cajun restaurants.
What’s the best neighborhood for history?
While lots of people might point the history buff to the French Quarter — and understandably so — the Garden District is a more tranquil neighborhood that is worth exploring, replete with 19th-century mansions and historic cemeteries.
What’s the best neighborhood for hipsters?
The Marigny and neighboring Bywater are chock-full of dive bars, art galleries, and cool restaurants with an all-around hip vibe. Frenchmen Street boasts a bunch of great jazz bars and bohemian hangouts.
What’s the best neighborhood overall?
It’s hard to pick just one neighborhood in a city where each district has its own unique flavor and style, but I’m going with the French Quarter, because that is usually the one that lures people here in the first place.
So, with those questions…
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