New Orleans is situated along the crescent of the mighty Mississippi River and is made up of a series of distinct neighborhoods. New Orleanians take pride in the neighborhood they come from and live in, similar to the way a Texan, or a native of New York City boast about their homeland. The neighborhoods of New Orleans define the people who live there or have lived there throughout history, and remain as prominent landmarks in a city full of attraction!
Here’s a quick look at some of its major neighborhoods:
Also called the Faubourg Treme, this neighborhood dates back to the 18th Century and served as a melting pot of African, Caribbean, and European cultures.
It’s also the birthplace of the world famous New Orleans’ jazz sound which emanated from its infamous red-light district, Storyville. Visit St. Augustine Church, the oldest African-American Catholic place of worship in the US. Today, St. Augustine, is not known not only for its historical prominence, but they have an awesome gospel mass!
Nearby the church, you can take in the wild jazz sounds at Armstrong Park, named after jazz legend, Louis Armstrong. In it, you will find Congo Square, a landmark known for being a congregation space for enslaved people on Sundays (their day off). Congo Square is said to be the birthplace of New Orleans music and culture.
The Treme neighborhood is famous for its tiny jazz clubs, jazz funerals and 2nd line parades. Visit its Backstreet Cultural Museum to get a taste of Afro-American history.
Marked by a vibrant art scene, Marigny offers a plethora of local artisans’ galleries, art markets, and live music clubs. The Foubourg Marigny is a desirable place for locals to live and tourists to visit. It is famous for its “Bourbon St. for locals” aka Frenchmen St., St. Claude Arts District, Crescent Park by the river, and naturally its proximity to the French Quarter. Food and drink are available both at its cheap-eats and trendy restaurants, wine bars, and late-night dives.
The area has some colorful Creole-style cottages and the music scene at Frenchmen Street is worth the experience. Take a stroll in Washington Square Park or strike bargains at its flea markets and thrift stores. You can stay at any of its B&Bs or cozy inns, marked by their gas lamps, hidden courtyards, and lush gardens.
The Irish Channel neighborhood comprises Magazine Street, First Street and Toledano Street with the Mississippi river to its south. Predominantly a working-class neighborhood, it was home to the early Irish settlers.
Today it also houses Germans, Italians and African Americans and is one of New Orleans’ hottest neighborhoods. Marvel at the charming shotgun homes and quaint cottages, eat at its local restaurants or enjoy the serenity of the St. Mary’s Assumption Church.
This leafy neighborhood’s spacious and tree-shaded houses give it a nostalgic feel. Moreover, the presence of the Loyola and Tulane universities in the area give it a young and fresh population.
Shop to your heart’s content at its main shopping spot, Oak Street or at Maple Street with its small stores, coffee shops and the famous Maple Street Bookshop. Experience some of the best restaurants in the city like Jacques-Imo’s, Brigtsen’s, or Dante’s Kitchen for a fine dining meal. Grab a coffee at the historic Rue De La Course or eat a late night burger and shake at the famous Camellia grill!
Developed in 1830, St. Roch has a rich past. It was home to one of the US’ largest populations of free people of color prior to the Civil War. It is known for its former baseball field, dairies, small farms and blacksmith shops. Visit the St. Roch Playground and the Independence Square or shop for groceries at the St. Roch Market. Other places of interest include: the St. Roch shrine, chapel, and cemetery.
Each New Orleans neighborhood adds a vibrant life and color to this ever bustling city. No matter which neighborhood you visit in New Orleans, they’re always breathing life into you.