New Orleans is a neighborhood city, no question. The city offers some incredible places to call home.There are some truly beautiful, charming neighborhoods in New Orleans that make the city so special. But amid all the various neighborhoods, there are a few that stand out. Here are the best neighborhoods in New Orleans.
Nestled between Tulane University and the Riverbend, Carrollton offers bungalow homes, the streetcar, and of course the iconic Camelia Grill. Residents enjoy shopping and eating at the two central commercial areas--Maple Street and Oak Street, both offering amazing shops, restaurants, and even some night life. There's truly something for everyone in this area that has an amazing mix of old time New Orleans funk and presentable Uptown charm.
The yearly po-boy fest on Oak Street, pictured here, is a highlight of the neighborhood.
One of the more sleepy neighborhoods on this list, Gentilly offers a beautiful architecture, big yards, and of course a wonderful neighborhood park, Pontchartrain park. A perfect place to start a family or simply unwind after a long day.
Perhaps one of the most heartwarming neighborhood revitalization stories since Katrina, Broadmoor has truly been reborn since the storm. The neighborhood experienced devastating flooding and many designers from out of town recommended that the neighborhood not be rebuilt. Neighbors thought otherwise, though, and now Broadmoor has amazing community support, including the Broadmoor Arts and Wellness center and the Rosa Keller Library and community center, pictured here.
Although Broadmoor doesn't have as robust a commercial district as many of these neighborhoods, the growing development at the intersection of Broad and Washington is continuing to stimulate this crossroads neighborhood of New Orleans.
4) Bayou St. John
A true waterfront neighborhood with beautiful historic architecture and plenty of recreational options makes Bayou St. John in Mid-City stand out. With City Park bordering on one end and Broad Street on the other, the sweet shotguns and luscious gardens found throughout the neighborhood are truly unique. Neighbors gather at the always bustling Fairgrinds Coffee Shop or to watch the butterflies play in Mystery Park.
The annual Bayou Boogaloo brings neighbors together as it grows every year.
5) Lower Garden District
Tucked away at the downtown end of Magazine Street, with St. Charles and the River as borders, the Lower Garden District offers amazing shopping and beautiful historic mansions. Coliseum Square park is an amazing gem in the neighborhood, the beautiful fountain offers an great place to spend an afternoon.
Many creative an alternative and popular New Orleans shops and cafes make the Lower Garden District their home, including Aidan Gill, Trashy Diva and Hi Volt Coffee House.
Tucked between the French Quarter and the Bywater, Marigny is centered around Frenchmen street, where amazing music can be heard every single night. Beautiful and historic homes line the streets and somehow the neighborhood vibe has survived despite the mass of tourists that visit here year round.
Coffee abounds in this neighborhood, with the Orange Couch, pictured here, offering some of the most unique and delicious options.
Another neighborhood that has changed dramatically since Katrina, the Bywater straddles the new and the old with classic places like Frady's, pictured here, coexisting with the more hipster Satsuma found across the street.
St. Claude Ave. anchors the neighborhood where bike traffic reigns supreme.
8) French Quarter
Bordered by Canal Street, Rampart Street, Esplanade Ave, and the River, the French Quarter is in many ways the crown jewel of New Orleans. In some senses more Spanish than French, this neighborhood was the original settlement of New Orleans, offering the quintessential experience of the city. Even though the neighborhood is crawling with tourists day and night, the French Quarter still manages to maintain a neighborhood feel, especially on the back streets during the day.
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