This New Orleans neighborhood guide will show you some of the best areas of the city. New Orleans has many faces but when people talk about the city they talk primarily about the French quarter. But it is the neighborhoods surrounding the city that make it unique. 

As the population of New Orleans increased it expanded to the west and the east along the river. It also grew to the north along the Pontchartrain Lake.

These expansions make up over a dozen new districts. Let us take you through some of the best neighborhoods in New Orleans.

The French Quarter – popular New Orleans neighborhood

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Vieux Carre (old square) or the French Quarter, is very close to the Mississippi River. Most buildings located in the French Quarter were built before the Louisiana Purchase. This New Orleans neighborhood is one of the oldest of the districts and it shows.

Balconies and courtyards make this neighborhood charming and unique. The quarter structure blends Spanish and French architecture along the streets lined by antique galleries, shops, cafes, and dive bars.

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Garden District And Lower Garden District

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This New Orleans neighborhood was among the first built after the Louisiana Purchase. The community was named for the presence of showy gardens, most of the neighborhood is located on Saint Charles Ave to Jackson Ave.

It has varied houses, cottage styles and Greek Revivals, and Victorians. Coliseum Square has townhouses assembled in a traditional atmosphere. This neighborhood also gains from the shopping choices of Magazine Street.

New Orleans Uptown neighborhood

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The neighborhood has a wide array of architecture from the Creole cottages to the Greek revivals, Queen Anne’s, and Tudors, and grand mansions. Uptown is home to two universities. The Prytania movie theater that is a local favorite is in Uptown and started in the early 1900s.

Faubourg Marigny And Bywater

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This district was the second suburb of New Orleans in 1906. The Marigny is one of the top choice tourists and visitors looking for excellent food and great music. The city is an artist-friendly and singles friendly neighborhood that people around the world have chosen to make their home.

The Bywater is located a few minutes from the French Quarter. The area has plenty of old architecture, and it has become popular with do it yourself types, handymen, and renovators. Bywater is located between the holy cross-district and Marigny. It is a home for many of the trendiest restaurants and bars which host live music.

New Orleans Arts District neighborhood (Warehouse District)

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The Marigny, the French quarter and the garden district; all have been popular destinations for tourists to New Orleans in the past. But the art district renewal has given the tourists another reason to come back to the crescent city.

World-class art museums, galleries, and fine dining restaurants fill this neighborhood, consider stopping here your next trip to New Orleans.