New Orleans is known for its vibrant nightlife and wild carnival.
But the Big Easy has more to offer than the frozen drinks on Bourbon Street.
It is important to diversify during your visit. The Garden District, the Central Business District (also known as CBD), Marigny, Bywater and Mid-City (among others) have their own distinctive style, atmosphere and personality.
And since everyone will design their experience, you want to choose a lounge area that suits your style.
To help you plan your trip, here’s my breakdown of New Orleans’ best neighborhoods for visitors (as well as recommended accommodations in each).
But first, some frequently asked questions about my stay in New Orleans:
What is the best neighborhood for sightseeing?
This one is pretty simple: the French quarter. Yes, it is full of tourists, but if sightseeing is on your agenda, then a stay here is a must.
What is the best neighborhood for families?
If you are traveling as a family, Mid-City is the right place for you. In addition to the city’s extensive park, the area is also home to the Louisiana Children’s Museum and the New Orleans Museum of Art.
What is the best neighborhood for shopping?
The Speicherstadt is full of great shops and boutiques. Be sure to get to Magazine Street, which also extends into the lower garden district.
What is the best neighborhood for foodies?
Tremé and the 7th station are ideal for people traveling with a stomach and palate. There are new trendy places, but also a handful of excellent traditional Creole and Cajun restaurants.
What is the best neighborhood for history?
While many people might point out the French Quarter to the history buff, and understandably – the Garden District is a quieter neighborhood worth exploring, crammed with 19th-century mansions and historic cemeteries.
What is the best neighborhood for hipsters?
The Marigny and the neighbouring Bywater are full of pubs, art galleries and cool restaurants with a Moderna and eclectic atmosphere. There are many great jazz bars and bohemian places on Frenchmen Street.
What is the best neighborhood in general?
It’s hard to choose just one neighborhood in a city where each district has its own unique taste and style, but I’m sticking with the French Quarter because it’s usually the one that attracts people here in the first place.
With these questions answered, here’s a breakdown of each neighborhood with suggested accommodations so you know exactly where to stay in New Orleans