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Whether you want to party at Mardi Gras, listen to live jazz, discover the city’s rich history and heritage, or sample cuisine as diverse as the city’s population, New Orleans’ vibrant neighborhoods have something for everyone. Here are a few of NOLA’s most interesting districts.

French Quarter

The bustling heart of New Orleans.

Hailed as the epicenter of New Orleans, the French Quarter—or the Vieux Carré—stretches along the banks of the Mississippi River. Walking tours cover all the highlights, from historic St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square to the lively French Market and the legendary nightlife of Bourbon Street, famous for its dive bars, jazz clubs, and restaurants. There’s something going on in the French Quarter at all hours of the day and night, but it’s most spectacular during annual events such as Mardi Gras and the Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Jackson Square is a particular highlight of the French Quarter. Photo: Alex Washburn / Viator

Garden District

Historic buildings and spooky tours.

With its grand old mansions and manicured parks, the Garden District is undeniably one of New Orleans’ most picturesque. Ride the historic cable car line along St. Charles Avenue or join a walking tour to admire the antebellum houses and stroll around the historic Lafayette Cemetery No. 1. The district is also a popular filming location for horror movies such as Interview with a Vampire—opt for ghost and vampire tours to see the neighborhood’s spookiest spots.

Marigny and Bywater

For the appeal of a local feel.

This small quarter is an artistic hub that feels distinctly more local than the neighboring French District. Head to Frenchmen Street, where you can hop between the many bars and jazz clubs, and tuck into local cuisine at some of the city’s best restaurants. Combine a visit with neighboring Bywater, just downstream, where you’ll find some of the city’s coolest new bars, shops, and music venues.

A beautiful, colorful home in the Marigny district. Photo: Fotoluminate LLC / Shutterstock

Warehouse District

For museums and more.

Located in the Central Business District, the Warehouse District is better known as the Arts District. Amid the urban sprawl of downtown New Orleans, you’ll find renowned museums such as the National WWII Museum and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, as well as numerous museums and galleries, elegant wine bars, and stylish boutiques.

Tremé

Culture, cuisine, and musical heritage.

On the northern cusp of the French Quarter, Tremé is America’s oldest African-American neighbourhood. Visit on a guided walking tour to learn more about its historic significance, discover the birthplace of jazz, and sample authentic Creole cuisine.

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