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A mix of Cre­ole cot­tages and Vic­to­rian shot­gun homes marks this tra­di­tion­ally work­ing­class neigh­bor­hood, now un­der­go­ing grad­ual gen­tri­fi­ca­tion with an in­flux of ur­ban hip­sters and a grow­ing num­ber of pop­u­lar eater­ies. Map 1, E3

The cen­ter of Cres­cent City com­merce, the CBD is de­fined by its main artery, Poy­dras Street, which stretches from the Mercedes-Benz Su­per­dome to the river and in­cludes the Mo­rial Con­ven­tion Cen­ter and Har­rah’s Casino. In re­cent years, the CBD has seen an explosion of lux­ury ho­tels, as well as a con­tin­u­ing restau­rant re­nais­sance with hot spots like Restau­rant Au­gust, Co­chon, Domenica and Ruth’s Chris, in ad­di­tion to the peren­ni­ally pop­u­lar Emeril’s. Map 3, B5


This once-bustling com­mer­cial cor­ri­dor on the “lake­side” of St. Charles Av­enue, which fell into deep decline dur­ing the 1990s, is thriv­ing again. Home to leg­endary mu­si­cians, such as Buddy Bolden, the area is also home to the New Or­leans Jazz Mar­ket. Map 1, D3


The French Quar­ter, or Vieux Carré, founded in 1718 as a walled mil­i­tary out­post, once com­prised the en­tire city of New Or­leans. To­day, the district is on the Na­tional Reg­is­ter of His­toric Places, and its quaint streets and shut­tered Cre­ole town­houses con­tinue to charm. Map 3, G4


Per­haps the grand­est of New Or­leans’ neigh­bor­hoods, the Gar­den District is fa­mous for its stately Greek Re­vival, Gothic and Queen Anne homes sur­rounded by ex­pan­sive lawns and gar­dens. Tours of the area are avail­able. Mag­a­zine Street, a mix of up­scale and off­beat art gal­leries, cloth­ing bou­tiques and café, is a shopa­holic’s dream. Map 1, D4


Ranch-style homes, one-story bun­ga­lows and other mod­ern styles are the hall­mark of this pleas­ant sub­ur­ban area. A pop­u­lar res­i­den­tal shop­ping and din­ing strip runs along Har­ri­son Av­enue. Map 1, D1


Named one of Amer­ica’s hippest neigh­bor­hoods by Travel +

Leisure, this funky district ad­ja­cent to the French Quar­ter has a bo­hemian mix of res­i­dents, from the well-heeled to the down-at-heel, as well as in­ter­est­ing res­i­den­tial ar­chi­tec­ture. French­men Street, with its mu­sic clubs and restau­rants, is the city’s hottest nightlife desti­na­tion. Map 3, J4


Lush avenues, shot­gun homes and the banks of Bayou St. John are all in­cluded in MidCity’s beau­ti­ful neigh­bor­hoods, ac­ces­si­ble by the Canal Street street­car. The New Or­leans Mu­seum of Art, City Park and the man­sions along Es­planade Av­enue are pop­u­lar at­trac­tions. Map 1, D3


Orig­i­nally in­cor­po­rated in 1845 as Car­roll­ton, a city in its own right, this area was an­nexed by New Or­leans in 1874. To­day the neigh­bor­hood is a ca­sual shop­ping and din­ing district. Oak and Maple streets are chock­ablock with bou­tiques, book­stores, restau­rants, clubs—and col­lege stu­dents. Map 1, C3


The na­tion’s old­est African-Amer­i­can neigh­bor­hood is lo­cated just north of the French Quar­ter. The Tremé is home to Arm­strong Park, the Ma­halia Jack­son The­ater and St. Au­gus­tine Church. Map 3, I2


This “South­ern SoHo” ad­ja­cent to the Cen­tral Busi­ness District was given a facelift for the 1984 World’s Fair. It is now an arts district, known for gal­leries, mu­se­ums and lofts. High­lights in­clude the art gal­leries on Ju­lia Street, the Con­tem­po­rary Arts Cen­ter, the Na­tional World War II Mu­seum, the Louisiana Chil­dren’s Mu­seum, the Con­fed­er­ate Mu­seum and the Og­den Mu­seum of South­ern Art. Map 3, D6


A drive across the Cres­cent City Con­nec­tion bridge takes vis­i­tors to the other side of the Mis­sis­sippi River. The Westbank is a col­lec­tion of sub­ur­ban res­i­den­tial and busi­ness com­mu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing Gretna, Har­vey and West­wego. English Turn Golf Club and Tour­na­ment Play­ers Club both draw top golf tour­na­ments and PGA events. Map 1, D4

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