There are a number of neighborhoods in New Orleans, each with exciting things to offer. Below, we have highlighted the French Quarter, Central Business District, Arts District, St. Claude Arts District, and Tremé, where many conference events and programming will be held.
The French Quarter, also known as Vieux Carré, is the oldest neighborhood in the city of New Orleans. As a historic neighborhood, the French Quarter offers plenty of different experiences. The historic architecture, influenced by French, Spanish, Creole, and American styles, is just one interesting facet of this neighborhood. Some of the historic homes have also been transformed into history museums, allowing viewers to take a trip back in time. There are also a number of stores, from fashionable boutiques to more eclectic options, or for a completely different shopping experience, try the French Market, the oldest public market in America. The French Quarter also has plenty of food options, with over 100 restaurants in the quarter alone. Check out some great food options here, where you can search by neighborhood, type of cuisine, and restaurant name.
The CBD is a neighborhood connected to the French Quarter, and is home to professional offices housed within tall skyscrapers, specialty and neighborhood retail, numerous restaurants and clubs, and thousands of residents inhabiting restored historic commercial and industrial buildings. Some notable places in the CBD are Harrah’s Casino, Aquarium of the Americas and the shops at Canal Place. The Superdome is also located in the CBD, which hosts not only football games, but concerts, family shows, convention/trade shows, stage productions, and exhibitions. Champions Square is a part of the Superdome, one of the city's most popular entertainment destinations for corporate events, festivals, and concerts. The Central Business District also has a Downtown Guide to show the many different neighborhoods and their locations here.
The St. Claude Arts District is in the forefront of contemporary art in New Orleans. This area really shined during Prospect.1 and challenged anyone who thought New Orleans might lack a contemporary art scene. This area is off the beaten path and will guarantee an intellectual evening of gallery perusing. St. Claude Arts District galleries include The Front, Good Children Gallery, Barrister’s Gallery, Antenna, and many more. For more galleries in the St. Claude Arts District, check out this map created by Constance, a full-service publishing, design, and event coordination hub in New Orleans.
In a city known for its history, music and personality, no neighborhood overflows with more of any of these qualities than Tremé, the oldest African American neighborhood in the United States. Located on the lakeside of the French Quarter, Tremé is a solidly residential neighborhood infused with a long history of cultivating famous musicians, stirring up Creole cuisine, second lining through the streets, and burying loved ones in neighborhood cemeteries. Unlike some neighborhoods in New Orleans, many residents in Tremé still have long connections to the neighborhood; living in houses owned or lived in by generations of their families. Tremé is a lens into New Orleans life from the locals that live it. Some attractions in Treme include Congo Square, Louis Armstrong Park, the New Orleans African American Museum, and Backstreet Cultural Museum, among others. Check out a map of the Treme neighborhood here.
For a full list of neighborhoods in New Orleans, with maps, check out this website.
This system map from the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (NORTA) shows street car and bus routes by neighborhood. The “Plan Your Trip” bar at the top of the page makes traveling easy by showing the best routes to take to arrive at your destination.
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