Bywater, Marigny, Treme, and Algiers
You can let the Yelp reviews take you to the French Quarter, Cafe du Monde, and other tourist-heavy spots. Sure, those places are worth seeing. We’d rather dare you to go beyond the beaten path in New Orleans. We assure you, you won’t be disappointed.
Many credit Congo Square as the real birthplace of jazz. Tremé is considered one of the oldest black neighborhoods in the U.S.; the park is where freed slaves would get together on Sundays to eat, make music, and dance, eventually giving birth to brass bands and jazz. It also has a long history of significant economic, cultural, and socio-political events throughout the last 200 years. The entire area is an awesome journey of discovery.
Alongside Faubourg Marigny and Tremé, Bywater is the heart of New Orleans’ creative innovativeness hub. What used to be a run-down area is now an increasingly gentrifying center, where wealthy investors are looking to plant roots. A must in this neighborhood is a visit to Elizabeth’s, one of the top culinary destinations in town.
Frenchmen Street is the locals’ version of Bourbon Street, where live music—from jazz to blues, or reggae to rock—and artisans come together to turn the street into a celebration of sounds, colors, and textures. Daytime brings lovely antique shops, bookstores, and food. When the sun sets, the clubs are open and the bars are pouring.
For a last hurrah, before we lose you, get on the free ferry to Algiers and enjoy the scenery.
Hotel St. Marie
We’re willing to bet a few bucks that you’ve seen picture of Hotel St. Marie. The famous façade is so quintessentially New Orleans that the two-story, wrap around balconies are captured in photographs both big and small. This charming staple is a solid choice for people who want to be in the midst of all the French Quarter action. Bonus: it’s usually pretty budget-friendly.
French Market Inn
The French Market Inn is a lovely, vintage-inspired escape from the bustling city. After a day of exploring the roots of jazz, swing by PJ’s Coffee (inside the hotel) and grab a cappuccino and pastry to enjoy while you sit on your balcony and soak-up the sights.
Place d'Armes Hotel
The Place d’Armes Hotel is a collection of restored 18th and 19th century buildings that hide tucked-away courtyards, a pool, and fountains. This vintage New Orleans haunt is a short ride or walk from the Treme area, and isn’t far from the waterfront. After exploring the city’s hidden gems, you can still stroll to Bourbon Street and Cafe du Monde for beignets.
Renaissance Arts Hotel
Located in the Warehouse District, this Renaissance hotel is a budget-friendly that won’t disappoint. Here, you’ll enjoy the benefits of nearby dining, antique shopping, arts and culture while avoiding the super tourist-dense Bourbon-street-type-experience. Getting around to nearby neighborhoods is easy. Rooms are filled with light, artworks abound, and a friendly staff make this Marriott property a solid choice.