Nestled between the Lower Garden District and the CBD, lies the Warehouse District — an area that has grown and flourished since its initial redevelopment following the 1984 World’s Fair. The booming neighborhood embodies everything from trendy restaurants and art galleries, to cocktail lounges and gambling. No matter the occasion, the Warehouse District is the perfect neighborhood to explore. Remember that New Orleans is currently in its Phased Reopening Plan, which means wearing a mask is mandatory and a reservation or advanced ticket is required to dine at a restaurant or visit an attraction. Here are a few places to check out…
Ranked the second best museum in the world by Trip Advisor, the National WWII Museum is a must-visit. You can easily spend a whole day exploring the massive property. Wander through the exhibits, see a show in the Stage Door Canteen, have lunch at the Soda Shop or American Sector and check out the 4-D multi-sensory production in the Solomon Victory Theater.
Located on the banks of the Mississippi River, visitors can have a taste of Mardi Gras year-round. This family-friendly attraction gives you a glimpse of where the floats are made and teaches the many traditions of the holiday.
Multiple James Beard Award-winner Donald Link demonstrates his skills in various restaurants throughout the neighborhood. For upscale, Herbsaint is known for their wine list and French-Seasonal cuisine. New in 2019, Gianna serves Italian small plates. Peche is the perfect spot for fresh seafood in a trendy atmosphere, while Cochon is where to try all things Cajun. Looking for something a little more casual and quick? Grab a sandwich and some small plates from Cochon Butcher right next door.
This multi-vendor food hall is perfect for those who can’t decide what they want to eat. From oysters and poke, to fresh salads and empanadas, your group can choose from a variety of options. The sleek space is also great for just grabbing a drink.
Known for its “Gallery Row,” Julia Street is the most popular thoroughfare in the area. Wander through over a dozen art galleries, such as Jonathan Ferrara and Arthur Roger. The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) is a great stop for modern art enthusiasts, while the Ogden Museum celebrates southern art.
Though its name may be deceiving, ice cream is star of the show at Drip. Order a scoop with a side of hot, dreamy coffee or matcha tea and watch your worries melt away. Vietnamese coffee, milk tea and other delicious concoctions are also on the menu.
New Orleans doesn’t have to be all heavy dishes of meat and fried seafood. Pescatarians, vegans, vegetarians and everyone in between can enjoy the lighter dishes at Carmo. The causal café offers tropical dishes and is nationally-certified sustainable.
For French fare with New Orleans flavor, check out Vyoone’s in the Warehouse District. Ahi tuna tartar, French onion soup and soft-shell crab are highlights of the menu. Make sure to enjoy your meal outdoors on the courtyard – it's a picture-perfect spot for fine dining.
Test your luck at the largest casino in the New Orleans metro area. With more than 1500 slots, 130 table games and 20 poker tables, Harrah’s is bumping 24 hours a day. If you need a break, venture across the street to Fulton Street for some fresh air or a meal.
Fun for all ages, Fulton Street is a pedestrian walkway lined with restaurants and fun. Fulton Alley offers craft cocktails and upscale bar snacks alongside sleek bowling alleys. Eat your way through the Warehouse District with stops for Oysters Rockefeller, succulent steaks and fresh seafood. If you happen to visit during the month of December, you might even see snow.