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Mid-City

North of the noise and saturated color of the Quarter is a New Orleans neighborhood that’s perfected the art of living. “Welcome to Mid-City,” read the signs on the neutral ground. And that’s truth in advertising. It’s the kind of place where your auto mechanic invites you to a crawfish boil and a total stranger may buy you a drink at an Irish pub or a cannoli at an Italian bakery. Take the red streetcar line up Canal to the Cemeteries (Mid-City’s dead neighbors are as interesting as the live ones) or bike the new 2.6-mile-long Lafitte Greenway that stretches from Basin Street to Carrollton Avenue and, conveniently, past a po’ boy shop or two – or 17 – with a sno-ball shop and a micro-brewery thrown in for good measure. Buttermilk biscuits. Live music. A bowl of Vietnamese pho. Who wouldn’t want to visit? Eat. Drink. Get up here.

Quick Facts & Tips

  • FIRST SETTLED: Latter part of the 19th century
  • VIBE: Quirky, unpretentious and funky
  • KNOWN FOR: Canal Street Streetcar, Stately Canal Street homes, Charming bungalows, Eclectic restaurants and bars
  • Rock n Bowl- Lil' Nathan and the Zydeco Big Timers
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    Things to Do

    Aboveground cemeteries, beautiful parks and gardens, and stunning architecture make Mid-City the perfect neighborhood to explore outdoors.

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  • Vessel - Mid-City
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    Eat

    From famous brunch spots to some of the best Vietnamese food in New Orleans, Mid-City has hip restaurant options for every palette.

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  • Revel Cafe and Bar
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    Drink

    Drink up at swanky cocktail bars or outdoor wine and beer gardens that embody the laid-back bar culture in Mid-City.

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  • Uxi Duxi Cafe
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    Shop

    Local boutiques and cozy bookstores are dotted throughout the Mid-City area.

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  • Canal Street Inn B&B
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    Stay

    Stay in a neighborhood hostel or B&B to experience the true, homey vibe of Mid-City.

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History

As one of the final neighborhoods in New Orleans to be developed, Mid-City retains a more local and diverse atmosphere today. The area grew extensively in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries...

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Architecture

With rows of brightly-colored shotgun houses, cozy bungalows with wide porches and wooden swings, and broad avenues lined with oak trees, Mid-City’s classic architectural style is that of a...

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Transportation

Mid-City is just a 10-minute drive from both Uptown and Downtown, and street parking is readily available throughout the neighborhood. You can also take the Canal Streetcar line for a leisurely ride,...

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