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St. Charles Avenue
St. Charles Avenue
St. Charles Avenue

Uptown & The Garden District

Also Includes The Irish Channel, Central City, & The Riverbend

Everyone agrees. Uptown’s got the looks in the family, bless its heart. Those handsome neighborhoods, like the St. Charles Avenue streetcar, trundle upriver, unfolding as a series of distinctive names: Oretha Castle Haley, The Garden District, Irish Channel, Riverside, the Black Pearl, Carrollton. Uptown’s homes -- gleaming white and tiered like wedding cakes or shot-gunned into long, narrow lots – are the place’s glory and sheltered by canopies of leafy green or family trees as branched and blossoming as any ancient magnolia. The air’s opulent with the scent of jasmine and a slower, grander age. Uptown, where white tablecloths still cover two-tops. The waiter knows both your name and your preferences. A gin fizz? The crabmeat salad? Satsuma orange ice cream? They’re all on offer, as are the dazzling array of goods. The smart shops on Oak and Maple, Freret and Magazine, rival anything anywhere else. But this is Uptown, sugar. Once you’re here, there’s no reason – not ever – to leave.

Quick Facts & Tips

 

  • FIRST SETTLED: Laid out in 1833. Annexed by New Orleans in 1852
  • VIBE: Majestic, manicured and inspiring
  • KNOWN FOR: Grand mansions, St. Charles Streetcar, Magazine Street shopping, Famous universities, Audubon Park and Zoo
  • Audubon Zoo
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    Things to Do

    Take the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar to the zoo, parks, universities, cemeteries, and more.

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  • Lilette
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    Eat

    From classic to modern, upscale to casual, and brunch to late-night munchies, there’s something for everyone.

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  • The Tchoup Yard
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    Drink

    From college and neighborhood dive bars to craft cocktails, there’s no shortage of lively spots to imbibe throughout this expansive neighborhood.

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  • Magazine Street Shopping
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    Shop

    Rare antiques, luxurious artwork, and stylish boutiques are all over this New Orleans neighborhood. Check out Magazine Street for miles of retail therapy...

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  • The Pontchartrain Hotel
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    Stay

    Everything from brand-name hotels to mom-and-pop B&B’s are great places to stay to experience the culture of this lovely residential neighborhood.

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History

Beginning development in the early 19th century, the Garden District is a historical melting pot. Filled with stunning, grandiose mansions, colorful Creole cottages, and even O.C. Haley Boulevard – a...

Architecture

Uptown and the Garden District are known for their variety of historic homes, from colorful row houses to Classic Revival mansions and charming cottages shadowed by live-oak trees. These beautiful...

Transportation

The best way to travel Uptown is with a scenic ride down St. Charles Avenue. Rent a bike and ride along the levee or jump on the St. Charles streetcar, where you can hop on and off at any point to...