In New Orleans, locals are always happy to stop and give directions to visitors. Sometimes those directions might be confusing. In our vernacular, “north, south, east and west” are usually replaced by “lakeside, riverside, downtown and uptown” – which doesn’t tell you much of anything if you’re not from here. These online and printable PDF maps are really all you need to get around New Orleans.
The world-famous French Quarter or Vieux Carré dates back to 1718. It is, without a doubt, one of the most charming neighborhoods in the world.
The Garden District is filled with grand historic mansions, lovely gardens and parks and neighborhood eateries.
You'll find great shops, restaurants, bars and theaters in the city's Central Business District, just across Canal Street from the French Quarter.
This area contains Loyola and Tulane universities and Riverbend, as well as Magazine Street, Oak Street and Audubon Park and Zoo.
This historic district has a quirky local flavor and lots of fun restaurants. If you want to mingle with locals, add Mid-City to your itinerary. It is also home to City Park, the New Orleans Museum of Art and the city’s famous above-ground cemeteries.
The Ninth Ward is home to musician Fats Domino and the Chalmette Battlefield where the Battle of New Orleans was fought.
This architecturally rich neighborhood near the French Quarter has large double-galleried houses and some of the best B&Bs.
Treme is America’s oldest African-American neighborhood. Here you’ll find fascinating museums and authentic New Orleans music and cuisine.
Come dine, catch live music and walk around the famous art galleries and shops.
This charming historic neighborhood is on the West Bank. Take the ferry for one of the best views of city, see the Jazz Walk of Fame and tour the historic district.
This artsy/bohemian area is well known for its music clubs and nightlife. The clubs and bars on Frenchmen Street are always entertaining.
Lakeview runs up to the shores of gorgeous Lake Pontchartrain. Enjoy everything from seafood to Italian food while watching the sunset. Check out Harrison Avenue for lively restaurants and shopping.
This primarily residential area was once part of the Old Spanish Trail. This is where you’ll find the University of New Orleans, Dillard University, and the Hellenic Cultural Center, home to Greek Fest. Also there is the Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots – host of the Jazz and Heritage Festival every spring and horse racing during fall, winter and early spring.
Come see Fort Pike and Bayou Sauvage, the nation’s largest urban wildlife refuge. There are also great places to eat in the East, especially if you love authentic Vietnamese or soul food.