Things to do in Garden District in New Orleans

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  • Arts & Culture

  • City Travel

  • New Orleans

  • Louisiana

  • Sightseeing

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The Garden District of New Orleans offers a unique blend of history, architecture, culture and natural beauty. Whether you're interested in exploring historic mansions, indulging in delicious cuisine or simply taking in the picturesque streets, this charming neighborhood has something for everyone. So, plan your trip, immerse yourself in the local ambiance and create lasting memories!

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Things to do in New Orleans

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These are just a few of the options of things to do in the Garden District. Nestled within the heart of New Orleans, the Garden District beckons travelers with its enchanting blend of history, charm and culinary delights. So, embark on a journey with us as we uncover the hidden gems and experiences that make this corner of New Orleans an irresistible destination for travelers seeking both history and modern-day delights.

Stroll Down Magazine Street

Magazine Street stretches for six miles and is divided into several distinct sections, each with its own character. The Lower Garden District boasts antique shops and boutiques, while the Upper Garden District features art galleries and upscale boutiques.

Don't miss the chance to sample some delicious local treats like pralines, beignets, or gourmet chocolates in the numerous confectionery shops along the way.

Visit Lafayette Cemetery No. 1

This cemetery is a treasure trove of history and stunning architecture. Many of the graves are above-ground due to the city's high water table, creating a unique atmosphere. The cemetery is featured in several novels and films, adding to its allure. Photography enthusiasts will find endless opportunities for captivating shots.

Explore the Historic Mansions

The Garden District boasts Greek Revival, Italianate and Victorian-style mansions that are both visually stunning and steeped in history.

Some of these mansions offer guided tours, providing insights into their architecture and the lives of the families who once resided there.

Join a Garden District Walking Tour

Guided tours are a great way to delve deeper into the district's history and stories. Knowledgeable guides often share fascinating anecdotes about famous residents and historic events.

Some tours focus on specific themes, such as architecture, ghost stories or literary connections.

Enjoy the Lush Gardens

Take your time to appreciate the meticulously maintained gardens surrounding the district's homes. The contrast of colorful blooms against the historic backdrop is truly captivating.

Many homeowners take pride in their gardens and might be open to chatting about their plants if you strike up a friendly conversation.

Magazine Street Shopping

Magazine Street's diverse range of shops means there's something for every shopper, from high-end boutiques to quirky vintage stores.

Keep an eye out for local art and handmade crafts, perfect for unique souvenirs.

Catch a Streetcar Ride

The St. Charles Avenue streetcar is one of the oldest continuously operating streetcar lines in the world. It provides a leisurely and scenic ride, passing by more of the Garden District's beautiful architecture.

Consider purchasing a Jazzy Pass for unlimited rides on New Orleans' public transportation system.

Attend a Local Event

Mardi Gras parades in the Garden District are a spectacular display of New Orleans culture, with elaborate floats, lively music and vibrant costumes.

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, held annually in late April and early May, is a music lover's dream with a mix of local and international acts.

Relax in Coliseum Square Park

Coliseum Square Park is an oasis of greenery and tranquility. It's an ideal spot for a picnic, people-watching or simply taking a break from exploring the district.

The park often hosts local events, so check the schedule for any concerts or art festivals during your visit.

Places to eat & drink in New Orleans

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The Garden District of New Orleans is known for its charming and diverse dining options. Here are some notable restaurants in the area that offer a range of culinary experiences:

Cuisine: Creole and Haute Creole

Highlights: This iconic restaurant is a Garden District institution known for its award-winning cuisine, Creole classics and elegant dining rooms. The jazz brunch is a must-try.

Cuisine: Contemporary Louisiana

Highlights: Coquette offers a seasonal and locally sourced menu that showcases the flavors of Louisiana. The restaurant's innovative dishes and cozy atmosphere make it a local favorite.

Cuisine: Breakfast and Brunch

Highlights: Surrey's is famous for its hearty Southern breakfasts, including mouthwatering omelets, pancakes and homemade biscuits. It's a great spot to start your day in the Garden District.

Cuisine: Contemporary Creole and Cajun

Highlights: Atchafalaya offers a modern take on classic Creole and Cajun dishes. The outdoor patio is a lovely place to enjoy your meal while soaking up the neighborhood's ambiance.

Cuisine: Donuts, Sliders, and Coffee

Highlights: This popular spot is perfect for a quick bite or snack. They offer a variety of gourmet donuts, creative sliders, and a selection of coffee and craft beer.

  • Magasin Vietnamese Cafe

Cuisine: Vietnamese

Highlights: Magasin serves delicious Vietnamese cuisine, including pho, banh mi, and fresh spring rolls. It's a great option if you're looking for something lighter and refreshing.

Cuisine: Breakfast and Diner Fare

Highlights: Slim Goodies is a classic diner known for its generous portions and diverse breakfast options, including vegetarian and vegan choices.

Cuisine: Caribbean and Latin American

Highlights: The Rum House offers a tropical escape with its Caribbean and Latin American-inspired menu. Try their tacos, ceviche and a selection of rum cocktails.

  • The Bulldog

Cuisine: Pub Fare and Craft Beer

Highlights: If you're a beer enthusiast, The Bulldog is a great place to sample a wide range of craft beers. They also serve tasty pub fare, including burgers, hot dogs and loaded fries.

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