When I was in New Orleans I stayed at a lovely hostel in the Faubourg Marigny area. This was the perfect introduction and teaser for what was to come in the French Quarter, architecture-wise. I was driving around, desperately trying to find the right exit out of the many one-way streets, completely agape because of all the colorful buildings everywhere. New Orleans’ magnificent architecture is NOT just something you’ll find on one particular street corner. It’s everywhere.
Each neighborhood in New Orleans has its own distinct flavor. The French Quarter obviously has French styled buildings with those covered walkways and beautiful windows, and the Garden District was built with grandness in mind – literally to attract wealthy people. Well, Faubourg Marigny has colors.
This obviously was the quiet before the storm.!
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‘On this site in 1897 nothing happened’. Loved that little detail!
This was the hostel I stayed at, Madame Isabelle’s House in New Orleans. Beautiful isn’t?
The house is a bit of a maze, and it has such a lovely garden. I was super happy with staying there!
Be sure to book well ahead if you want to stay here, as it’s very popular. It takes about 15 minutes to walk to the center of the French Quarter from there. There isn’t a ton of parking nearby, but I still got lucky. There’s also a good handful of very nice eating and drinking establishments close by like Port of Call (try the Windjammer to-go!) and Buffa’s.
It is also not very far from Frenchmen Street where you can find this little gem:
The Frenchmen Art Market, which was open from 6 PM to midnight most days when I was in New Orleans. There are so many talented artists here, I wanted to buy it all! Frenchmen Street is also the party street where the locals go. There are tons of music venues, bars and restaurants, and as I understood it this is where the locals go to leave Bourbon Street to the tourists.
I was so happy to have stayed in this part of New Orleans. Beautiful surroundings and within walking distance of most of the good stuff like the French Quarter and Frenchmen Street. I usually walked out and took an Uber or Lyft home, because I had been warned by several of the women I met in New Orleans that it wasn’t the safest place to be walking alone at night.
Now, over to you! What is the most amazing neighborhood you’ve come across on your travels? Would you stay in Faubourg Marigny if you were visiting New Orleans? Comment below!
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