New Orleans Districts & Neighbourhoods
One of New Orleans first streets when the city was planned in the early 1700's, this street was named after the French ruling dynasty of the time, the Bourbons (Louis XIV was a Bourbon). It was originally a residential street with local shopping, until a commercial expansion in the 20th century. It has since expanded further to cater to tourists with shopping, restaurants, bars, and strip clubs. There are also some sightseeing attractions, such as unique architecture.
Central Business District (CBD)
The New Orleans Central Business District (CBD) is an area in the downtown core. In recent years, the city has put effort into transforming the area to keep people in the core after the work day is done. The district is home to the Orpheum, Aquarium of the Americas, Harrah's Casino and Canal Place. Its boundaries are defined by streets such as Iberville, Canal, Decatur, Julia, Magazine, Cleveland, and north and south Derbigny.
The Garden District
The Garden District, which encompasses the area from Magazine Street to St. Charles Avenue and from Jackson Avenue to Louisiana Avenue, was primarily developed between the years of 1840 and 1900. It has been beautifully preserved and is considered to be among the most impressive collections of historic mansions in the South. The foliage is breathtaking and has been attributed to a thick layer of nutrient-rich alluvial silt being deposited on the land by a flood in 1816. Walking tours of this historic district are offered frequently.
The French Quarter
The layout of the City of New Orleans was designed by Audrien de Pauger in 1721 around what is now called Jackson Square at the center of the French Quarter. The French Quarter is the ideal place for tourists to begin exploring New Orleans - the area is filled with history, French and Spanish architecture, musicians, artists, shopping and more. Several attractions are also in this area including the St. Louis Cathedral, the Louisiana State Museum, Bourbon Street, and dozens of hotels and restaurants.