The picturesque views and city blocks of New Orleans draw visitors from around the world every day. From the historic French Quarter to the glamorous Garden District, nearly every corner is photo-worthy. Here are the top 5 city blocks you absolutely cannot miss during your next trip to Nola – so you can save time (and prioritize your selfies).
1. Ursulines Ave.
Across the street from the Old Ursuline Convent, the oldest building in the Mississippi Valley, be sure to duck under the blossoming trees and take a peek into a beautiful secret courtyard at Ursulines and Chartres. It’s the kind of hidden treasure you can’t find anywhere else, and it’s easy to miss if you don’t know where to look!
2. Saint Charles Ave.
There’s never a bad day to stroll down Saint Charles Avenue, one of the most famously beautiful streets of the south. Right around 7th Street, take a moment to admire the elegant Oak trees, mansions, and occasional streetcar that passes by. And while you’re at it, swing by the Van-Benthuysen Elms Mansion and Lafayette Cemetery to add a historic element to your walk.
3. Chartres Street
Experience the essence of New Orleans when you wander the quaint city blocks lined with galleries and cafes, framed by those classic New Orleans-style balconies. Stop at the intersection of Conti and Chartres, where you’ll be spellbound by the historic homes, quaint storefronts, and hanging flower baskets in every direction.
4. Magazine Street
When you’ve had your fill of the Quarter, make your way over to Magazine Street, where you’ll find tons of boutiques, restaurants, bars, and café’s that look like they came straight out of a movie. It’s a short distance from the Quarter, but a much different feel – and definitely a must-see for any New Orleans trip.
5. Frenchman Street
If you’re looking for more live music and fewer Hand Grenades (Bourbon Street’s notorious high-alcohol cocktail of choice), take a late-night stroll down Frenchman Street to get your fill of street musicians, art vendors, and galleries. Every block offers a slew of jazz clubs beckoning you in with notes of piano and trumpet.
New Orleans may be notorious for the raucous night life, but we promise you, there’s so much more to the city than that. Make time during your trip to branch out, wander down a pretty side street, step into a local jazz club that you’ve never heard of, and see where the city takes you.