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Downtown & the Central Business District

New Orleans

A trip to the bustling Downtown/Business District won't disappoint. Close proximity to the Garden District and French Quarter make the Downtown area easy to visit, and with so many things to do, you just might want to spend the whole day exploring this neighborhood. Check out the restored theaters and grand hotels or dine on food prepared by award-winning chefs. If you've got extra time, the upscale shopping scene is sure to keep you occupied. Learn more about the Downtown/Business District on a walking tour!

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About Downtown and the Central Business District

Many of the best known streets in New Orleans run through the downtown area thanks to its central location. Everything is within walking distance, so you can certainly stretch your legs and take in the sights – or go for a bike tour! Explore the area’s famous streets on your own or join a guided tour for a local’s perspective. 

Famous Streets of Downtown New Orleans and the Central Business District

Canal Street: If you’re a city dweller who can’t get enough of the hustle and bustle of downtown, New Orleans’ Canal Street is the perfect place for you. This grand street showcases the city’s newly restored theaters, best shopping venues, and elegant hotels. It’s also a hot spot for parades, especially during Mardi Gras. Don’t miss a chance to ride the Canal Streetcar Line if you need a break from being on your feet.

Fulton Street: Fulton Street is home to a one-block pedestrian outdoor mall with restaurants and pubs that’s known for hosting special events like live music. It’s a popular street to visit for happy hour after a long day at work. Fulton Street is also home to one of the most popular outdoor lighting displays during the Christmas season. You can easily walk into the Warehouse District from Fulton Street as well.