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Garden District & Uptown

New Orleans

Journey uptown to the Garden District for some of the most beautiful sights in New Orleans — stately homes that gleam in the sunlight, delicious restaurants, river views, oak-lined streets, and lush gardens. Take a tour to learn the rich history and stories of this area.

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About The Garden District & Uptown

The Garden District and Uptown New Orleans is a charming neighborhood with oak-lined streets, lots of green space, and many ways to spend a day or two. Leafy gardens and cemeteries are great for exploring and you can always find a chic boutique or trendy restaurant to grab a bite to eat. The vibe of this neighborhood is laid back and pleasant. The Garden District has always been a separate entity from the French Quarter, and was founded by Americans in the early 19th century who wanted to distance themselves from the hustle and bustle. 

Situated near the Arts & Warehouse District, the Garden District is home to several must-see attractions like the Audubon Park and Zoo, the Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 and the famous St. Charles Streetcar. The Mardi Gras parade also meanders through this neighborhood every year, and it’s a great area to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day or attend other festivals.

The Garden District and Uptown area is also known for being the fanciest part of the city. You can’t miss the opulent mansions that look like soaring tiered cakes and the fine dining restaurants or expensive shops. The gorgeous historic buildings are admired by architecture and history buffs as well as casual passerby.

Next time you’re in the city, don’t miss a chance to tour this gorgeous neighborhood or visit the most notable streets in the area.

Famous Streets of the Garden District and Uptown

This majestic neighborhood is full of beautiful streets that you can spend the whole day exploring on foot – or by streetcar! No matter what you’re hoping to see, chances are there’s a Garden District walking tour that showcases the best of this impressive neighborhood.

St. Charles Ave.: You’ve probably seen photos of the famous St. Charles Streetcar. Now, don’t miss a chance to ride it yourself! This streetcar is the oldest continuously operating streetcar line in the world. It’s full of history! Travel from the French Quarter to the Garden District on a 45-minute ride and enjoy the sights along St. Charles Ave., like the city’s most beautiful and fascinating homes.

Magazine Street: Magazine Street runs six miles through various neighborhoods including the Central Business District and Uptown. This retail street is like an outdoor mall, with hundreds of shops, renovated warehouse spaces, and places to enjoy a coffee and snack. 

Maple St.: Located near New Orleans’ uptown universities (Tulane and Loyola), Maple St. has a fun college vibe with coffee shops, antique and thrift stores, and a few pubs, all within walking distance. You’ll also find small, cozy restaurants with international options like Viatnamese pho.

Oak St.: Oak Street used to be the main drag of the Uptown area. Now, it stretches over seven blocks lined with small businesses, coffee shops, art galleries, and picturesque historic buildings. It’s another street that’s popular among college students and artists.