Faubourg Marigny and Bywater
The Faubourg Marigny developed as New Orleans’ second suburb in 1806 and was the first historic zoning since the Vieux Carre. The Marigny is a top choice for New Orleanians and visitors looking for great music, fine food and an authentic, historic neighborhood.
Immediately downriver of the French Quarter, the Faubourg Marigny was once the plantation of a Creole bon vivant who made the dice game “craps” popular in America and who dazzled New Orleans by his style and enormous inheritance. After subdividing the property in 1806, it developed gradually with a distinctly European flair and a cosmopolitan mix.
Today’s Marigny is still cosmopolitan; a singles-friendly and artist-friendly neighborhood that people from all over the world have chosen to make their home. Beautiful Creole and Classic Revival cottages that stood abandoned after residents left for the suburbs in the 1950s have been restored and painted in rich golds, brick reds and moss greens.
Historic banks, corner stores and even bakeries have been refurbished as homes and guesthouses, while riverfront warehouses now accommodate artists' studios and performance spaces. Weekends bring shoppers to independent galleries and rummage stores in lower Marigny.
Music and Dining
When you have seen and heard enough of Bourbon Street, experience life in New Orleans the way the locals do. With great music and food any day of the week, the Faubourg Marigny has all the life and vivaciousness of a true New Orleans neighborhood.
The restaurants and jazz clubs of the Marigny Triangle draw people from everywhere. Just across Esplanade Avenue, near Frenchmen Street, this musical enclave is an experience you will not find anywhere else in the city.
Located only minutes away from the French Quarter, the Bywater neighborhood has an abundance of traditional architecture and has become a haven for preservationists and do-it-yourself renovators. The area is between the Faubourg Marigny and Holy Cross districts, and it sits atop some of the earliest land grants in the city.
The Bywater is overflowing with character and charm from residents who proudly call this trendy, young neighborhood home. The residents are a mix of long-time locals and recent transplants, many of whom have an artistic bent. The neighborhood is full of bright, colorful houses and greenery. Enjoy a scenic view of the Mississippi at Crescent Park.
The Bywater is home to some of the city’s trendiest restaurants and bars, many of which also host live music. Area restaurants feature upscale dishes made with local produce, craft cocktails, carefully selected wines, gourmet pizza, po-boys, barbecue and everything in between.
Booty’s Street Food is a neighborhood favorite, serving street food from around the world from the heart of the Bywater neighborhood. Bacchanal Wine is another well-known destination, serving wine and small plates accompanied by live music on its outdoor patio.
The mirliton, a humble green pear-shaped fruit beloved by Creole cooks, is the self-proclaimed emblem of the Bywater neighborhood. Residents with a true sense of humor celebrate this under-appreciated food with a festival every fall, one of many quirks that proves the Bywater neighborhood captures the essence of its lively city.