Faubourg Marigny and Bywater
Faubourg Marigny developed as New Orleans’ second suburb in 1806 and was the first historic zoning since the Vieux Carre. Marigny is on the beaten path for New Orleaninas and visitors looking for great music, fine food, and an authentic, historic neighborhood.
Immediately downriver of the French Quarter, Faubourg Marigny was once the plantation of a Creole born vivant who made the dice game “craps” popular in America and who dazzled New Orleans by his flair 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 where 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 while the restaurants and jazz clubs of the Marigny Triangle draw people from everywhere. Just across Esplanade Ave, near Frenchmen Street this musical enclave is an experience you will not find anywhere else in the city.
When you have seen and heard enough of Bourbon Street experience life in New Orleans the way the locals do. Great music and food any day of the week, Faubourg Marigny has all the life and vivaciousness of a real life New Orleans neighborhood.