Old Algiers, a.k.a. Algiers Point, is perhaps one of New Orleans best kept secrets. It’s located just over the Mississippi River facing the French Quarter. Founded in 1719, Algiers Point is considered one of the earliest areas of the Crescent City and is dotted with wonderful Victorian architecture and shotgun houses. The Algiers neighborhood is accessible from the French Quarter via the Canal Street Ferry.
The ferry runs from 6 a.m. and midnight seven days a week. The ride over the Mississippi river is free for pedestrians. I always suggest this to my guests. It’s a great way to actually get on the river, feel the power of the great Mississippi as the ferry forges against the current, and watch the river traffic up close. I especially like a evening crossing as the lites of the Mississippi bridge sparkle in the night and the city’s skyline is magnificent.
Old Algiers is known for its beautiful, historic architecture, bike and walking paths. Some of the most beautiful views of the city are accessible from atop the levee in Algiers Point. Wander aimlessly through the neighborhood and admire the architecture. Enjoy a cold beer and perhaps have lunch at Dry Dock Cafe. You’ll find local favorites of gumbo, crawfish etoufee, poboys , red beans and rice and salad’s if you’re feeling the need for a healthy choice.
A trip to Old Algiers is absolutely worth traveling off the usual beaten path and is only a free ferry ride away.