New Orleans is known and beloved worldwide for its authentic cuisine and rich cultural cooking and dining history. The city is filled to the brim with amazing restaurants far and wide spanning every ethnicity, food preference and price. Not all neighborhoods are created equally, however, and some offer more dining options than others. Here are three of the best neighborhoods for dining.
It’s no surprise that the center of tourism would be among the top neighborhoods for dining in the city. Whether you’re looking for corner grocers and dive bars with kitchens or top-notch fine dining, the Vieux Carre has it all and more—at any time of day or night. Stroll down just about any block in the neighborhood and you’ll come across at least one restaurant or bar, and certain streets have several all in a row. From Café du Monde to Galatoire’s, the French Quarter has a little something for everyone.
Uptown (Garden District & Carrollton)
Uptown is one of the city’s largest areas, and it’s divided into a few different smaller neighborhoods that each offer its own assortment of dining and drinking establishments. Head to Avenue Pub for a burger, Coquette for fine dining, or The Columns for porch-served drinks and appetizers in the Garden District, or check out a variety of ethnic cuisines up and down Carrollton Ave, from Lebanon’s Café for Middle Eastern food to sushi at Chiba.
Downtown / Central Business District
Another hub for tourism is the Central Business District just across Canal St from the French Quarter where downtown office buildings and hotels give way to an array of cuisine and bar-hopping options. John Besh alone has four restaurants here as well as Chef Donald Link with Herbsaint, Cochon, Cochon Butcher and Peche Seafood Grill. And don’t forget to check out dining at the downtown area’s many signature hotels, such as Café Adelaide & the Swizzle Stick Bar at Loews Hotel or Domenica at the Roosevelt Hotel.
No matter where you go, you’ll find plenty of restaurants and bars to suit your every craving while on your stay in NOLA.