Most visitors to New Orleans are familiar with the famous French Quarter and its neighboring Central Business District (CBD), but there’s more fun to be had just steps away. The Warehouse District, a quirky, historic neighborhood adjacent to the CBD, is brimming with art galleries, museums, bars, and some of the best restaurants in the city.
The first thing a visitor walking through the Warehouse District will notice is its architecture—large brick buildings and (you guessed it) warehouses line the streets. The district was a major storage hub for goods like coffee, cotton, and produce that arrived in the nearby Port of New Orleans. It was also home to industry, with shipbuilders, metalworkers, and other construction and manufacturing companies utilizing the lofty buildings.
After a few decades of inactivity, the district saw revitalization in the 1970s and 1980s with the development of new arts and entertainment centers. Once hotels and residences began popping up, the neighborhood became the bustling hot spot it is today.
For visitors looking to eat, drink, shop, and learn, there’s no shortage of things to do in the Warehouse District.
History buffs will love the National WWII Museum, which is one of the most popular museums in the entire United States. Spanning several city blocks, the museum tells the fascinating story of the American experience in the war, preserving artifacts, planes, video footage, and more for generations to see.
In addition to the smaller galleries found in the area, the Contemporary Arts Center and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, both found on Camp Street, are among the city’s best art museums.
It wouldn’t be New Orleans without great food, and the Warehouse District is loaded with diverse culinary experiences. The pedestrian walkway on Fulton Street is home to many bars and restaurants, lots of them with cozy outdoor seating. Two of celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse’s restaurants are also nearby.