The Garden District
The Garden District, plantation lands that were subdivided and developed in the 1830s as prosperous Anglo immigrants sought to move out of the city center, is divided between the Lower Garden District, which is closer to downtown and is bounded by St. Charles Avenue, Annunciation Street, Erato and First Streets, and the Upper Garden District, which, further Uptown, or upriver, is bounded by St. Charles Avenue, First Street, Toledano Street, and Magazine Street. The predominant architectural styles in the Garden District are Greek Revival and Italianate, while structure types include single-story shotguns, double gallery homes, center-hall cottages and American townhouses.
Garden District Amenities
The Garden District plays host to high fashion boutiques, world-class restaurants, and cutting-edge coffee shops, all of which are on offer in one of the United States’ most beautiful, distinctive and livable neighborhoods.
Garden District Restaurants
Emeril’s Delmonico – located on St. Charles Avenue in the Lower Garden District, this historic restaurant, which began serving Creole cuisine in 1895, was brought back to life by famed Chef Emeril Lagassee in 1998 after an extensive historic renovation. Since its rebirth, it has been a top draw in the city for its elegant atmosphere, sophisticated interpretation of New Orleans culinary traditions and excellent steaks.
Mr. John’s Steakhouse – also on St. Charles Avenue, Mr. John’s is considered by many to be New Orleans’ best steakhouse. Serving USDA prime meats, as well as Italian influenced dishes that serve to broaden the menu beyond traditional steakhouse offerings, Mr. John’s is a neighborhood mainstay that truly deserves the high praise it regularly receives.
Square Root – a new entrant into the Lower Garden District dining scene, Square Root is the brainchild of Chef Philip Lopez, who made his name with Root in the Warehouse District. At his new restaurant, Chef Lopez offers a twelve to fifteen course tasting menu of highly adventurous dishes that are meant to rival those of the most avant garde chefs in New York or San Francisco. Early reviews have expressed admiration both for his courage in attempting to change New Orleanians’ long-ingrained dining habits with the multi-course tasting menu, food bar approach and his ability, night after night, to successfully execute an ever-changing menu. If the multi-course menu sounds too daunting, try Root Squared, the upstairs bar where you can order cheese and salumi and enjoy a drink on the wraparound balcony with views of downtown and Magazine Street below.
Coquette – At Coquette, located in an elegant historic building at the corner of Magazine Street and Washington, Chef Michael Stoltzfus prepares innovative, seasonally-inspired southern dishes. Since opening in 2008, Coquette has made several best of the city lists, and Chef Stoltzfus himself has been recognized by the James Beard Foundation for his culinary talents.
Commander’s Palace – The grand dame of the New Orleans dining scene, Commander’s has been turning out classic New Orleans cuisine since 1880. Since the Brennan family took control of the restaurant in the 1970s, some of the city’s best known chefs, such as Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse, have run its famed kitchen. Now, with Tory McPhail at the helm, Commander’s focus is on Haute Creole cuisine made with the best of local Louisiana ingredients.
Stein’s Market & Deli – Stein’s, located on Magazine Street just off Jackson, is the place to go for an excellent bagel or Italian style sandwich. Stein’s also offers the neighborhood an excellent selection of craft beers and wine, as well as salumi and cheese.
Juan’s Flying Burrito – Juan’s, in the Lower Garden District, is the neighborhood spot to satisfy your burrito or taco craving. Reasonably priced, hipster friendly and very casual, every neighborhood needs a Juan’s.
Reginelli’s Pizzeria – Located in the heart of the Garden District on Magazine Street, Reginelli’s is a casual pizzeria that serves excellent pies, sandwiches and appetizers. A hit since its first outpost opened on Magazine Street in 1996, Reginnelli’s has become a local’s favorite and is consistently ranked among the top pizza spots in New Orleans.
Salu Restaurant – Salu, located on Magazine Street, serves Mediterranean inspired cuisine in a relaxed, convivial setting. Specializing in Spanish-style tapas and paella, Salu is the go-to spot to satisfy your longings for the flavors of southern Spain.
Sucre – a Magazine Street mecca of sweets, including macarons, chocolates and excellent gelato.
Hi Volt Coffee – your Lower Garden source for avant garde coffee offerings.
Garden District Bars
The Saint – New Orleans does not lack for hipster dive bars, but The Saint might be the finest expression of the genre.
Avenue Pub – located on St. Charles Avenue, the Avenue Pub has perhaps the city’s best selection of craft beer and small batch whiskeys.
Garden District Shopping
Magazine Street, New Orleans’ premier shopping thoroughfare, runs through the Garden District. Lined with art galleries, boutiques, furniture stores, restaurants and all manner of local retailers, it’s a bustling expression of New Orleans’ unique cultural charm.
Aidan Gill for Men – Located on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District, Aidan Gill, part gentleman’s retailer and part old world barber, is the neighborhood spot for a cut and a shave and your resource for men’s grooming products and all manner of other fine products for the discerning man.
Garden District Book Shop – Located in the historic Rink shopping area in the heart of the Garden district, the Garden District Book Shop is the neighborhood independent book store of everyone’s dreams, with a wide selection of books on local and regional subjects as well as an impressive array of literary fiction and history works, not to mention regular author readings.
Loisel Vintage Modern – Your neighborhood resource for mid-century modern furniture and accessories.
Spruce Eco-Studio – An interior design studio that specializes in modern design and sustainable interior design. Also a retail store with emphasis on sustainable decor, modern furnishings and accessories.
Green Serene – An environmentally conscious women’s clothing and accessories boutique.
Thomas Mann Gallery – A renowned Lower Garden District jewelry and sculpture artist.
Garden District Schools
Trinity Episcopal School – A co-educational, independent day school serving prekindergarten through eighth grade students.
International School of Louisiana
ReNew SciTech Academy
Garden District Places of Worship
Christ Church Cathedral
St. Mary’s Assumption Church
Trinity Episcopal Church
Additional Garden District Amenities
Garden District Resources
The Garden District Association
Magazine Street Merchants’ Association
Coliseum Square Neighborhood Association