Diverse neighborhoods offer a place for everyone and every business.
New Orleans is a city of neighborhoods with distinct histories, architectural styles, and cultural flair. With so many amazing neighborhoods to choose from, anyone can feel at home in New Orleans.
The neighborhoods listed on this page correspond with New Orleans’ current Planning Districts. Explore the resources below for a complete listing of New Orleans neighborhoods and their demographic profiles.
Algiers is one of the oldest neighborhoods in New Orleans and the only Orleans Parish community located on the West Bank of the Mississippi River. The Algiers ferry provides easy access to the CBD and French Quarter, or commuters can choose the traditional auto route via the Mississippi River bridge. Withfamily-friendly residential neighborhoods, historic buildings, bustling commercial corridors and quality schools, Algiers is an emerging retail market.
The General De Gaulle corridor is primed for retail growth. The existing Algiers Plaza located at GDG & Holiday is scheduled for a major remodel and expansion to include national retail anchors and shop tenants.
Federal City is a 155-acre redevelopment of the former Naval Support Activity New Orleans. It is a mixed use development that will consist of over 375,000 square feet of retail space, as well as office, civil/municipal buildings, hotels and residential units. The nearly 2,000 military jobs created in the first phase of the project are expected to grow to approximately 10,000 federal and civilian jobs in later phases.
The former supermarket anchored center located at General De Gaulle and Woodland Drive offers an excellent opportunity for redevelopment and big box growth in the area. The site is located at the gateway to the affluent English Turn neighborhood.
Azalea Plaza is anchored by Chuck E Cheese and Dollar General and has junior anchor vacancy. The 105,000sf center is in the perfect intercept position for shoppers entering the General De Gaulle retail corridor.
The excellent golf courses, new soccer fields, proximity to the River, as well as the expanded system of bike trails make Algiers a community designed for living, working and playing.
Downtown New Orleans is the historic heart of Orleans Parish, as well as the main economic hub for the region. Tourism has reached record breaking numbers and businesses are pursuing opportunities to set up shop in the area. An influx of well-educated young professionals moving into the Central Business District (CBD) ensure the new condo and apartment conversions are leased before the paint is dry. The recently rebranded Mercedes Benz Superdome, the New Orleans Arena and the Ernest Morial Convention Center are often filled to capacity as the City hosts a continuous stream of sporting events and conventions. The City is already gearing up to host Super Bowl 2013.
Canal Street is being reinvented as the primary shopping destination for a Super Regional Trade Area. The ubiquitous tee shirt shops are making way for international, world class retailers. With award winning restaurants branded by renowned chefs and first-class hotels such as the Ritz, The Saint & the recently remodeled & rebranded Hyatt Hotel, Canal Street is moving forward to reclaim its place among the great shopping avenues of the world. The newly renovated Saenger Theater will reopen to host Broadway shows in 2013. The Joy Theater reopened in 2012 to sold out live performances.
1031 Canal Street is an exciting new project coming online in 2014. The former Woolworth’s building is being redeveloped into a mixed use project with retail on the lower two floors, a parking garage and upscale residential on the upper floors. Prominently positioned on the corner of the French Quarter and Theater District it will be a major draw for retail shopping and dining.
The Howard Hughes Corporation is exploring opportunities with Riverwalk Marketplace. The company is in discussions with lots of retailers who appreciate the uniqueness of Riverwalk and its potential for growth. They are working to bring new energy and traffic to the Center. They look forward to sharing details of the plans as soon as they are finalized.
Canal Place recently added J Crew and Michael Kors to their already successful mix of upscale retailers including Saks Fifth Avenue, Ann Taylor and Banana Republic. They are in the process of doubling the size of the movie theater.
Many national, international, regional and local retailers are focusing their expansion efforts on individually owned buildings on Canal Street and other areas of the CBD and French Quarter. The Pontalba retail on Jefferson Square and near Café Du Monde is working with regional and local retailers to add new life to the area as opportunities become available. Exciting new projects such as South Market District and 1031 Canal will bring eagerly anticipated retail to the neighborhood.
Dynamic and picturesque, the French Quarter is the oldest settlement in New Orleans, and is central to the history and culture of the city. Home to New Orleans’ best-known restaurants, attractions, and events the French Quarter is a national treasure filled with vibrant retail activity and beautiful scenery year round.
For retailers, the French Quarter offers unique historic buildings, a steady population of visitors and locals, and a diverse tenant mix of local boutique retail shopping along Royal and Chartres streets and national retailers such as Urban Outfitters and Chico’s on Decatur Street. Of course, restaurants such
as Café Du Monde, Galatoire’s, Brennan’s, and many others define the flavor of New Orleans. The “Quarter” enjoys a prominent status as the “must see” and shop area of New Orleans.
As an established Historic District, the French Quarter’s architecture is a protected asset-providing retailers the opportunity to occupy buildings of great historic and visual interest.
The Gentilly neighborhood is becoming a magnet for new retail. As one of the areas hardest hit by Katrina, the Gentilly residents are rebuilding and reinventing themselves as a “go to” area for shopping. Local and national tenants, including Anna’s Linens, Shoe Show, Walgreens, Citi Trends and others have opened in the area.
Walmart is moving ahead with their Super Walmart to be located on the site of the former Gentilly Woods shopping center on Chef Menteur Hwy between Louisa St. & Press Dr.
The primary retail corridors of Gentilly Boulevard, Elysian Fields Avenue, St. Bernard Avenue and Chef Menteur Highway are among the most frequently traveled roads in New Orleans.
While there has been much effort put into rebuilding this solidly middle class neighborhood and the area has experienced exceptional retail growth there are still multiple vacant shopping centers that provide prime redevelopment opportunities.
The area has an abundance of educational institutions including the popular University of New Orleans which was recently ranked 17th most popular University in the United States and has an enrollment of over 10,000 students. An additional 5,000 students are enrolled at nearby Dillard University and Southern University New Orleans.
Easy access to City Park & Ponchartrain Park, provide residents with multiple venues for recreation and relaxation.
Known for its breathtaking views of Lake Pontchartrain, quaint harbor and proximity to the beautiful sprawling City Park-Lake Area is well known for its established, well-kept neighborhoods and civically engaged residents.
Lake Area supports a variety of businesses, from independent retailers to professionals. Harrison Avenue is the main corridor for the neighborhood, providing residents with services, shopping amenities, and a variety of restaurants. The Lakeview Grocery, which won first place in the 2011 Progressive Grocer Store Design Contest for its mid-budget remodel, was developed based on community input into everything from design to product selection. Successful new restaurants like the Velvet Cactus echo residents desire to support and sustain new retail and dining in Lake Area.
A majority of Lake Area residents are college educated and own their homes. The neighborhood’s location close to top schools, Lake Pontchartrain, parks, and Downtown New Orleans have made it a popular spot for homebuyers — an impressive 230 homes sold in a six month period in 2011, forecasting a positive trend in 2012 and beyond.
Corridors: Harrison Avenue, Canal Avenue
The 8th and 9th Wards are historic and lively communities, bursting with creative and artistic energy. Visitors and residents enjoy the live jazz and second line dancing on Frenchmen St., and explore art galleries, restaurants, and vibrantly painted shotgun styled neighborhoods. Neighborhoods include the Marigny, Bywater, Upper 9th Ward and Lower 9th Ward. Despite tragic destruction in Hurricane Katrina, the Lower 9th Ward’s 115 new LEED certified homes built by the Make it Right Foundation are symbols of the unprecedented new opportunities for development in this neighborhood.
The Marigny, Bywater and 9th Ward offer many opportunities for retail and commercial development-especially in the arts, service or tourism industries. With a new streetcar line planned to connect the Marigny with Downtown attractions, the neighborhood is well positioned for growth. A number of art galleries on and around St. Claude Ave. attract visitors to the neighborhood every second Saturday of the month for Artwalk.
New developments in the neighborhood include the New Orleans Healing Center, a multi-use community center featuring a gym, coffee shop, grocery cooperative, book store and performance space. Already the New Orleans Food Co-op, offering organic and fresh foods, has attracted over 300 member-owners since opening in 2011
One of New Orleans’ largest neighborhoods, Mid-City features a great mix of historic residences, retail shopping, and famed city landmarks such as City Park, the Fair Grounds Race Course, and Bayou St. John.
Mid-City is a generally residential middle-class neighborhood with retail along major commercial arteries such as Carrollton Avenue, Canal Street, Tulane Avenue and Broad Street. Mid-City restaurants and retail shops are heavily supported by local clientele, complimenting the unofficial theme of the neighborhood, “Stay Local.”
A variety of development projects in Mid-City present great opportunities for retail expansion. The Lafitte Greenway, a 3-mile rail to trail park conversion is currently in the planning and design phase. The Greenway presents a unique opportunity for recreation-based retailers and restaurateurs. The New Orleans BioDistrict development will bring two state of the art hospitals and a cancer research center to Mid-City.
As a major transit hub for New Orleans, Mid City features the Canal and Carrollton Streetcar lines plus the intersection of Carrollton, Canal, and Tulane Avenues. Mid-City’s close proximity to the 610 and I-10 freeways provide high traffic counts and great opportunities for larger retailers.
Tulane Avenue for example, is ideally situated for big box development given its availability of property and location adjacent to freeways and major avenues.
Corridors: Tulane Avenue, Broad Street, Carrollton Avenue, Canal Street
New Orleans East is a neighborhood poised for unprecedented growth. The close-knit community has a small town feel, but offers big city growth opportunities. Large tracts of land available for development provide a blank canvas for retail growth and expansion. Access to major traffic on Interstate 10 makes it an ideal location for regional retail shopping. The main retail corridors of Bullard Avenue, Read Boulevard, Crowder Boulevard and Chef Menteur Highway will be focal points for a variety of new retail projects.
ü Walmart is moving forward with plans for a new Super Walmart at the intersection of Bullard and I-10 to open in 2013. Former big box spaces across the street from the Walmart site offer excellent opportunities for retailers seeking second generation spaces.
Following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, over $2 billion has been spent on building state of the art floodgates in New Orleans East.
Uptown and Central City feature beautifully preserved historic buildings, upscale restaurants and hotels, boutique shopping, and a variety of historic landmarks. Areas such as the historic Garden District draw visitors year-round, and the neighborhood is popular amongst tourists and residents alike.
Major shopping and dining areas such as Magazine Street, St. Charles Avenue, Freret Street, and Oak Street feature a variety of small businesses, including local restaurants, retail, and fashion boutiques. New Orleans’ famous Commander’s Palace is located here, as are up and coming fine dining restaurants such as Boucherie and Jockamo’s. Opportunities in the hospitality and service industries abound year round, but most especially during Mardi Gras when New Orleans’ most famous parades roll down the main avenues of this neighborhood.
Uptown is also home to Tulane University and Loyola University, whose collective student populations exceed 18,000 providing great opportunities for student-oriented retail and restaurant developments.
In 2011 alone, 7 new retailers and restaurants opened along Freret Street, suggesting the amazing possibilities for retail development in this neighborhood. Claiborne Avenue, a major thoroughfare, is well positioned for larger retailers given its ample available space and high traffic counts. Opportunities also exist along bustling corridors like St. Charles Avenue and Magazine Street, already home to a diverse variety of local and national retailers and restaurants. Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard is a rapidly developing corridor as well, with a number of available commercial buildings.
Corridors: Claiborne Avenue, Magazine Street, Freret Street, Carrollton Avenue, St. Charles Avenue, Tchoupitoulas Street, Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard.