Garden District

New Orleans
Garden District showing flowers, a garden and a house

This green and pleasant district is an idea place for a stroll among magnificent mansions and beautiful parkland.

The Garden District has been created from the former plantation lands and is now designated a Historic Landmark District. Based on the original 1806 design by New Orleans architect Barthelemy Lafon, it encompasses lavish mansions and spectacular gardens, pretty cottages and ornately decorated villas, set amongst verdant parkland dotted with canals and fountains.

Many of the original 19th-century buildings are preserved, designed in the Greek revival style, and several of the streets are named after Greek muses. The smaller homes have been turned into delightful shops or bed-and-breakfast accommodation, while notable landmarks include the Anshe Sfard synagogue, Lafayette Cemetery No.1 and a historic skating rink now converted into a shopping mall with a difference.

George Washington Cable House commemorates one of Louisiana’s most influential writers, whose accounts of early Creole life have ensured this important era in the history of the state has been chronicled for posterity. His home on Eighth Street is now a national monument. The Commander’s Palace dates from the 1880s and has a long-standing reputation as one of the finest dining establishments in the whole of America.

Magazine Street is a haven for shopaholics, offering everything from local souvenirs and crafts, antiques and collectables to gourmet products, while stylish boutiques line St. Charles Avenue to the north. Stay in one of the charming bed and breakfasts on this fashionable avenue and wake up to the sound of traditional trams trundling past your window.

The Garden District is transformed every October by the quirky Zombiefest parade, when the undead take over the streets in a fancy-dress frenzy that channels the dark arts of Voodoo. The annual bake-off competition in July is an altogether cosier affair, showcasing the authentic taste of Southern hospitality.

Buses and trams serve the Garden District, and there is plenty of on-street parking. Take a leisurely stroll around this beautifully preserved neighbourhood, or join a tour to discover the history behind its manicured lawns and elegant facades.


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Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
4 out of 5
124 Royal St, New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$209 per night from 4 Oct. to 4 Oct.
Located in French Quarter, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Canal Street and Decatur Street. Cafe Du Monde and National World War II Museum are also within ...
4.2/5Very Good! (2,719 reviews)
"It was located in the center of the French Quarters"

Reviewed on 31 Aug. 2021

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Historic St. Charles
Historic St. Charles
2900 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA
Located in Garden District, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Lafayette Cemetery and Magazine Street. Touro Infirmary Hospital and St. Mary's ...
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Bourbon Orleans Hotel
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
3.5 out of 5
717 Orleans St., New Orleans, LA
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The price is AU$240 per night from 6 Oct. to 6 Oct.
Located in French Quarter, this historic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Jackson Square, Cafe Du Monde and French Market. Canal Street and National World ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,346 reviews)
"The staff was very helpful and welcoming. Only serving breakfast was a downer, other than that tour say was very good. Everyone was very helpful and friendly."

Reviewed on 25 Sep. 2021

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New Orleans Marriott
New Orleans Marriott
4 out of 5
555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$263 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Located in French Quarter, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Canal Street and Jackson Square. Cafe Du Monde and French Market are also within 15 minutes. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,905 reviews)
"Great property and staff!!"

Reviewed on 7 Sep. 2021

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Le Pavillon New Orleans
Le Pavillon New Orleans
4 out of 5
833 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$245 per night from 29 Sep. to 29 Sep.
Located in New Orleans Central Business District, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lafayette Square, St Patricks Church and Mercedes-Benz Superdome. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,740 reviews)
"Clean Renovated No room service Restaurant closed because of pandemic Very reasonable"

Reviewed on 18 Sep. 2021

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Omni Riverfront Hotel
Omni Riverfront Hotel
4 out of 5
701 Convention Center Blvd, New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$240 per night from 28 Sep. to 28 Sep.
Located in New Orleans Central Business District, this romantic hotel is steps away from The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk and Julia Street Cruise Terminal. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (996 reviews)
"The rib room was not accommodating at all, not only was it closed one of the times we went to eat, the second time they told us they ran out of food, and the third time we sat at the bar and ordered appetizers from a limited bar menu and waited 30 mins for them when there was only 4 ppl at the bar ..."

Reviewed on 5 Jun. 2021

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