Whitney Mitchell has an eye for bold color, so it’s no surprise her go-to neighborhood for photographic inspo is Bywater, within the city’s Ninth Ward. Beyond the vibrant exteriors of the neighborhood’s homes and businesses lies an underlying current of artistry and creativity. In fact, many artists and musicians call the area home. Perhaps its most famous resident, though, is Pizza Delicious… so bring your appetite along with your camera.
Search for a “Pantone palette dream”
Mitchell points out that the “first thing you’ll notice here is this neighborhood’s vibrant use of color.” You’ll have no trouble finding a colorful home like this one.
Hit the Country Club
This isn’t your grandma’s country club. Housed in a cottage that dates back to 1884, this low-key spot doesn’t require a membership. Country Club has strong roots as an LGBT gathering place, underscoring its welcoming attitude.
Chow down at Pizza Delicious
Thin-crust, New York-style pizza and beer at Pizza Delicious is a must. Even Mitchell, a wellness enthusiast, succumbs to the irresistible pepperoni pizza and garlic knots at this Bywater staple.
Take in the view at Crescent Park
Offering some of the best vantage points of the French Quarter, this Bywater park is tranquil and captivating. With nearly two miles of paved trails surrounding the park, you can take a leisurely stroll (all the better to work off that pizza).
Wind down (or turn up) at Bacchanal
A gorgeous back patio offers a lush place to relax at Bacchanal. Self-described as “NOLA’s backyard party,” Bacchanal offers Mediterranean-tinged cuisine and a mammoth wine selection with live music wafting through the outdoor space.