New Orleans is one of those places where downtown isn’t the singular hub. But that doesn’t mean downtown isn’t a whole lot of fun, incorporating distinct areas like the Central Business District and the Warehouse District plus innumerable shops, restaurants, museums, and more. Follow along with photographer Christian Restrep (@theurbanshot) has he tackles downtown. Once you’re done? Simply cross Canal Street and you’re in the French Quarter.
Start on the Canal St. Streetcar
The green streetcars on St. Charles Avenue have their charms, sure, but for a more urban experience, hop on the red streetcar on Canal Street to begin your downtown journey.
Head to The National World War II Museum
Whether you have a full day or just a couple of hours, The National World War II Museum is an absolute must-see on your downtown journey. Moving exhibits and immersive experiences leave you with a deeper understanding of this war on a national and international scale, as well as its direct connection with New Orleans.
Admire the architecture
Of course, the French Quarter mesmerizes with its lacelike galleries and balconies, and Uptown is all about historic homes and Greek Revival architecture. But downtown has its own distinct architectural feel. Keep an eye out for pleasing details on buildings like International House Hotel, which features a mix of decorative moulding and brick.
Visit the Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Just steps from The National World War II Museum sits the Ogden, a museum dedicated entirely to preserving and showcasing the work of Southern artists. Currently, the museum is spotlighting the work of Top Mob, a graffiti collective producing dazzling, boldly colored works. Check their website for more details on exhibitions.
Enjoy downtown after dark
Downtown really lights up after sunset. Stay out late to get a true big-city feel that we sometimes forget exists within New Orleans’ historic, laid-back confines.