cbd new orleans

New Orleans/Central Business District


  • 1 Get in
  • 2 See
  • 3 Do
    • 3.1 Live entertainment
  • 4 Buy
  • 5 Eat
    • 5.1 Budget
      • 5.1.1 Coffee and snacks
    • 5.2 Mid-range
    • 5.3 Splurge
  • 6 Drink
  • 7 Sleep
    • 7.1 Budget
    • 7.2 Mid-range
    • 7.3 Splurge
  • 8 Connect
  • 9 Go next

The Central Business District (CBD) is the part of New Orleans similar to what many cities call “Downtown” (though in New Orleans this term is often used to refer to a broad portion of the city down river from Canal Street). Just “up” (meaning up the Mississippi River) from the French Quarter is the CBD. Like many other large American cities, this area has skyscrapers and modern office towers housing cooperate and regional offices; however some interesting 19th-century architecture is also preserved. The area also has hotels, residences, restaurants, museums, and art galleries. Located here are the Morial Convention center, Lee Circle, Champion Square, and the gigantic Mercedes Benz Superdome. The main avenues are Canal Street, Poydras Street, Loyola Ave and St. Charles Ave.

Some locals and guidebooks still refer to the CBD or the older part of it as the American Quarter, as it was the first part of town settled by large numbers of people from other parts of the United States, as opposed to the older French Quarter.

The portion of the “CBD” nearer the river is often called the “Old Warehouse District” or Warehouse District. In the late 20th century many of the 19th-century warehouses were converted into condominiums, art galleries, and restaurants.

Get in [ edit ]

See [ edit ]

  • Art galleries line Julia Street. Evenings of the first Saturday of the month are festive with new exhibits opening.
  • 29.9503 -90.0631 1Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. A fine aquarium at the foot of Canal Street. Take advantage of the combination ticket, which enables access to the Aquarium, the adjoining Entergy IMAX Theatre, and the Audubon Zoo which is uptown (shuttle provided).
    • Entergy IMAX Theatre . Part of the Audubon Aquarium.
  • 29.95 -90.064 2Audubon Insectarium, 423 Canal St . Tu-Su 10AM – 430PM . An attraction opened in 2008 in the historic old Custom House Building on Canal Street. As it’s in a Federal building, you’ll pass through a metal detector.
  • Confederate Museum, 929 Camp St ( just down from Lee Circle ). Displays from the American Civil War.
  • Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St ( just up from Julia ).
  • 29.9483 -90.0703 3Lafayette Square , bound by St. Charles Ave, Camp St, N Maestri St, and S Maestri St ( one block up from Poydras St ). The center of what was the “Old American Quarter” in the early 19th century, with the city’s neo-classical city hall and a belle epoch courthouse.
  • Louisiana Children’s Museum, 420 Julia St .
  • Mardi Gras World, 1380 Port of New Orleans Pl ( at the riverfront at the upriver end of the CBD ). The colorful floats for many of the parades of New Orleans Mardi Gras are made here. Experience a taste of Mardi Gras any time of year.
  • 29.950833 -90.081111 4Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1500 Sugar Bowl Dr ( between Lasalle and Claiborne ). It was built as the Louisiana Superdome, and is home of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints. When no games or events are scheduled, you can take tours.
    • 29.948889 -90.081944 5Smoothie King Center, 1501 Girod St , ☏ +1 504 587-3822 (box office), +1 504 587-3822 (guest services) . Located beside the Superdome, the Smoothie King Center (formerly New Orleans Arena) hosts smaller shows & sporting events. Most notably home to the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans.
  • 29.9397 -90.0629 6Morial Convention Center, ☏ +1 504 582-3000 . The first part of the city’s large convention center complex was built during the 1984 World’s Fair and is named after a former mayor.
  • 29.9431 -90.0704 7National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St ( around the corner from the Confederate and other museums on Camp St ). Formerly the “D-Day Museum”. Exhibits on the United States in World War II on the battlefronts and the home front. It has a restaurant, the “Victory Theater” presenting multi-media historical presentation, and the “Stage Door Canteen” featuring live music shows in the style of World War II-era USO shows.
  • 29.9437 -90.0714 8Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St .
  • Walking tours of the buildings of the Old American Quarter.

Do [ edit ]

  • 29.9497 -90.0653 1Harrah’s Casino, 228 Poydras St ( at the foot of Canal Street, river end of Poydras, across from the Aquarium ), toll-free: +1-800-427-7247 . The state’s only land-based casino (there are riverboat gambling venues in the suburbs).

Live entertainment [ edit ]

  • Circle Bar, 1032 St. Charles (on Lee Circle at Howard Avenue). Casual bar with local rock and other bands.
  • FQB, on the 3rd floor of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 921 Canal. Th-Sa nights jazz bands and singers, in the style and atmosphere of an upscale pre-World War II jazz club. They serve good meals as well. Not cheap, but truly swank.
  • Howlin’ Wolf, 907 South Peters ( in the Warehouse district music venue ). They host a good variety of local and visiting acts; definitely get a hold of their schedule in The Gambit, a weekly paper. (If you visited here before Katrina, they are now a block up the street from their former location.)
  • Mulate’s, 201 Julia Street . At Convention Center Boulevard. Cajun music.
  • Orpheum Theatre, 129 University Place . Home of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. ( updated Mar 2020 )
  • Saenger Theater, 143 N. Rampart St . At Canal Street. The most gorgeous of the city’s beautiful old picture palace theaters. ( updated Mar 2020 )
  • Le Salon , 300 Gravier St ( in the Windsor Court Hotel ), ☏ +1 504 596-4773 . Swanky hotel bar often has good jazz pianists, vocalists, and small combos.
  • True Brew , 200 Julia St , ☏ +1 504 524-8441 . Coffee house often has music or theater performances.

Buy [ edit ]

  • Art at the galleries along Julia Street.
  • Meyer the Hatter, 120 St. Charles Ave ( just off Canal St ). Has been selling a wide selection of men’s hats here since 1894.
  • Riverwalk. On a pier along the Mississippi Riverfront and connected to the New Orleans Hilton. In addition to a variety of shops, hosts a fine view of the Mississippi River. ( updated Aug 2017 )

Eat [ edit ]

Budget [ edit ]

  • Cafe Du Monde, 500 Port of New Orleans #27 ( Located in The Outlet Connection at the Riverwalk. ), ☏ +1 (504) 218-7993 . M-Sa 8AM-9PM, Su 8AM-7PM . Sells chicory-flavored coffee with New Orleans beignets. ( updated Mar 2018 )
  • City Greens, 909 Poydras , ☏ +1 504 524-2822 . M-F . Soups, salad, wraps; breakfast & lunch.
  • Mothers 401 Poydras. Great “po’ boys” (New Orleans style sandwiches); Located at Poydras @ Tchoupitoulas in the lower CBD. Try the “debris” po’boy, made with the bits of beef that remain in the pan once the main cut is removed. The bread pudding is also famous and very good. Weekday lunch crowd of local business people, but the line moves fast.
Coffee and snacks [ edit ]
  • PJ’s Coffee popular local chain with locations at 622 Canal Street and 644 Camp Street.

Mid-range [ edit ]

  • La Boca, 857 Fulton St , ☏ +1 504 525-9205 . Argentine steak house.
  • Genghis Khan, 201 Barrone in the Barrone Plaza Hotel. Central Asian & Korean.
  • Merchant , 800 Common Street ( in the Maritime Building ), ☏ +1 504 571-9580 . 7AM-midnight daily . Crepes, quiches, sandwiches, salads.
  • Mulate’s, 201 Julia Street . At Convention Center Boulevard. The other well known Cajun place.
  • Tomas Bistro 755 Tchoupitoulas. Contemporary Creole. Dinner nightly. +1 504 527-0942

Splurge [ edit ]

  • Emeril’s , 800 Tchoupitoulas St , ☏ +1 504 528-9393 . M-F 11:30AM-2PM and 6PM-10PM, Sa Su 6PM-10PM . In the Warehouse District.
  • Grill Room at Windsor Court Hotel . Contender for best restaurant, but very expensive; in the CBD just down from the Casino. They also serve a fine high-tea.
  • Herbsaint, 701 St Charles Ave , ☏ +1 504 524-4114 . M-F 11:30AM-10PM, Sa 5:30PM-10PM .
  • Palace Cafe, 605 Canal St , ☏ +1 504 523-1661 . 11:30AM-10PM daily . French Creole, noted for the seafood and duck dishes, and the luscious white chocolate bread pudding.
  • Restaurant August, 301 Tchoupitoulas St , ☏ +1 504 299-9777 . M-F 11AM-2PM and 5-10PM, Sa Su 5-10PM . Renown Chef John Besh’s signature restaurant featuring Contemporary French with a focus on local ingredients. Menu balances seafood, fowl and meat. Try either the 5 course tasting or the John Besh “Degustation” menu which changes nightly.

Drink [ edit ]

  • Circle Bar, 1032 St. Charles (on Lee Circle at Howard Avenue). Casual joint with good jukebox
  • Gordon Biersch, 200 Poydras St , ☏ +1 504 522-2739 . Handcrafted beer brewery and restaurant.
  • Lucy’s Retired Surfer Bar, 701 Tchoupitoulas . Relaxed. All-you-can-eat crawfish party Sunday evenings.
  • Sazerac Bar , 123 Barrone St . In the Roosevelt Hotel. Sip signature drinks like the original Sazerac cocktail or the Ramos gin fiz.
  • Whiskey Blue , 333 Poydras St ( in the W Hotel ). Swank upscale bar

Sleep [ edit ]

Numerous hotels are in this part of town.

Budget [ edit ]

  • 29.955188 -90.072743 1Hostelling International ( HI New Orleans ), 1028 Canal St ( at Rampart ), ☏ +1 504 603-3850 . This hostel offers both shared dorms and ensuite private rooms. Bathrooms for dorm guests are in the hallway, but they are all single-use. Dorms also have security lockers. Free breakfast and free wireless internet available. Dorms $23+, private rooms $99+ . ( updated Apr 2019 )
  • Les Carillons , 842 Camp St , ☏ +1 504 566-9200 , toll-free: +1-877-224-4637 . Towards the upper end of the CBD, close to the Julia Street art galleries.

Mid-range [ edit ]

  • Embassy Suites New Orleans – Convention Center, 315 Julia St , ☏ +1 504 525-1993 , fax : +1 504 525-3437 . Check-in: 3PM , check-out: noon .
  • Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 2 Poydras St , ☏ +1 504 561-0500 . Check-in: 3PM , check-out: 11AM . 3-star Hilton on the banks of the Mississippi River, in storied New Orleans, Louisiana adjacent to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and only three blocks from the French Quarter. $79+ .
  • Courtyard New Orleans Downtown/Convention Center, 300 Julia Street , ☏ +1 504 598-9898 . Two blocks from Morial Convention Center. $89 .
  • Residence Inn New Orleans Downtown ( Warehouse District ), ☏ +1 504 522-1300 , toll-free: +1-800-331-3131 . $139 .

Splurge [ edit ]

  • Hyatt Place New Orleans Convention Center, 881 Convention Center Blvd . Across the street from the New Orleans Convention Center. It offers upscale lodging.
  • Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Avenue ( at Poydras Street ), ☏ +1 504 561-1234 . Near the Superdome and City Hall.
  • InterContinental New Orleans, 444 St Charles Ave . Luxury hotel on the St. Charles Mardi Gras parade route.
  • International House Hotel, 221 Camp St . Boutique hotel 2 blocks from the French Quarter.
  • 29.9504 -90.0728 2Le Pavillon, 833 Poydras St . One of the fanciest hotels in the city with the exception of the Ritz Carlton and Windsor Court. Elegant French and Old South stylings in the lobby. Featuring a Sunday “Jazz Brunch” with live music as well as a rooftop jacuzzi.
  • Loft 523, 523 Gravier St . Boutique hotel 2 blocks from the French Quarter.
  • Ritz-Carlton, 921 Canal St . Top notch hotel in what had been the Maison Blanche Department Store building. It’s the Windsor Court’s rival for finest in town.
  • 29.9539 -90.0716 3The Roosevelt, 123 Baronne St , ☏ +1 504 648-1200 . One of the city’s grand old hotels; reopened in 2009 after a $145-million restoration modernized the rooms, returned the lobby to its historic glory, and reopened the famous Sazerac Bar and the Blue Room dinner & music venue. The lobby is worth a look even if you’re not staying here.
  • The Sheraton New Orleans, 500 Canal St , ☏ +1 504 525-2500 .
  • The Whitney, 610 Poydras St , ☏ +1 504 581-4222 . A New Orleans hotel registered as a historic landmark.
  • 29.9497 -90.0664 4Windsor Court Hotel, 300 Gravier St ( near where Canal and Poydras meet the River ), ☏ +1 504 523-6000 , ✉ [email protected] . One of the finer hotels in town, If you want the tops and are willing to pay top dollar for it, this is the place.

Connect [ edit ]

  • 29.954519 -90.075598 1Main Branch Library, 219 Loyola Ave ( at Tulane Ave ), ☏ +1 504 596-2560 . M-Th 10AM-6PM, F Sa 10AM-5PM .

Go next [ edit ]

The convenient location of the neighborhood, especially the area between Rampart and the river, allows easy access to other parts of town: walk across Canal Street and you’re in the upper part of the French Quarter. Take the red Canal Streetcar line away from the river to the attractions of Mid-City, or in the other direction the end of the line and you’re at the edge of Faubourg Marigny. The green St. Charles Streetcar line takes you to Uptown and Carrollton. The ferry at the foot of Canal Street (free for pedestrians, $1 for cars) will take you across the Mississippi to the Algiers neighborhood, and give you a scenic budget mini-cruise of the River in the process.

New Orleans/Central Business District Contents 1 Get in 2 See 3 Do 3.1 Live entertainment 4 Buy 5 Eat 5.1 Budget 5.1.1 Coffee and snacks

CBD & Warehouse District

The Central Business District (CBD) in New Orleans is what most cities call their downtown.

The CBD is the hub for more than just business in New Orleans. In addition to the sky scrapers, you can find popular destinations like the Mercedes Benz Superdome where the Saints play, the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and Harrah’s casino and hotel.

It also home to retail locations, popular bars and restaurants, premier art galleries and residents inhabiting restored historic commercial and industrial buildings.

The CBD encompasses, the American Sector, the area the American’s settled in after the United States took over control the city. The CBD’s boundaries as defined as Iberville, Decatur and Canal Streets to the north, the Mississippi River to the east, the New Orleans Morial Convention Center, Julia and Magazine Streets and the Pontchartrain Expressway to the south, and South Claiborne Avenue, Cleveland and South and North Derbigny Streets to the west.

One side note, Canal Street is most commonly thought of the dividing line between the French Quarter and the American Sector, technically both side of the street are considered part of the CBD for regulatory and zoning purposes.

Central Business District History

The Central Business District was already known as Faubourg Ste. Marie. It was originally settled in the 18 th century as a residential area.

In the 19 th and well into the 20 th century, the area was going through constant development. My mid-20 th century, the majority of professional offices in the region were located in the CBD. Canal Street developed into a retail destination for that city’s residents and those living in near by cities. Theaters and movie palaces took up residence, the Saenger, Loews State, Orpheum, Joy and Civic decorated the city with their multicolored lights.

In the 1950’s and 60’s, a number of construction projects were completed including a six-lane Loyola Avenue, an extension of Elk that cut through a low-income resident district and became home to the city’s new civic center. Poydras Street was widened to create another six-lane arterial for vehicle traffic, as well as accommodate the sky scraper construction.

The Warehouse District

The Warehouse District name comes from the warehouse and manufacturing industry that once filled the section of the CBD closest to the Mississippi River and south of Poydras Street. When centralized shipping became popular, the area fell into disuse, but only for a short time. In 1984, the World’s Fair came to town and brought renewed attention to the area that resulted in new investment and redevelopment into the area. Many of the 19 th century warehouses were transformed into art galleries, condos, hotels and restaurants.

The Warehouse District is said to be the New Orleans’ equivalent to New York’s SoHo. It has become the focus of a major visual arts renaissance in New Orleans in the last twenty years, as more and more painters, sculptors and photographers move here to live and work.

The downtown/CBD neighborhood is bursting with new clubs, bars and upscale housing for New Orleans’ young professionals.