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Old 10-27-2010, 10:38 PM
Location: Bay View, Milwaukee
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Hi All,

For several days in late December and early January we'll be visiting New Orleans--for me, it'll be the first time; for my partner, his second time. Of course we'll do a lot of the usual tourist stuff like admiring the architecture, visiting museums, dining at restaurants, and otherwise exploring the Quarter, the Garden District (where we'll be staying), Marigny, etc.

I know we won't have a lot of time to do all that we'd like to do, but one thing we enjoy is to visit interesting, quirky neighborhoods that don't necessarily always show up on the tourist radar. These neighborhoods may have more of a local feel and are usually walkable, like Andersonville or Wicker Park in Chicago, or Williamsburg or Astoria in NYC, or even Bayview in Milwaukee, Munjoy in Portland, Maine, or the Rockridge area of Berkeley and Oakland.

Are there any neighborhoods like that to visit in New Orleans? We realize there may not be much in the way of standard tourist sites, but we like to explore places off the beaten path, places with personality that may not get as much publicity as the Greenwich Villages and Loops and Haight-Ashburys.
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Old 10-27-2010, 11:06 PM
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The Warehouse-Arts District in the CBD is great. Art galleries, restaurants, coffee shops, clubs, bars, etc. Not necessarily off the beaten path, but still, definitely a more local feel than the Quarter or Marigny.

The Lower Garden District is one of my favorite neighborhoods to walk around. Coliseum Square is a great little park with a fountain and benches. A small coffee shop is a block away on Magazine Street. This would be more of a residential area to walk around but its very quaint and close to where you will be staying.

Magazine Street, Uptown's 6 mile-long shopping street, would definitely meet your interests I think. Anywhere from the Garden District all the way to Audubon Park and the Zoo is just a great street to find local clothing stores, antique shops, cafes, etc.

Oak Street and the Riverbend neighborhood in general is probably your best bet. Sort of feels like a small town within a city. Take the streetcar uptown and get off at Oak to just walk around the area with, again, small shops and restaurants.

These are all the less touristy places I can really think of that are walkable.
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Old 10-28-2010, 01:36 PM
Location: Bay View, Milwaukee
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These are wonderful recommendations--Thank you!
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