HL Does NOLA from A to Z: G is for GARDEN DISTRICT

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G is for the Garden District, arguably New Orleans’ most opulent and beautiful neighborhood. It’s a short St. Charles Avenue streetcar or Magazine Street bus ride from the French Quarter. Either way, get off at Washington Avenue and start walking, because by foot is the best way to enjoy this urban oasis.

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From magnificent mansions . . .

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. . . to relatively modest shotguns–if you can call a nearly $1 million house “modest”–the Garden District is home to some of the most beautiful structures in the city.

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Take your time and enjoy the classic architecture . . .

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. . . and lovely gardens.

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Interested in a little shopping? Then step into The Rink, a mini-shopping mall that housed a roller-skating rink during the 1884 World’s Fair. Enjoy a cup of coffee at Still Perkin’ and then browse the shelves at Garden District Book Shop.

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Just across the corner from The Rink is Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, which was established in 1833 and served as a backdrop to Anne Rice’s Interview with a Vampire.

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Have you worked up an appetite? Then by all means plan to dine at Commander’s Palace. A Garden District landmark since 1880, Commander’s Palace has been home to chefs like Emeril Lagasse and the late Paul Prudhomme and continues to serve the finest in modern Louisiana and Creole cuisine. And please don’t forget that doggy bag!


This post is part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. Please click here for a link to the challenge homepage and a list of  the bloggers who are participating.


12 Comments on “HL Does NOLA from A to Z: G is for GARDEN DISTRICT”

  1. I love the architecture of the deep south. Hopefully, we will visit soon. You are certainly making it tempting.

  2. Emmadog says:

    Looks like more homes than gardens, but the flowers we saw did look real nice.

    • It’s all relative. Compared to the French Quarter, which is where people lived before branching out to the Garden District (kind of like the suburbs of the 1800s), that’s a lot of garden. 😉

  3. u28ajb says:

    Absolutely gorgeous – and the gardens are pretty nice too ! 😊 You sure are doing a great job of showcasing the city.

  4. dashlilly says:

    Commanders Palace!! We had brunch there! YUM!! Great post. The Garden District was one of our favorite spots!

  5. OMD, that is sooooooo beautifuls!!!!! Hey, those prices aren’t so bad, you wouldn’t believes the price of real estate here!!! our crappy ranch style 3 bedrooms, 2 baths (remodeled) can go for over 1 million!!!! IT IS INSANE! so that beautiful house looks FABulous in comparison!
    (not that Ma could afford it, mind you…☺) Butts I thinks you make all those beautiful places even MORE beautifuls Miss Harper Lee!!! You are lookin’ FABulous!!!
    Ruby ♥

  6. Piglove says:

    This post made mommy smile. She’s been to the Garden District and says it’s beautiful – just like your pictures my sweets. XOXO – Bacon

    • I’m so happy we could make your mommy smile, Bacon. We live close enough to the Garden District to enjoy our morning walks there almost every day . . . at it makes my mommy smile too!

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