HL Does NOLA from A to Z: G is for GARDEN DISTRICTPosted: April 8, 2016
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.
From magnificent mansions . . .
. . . 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.
Take your time and enjoy the classic architecture . . .
. . . and lovely gardens.
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.
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.
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!
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