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Downtown New Orleans

The Downtown Development District of New Orleans (DDD) was created by the Louisiana Legislature in 1974 as the nation's first assessment-based business improvement district (BID) to provide enhanced services in economic development, cleaning and safety. The DDD services the area bounded by Iberville Street, the Pontchartrain Expressway, Claiborne Avenue and the Mississippi River. The DDD is governed by an 11-member Board of Commissioners who represent a cross section of the diverse Downtown community. Appointed by local elected officials, our commissioners help guide the policies and programs of the DDD.

To drive the development of Downtown New Orleans and be the catalyst for a prosperous, stimulating, innovative heart of the Crescent City.

We do this by:

  • Cultivating economic development in such industries as bioscience, the arts, digital media and tourism
  • Ensuring Downtown is clean and safe
  • Serving as the voice and advocate for Downtown's future
  • Promoting Downtown as a world-class destination for residents and visitors

Downtown NOLA is filled with successful and eclectic business people, service providers, creative entrepreneurs and residents. Hear from the people behind some of our city's most successful companies and initiatives, and let them tell you directly why Downtown works for them and why it inspires them in everything they do.

These Downtown NOLA fans are the threads that bind the fabric of the Downtown community. This allows you to hear from people like yourself who seized the opportunity not just to build a business or career, but to rebuild a legend of a city.

With a collection of unique neighborhoods linking together to form an energetic hub at the center of the Crescent City, you can find a bit of anything when looking for a place to live Downtown. Sleek, modern high-rises are within walking distance of restored warehouses in our Arts District. From there you can hop on a bike and, within a minute, be in the French Quarter or Garden District. Walkable, with all the amenities you could want, Downtown is where the young, rising stars of New Orleans are calling home.

“I wake up in the morning and I run down Canal Street to the River. Words can't describe what that's like. This City to me is so alive right now.”
Jeremy Davenport, Musician

“I actually live Downtown a half a block from our company, which is very convenient. I love New Orleans, it is a very exciting time, I'm here to stay.”
Ryan Egle, Resident and Co-founder of Egle Distributing

“You can feel the energy here. The momentum has been building and the opportunities are real.”
Roger Ogden, Developer

“Canal Street isn't just the heart Of New Orleans, it's a Street with heart.”
Dickie Brennan, Palace Cafe

“I have my business downtown! I am enjoying being a part of the revitalization of the warehouse/arts district as a gallery owner.”
Jean Bragg, owner, Jean Bragg Gallery

Ample parking for long- and short-term visitors is available throughout Downtown.

Take advantage of metered on-street parking for shorter visits Monday through Saturday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. On-street parking is free on Sundays.

Questions about a parking ticket?
City of New Orleans Department of Public Works
(504) 658-8000
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Downtown New Orleans is filled with shopping options for nearly every taste and budget. Some of these are the same stores you will find in malls and cities back home and some are a more unique experience that really captures the essence of New Orleans.


(504) 592-9972 Canal Place

Arhaus Furniture

(504) 581-6684 Arhaus Furniture

Canal Place

(504) 522-9200 333 Canal Street

Crescent City Auction Gallery

504-529-5057 1015 Julia Street

Fischer's Jewelry

504-568-1168 1036 Canal Street

J. Crew

(504) 528-9572 Canal Place

Louis Vuitton

Canal Place


(504) 581-666 102 Saint Charles Avenue (Canal St and St. Charles Ave)

The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk

(504) 522-1555 The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk

The Watch & Clock Shop

504-525-3961 824 Gravier Street


(504) 565-373 Viva

New Orleans is home to some of the most entertainment in the country and the birthplace of many genres of American music. Explore the many sites and sounds of New Orleans to experience the roots of so much of American culture.

American Italian Cultural Center

(504) 522-7294 American Italian Cultural Center

Canal Street: Home for the Holidays

Downtown New Orleans

Champions Square

(504) 587-3663 Champions Square

Check out all the fun from Canal Street: Home for the Holidays

Astor Crowne Plaza

Crescent City Lights Youth Theater

504-598-3800 5500 Prytania St., #117

Entergy Giant Screen Theater

(504) 581-4629 Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

Escape My Room

(504) 475-7580 Escape My Room

Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts

504-525-1052 801 N. Rampart Street

Masquerade in Harrah's Casino

800-427-7247 228 Poydras Street

New Orleans Ballet Association

(504)522-0996 1 Lee Circle

New Orleans Saints Football

Mercedes Benz -Superdome

Orpheum Theater

(504) 524-328 129 University Pl.

Restaurants & Bars

No place loves its food quite as sincerely as New Orleans. As a result, New Orleans restaurants are some of the most incredible and diverse in the world.

Atrium Courtyard Restaurant

504-524-1881 881 Convention Center Blvd

Between the Bread

504-324-5304 625 St. Charles Avenue

Bijoux at Le Pavillon

833 Poydras Street

Blaze Pizza

(504) 323-4259 611 O'Keefe Ave.

Blue Line Sandwich Co.

(504) 581-4966 514 S. Rampart

Bon Ton Cafe

(504) 524-3386 401 Magazine St.


(504) 766-6071 726 Julia St.

Borgne Restaurant

504-613-3860 601 Loyola Avenue

Bourbon House

(504) 522-0111 144 Bourbon St.

Breads on Oak

(504) 841-9432 222 Carondelet St.

Café At The Square

504-304-7831 500 Saint Charles Avenue

Carmo Cafe

504-875-4132 527 Julia Street