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Exploring New Orleans’ Creative Scene Beyond Bourbon Street

Exploring New Orleans’ Creative Scene Beyond Bourbon Street

New Orleans’ Hidden Art Scene

The French Quarter and Bourbon Street

When most people think of New Orleans, they picture the iconic French Quarter with its colorful buildings and bustling nightlife on Bourbon Street. While that image is certainly accurate, there’s much more to this vibrant city than just those few blocks. In fact, if you’re looking to explore the artsy side of New Orleans, you’ll find some of the most interesting and colorful spots tucked away from the tourist crowds.

The Art District

One such spot is the Art District just a few blocks removed from Bourbon Street. Here, you’ll find numerous galleries showcasing local talent as well as eclectic boutiques and street murals. One of the most notable galleries is the Alex Beard Studio. The former bank building has been converted into an unusually delightful and colorful space displaying beautiful paintings, sculptures, and art installations.

The Marigny District

The Marigny District is another neighborhood worth exploring. This bohemian area rests just at the edge of the French Quarter and is packed with a mix of funky bars, street musicians, artists, and colorful houses. It’s also home to the Frenchmen Art Market. This outdoor night market features vendors selling unique handmade crafts, jewelry, and other locally made products.

The Arts Warehouse District

Finally, don’t miss the Arts Warehouse District. This industrial area has transformed into a haven for artists and art lovers alike, offering galleries, studio spaces, and vibrant murals along the way. The Ogden Museum of Southern Art is a must-see here, showcasing the history and heritage of the South’s diverse art scene.

Takeaway

If you’re looking to experience the true culture and artistic spirit of New Orleans, step just a little beyond the French Quarter and Bourbon Street’s typical tourist stops. You’ll find some of the most interesting and creative spaces in the city just a few blocks away, filled with local art and unique experiences that truly showcase the soul of New Orleans.

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Written by Emma Jones

Emma Jones has been writing about the spirits industry for the past five years. She has a degree in journalism and has written for several publications. Emma is passionate about the history and culture of whiskey and bourbon, and loves to share her knowledge with her readers. She is an active member of the Bourbon Women Association and the Kentucky Distillers Association. Emma is also a frequent speaker at whiskey and bourbon events, and has been featured in several publications and podcasts. She is dedicated to educating her readers on the history and culture of whiskey and bourbon, and is always looking for new ways to share her knowledge.

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