Quaint, quirky and full of local flavor, Algiers Point, New Orleans second oldest neighborhood (French Quarter is the first), offers visitors another side of Orleans Parish.
This West Bank gem, located across the Mississippi River from the Central Business District and the French Quarter, prides itself on being a destination in which slowing down and soaking in the atmosphere is highly encouraged. Whether you are exploring Algiers Point for a few hours or a day, there are certain things you don’t want to overlook.
Stroll along the levee and soak in the postcard-like views of across the river. Take your time and watch the activity along the Mississippi.
Lay of the Land
Every destination in Louisiana has its own unique history, and Algiers Point is no different. It played a role in both the Civil War and the War of 1812, and a fire destroyed a good portion in 1895. Algiers Point has jazz roots, too. Learn more about its past with any of the three self-guided walking tours from Algiers Historical Society.
For the perfect gift or souvenir, you can not go wrong with either (or both) a handcrafted artisan piece from Beatrix Bell Handcrafted Jewelry or Mardi Gras pumpkin, courtesy of Rosetree Blown Glass Studio and Gallery. And if you time your visit right, you can make your own blown glass, too.
Self-taught artist Charles Gillams’ Algiers Folk Art Zone and Blues Museum is described as one of the region’s “living folk art environments.” The facility highlights his sculptures honoring blues musicians and their stories and provides space for his other pieces and works from different folk artists. Call ahead for a guided tour.
Algiers Folk Art Zone and Blues Museum also hosts the annual Algiers Folk Art Festival, typically held in early November.
Satisfy Your Hunger
Honestly, when you are in New Orleans, it's all about eating. And when it comes to dining options, Algiers Point doesn’t disappoint.
When you are ready for a caffeine fix, swing by Congregation Coffee Roasters for a cup and if you like it, get a bag to take back with you.
Need to Know
As far as getting to Algiers Point, there are two options. The easiest one is taking the ferry from Canal Street. It’s $2 per pedestrian and free for children, ages two and under.
However, if you are set on driving in, you can take the Crescent City Connection (former Greater New Orleans Bridge) to Algiers Point. Know that parking is limited.
If you want to extend your time in Algiers Point, check out one of the many bed-and-breakfasts in the area.
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