Our Neighborhood — Most Popular Attractions Near the Alder Hotel
There’s plenty to explore around the Alder Hotel, even on foot. Mostly, this area of the city is heavily residential, with the late-19th century houses and small commercial properties drowning in lush greenery. The grand mansions under the canopies of live oaks of St. Charles Avenue are a few blocks away, and so is the shopping and dining strip of Magazine Street.
One of the main attractions in the neighborhood is Freret Street, named after an antebellum New Orleans mayor. The stately mansions mix with the historic shotguns, surrounding the thriving eight-block corridor of Freret Street between Napoleon and Jefferson avenues. Due to the robust recovery and development efforts led by the locally-owned small businesses, developers, and the city administration, the street got an injection of the much needed business and renovation, and is showing no signs of slowing down. The neighborhood now enjoys its own monthly market and an annual festival, both held along Freret Street’s commercial strip. It even has its own Carnival krewe, Krewe of Freret, which parades during Mardi Gras and hosts a summer stroll.
Just walking down the Freret Street corridor will bring you to the top-notch (and some of the most diverse) shopping and entertainment destinations. Of course, there’s plenty to eat and drink there as well. Try alligator sausage at the affordable Dat Dog, or have a craft cocktail at Cure and a glass of an award-winning wine at Bar Frances. Catfish is the star of the menu of the Louisiana-meets-the-Delta High Hat Cafe, and The Company Burger offers potent house cocktail along its milkshakes and lamb burgers. And Wayfare, housed in the former Freret Street Boxing Gym, whips up an outstanding charcuterie board, best enjoyed with one of the local drafts.
The very photogenic St. Charles Avenue is probably best seen out of its historic streetcar, which you can ride for all of $1.25 from the CBD/downtown all the way upriver. The street has retained a good number of historically significant 19th century mansions, and you’ll find a lot of them in the Garden District section of Uptown. Heading into Carrolton and toward the Mississippi River, the imposing facades and sprawling balconies become generously mixed with the more modest but still well-preserved shotguns and thriving local businesses, including some of the best bars and restaurants in the city.
Going farther east, the magnificent Audubon Park that contains the Audubon Zoo is facing the historic campuses of Tulane and Loyola. Both boast an architectural mix of styles of the 19th century and modern, with the backdrop of large live oaks.
Just like Freret Street’s revitalized strip, the 13 blocks of Magazine Street are meant to be walked. It’s the main commercial artery that the Garden District and Uptown share, and it’s crammed with restaurants, bars, sidewalk cafes, and dozens of retail stores where you can buy local art, antiques, vintage clothing, funky costumes, and more.
If you’d like a dozen raw oysters with your martini, head to the iconic Pascal Manale, where oysters are shucked right in front of you and a happy hour is a decades-long tradition. For live music, the iconic Tipitina’s and the Maple Leaf Bar cannot be beat, both a short ride away. There’s also something going on at Gasa Gasa, be it a movie screening, live music, or a krewe party.