The Faubourg Marigny (Faubourg is French for “false city,” which morphed into “suburb”) goes way back when Bernard Marigny, the owner of the plantation where the neighborhood now lies, started selling off subdivision parcels in the early 1800s. It’s right next to the French Quarter -- Esplanade Avenue is the dividing line -- and is full of colorful Creole cottages, corner stores, neighborhood bars, and live music, courtesy of the many clubs on Frenchmen.
Where to stay: The newest hotspot is the Hotel Peter & Paul, a restored property that once was a Catholic church, school, rectory, and cloister. Be sure to check out the food and drinks at the Elysian Bar while staying there, or if you're in the neighborhood. Auld Sweet Olive is a traditional B&B with well appointed rooms and a candy bar in the foyer, and the Royal St. Inn is located directly over beloved neighborhood watering hole, the R Bar, with funky, comfortable rooms.
What to do: Marigny is a great place to get your live music on, since it has a very high concentration of clubs. First and foremost is Frenchmen Street, just one block from the eastern edge of the French Quarter -- there are at least a dozen clubs in that area, playing all kinds of music. Check out Blue Nile, Spotted Cat, and d.b.a., to name a few. That area of St. Claude Avenue is great for live music with clubs like the Hi-Ho and Carnaval Lounge. For daytime activity, local bike tour company Confederacy of Cruisers offers great neighborhood tours, including a cocktail crawl and a food tour.
Best restaurants: On the breakfast/lunch side, longtime beloved Cake Cafe is perfect for breakfast, with plentiful coffee, housemade bagels, and $1 cupcakes with any meal (either breakfast or lunch). Small Mart Vegetarian Cafe recently relocated from a tiny bodega-style store in the French Quarter and now serves an expanded vegetarian and vegan menu in a larger space. Food hall St. Roch Market is worth a look-see, with vendors that will provide craft coffee, seafood, BBQ, healthy smoothies and salads, or regular soups and sandwiches.
For dinner, well, there are a ton of options: fancy seafood and raw bar at Cru; live music, cocktails, and chef-driven food at Three Muses; new-school regional Italian food at Paladar 511; classy bistro vibe at The Franklin; smoked meat/Vietnamese mashup at Em Trai; meat, meat, and more meat (and housemade pasta) to eat there or to-go at Shank Charcuterie; Chinese food at Bao & Noodle, casual falafel and ethically sourced meat sandwiches at Kebab; or small plates and a party vibe at Mimi’s in the Marigny.
Bars and nightlife: Besides the music club hopping, some other awesome nighttime activities include belting out karaoke at Kajun’s Pub, enjoying a freshly made beer at Brieux Carre Brewing, taking in a burlesque show at The All Ways Lounge, or just chilling at a neighborhood bar like Marie’s or Iggy’s.