The Central Business District is exactly that. Central. The city revolves around it. With fast access to the historic French Quarter that’s brimming with restaurants, bars, art galleries, and music venues, the CBD is an ideal place to live. Some of the best shopping in the city is the uptown portion of Magazine Street, located just a few blocks west of the CBD. From antique shops, to art galleries and high end bars, the CBD has it all.

But if you’re about to move to New Orleans, it can be easy to get lost in everything going on. So here’s our guide to some of the best places to live, work, and play in or around the CBD.

Top CBD Restaurants


It’s located on Tchoupitoulas is a French cuisine flagship by chef John Besh. Located in a beautiful chandelier studded-19th century space, the fried oyster are a must!


This upscale French & American fare is located on the beautiful St. Charles Ave and has outdoor seating. Try the outstanding gumbo and watch the streetcar go by!

Cochon Restaurant

This American styled, pork-focused fare is in a renovated building in the warehouse district on Tchoupitoulas. Anyone who enjoys Cajun style cooking, this place is a must visit, and the fried alligator is too!

Top CBD Bars

Carousel Bar

This classy lounge located inside Hotel Monteleone boasts New Orleans’ only circular bar that revolves like a carousel. Swing by on any Thursday – Saturday for some live jazz!


Located Uptown on Freret Street, this firehouse-turned-bar is known for its finely made, wildly creative cocktails. This is one of the city’s most prestigious cocktail bars.

The Sazerac Bar

Possibly the most sophisticated bar in New Orleans, inside the Roosevelt Hotel, the Art Deco themed bar is beautiful. Try the famous Ramos Gin Fizz!

Top Schools For Your Kids

Isidore Newman

A non-denominational, co-educational college preparatory school located on an 11-acre campus in Uptown New Orleans. Newman offers education pre-k through 12th grade, foreign languages, and honors/AP classes.


NOCCA, or the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, is a professional arts training center for secondary-school age children. It provides intensive instruction in classical music, creative writing, culinary arts, dance, drama, jazz, media arts, musical theater, theatre design, visual arts, vocal music, and academics. Tuition is free but admission is by audition.

Most Importantly: Find a Great Place to Live

Boasting New Orleans’ largest rooftop pool, the Four Winds is place to live in exquisite luxury. Amenities include a rooftop tanning deck, modern fitness center and 3D screening room. Gorgeous reclaimed, heart-of-pine wood floors, and hand blown glass light fixtures are just some of its unrivaled finishes found in Four Winds.

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