Faubourg Marigny is the neighborhood for people who enjoy action and fun. There is no specific age range for people who are attracted to the Marigny neighborhood. Marigny is more about personality and flair for life. Usually people who live in this area are well established long term residents.
Residents of Marigny live in the style of homes that New Orleans is famous for: shotguns and Creole Cottages. Driving through this neighborhood past the colorful stylish homes leaves you to feel as though you have entered another world. Marigny is my top choice for taking my visit friends and family on a sight seeing tour.
Downriver from the French Quarter, Marigny has narrow, pot hole-laden streets yet you will definitely want to take your chances to visit or live here. The residents are friendly, yet pretty wild characters. The Bywater/Marigny Facebook group is highly entertaining but it doesn’t represent the people you’ll meet around the block. For some reason those online group members are always angry about something.
When you join the neighborhood for real, there won’t be much strife because everyone’s busy ignoring/enjoying the fact that they live in what I consider to be the most beautiful neighborhood in New Orleans. There are no strict rules for who you have to be to live in Marigny, everyone is welcome if you can afford it. This neighborhood is pricey!
You will want to live in Marigny if you:
- Enjoy action
- Like to walk to restaurants and bars
- Want to be close to the French Quarter but not IN the French quarter
- Don’t have many children
- Are LGBT, a creative artist or have a free spirit type personality
- Enjoy being close to a beautiful park (Crescent Park)
- Have a dog
- Have a significant income
- Love music (hello Frenchmen Street!)
When you join the neighborhood for real, there won’t be much strife because everyone’s busy ignoring/enjoying the fact that they live in what I consider to be the most beautiful neighborhood in New Orleans.– Te-Erika
Marigny is the home to amazing venues like The Saturn Bar and the St. Roch Market. Pepp’s Pub and the Arabella are also hidden gems. Washington Park is a great place to relax and people watch. The Marigny neighborhood is also great for bike riders.
There is piano at Flora Cafe, and an abundance of ridiculously talented musicians that randomly stop by to play. Enjoy their delicious coffee! This wouldn’t be a sincere review if I didn’t advise steering clear of their sandwiches/gyros, though.
If one wants to mingle with some authentic hoodoo practitioners, check out Crescent City Conjure. At best, you’ll leave with a whole new insight on life; and at worst, you’ll learn something new. Lastly, Grande Krewe really does an excellent job of making the process of buying wine a fun experience. Their prices are more than fair too.
Although Marigny is amazing, there are some drawbacks to living here.
- Marigny is riddled with tourists and AirBNB’s.
- Marigny is one of the least ethnically diverse neighborhoods in New Orleans proper.
- Residents must earn higher incomes than average to afford to live here.
- Chickens roam freely and cockadoodle very early.
- Rated in the Top 3 neighborhoods for crime in the city.