Let’s be honest, from the most iconic locations to the best museums around the city, there’s a lot to see in New Orleans. But what are the most popular places in the Big Easy? Sure, we could take a couple of wild guesses, but what if we let the photos of Instagram speak for the city?
This week Curbed NOLA found the 10 most geotagged locations in New Orleans on Instagram. These 10 spots have been the background of several photos taken in New Orleans. In the top 10 list, populated by locals and tourists alike, you’ll find popular streets, neighborhoods, event venues, and buildings. Though, we think New Orleans’s eventful year influenced a couple of entries on this list.
And if you’re looking for a list of places to visit in the city, we have a pocket guide for that.
Do you already have some wild guesses on which locations made this 2017 list?
One of New Orleans’s most iconic streets in the French Quarter has been plagued with heavy construction over the past year, but that hasn’t warded off tourist and locals. This street has unmatched nightlife toward Canal Street, and gorgeous architecture near Esplanade Avenue. On a development note, the city has spent 2017 considering how to make Bourbon Street safer.
It’s not everyday that an entire neighborhood is considered one of the most geotagged locations in a city. While this section of New Orleans did not make it far in Curbed Cup 2017, it continues to remain a favorite among users on Instagrams. In the French Quarter you’ll find historic architecture, an exceptional view of the Mississippi River, a unique art scene, and a slew of developments planned to be complete by 2020.
Cafe du Monde
While we’ll leave the debate for the cafe with the best beignets in New Orleans to Eater, there’s no way you can miss this iconic building with its green and white awnings near Jackson Square.
In 2017 this event hotspot held several Saints games, the Allstate Sugar Bowl, the 44th annual Bayou Classic, and Bayou Country Superfest, just to name a few. It’s also first on our map of the 24 most iconic locations in New Orleans.
One of New Orleans’s most bikeable neighborhoods joins the French Quarter as one of the most geotagged districts in the city. Bounded by Esplanade and St. Bernard avenues, this part of New Orleans holds several Creole cottages and shotguns. It’s also home to Bayou Road, one of our favorite corridors to take a stroll in the city.
Smoothie King Center
Another music and entertainment venue, this center sits near the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. It’s likely known best as the home of the Pelicans, New Orleans’s official NBA team.
New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
This giant facility has over 1.1 million square feet of exhibit space and holds dozens of high profile events and conferences every year. One of the largest events is the indoor Essence Festival, which happens in the middle of summer. Thankfully, this 11-block-long structure has air conditioning.
Voodoo Music + Arts Experience
Halloween wouldn’t be complete without this giant event that overtakes City Park’s Festival Grounds. Several national artists perform at this music showcase, ranging from rap to indie. Though, we’re a fan of the amazing costumes you’ll find attendees wearing, since the fest lands near Halloween weekend.
Anytime there’s a city-wide celebration happening in New Orleans, you’ll find the party starting and ending on this street. Ranking as one of Curbed NOLA’s favorite places to go during Halloween, you’ll find unique bars and clubs toward the river. Though, we were sad to see its iconic art market relocate earlier this year.
This popular destination near the Old U.S. Mint holds local art, souvenirs, and an array of restaurants. Even if you’re not in the mood to shop, the French Market holds memorable, seasonal, and mostly-free events throughout the year.