The Faubourg Marigny sits just beyond the French Quarter. Faubourg, literally means “false town,” and is the traditional French word for a suburb outside the walls of the city.
Esplanade Avenue is the dividing line between the French Quarter and Marigny. The neighborhood began developing at the turn of the 19th century when Bernard Philippe de Marigny de Mandeville, who inherited his father’s plantation in 1800 at age fifteen, divided his vast estate into small lots designed for residential development to pay off gambling debts. Bernard, who died penniless from his extravagant lifestyle, may not have had business sense, but he knew a great location!
The Faubourg Marigny has an eclectic mix of late-Georgian, one-story Creole cottages and shotguns, and some two-story doubled-galleried structures. Unlike the orderly grid of the French Quarter, The Faubourg Marigny branches off into triangular patterns.
The Faubourg Marigny caters to locals and contains everything that makes New Orleans unique. You won’t find any t-shirt stores or daiquiri shops in this neighborhood. The world-famous jazz clubs lining Frenchman Street are routinely packed. It also features Thai, Middle Eastern, Indian, Tex Mex, Italian and traditional Southern soul food restaurants, where up and coming chefs continually concoct the latest interpretation of the City’s cuisine. The shops and galleries offer everything from museum-quality art to thrift-store chic.
When Hurricane Katrina struck and flooding threatened, residents feared their homes were at risk. Fortunately, despite some flooding, a majority of houses remained relatively unscathed. Residents and businesses wasted no time in getting their beloved neighborhood up and running quickly.