Take a break from bustle of the French Quarter to check out Algiers Point, New Orleans … a charming, picturesque neighborhood located just across the Mississippi!
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Are you familiar with Algiers? It’s located across the Mississippi from the French Quarter, and it’s the second oldest neighborhood in New Orleans. I heard of Algiers, New Orleans on my first visit to the city many years ago, but I never quite found the time to visit.
I finally made it to Algiers on my last trip to New Orleans. My friends and I spent more time eating and drinking our way through the city than anything else (although we did visit Mardi Gras World). And by the time we parted ways, I was left with a hangover and not a lot of ambition.
My husband and I decided that a walk around quiet, charming Algiers was the perfect way to relax on our last day in the city (and hopefully shake those hangovers, too). It was, and I’m excited to share my photos and travel tips so you can plan your own visit!
A Guide to Algiers Point, New Orleans
Have you ever considered visiting Algiers, New Orleans? It’s one of these places that many visitor guides recommend, yet most visitors to NOLA never make the trip.
Algiers Point is the perfect escape from the craziness of Bourbon Street and the French Quarter. It’s easy to get to and is filled with quiet charm, making it the perfect place to spend a low key afternoon.
Keep reading for all my travel tips. If you’re in a rush, skip to the end of the post where I’ve rounded up everything you need to plan your visit to Algiers Point, New Orleans.
A (Very Brief) History of Algiers Point, New Orleans
For the longest time, I was under the impression that Algiers, Louisiana was a separate city from New Orleans. But it’s actually part of the city, and the second oldest neighborhood at that.
Algiers was established in 1719 when Jean Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville (a colonist and the father of New Orleans) was granted a large track of land on the west bank of the Mississippi, directly across from New Orleans. The land was developed as a plantation and was used to hold slaves before they were transported across the river and sold.
Although the land was used as a plantation for many years, the development of Algiers as a town did not occur until the 1800s. During this time, Algiers played a part in the War of 1812, as well as the civil war. And in 1860, Algiers was annexed to New Orleans as the 15th Ward. A fire destroyed most of Algiers in 1895, and the majority of the homes you’ll find there today were built in the years following the fire.
Today, Algiers Point is home to over 2,000 people. You can read more about the history of Algiers here.
Where is Algiers Point?
Algiers Point is located directly across the Mississippi from the French Quarter in New Orleans.
The neighborhood of Algiers, which is the 15th Ward of New Orleans, stretches for 12 miles along the Mississippi River. Algiers Point is a small part of this neighborhood, and it’s the oldest part of Algiers.
If you’re ever walked along the riverfront in the French Quarter, Algiers is what you’re seeing across the river.
The French Quarter as seen from the Algiers Point Ferry.
Getting to Algiers Point from the French Quarter
The easiest way to get to Algiers Point from the French Quarter or Central Business District is by ferry.
You can catch the ferry at the foot of Canal Street, right next to the Aquarium of the Americas. It costs $2 to ride each way, and it’s a quick and stress free way to get to Algiers.
The views from the ferry are worth the trip alone, so make sure to bring your camera!
It is possible to drive to Algiers Point, but I’d avoid it unless you have mobility issues. Parking is restricted on many streets, and it’s very easy to explore this compact area on foot.
The Algiers Point Ferry Terminal
Things to Do in Algiers Point, New Orleans
So, you may be wondering what there is to do in Algiers, New Orleans!
To be honest, this really is a sleepy little area of the city. So I think it helps to keep your expectations realistic before you plan a trip.
There aren’t a lot of sights to see or even that many businesses to frequent in Algiers Point. It is very beautiful and charming however, so if you love architecture or just want to escape the craziness of the French Quarter, it’s definitely worth checking out.
One of my favorite things to do here was to walk along the Algiers Point Levee.
If you’re not familiar with levees, they’re basically a raised embankment that protects homes and businesses when the river floods. The one in Algiers held up after Hurricane Katrina, and the neighborhood escaped major damage.
The levee in Algiers has a path along the top. As you walk or bike the levee, you’ll be treated to beautiful views of picturesque Algiers Point, as well as the French Quarter.
If you enter the levee path on Patterson Drive, between Bauman and Amann Streets, you’ll be treated to a colorful mural!
It’s a short walk from the ferry terminal to the mural, so make sure to check it out.
As you walk along the levee, you’ll see plenty of activity in the river.
We spotted the Steamboat Natchez, as well as a number of ships and tugboats. There was a even a cruise ship docked in the river the day we visited.
Although I loved walking along the levee, my favorite thing to do in Algiers Point was to wander the streets and check out the gorgeous houses.
If you enjoy New Orleans architecture (and how could you not?), you are in for a treat. The streets of Algiers Point are filled will beautiful, charming homes!
A devastating fire destroyed hundreds of houses in 1895, so many of the homes you’ll see today were built in the early 1900’s.
As you walk around Algiers, New Orleans, you’ll see may different styles of architecture, including Creole, Greek Revival, Victorian, and Edwardian styles.
Without a plan in mind, we wandered up and down the streets. Along the way, we spotted everything from narrow shotgun houses to cottages to two-story homes with double porches.
I loved checking out all the gorgeous details and found quite a few homes that I could imagine myself moving into.
Over the course of our short walk, we made friends with a cat, as well as some of his human friends.
Everyone we spoke to was very friendly, and Algiers was filled with neighborhood activity.
Do you ever return from vacation and immediately check out real estate listings?
I was definitely guilty of doing that after returning home from Algiers Point in New Orleans!
Of course, you probably want to grab something to eat or drink during your time in Algiers Point.
As you exit the ferry terminal, you’ll spot a few options straight ahead. Within a block, you’ll find a pizza place, a cafe, a pub, and a coffee shop … pretty much everything you could need right?
We stopped into Tout De Suite Cafe, which is located a few blocks further away from the ferry terminal.
It was the perfect place to warm up with a hot drink and a sweet snack.
On a warmer day, I could definitely see myself relaxing outside with a cool drink and watching the day pass by! Couldn’t you?
With that, our time in Algiers and in New Orleans was complete. We headed back across the Mississippi River on the ferry and flew home that same night.
A relaxing day spent in Algiers was the perfect way to end our trip!
Planning Your Visit to Algiers Point, New Orleans
I hope you enjoyed this guide to Algiers, New Orleans! Here are some tips to help plan your visit:
Location: Algiers Point is located directly across the Mississippi River from the French Quarter in New Orleans. Although Algiers Point is small, it’s actually part of a larger Algiers community. Visit the Algiers Historical Society to learn more about the area’s history.
Getting to Algiers, New Orleans: The easiest way to get to Algiers from New Orleans is to take the Algiers Point Ferry, which has been operating since 1827. It’s located at the end of Canal Street, next to the Aquarium of the Americas. The ferry costs $2 each way and is for pedestrians and bikers only (no cars). It also possible to drive to Algiers Point from New Orleans; consult your GPS for the best directions.
Things to Do in Algiers: There aren’t a ton of things to do in Algiers Point, New Orleans … its a quiet, family-friendly neighborhood. A walk around Algiers is a relaxing way to spend an afternoon though, especially if you need a break from the French Quarter. It’s also fun to check out if you’ve been to NOLA before and want to do something different. Here are some of the best things to do in Algiers:
- Walk or bike along the paved Algiers Levee Path. As you progress upriver from the ferry terminal, you’ll find the Jazz Walk of Fame. And downriver from the terminal, you’ll see a number of historical plaques. Make sure to check out the murals on the levee walls along Patterson Drive, as well.
- Sit on a bench on the levee path or walk down to the shores of the Mississippi to see what’s happening on the river. You might spot the Steamboat Natchez, a tugboat or river barge, or even a cruise ship departing the port of New Orleans.
- Warm up at the annual Bonfire in December.
- Wander around the streets and check out the charming houses and buildings. Keep an eye out for the Mount Olivet Episcopal Church, the oldest building in Algiers Point, and the Old Courthouse, which was built after the Great Algiers Fire in 1896. Visit the Historical Society website for info on self-guided walking tours.
- Enjoy a meal or cocktail at one of Algiers’ restaurants or bars.
- Watch the sun set over the Mississippi River.
- Listen to music at the Wednesdays on the Point concert series.
- Take in the beautiful views of the French Quarter from across the river.
Where to Eat and Drink in Algiers: I didn’t spend too much time in Algiers, but I did enjoy a treat and a chai latte at Tout De Suite Cafe. They’re open for breakfast and lunch. You’ll find a number of restaurants and bars within a short walking distance of the Ferry Terminal, including the Dry Dock Cafe, Tavolino Pizza & Lounge, Crown & Anchor English Pub, and Congregation Coffee.
Other Things to Do in New Orleans
Now that you know all about Algiers, you can plan the rest of your trip.
Start by reading my New Orleans Travel Guide … it has everything you need to know to plan your trip. Then, check out some of my favorite things to do in NOLA:
- Visit a museum. There are so many amazing museums worth visiting in this historic city. I especially love the New Orleans Museum of Art in City Park, the WWII Museum in the Warehouse District, and the quirky Pharmacy Museum in the French Quarter.
- Tour a city of the dead. New Orleans is known for its beautiful cemeteries. Take a self-guided walking tour of my favorite, Lafayette No. 1 in the Garden District.
- Admire the unique architecture. Speaking of the Garden District, you can’t visit NOLA without viewing its jawdropping homes. A walking tour of the Garden District is the best way take them all in.
- Experience Mardi Gras. A trip to NOLA during Mardi Gras is on many bucket lists. But if you’re traveling to NOLA at another time of year, you can still enjoy the fun at Mardi Gras World.
- Deal with the crazy weather. New Orleans is notorious for its bad weather … it’s often hot and rainy, maybe both! Here’s how you can beat the heat in summer and here are the best ways to spend a rainy day.
- Grab a bite to eat. If you’re traveling with a vegetarian, this can be a tricky city. Check out my favorite New Orleans vegetarian-friendly restaurants that will please your whole group (veg or not!)
- Save a buck. NOLA can get expensive, but not every activity has to be super pricey. Here are my favorite free things to do in New Orleans.
Have you ever been to Algiers Point, New Orleans?