Faubourg Marigny, on the downriver border of the French Quarter, is an original Creole neighborhood named for 19th-century aristocrat Bernard de Marigny de Mandeville. In 1800, when his father died, Marigny became the richest 15-year-old in America, inheriting a vast fortune and the plantation which once defined the neighborhood.
In typical Big Easy style, Marigny lost the family homestead to gambling (he’s credited with creating the game of craps), but his loss was the city’s gain because the Marigny, with its Creole cottages, Frenchmen Street music clubs, St. Claude Avenue bars, and eclectic restaurants, is a neighborhood not be missed.
A bountiful breakfast and brunch destination, this neighborhood also offers Creole Italian and New York bagels; Thai, Mediterranean, and Southern American cuisine — here is a sampling of the best bars, restaurants, and live music spots to check out from Esplanade to Homer Plessy.
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