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Our neighborhood, the Faubourg Marigny, is a perfect location from which to explore all the delights that New Orleans has to offer. The Marigny is home to the famous music clubs, bars, and restaurants of Frenchmen Street - just 5 blocks from Sweet Olive. And of course, we are right next to the French Quarter, which has a few attractions of its own!
We are proud to have been named one of the "Top Ten Neighborhoods" by the American Planning Association, we are the only neighborhood in New Orleans to have ever been given that honor. Here's what the APA has to say about us:
"Originally a Creole suburb, Faubourg Marigny is a 200-year-old community. Streets follow a sharp curve in the Mississippi, providing grand views as one walks, bikes, or drives. Respite for pedestrians can be found in several wide, landscaped avenues and two alleys of oak trees that surround the perimeter of Washington Square, the district's heart and soul. By day, this densely populated neighborhood of brightly painted cottages and shotgun houses beckons residents to its walkable streets, coffeehouses, and boutiques. By night, it is an entertainment destination with a distinctly bohemian vibe."
The Marigny began its history in 1805 as the plantation of a young French nobleman. Soon it became home to French settlers, then followed Caribbean free people of color, and Spanish, Italian, German and Irish immigrants looking for a better way of life. Today the neighborhood remains one of the most colorful and diverse in the city. Its creole cottages and shotgun houses are home to many of the city's artists, musicians, and chefs, and it has become an epicenter of music and the arts.