Adjacent to the Garden District and Uptown, the Irish Channel neighborhood is roughly bounded by Louisiana Avenue, Magazine Street, Jackson Avenue, and the Mississippi River. A close-knit, diverse residential community of renters, owners, young families and older people (many of whom have lived there for decades), the area has experienced a good bit of restoration and gentrification in recent years.
Irish immigrants who came to New Orleans in the 1830s to work on construction of the New Canal Basin and then later at the Port of New Orleans made their home in the neighborhood, and though the area was (and continues to be) a melting pot of many different groups and ethnicities, the name stuck. Today, the Irish Channel is known for hosting one of the city’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parades.
Located on high ground and featuring old world charm, mature oak trees, and colorful Shotguns with Victorian detailing, the Irish Channel is also home to townhouses, Center Hall Cottages, Greek Revival homes, and larger homes that have been divided into attractive condos. Its main thoroughfare is a stretch of Magazine Street that’s walkable and dotted with eclectic boutiques, bars, po-boy shops, coffee spots, restaurants and more. Clay Square park, St. Alphonsus Art & Cultural Center and St. Mary’s Assumption Church are all landmarks where those in the community come together.
Some of our favorite places to eat, drink and hang out with friends in the Irish Channel include: