I loved staying in Faubourg Marigny, which is across Esplanade Ave. from the French Quarter. It has some really wonderful restored Creole-style cottages. It is generally a very quiet neighborhood but within walking distance to the Quarter. You will definitely like the vibe and uncrowded streets.
The lively Frenchmen Street is a great alternative to Bourbon Street, with some outstanding music venues along a three block strip of clubs and restaurants. Don’t miss The Spotted Cat at 623 Frenchman Street for the best in music. Down the street, at 632 Frenchman St., is Cafe Rose Nicaud, a fun locals spot for breakfast and lunch.
La Maison Marigny, 4121 Bourbon: I enjoyed staying in this attractive B&B in the Faubourg Marigny area just outside the Quarter. It is quiet and charming and I highly recommend it. It is also highly rated on Trip Advisor and by Travel + Leisure. I stayed in the Owner’s Suite on the first floor which was very large and comfortable. The owners are fun and the breakfasts very good.
Horn’s: Located at 1940 Dauphine, this is a popular spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner, though it has been featured recently as a favorite breakfast spot by Eater New Orleans.
Just across the street from Marigny, in the St. Roch neighborhood, is the recently opened St. Roch Market. The original St. Roch Market first opened in 1875, as one of the city’s many public markets. The building was destroyed in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina. In 2015, it reopened with 13 food vendors from those featuring coffee, oysters, cocktails, seafood and Creole food to others featuring Korean, Mexican, juice and pastries and baked goods. It has a clean, contemporary design and attracts more locals than tourists. I enjoyed my latte from Coast Roast. 2381 St. Claude Ave.
Just west of Marigny in Bywater: Here you can find Elizabeth’s at 601 Gallier St. It was just featured as a top breakfast spot though they do serve lunch, dinner and brunch on the weekend. It is on my list for my next trip.