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November 14th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards
March 12th, 2013 by insideout
Directly across the Mississippi River from downtown New Orleans and the French Quarter is a section of the city sometimes called “New Orleans’ best kept secret” known as Old Algiers. Founded only a year after the city proper, in 1719, Old Algiers is situated on a sharp bend of the river. Because of this geographic feature, the area is commonly called Algiers Point.
Although somewhat isolated from the rest of the city, Old Algiers knows how to celebrate in typical New Orleans fashion! The Old Algiers RiverFest, taking place this year on April 6 & 7 is two days of street festivals featuring music, food and cultural offerings.
This festival continues to expand but holds fast to its goals: preserving the traditional jazz and indigenous music that came of age along this bend of the Mississippi River. It is an authentic New Orleans cultural experience that any visitor should feel proud to attend! Old Algiers Riverfest features performances by some of the top names in traditional jazz, gospel choirs, brass bands as well as the renowned Mardi Gras Indians. Of course there will also be local cuisine, arts and crafts and children’s activities along the levee near the Canal Street/Algiers Ferry landing. This festival is free to attend!
It may be a bit off the beaten track, but Algiers Point is worth the ride across the river – which is also free for pedestrians. Plus, the trip across the Mississippi offers some amazing views of the city’s skyline.
Lodging in New Orleans and Algiers Point
We have member bed and breakfasts all over the city of New Orleans. We also have several Algiers Inns as well that would love to host you during your visit to the Riverfest, or any time you come to the Crescent City. Look forward to seeing you!
May 20th, 2011 by bbnola
Old Algiers, or Algiers Point, sits across the Mississippi River from the French Quarter. It is one of the oldest sections of New Orleans, offered as a gift by the King of France to Jean Baptiste LeMoyne Sieur de Bienville, the city’s founder, in 1719.
There are several New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts in Algiers Point, and the neighborhood is connected to the French Quarter by ferry. The Canal Street Ferry runs between 6 a.m. and midnight every day, carrying both pedestrians and cars across the Mississippi River. Pedestrians ride for free, and cars must pay only $1 round trip. That’s right, 1 dollar. The views of New Orleans alone are worth more than that!
Once in Algiers Point, notice the architecture. The Arts and Crafts style dominates, but there are still fine examples of other styles: single and double Shotgun, Creole Cottage, Greek Revival, Victorian, Cambleback, and French Colonial Plantation. Many an architecture buff travel to Algiers Point to stroll the streets and admire the homes.
There is also abundant green space in Algiers Point. Both the Bike Path to Gretna and the land along the levee afford fantastic views of the city of New Orleans, and are good spots to walk and bike. Confetti and Delcazal Parks are great for people-watching.
There are several good spots to grab a bite to each and enjoy a drink in Old Algiers. Crown and Anchor English Pub is a great spot for a pint, and the Old Point Bar offers live music. Have lunch at Aunt Leni’s or Tout de Suite, and dinner at the Dry Dock Bar and Café.
Old Algiers is a little off the beaten path. Visitors come in April for the Old Algiers RiverFest, but often forget about it the rest of the year. Whether staying in an Old Algiers New Orleans Bed and Breakfast or at an inn in a different part of the city, take time to take the ferry to Old Algiers.