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.