It also home to retail locations, popular bars and restaurants, premier art galleries and residents inhabiting restored historic commercial and industrial buildings.
The Warehouse District name comes from the warehouse and manufacturing industry that once filled the section of the CBD closest to the Mississippi River and south of Poydras Street. When centralized shipping became popular, the area fell into disuse, but only for a short time. In 1984, the World’s Fair came to town and brought renewed attention to the area that resulted in new investment and redevelopment into the area. Many of the 19 th century warehouses were transformed into art galleries, condos, hotels and restaurants.
Central Business District History
The Central Business District (CBD) in New Orleans is what most cities call their downtown.
The Warehouse District
The CBD is the hub for more than just business in New Orleans. In addition to the sky scrapers, you can find popular destinations like the Mercedes Benz Superdome where the Saints play, the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and Harrah’s casino and hotel.
Crescent City Farmer’s Market (Photo: Justen Williams)
8. Buff Beauty Bar – Get comfortable and enjoy the classic sounds of the passing streetcar while you dip, primp, polish and pamper yourself in the newest beauty indulgence downtown. Buff Beauty Bar offers a luxurious spa experience in the CBD.
The top eight things to do and places to go right now in the Warehouse District and Central Business District neighborhoods of New Orleans.
New Orleans is a city like no other for so many reasons, one of which is that it truly lends itself to being a place with “small town charm and big city experiences.” Nowhere is this more apparent than in the Central Business District (CBD) and Warehouse District of downtown New Orleans. Originally established as an industrial area in the 19th century to store grain, coffee, and produce shipped through the port of New Orleans, the Warehouse District, or “Arts District” has evolved into the “SoHo of the South” allowing an artful, loft lifestyle coupled with the convenience of being close to the commerce of New Orleans.