New Orleans Photo Spots
Easily one of the most recognizable cities in the United States, New Orleans absolutely lives up to the hype when it comes to being a unique, energetic, memorable US destination. In addition, New Orleans is one of the most beautiful places to take photos! 📸 Whether you’re coming for the beignets, bayou, Mardi Gras, Creole cuisine, distinctive architecture, jazz music, or something else entirely, New Orleans is a dream destination. 🎷
We can’t talk about New Orleans without at least mentioning … Mardi Gras! 🥳 The annual Mardi Gras celebration includes lively parades that originate in the Garden District of Uptown New Orleans along St. Charles Avenue …, but New Orleans is more than just beads and nightlife. New Orleans is filled with culture, beauty, and a rich and diverse history. Whether you’re strolling, cycling, or riding a streetcar, New Orleans is compact and accessible, making it awesome for visitors to see all the city has to offer without too tremendous or arduous an effort.
Read on to learn more about some of our favourite parts of New Orleans — what to see, what to do, and where the best photo spots are for outstanding photo opportunities in NOLA!📍
1. The French Quarter
First up, the French Quarter. New Orleans’ French Quarter sits on the Mississippi River, and is known as the heart of the city; there’s no doubt when you envision New Orleans, you’re envisioning the streets of the French Quarter. The French Quarter is home to Cafe du Monde’s famous beignets and coffee (cafe au lait!☕️), and herein also lies the famous Bourbon Street with its charming cast iron-adorned balconies. The French Quarter is mysterious and jazzy. It’s romantic and filled with the southern charm you can only find in New Orleans. If you want great photos in one of the most Instagrammable places, look no further than the French Quarter. ❤️
The French Quarter is also New Orleans’ oldest neighbourhood, filled with endless entertainment. A favourite French Quarter spot is the Carousel Bar, which lives up to its name: a unique revolving bar that looks like a carousel! 🎠 Located in the French Quarter’s Hotel Monteleone, the Carousel Bar is a great evening pit stop that doubles as an art installation (the carousel has been revolving to the delight of visitors since 1949).
2. Jackson Square
A visit to the iconic Jackson Square in the French Quarter is a must. ✔️ Not only is Jackson Square one of the most recognizable backdrops in New Orleans, it’s also a perfect spot to listen to music, watch artists at work, or to just relax and people watch (not to mention, enjoy those beignets you just grabbed nearby). Jackson Square is also a great spot for photos — although it can get quite busy, it is beautiful, well cared for, and delightfully scenic. Jackson Square is a must-see while you’re in town and one of the best places to take photos in New Orleans.
3. The Faubourg Marigny
The Faubourg Marigny is a historic, colourful neighbourhood in New Orleans located just next to the French Quarter. Home to beautiful cottages and other preserved landmarks, as well as lovely tree-lined streets, the Faubourg Marigny is also home to hip, funky, cool music and art venues, Cajun bistros, and bars. If you’re looking for an eclectic, bohemian location to see, you’ve found the perfect spot. 🆒
Hot tip: the Faubourg Marigny is a favourite off-the-beaten-path route for your Flytographer photo shoot! View photos of some of our favourite photo shoots from the Faubourg Marigny.
4. Langles Bridge
The Langles Bridge is a picturesque, tranquil spot in New Orleans City Park. Oozing southern charm, the Langles Bridge is a perfect backdrop for photos, a nice walk, or just a relaxing stroll through some of the greenest greenery and an amazing place to take photos in New Orleans. 🌳
Hot tip: Langles Bridge is also just steps from the Cafe Du Monde’s City Park location, in case you need to top-up your coffee & beignet cravings. (More powdered sugar please!)
5. City Park Grounds
New Orleans City Park is home to botanical gardens, sculpture gardens, an amusement park, carousel, tennis, golf, fishing, playgrounds, boating, biking, and more. 🤩 City Park is also home to the New Orleans Museum of Art — with over 40,000 permanent objects and one of the most important sculpture gardens in the country, the New Orleans Museum of Art is an incredible stop while you’re visiting City Park.
The previously-mentioned Langles Bridge sits charmingly in City Park, which is also one of America’s largest and most-visited urban parks (City Park is 50% larger than New York’s Central Park, if you can even believe it!😱).
City Park is also home to 30,000+ trees, including the oldest grove of mature, live oak trees in the world (estimated at 750 – 900 years old). 🌳
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6. St. Louis Cathedral
Just a 2-minute walk from Jackson Square sits the St. Louis Cathedral — North America’s oldest continuous-use cathedral and one of New Orleans most notable backdrops. ⛪️ Open for services and self-guided tours, the St. Louis Cathedral is a lovely New Orleans stop for visitors of all beliefs.
7. Rodrigue Studio
The Rodrigue Studio is an art gallery in one of the French Quarter’s most historic buildings, featuring the work of George Rodrigue. Rodrigue was a fantastically talented artist best known for his famous blue dog paintings. 🖼 Rodrigue was born and raised in Louisiana, and became one America’s most successful artists, who spent his life loving and sharing his love of the Cajun culture. For a fun, unique, and and one of the best places to take photos in New Orleans, be sure to add the Rodrigue Studio to your list.
8. St. Patrick Cemetery
The St. Patrick Cemetery was established in 1841, and is comprised of three distinct sections (No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3). The largest section is known as St. Patrick No. 1, and is the oldest and largest of the sections, including almost all Irish family names. The St. Patrick Cemetery is peaceful, beautifully maintained, and full of local New Orleans history. 🪦
9. Audubon Park
Audubon Park is an urban park filled with mature oaks, lagoons, and massive green space, located just miles southwest of the French Quarter. Audubon Park is a great spot for families, couples, or individuals. It features a zoo, golf course, playgrounds, walking and cycling paths, sporting courts, riding stables, and more. Visiting Audubon Park before or after grabbing brunch is an awesome option while you’re in New Orleans. 👍
10. Royal Street
Royal Street in the French Quarter is one of New Orleans original streets, dating back to the early 18th century! Today Royal Street is one of our favourite Instagrammable spots; it’s a shopper’s paradise, home to antique stores and boutiques, art galleries, and delicious dining options, all just a block from Bourbon Street! 🤳 Royal Street is also a pretty residential stretch, with stunning homes and historical landmarks that aren’t just eye candy for tourists.
Capturing memories in New Orleans
While we hope you fill up on history, beignets, and fun while you’re in New Orleans, we also want to make sure you capture your time here! We have an incredible group of super-talented Louisiana photographers ready to help you forever-remember your time in New Orleans. 📷 With a variety of incredible photo locations (many of which we’ve talked about today), the photo opportunities are plentiful, so set aside the selfies and don’t forget to book your very own NOLA Flytographer shoot.
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