The Bywater is the hip heart of bohemian New Orleans. With its distinct avant garde charm, a stay in a Bywater B&B is a great way to explore a hub of cafes, lively pubs, edgy art galleries, and delicious restaurants, both innovative and traditional. Many artists make their homes here, and it is common to see musicians riding their bicycles, instruments in hand, to a jazz gig in the nearby Faubourg Marigny or French Quarter.
Established in the early 1800s, many people from France, Spain, and the French Carribbean settled here. One of New Orleans’ most colorful neighborhoods, the architectural styles of the Bywater borrow from colonial French and Spanish, with bright Caribbean accents. The art scene has exploded with the development of the Saint Claude Arts district, and the Bywater is also home to the beloved Dr. Bob’s Art Gallery. With its blend of laid-back charm, historic homes, and vibrant culture, staying in a Bywater B&B is a wonderful way to experience the real New Orleans.