Riverwalk MarketPlace, the home of our New Orleans’ Cooking School, Crescent City Cooks!

Today we are going to talk about where Crescent City Cooks is located: Riverwalk MarketPlace.

History:

Riverwalk Marketplace is a mall located in the Central Business District of New Orleans, Louisiana. It is connected to the adjacent Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel. We have a perfect view of the Mississippi River waterfront that stretches from the base of Canal Street upriver to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The mall is well located and provides customers with something to look at!

This three-block-long shopping center contains several retail chains, local specialty shops and a food court. Plaques along the river walkway relate bits of the Mississippi River‘s history and folklore. Various cruise ships leave from the Julia Street Wharf slightly upriver; you can often see them from the front of the Riverwalk. (And my cooking studio!)

This area along the riverfront was always used for shipping. By the start of the 1980s, increased use of containers in shipping made some of the older riverfront wharfs less useful, so the Poydras Street Wharf and the Julia Street Wharf were demolished, and the land was used as part of the 1984 World’s Fair. After the fair, this area was redeveloped into the “Riverwalk,”an upscale mall intended to attract both tourists and locals.

The Riverwalk closed after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 due to extensive wind and looting damage. It reopened in early December of that year in hopes that Christmas Season shopping would jump-start the area’s recovery. Only a small number of shops were able to open at first. Additional businesses have gradually been reopening since.

Riverwalk is home to more than 100 retail stores like our culinary boutique and cooking school Crescent City Cooks, eateries and attractions including the brand new Southern Food & Beverage Museum.

Info:

Located in the heart of downtown New Orleans on the Mississippi River.
500 Port of New Orleans Pl.
New Orleans, LA 70130.

You can find the Riverwalk MarketPlace website http://www.riverwalkmarketplace.com or on Facebook and Twitter @RiverwalkNOLA

Directions:

Riverwalk is located on the downtown New Orleans riverfront at the foot of Canal, Poydras and Julia Streets, between the Convention Center and the Aquarium, adjacent to the Hilton Hotel. Take I-10 East or West to the Poydras Street exit and follow Poydras to the river. Or take Highway 90 to the Camp Street exit and Camp Street to Poydras. A right onto Poydras Street will bring you to Riverwalk’s entrance.

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