Tchoupitoulas Street

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Tipitina's at the corner of Tchoupitoulas and Napoleon

Tchoupitoulas Street (Listeni/ˌɒpɨˈtlɨs/ CHOP-ah-TOO-luhs) is a street in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. It is the through street closest to the Mississippi River running through Uptown New Orleans. Formerly, the street was heavily devoted to river shipping commerce, but as shipping became less of a need in the later 20th century, more of the street became devoted to residential and other commercial uses.


The name of the street comes from the name of an extinct Indian tribe[1][2] that perhaps means "those who live at the river" in Choctaw (hạcha-pit-itula).[3] The tribal village – called the côte (or quartier) des Chapitoulas in the 18th and early 19th centuries – was the headwaters of a bayou also named after the Chapitoulas.[3]


The street starts at upriver side of Canal Street (the other side of French Quarter) and goes through New Orleans Central Business District and Uptown, following the curve of the crescent bend of the river before coming to its terminus, hitting East Road at Audubon Park.

The equivalent street on the French Quarter side of Canal Street is N. Peters Street, which splits into two streets on the Uptown side: one continuing as S. Peters, and the other as Tchoupitoulas.

Noted establishments[edit]

In the central business district, some renowned hotels (such as Ambassador Hotel and Renaissance Arts Hotel) and restaurants (Emeril's and also Mother's at the corner of Poydras Street and Tchoupitoulas) are located on the street.

In Uptown, Tipitina's, a music club, is located at the corner of Napoleon Avenue and Tchoupitoulas.

Other stores, restaurants, and clubs are located further up river along Tchoupitoulas, perhaps most famously Hansen's Sno-Bliz.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Indian Names In Louisiana". Retrieved 30 November 2010. 
  2. ^ Wymond, John (1925). The Louisiana Historical Quarterly. Louisiana Historical Society. p. 309. a road called Tchoupitoulas, following the course of the River and no doubt leading to the village of the Tchoupitoulas Indians 
  3. ^ a b Read, William A. (2008). Louisiana Place Names of Indian Origin. University of Alabama Press. p. 62–4. ISBN 978-0-8173-5505-0.