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Just up Esplanade Avenue from the French Quarter, the Bayou St. John neighborhood is known for its beautiful shady lanes, gorgeous homes, and laid-back vibe. Great restaurants, cafés, and bars dot the landscape, with sidewalk seating and relaxed patios. It's also home to the New Orleans Fairgrounds Race Course and Slots, one of the nation's premier horse-racing venues, and the world-famous New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. St. Louis Cemetery No. 3 opens its gates onto Esplanade Avenue, inviting visitors to explore the rows of aboveground tombs and mausoleums. At the end of the avenue you'll discover Bayou St. John, the scenic waterway that begins in Mid-City, meanders through Faubourg St. John, and ends at the lakefront. You'll find all sorts of people out enjoying the wide grassy banks—biking, fishing, or just strolling along and admiring the reflection of a sunset in the smooth water.