Downtown West Monroe, commonly known as Antique Alley, is bustling with boutiques and antique shops. A wide variety of shops can be found offering everything from the latest fashions, investment antiques, original works of art, and fine gifts.
Located on the banks of the Ouachita River, the downtown core has thrived over the years as a result of a group of dedicated merchants, property owners, and community volunteers committed to preserving the historic character of West Monroe.
For information on the many downtown community events and projects, follow the Downtown West Monroe Facebook and Instagram pages. During the holidays, the area comes alive, hosting the Christmas on the River Festival and Christmas light show every year.
In 2019, a portion of Downtown West Monroe’s Cotton Port Historic District was named as a National Register Historic District by the National Park Service. This designation means property owners within the district are eligible for both federal and state historic building rehabilitation tax credits.
Main Street Program
The Cotton Port Historic District was designated as a Louisiana Main Street district in 2020 by Louisiana Main Street. The first Louisiana community to receive this designation since 2014, West Monroe was also the first city to successfully complete the series of Lagniappe Community benchmarks required to receive this designation. The Main Street program provides a roadmap to spur community-driven, comprehensive downtown revitalization and sustainability.
Alley Park is a new public downtown gathering space located on the corner of Trenton and Natchitoches Street. A variety of community events and activities are hosted in the Park including family-friendly events and concerts.