French Quarter

French Quarter, New Orleans: Hours, Address, French Quarter Reviews: 4.5/5

French Quarter
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Historic Walking Areas
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
The heart and cultural center of New Orleans is the French Quarter, a must-see for its high energy, rich history, diverse architecture, music, street performers, renowned jazz clubs, lively nightlife and the finest art galleries and restaurants in the city.
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The area
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A small and teeming network of laissez-faire living lounged out on the balmy banks of the Mighty Mississippi, the French Quarter has long been a port of call for folks in search of a good time and a great story. Perpetually inebriated Bourbon Street runs across its midriff like a strand of cheap ribbon tied around an otherwise rather pretty and impressively well-kept vintage dress. Throughout the rest of the Quarter, brightly colored Victorian homes and businesses, famously done up with wrought-iron features, provide a distinct and immediately recognizable backdrop for all varieties of fun. At any given moment in this historic riverside setting, some of America’s finest meals are being cooked, most potent cocktails are being mixed, and most engaging music is being performed.
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Matt A
4 contributions
Jan. 2022
If you only have time to see one area of the city, the French Quarter is the absolute perfect thing to see. You will feel like you have seen New Orleans!
Written January 22, 2022
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CHRIS L
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK491 contributions
Jan. 2022
FOOD, FUN , GIFTS, MUSEUMS, and more right within 5-6 blocks in any direction. paddleboats are so much fun, jazz museum, food everywhere!!
Written January 17, 2022
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Alex T
New York City, NY22 contributions
Jan. 2022
So many beautiful, interesting, peculiar buildings crammed next to/in-between/opposite one another. A lot of history and culture mixed with a the famous NOLA music/party culture just a stone's throw away. A very unique and special place to visit. Highly recommend!
Written January 12, 2022
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DeAnna D
4 contributions
Jan. 2022
We enjoyed walking around leisurely and exploring the infinite shops and of course the legendary Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo. There were talented street performers everywhere, entertaining us with unique flavor and style.Lots of Fun!
Written January 10, 2022
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Paradise813157
2 contributions
Jan. 2022
Filthy, strange not worth your time. And, you can't eat anywhere in the City without a vaccine. Glad this was a pit stop. It's not a destination, by any means.
Written January 10, 2022
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Molly1107
United Kingdom350 contributions
Jan. 2022
Lovely to walk around in the morning - after the streets have been cleaned. Architecture really great, good photo opps.
At night, just dreadful. The smell of urine, faeces (yep, human) and weed unpleasant to say the least. Drunks everywhere. Noise awful. Drugs were openly changing hands. Lots of folk (?drugs/alcholol/illness) lying about the streets. More than we saw in Delhi, India - seriously.
Pavements unsafe - lots of holes.
We were really upset to see parents (who appeared to be under the influence of something) forcing very young children to bash upturned plastic buckets with sticks to earn money when they should have been tucked up in bed.
The heaviest police presence we have ever experienced anywhere in the world which made us anxious and reassured in equal measures.
New Orleans needs to something about this area - please clean it up!
Written January 10, 2022
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Jotum
Knoxville, TN1,397 contributions
Jan. 2022
We stayed right in the middle of the quarter so we could walk everywhere. Due to COVID and past hurricanes it seemed a little run down in spots, but still is a great place to visit. Lots of good restaurants, history and other entertainment
Written January 7, 2022
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A C
3 contributions
Jan. 2022 • Couples
Poor, and that’s the problem with New Orleans. This place is gentrified, and the disparity between Have and have nots is absolutely disgusting.

People complain about the streets being filthy, yeah, it’s going to be when most of the income here relies on tourism and no one gives a damn about the non tourist, not white population. It’s the one city I’ve visited where you can really really see how America has failed.

The streets in this city are in horrid shape. Where do the tax payer dollars go?!

The tax payers help to lift up the massive corporations which taken advantage of subsidies and the small business shudder. People rely on tips everywhere. Tips? Why should shoppers have to pay gratuity when corporations should be paying their employees a livable damn wage? Wtf? Everywhere! I don’t mind tipping, if a corporation doesn’t mind paying their employees as fairly as they pay their CEOs.

The WWII museum is expensive, but worth a visit. Rent a place at Algiers Point (as opposed to a billionaire hotel magnate like Hilton) and take the ferry for $2 to downtown New Orleans, have the correct cash, they don’t make change. It will save you parking and fighting traffic. Carry a pacsafe bag or purse. Don’t be rude, clean up after yourself and don’t treat the people in this city like a pest.

Also, you better not need to pee anywhere, because you can’t. We visited numerous cafes, restaurants, and stores with NO bathrooms. Where is the damn humility? No wonder people have to piss in the street!! We walked into Saks to watch people spend $600+ on a dress while people outside in wheelchairs hid under cardboard in the rain.

America is owned by corporations now and this city is an exemplary of this hideous play. If you ask anyone about New Orleans 30+ years ago, it was a different city. We can’t blame the people; the homeless, the poor. We have to blame the ones that did this- the government which is run by the corporations. They get theirs while the population struggles to survive. I went into little grocers to find rotting food, nearly barren shelves. Corporations are really really strangling people here.

The vegan food here was good, check out Sweet Soul Vegan food, the portions are huge and it’s really good.
The small art shops were wonderful too. Especially It’s me Sesame.

All in all, I hated New Orleans, it was as grotesque as Las Vegas. Have vs have nots and the lies of hope in casinos and boot straps - ugh.
Written January 7, 2022
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JessaOlson
Peoria, IL8 contributions
Feb. 2021
I went to the French Quarter several times throughout our trip. I actually loved it the best in the early morning before everything was open. The environment is like non other. I want to go back during Mardi Gras for sure.
Written January 5, 2022
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yay83
San Francisco, CA134 contributions
Jan. 2022
Great food and music everywhere. So many things to see and hear while visiting. A must see if you are in the area.
Written January 4, 2022
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