French Quarter
French Quarter
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Historic Walking Areas
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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
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A must-see for its high energy and rich history, the French Quarter is New Orleans’ heart and cultural center. Enjoy the lively atmosphere amid magnificent colonial architecture and skilled street performers—and don’t miss the finest galleries in the city and landmarks like the sumptuous St. Louis Cathedral. Linger around till after dark to jam to live jazz in one of the district’s renowned clubs. For a full experience, you can join a food, haunted or jazz tour from a knowledgeable local guide. Book your visit between February and early March to attend the raucous street parties of Mardi Gras. – Tripadvisor
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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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Jenni M
Decatur, IN549 contributions
Mar. 2023 • Friends
I visited the French Quarter while in New Orleans. It was great seeing street performers as you were walking down the sidewalks. They also have plenty of shops and restaurants to check out!
Written March 29, 2023
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Bungo1227
Watertown, WI21 contributions
Mar. 2023 • Family
Visited French Quarter end of March for a couple days. Was expecting quaint village type atmosphere with amazing architecture, shops and restaurants. The architecture was awesome, however it's very run down, dirty, smelly and I felt uncomfortable walking around even during the day time. We saw people shooting up needles in their arms, a man pooping behind a statue of Louis Armstrong and homeless people fighting, yelling chasing people ect. I'm not a big drinker, but if I was I would not feel comfortable letting loose in this environment. We did like Garden District and downtown and really enjoyed the Paddle Wheel river boat cruise.
Written March 26, 2023
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Lisa G
Wallkill, NY18 contributions
Mar. 2023 • Couples
If you want to see New Orleans, eat, listen to music galore, you have to go to the French Quarter. It’s got lots to see and the the trolley is not a far walk, around 15 min.
Written March 23, 2023
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Mr. Average
4 contributions
Mar. 2023
The French Quarter is a fascinating area full of history and amazing buildings. There are amazing restaurants scattered around, but there's also a lot of over priced, mediocre food (i.e.$8 for an admittedly large slice of bad pizza) so you have to be selective and when you do find good food, it's expensive. Bourbon Street is...well, the loudest, most chaotic places I've ever been. Every bar has live or recorded music BLASTING out of it at all hours of the day at ear-splitting volume and there are people playing drums and other instruments on the street, cars driving though with their sound systems cranked to 11 and drunken people carrying frozen drinks called "hand grenades" everywhere. On Saturday nights it's totally insane.

However, just a block away, things get much quieter except for occasional bands of passers by on their way to or from Bourbon Street. There are interesting shops selling everything from voodoo supplies to antique crystal chandeliers imported from France. The re also art galleries and antique stores. It's a great place just to wander around and see what sorts of interesting places you encounter.


Written March 21, 2023
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Tansy2015
Brighton, MI333 contributions
Mar. 2023 • Friends
We got there at 11 o’clock in the morning and it was deserted. Had the place to ourselves. We then took a trolley out to St. Louis cemetery number three and when we got back to have lunch it was a totally different experience. Loud and fun we decided to eat just appetizers and not go into a food coma lol it was awesome.
Written March 21, 2023
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bre126
Naas, Ireland117 contributions
Mar. 2023 • Friends
Its party party party. You have to be there if only once. Soooo glad to have experienced it. Its crowded. Its noisy. Its alive. Its exciting.
Written March 18, 2023
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Danielle G
10 contributions
Mar. 2023
A definite MUST when visiting NOLA. We stayed in a hotel on the fringes of the French Quarter. The first thing that I noticed was how dark the streets are at night. A local told me that it was due to hurricane damage. I didn't feel comfortable walking alone at night, but lucky for me my French Canadian spouse was happy to wander with me. Especially when we could have daiquiris to drink in the streets. The architecture is gorgeous, the people were friendly there are lots of cute shops to browse in and lots of touristy things to see and do. We will definitely be back again in the future!
Written March 18, 2023
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Mitchell P
5 contributions
Mar. 2023
Great food! Great Music! Decadence everywhere. A walk down the French Quarter is an amazing experience. Every place offers go-cups so you can take your alcohol with you. You can drink on the streets, but you're not allowed to carry glass bottles. Which is understandable, nobody wants to step on broken glass. Street performers, loud music, food it's one big block party that constantly moving from corner to corner.
Written March 17, 2023
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TravelingBum52
United States2,499 contributions
Mar. 2023 • Couples
There’s a lot of history in this area of New Orleans. The streets are filled with people walking. Horse carriages and cars everywhere. Go during the day for sightseeing or at night for partying.
Written March 16, 2023
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Dash
Bath, UK52 contributions
Apr. 2022 • Couples
We stayed near the French Quarter was very easy for us to explore
There were some remedial works going on at some of the streets do not a lot of pavement access
Thus area is very different during the day and evening
It is extremely vibrant with an abundance of interesting shops
The houses are amazing and so interesting and different
I loved how historic they area
I loved the street selling art, there us do much choice and it suit all budgets
Do visit these shops as they sell a ,or of local art
At no punt did I feel unsafe exploring this area
At night it’s very lively
Written March 12, 2023
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