French Quarter
French Quarter
4.5
Points of Interest & LandmarksHistoric 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
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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  • Richard W
    Dublin, Ireland179 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do visit for yourself - and don't be put off by the bad hype!
    I am a little surprised to read so many disappointing reviews of the French Quarter. My wife and I stayed at the Hyatt Centric in the French Quarter for five nights recently and had a really enjoyable time. We booked lots of trips, including a bicycle tour of the French Quarter, a tour of St Louis Cemetery No.1 and a Cocktail History Walking Tour. Also, we went on a Street Art & Murals Tour and took in a show in the Orpheum Theatre. Of course, we listened to plenty of Live Jazz too. I purchased several pictures in the all too seductive galleries on Royal Street. Sure there were a few drunken people around at times, particularly after dark, but let's not get carried away. They didn't try to bother us and there were no more than in any other city centre area in my experience. There were also people begging and others who appeared to be under the influence of drugs, but nothing beyond what I have seen elsewhere, including my home city. There is so much that is good about the French Quarter that should be experienced and explored on foot - but do watch out for the potholes! Their reputation is completely warranted! Outside of the French Quarter, if it all really becomes too much for you, take a Red Canal Streetcar to City Park and enjoy free access to the Sydney & Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden or visit a plantation. Finally, we were in a queue to buy a $30 bottle of wine in a grocery near the French Market and the guy in front of us heard our accents, turned around, and insisted on buying the bottle for us. He said he wanted to spread the love! There's a first time for everything, I guess!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 19, 2023
  • damurphy127
    Bluffton, South Carolina90 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mesmerizing
    The French Quater is exactly as described in magazines. We were able to walk Bourbon and Royal Streets. The only disappointing factor is we expected to see jazz bands along the way. While there were only a few bands out, they were NOT jazz related. However, it was quite an experience and we would do it again.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 22, 2023
  • margaret a
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not just bourbon street
    Fun experience - bourbon st is just one place rto go at night . Go to the French market and water front - Jackson square ,royal street has nicer shops . Walk north to Armstrong park - unfortunately it was closed at night . Frenchman street is on the east edge of the quarter and has more art vendors and not as crazy as bourbon . Take a city bus tour to get out of the quarter . Take a good tour in the quarter
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 25, 2023
  • Nik P
    Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom42 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A place like no other!
    A busy full on place to be - anything goes! It’s busy all the time with lots of bars serving drink and food, few shops but shops are better further out. Quite a few people trying to sell beads and shots, but not pushy! In my opinion not somewhere I would take children- although there were some around
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 9, 2023
  • Kathy Z
    Rochester, New York5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A feast for the eyes, ears and palate!
    The French Quarter in New Orleans is like stepping into another world, and another century. It is always a joy to visit, whether it be Bananas Foster at Brennans, the Carousel Lounge at the Monteleone's or beignets and jazz at Cafe Beignet, you will not be disappointed. Be prepared with comfortable shoes as walking is the best way to enjoy the Quarter.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written July 19, 2023
  • CasandraTP
    Sydney, Australia3,188 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wouldn’t stay anywhere else
    This was my first time to New Orleans and I wouldn’t stay anywhere else but the French Quarter. From the minute we arrive the sound of jazz was everywhere. Everything is easy to walk around and there is so much to see and the history is amazing even if a little dark in places. The food is just so good and I have to admit I didn’t have a bad meal and do try all of the different dishes that NOLA has to give. Bourbon Street needs to be seen to believe but you don’t have to stay for long as it is the tacky part of the city. The worst part was the heat in summer which is so hot and humid but plenty of places to escape.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 28, 2023
  • Jclee827
    Miami, Florida13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Block party
    What is there to say, its the French Quarter. Non stop food and drinks on every corner from the time you wake up. The day time is calm, and the night is one big party. I look forward to my next trip.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 2, 2023
  • Tracey D
    Adelaide, Australia18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A trio of a life time
    OMG this area is just heavenly bliss. We stayed at a Hotel within the French Quarter. It was an easy walking to everything. The peacefulness of Chartres Street, the beautiful architecture, the cleanliness of the area too. This made our stay truly one to always remember. It was like a home away from home. We did walk down Bourbon Street, very noisey and busy but the crowds there were certainly enjoying themselves. The cafes, restaurants, tours just everything was perfect. Make sure you pop in to Croissant D’or OMG so good. And the best little laundromat ‘Suds dem duds’ on Bourbon street. Walking around the area is so easy to navigate, even we didn’t get lost. It truly is a wonderful place to visit, made it very hard leaving there. Thank you New Orleans
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 10, 2023
  • tvlady911
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Vacation!
    We stayed in the French Quarter in August for a family reunion. We had a blast! Everything was easily accessible. We walked around every day and still didn't get to see all the French Quarter has to offer. The shops are really neat and you can find just about anything from art, liquor, souvenirs, food, necessities and FUN! I'll definitely be back.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 11, 2023
  • Jarret S
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The French Quarter
    The French Quarter in New Orleans is a lively adventure. It's like stepping into a world of music, history, and vibrant colors. You'll find charming streets, delicious food, and a party atmosphere. If you're up for a unique and unforgettable experience, the French Quarter is the place to be.
    Visited March 2023
    Written August 15, 2023
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L K
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Business
Dirty. Did not feel safe at all. Many of the locals were nice, but were quick to warn you not to stray or be out after dark. Could be cool if the city took the time to invest in the city and tourism.
Written May 6, 2024
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Quest113252
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
The French Quarter, Bourbon street, French market, voodoo shop,cocktails , night life, restaurants and the FOOD!!!!
Written May 6, 2024
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Lisa R
Alton, IL250 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Lively place with good good, good music and plenty of drinks. Easy to walk around the French Quarter.
We felt very safe during the day. Even after dark just be aware of surroundings.
Drinks were pricey as was most food. But it was so fun.
Written May 5, 2024
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Manistique1,296 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We enjoyed walking around the French Quarter- there were so many restaurants, bars, stores and things to see. We were only there for one afternoon.
Written April 27, 2024
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saxonenvironmental
Gadsden, AL2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This place is so quaint, totally historic in every sense of the word, has such an atmosphere that is like no where else in the world! Top that of with great hotels , and truly amazing and very numerous restaurants! I could stay on Jackson Square for hours just enjoying the unique but very stimulating cacophany!
Written April 23, 2024
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Sabra W
Seattle, WA247 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
You can't visit New Orleans without visiting the French quarter. Packed with shops, food, and bars it's a New Orleans institution.

It has definitely had its fair share of troubles over the years. Some areas are better maintained and cleaner than others. Be prepared for deteriorating side walks and dodging puddles of unnamed liquids.
Written April 21, 2024
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jimtcooper
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
If you don’t like old, don’t visit. Full of wonderful buildings, great dining, and plenty of drinking if that is your thing. Be sure to go to moonwalk to view Jackson Square and the River.
If you want more, get the “Beyond Bourbon Street” guide by Mark Bologna.
Written April 20, 2024
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Den
Miami, FL236 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
How disappointing. We went on a Wednesday at 1PM and the stench in certain areas was terrible. Filthy. Pan handling. Area not maintained. Do not recommend.
Written April 19, 2024
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Ashley P
Winnipeg, Canada729 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
An amazing, lively area. We were here for the French Quarter Festival Parade. It was one of the highlights of our trip. The buildings were absolutley stunning. I could walk around all day just enjoying the sights.
Written April 16, 2024
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Lorraine C
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Great food, drink and music.totally laid back.in March temp & humidity just right.People &city very welcoming.Felt happy and safe Can't wait to go back
Written April 7, 2024
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