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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  • Alison S
    Huddersfield, United Kingdom8 contributions
    I'm glad I've been but don't particularly want to go back.
    I really liked New Orleans during the day. It was a vibrant city with lots of interesting things to do and places to visit. The people seemed friendly but always busy. However, by night the mood changed and I felt a little bit intimidated. I was glad there were 4 of us. The bars were full of live music which was wonderful but walking between them was a little scary.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 25 February 2023
  • rtzbrick
    Hastings, Minnesota138 contributions
    Great Time
    Bright colors, lots of shops. Its kind of like taking a trip back in time. Fun, interesting, USA history around every corner. Bourbon Street is probably the most famous and a must see, but it is the dirtiest and smelliest(not in a good way- urine is urine)! Hang onto your belongings, lots of street "vagrants", feels like you are walking through an old skid row filled with carnies, beggars, scam artists... The rest of the French Quarter is fascinating; quaint shops, beautiful architecture, great food and smells, history for the asking, local art, markets, music, drinks. Some areas feel spooky- voodoo shops, ghost tours, cemetery tours...
    Visited February 2023
    Written 8 March 2023
  • MrsG262
    Middletown, Pennsylvania198 contributions
    LOTS OF FUN
    A fun place to visit. We stayed in the Quarter so we walked everywhere and heard some great music of all genres. Lots of shops, restaurants, bars. I never made it to the late night time. Vibrant to say the least. A must go to if you are visiting NO for the first or 100th time. Lots of fun, good foods, music, and drinks.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 11 March 2023
  • Mitchell P
    5 contributions
    Disneyland For Adults
    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.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 17 March 2023
  • Danielle G
    10 contributions
    Fabulous Historic part of the city to explore
    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!
    Visited March 2023
    Written 18 March 2023
  • Tansy2015
    Brighton, Michigan333 contributions
    Started early
    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.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 21 March 2023
  • Mr. Average
    6 contributions
    Fascinating area but can be challenging
    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.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 21 March 2023
  • Leo N
    66 contributions
    Lots of fun
    Loved looking at the buildings and the old architecture. Lots of good food and snacks. Music found everywhere you walk. Just a great way to spend the day. Lots of tourists and long lines after mid-day.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 April 2023
  • Cookie25again
    Harrow, United Kingdom239 contributions
    The good times are back!
    Our 3rd visit to N'awlins, specifically for the Easter parades. What an experience! Had the best of luck to catch Kid Merv & All That Jazz at Maison Bourbon on our first night, more.jazz at Cafe du Monde for breakfast, Shake Em Up at The Spotted Cat and brunch at the Court of Two Sisters before the parades. We squeezed every drop out of our weekend but then New Orleans is the town that keeps on giving. Can't wait to return!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 April 2023
  • chickabeegrrl
    Elk Grove, California2,069 contributions
    Good stop
    It was fun to walk around the French Quarter. The crowds were a little difficult to move around though. Unfortunately, it seemed like there were only a few types of offerings here: restaurants, bars, and souvenir shops.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 April 2023
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BrianandFaithFalkowski
Spring Lake, MI9 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
If you're planning a leisurely stroll through the French Quarter during Mardi Gras wear comfy walking shoes and watch the side walks for unevenness. Great way to spend the day people watching and enjoying the sounds and smells! You won’t be disappointed . Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and colorful festivities!
Written 13 February 2024
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vikrant n
Cary, NC48 contributions
Mar 2023 • Family
The French Quarter in New Orleans is a captivating blend of historic charm and vibrant energy. Its cobblestone streets, adorned with iconic wrought-iron balconies, create a picturesque atmosphere. The lively music spilling out from jazz bars adds a delightful soundtrack to the experience. Exploring the eclectic shops and savoring the delectable cuisine, especially the beignets, makes it a memorable journey into the heart of this cultural gem. The French Quarter truly embodies the spirit of New Orleans, offering a rich tapestry of history, music, and culinary delights.
Written 12 February 2024
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DutchLace
Holland, MI752 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Hop on a trolley or park at Crescent Park and walk to French Quarter. From Crescent Park, it is about 1.25 miles to the French Market. Make your way through the people and streets. Let yourself get lost and enjoy walking area. We didn't do a formal tour since there are so many resources to put your own itinerary together. We were surprised how clean the city is compared to what we had heard.
Written 16 January 2024
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Arthur M
Hamilton, Canada1,044 contributions
Dec 2023 • Solo
I toured around the French Quarter and it was so mesmerizing seeing many of its buildings in real life almost one-to-one with the buildings of the fictional city of Saint Denis in Red Dead Redemption 2!

It is worth walking along Bourbon, Royal, Chartres, Decatur streets and feel the vibe of the city. Some landmarks that would evoke similarities in the game are Jackson Square, LaLaurie Mansion, Lafitte's Blacksmith Bar, New Orleans Police building, Latrobe's, etc. But walk along those four streets and you'll see the similarities in-game.

The French Market is also one-to-one with the French market in the game as well!
Written 14 January 2024
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Hope W
Gulf Breeze, FL5 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Highly recommend park the car. Walk, people watch, eat, shop and RELAX. The architecture and the people are the best! GO and ENJOY!
Written 8 January 2024
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Jedi072
Ohio2 contributions
Jan 2024 • Friends
We’ve been to NOLA multiple times. I think it’s ran its course. Bourbon St music was horrible. Very few jazz bands mostly hip hop and rap. During the day we felt mostly safe not so much once the sun went down. Too ghetto.
Written 7 January 2024
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retiredguys2023
Ironton, MO2 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
LOVED it so much to see and do and hear. An my wife just loved the broch she got from Oscar great little shop he has. Music and food and people (all kinds of)
Written 29 December 2023
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Jennifer C
New Port Richey, FL9 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
Okay, we're seasoned travelers. They have a huge homeless problem. On Bourbon Street they will rob you, so front pockets for wallets and phones. We stayed over Christmas. Lots of walking on broken slate tile sidewalks with sometimes homeless poop, so 4 wheel walking. Restaurants were good not really great. Prices were reasonable for a tourist trap. Definitely would not go again!
Written 29 December 2023
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jlantern3
Columbia, SC12,571 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
Famous city district= loved walking the streets and hearing the music. Great structures and a great vibe. Yes, the streets and sidewalks were in need of help, but hey... it was a fun time. Take your time, eat, party and enjoy!
Written 29 December 2023
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melissa H
39 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
Amazing and interesting history. Has everything you would want to see and experience. It was wonderful to self navigate beyond Bourbon street.
Written 28 December 2023
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