French Quarter
French Quarter
4.5
Points of Interest & LandmarksHistoric Walking Areas
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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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  • Barbara and JMB B
    22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    New Orleans at NIGHT...is especially LOVELY.
    Been there many times over the years. What precipitated this review was walking through The French Quarter this past Monday night. The gas lanterns ablaze against the aged brickwork was surreal. It was absolutely lovely. Those vacationing within, make sure to take a walk at night and enjoy the ambiance only this city can give. It is a gorgeous unforgetable experience!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 April 2023
  • Alinda W
    Dell Rapids, South Dakota76 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Busy place
    We stayed in the French Quarter while we were in NO. There is lots of activity and many restaurants within walking distance. In the mornings they sprayed the streets down so they were clean. The only negative thing I could think of is the trash, they most pick up the trash many times a week, because every morning we would be walking by stinky trash bins on the sidewalks.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 19 April 2023
  • Michele M
    21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    French Quarter
    Such an interesting place to visit. So much history with so many characters out and about. Music is everywhere. In the bars, in the streets. You can buy drinks and wander outside. Be careful as with such a diverse crowd and most notably a drunk crowd, you can get pick pockets and there were plenty of homeless around, but all in all, we felt safe.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 19 April 2023
  • Jules Adventures
    Lake Geneva, Wisconsin25 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Love the FQ! Stay alert and have fun!!
    Nice time in the big easy. Use common safety precautions as there is a large homeless population. However, the majority of the people we saw causing disturbances were over served tourists!! Great people and landmarks are beautiful. Second time and would recommend going between October-April (not including February) to avoid the heat and crowd.
    Visited August 2022
    Written 26 April 2023
  • Richard W
    Dublin, Ireland184 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 19 June 2023
  • damurphy127
    Bluffton, South Carolina87 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 22 June 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 25 June 2023
  • Nik P
    Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom19 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 9 July 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 19 July 2023
  • CasandraTP
    Sydney, Australia1,094 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 28 July 2023
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Ashley P
Winnipeg, Canada566 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 16 April 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 7 April 2024
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RuSaBu
Pikeville, TN125 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
There’s a lot more to New Orleans than the French Quarter. It’s interesting to walk through, but unless you’re looking for adult partying, I could skip it.
Written 3 April 2024
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rayharney
Cheadle, UK96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
There’s everything you need in the French Quarter,good restaurants,jazz bands,entertainment all over the place,it’s really good to find a restaurant that has balcony seating,you get everything whilst having a meal,the streetcars are an excellent way of getting around,we go passes from the APP lepass then you just show the driver
Written 24 March 2024
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ewalke237701
Sanford, FL2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
The whole experience and atmosphere was amazing. The people was friendly and polite. First time was the best for me. The best trip ever for me
Written 23 March 2024
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Audrey D
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Business
Anyone who visits New Orleans for the first time will Always visit the French quarter, with it’s many fancy voodo type gift stores, it’s fabulous Market that sells everything from sweet tasty Beignet’s to Alligator skulls. Plus Bars filled with music and crazy goings on. But be warned, the streets are badly worn and very dangerous for walking. Pot holes, and damaged sidewalk slabs , watch where and how you walk or you will trip.
Give yourself plenty of time to take in ALL the out of ordinary things to do in New Orleans, from high end shopping to low end 5 for $20 T shirts, there is something for everyone. Get a good tour book and explore not only the French quarter, but the Garden district too. Take time to sit on a park bench and enjoy the view of the river. Or take a boat ride on the Paddle steamer.
Check out the Market and then stop for coffee and Beignets at Cafe DuMond or Cafe Beignet. A real treat.
Written 23 March 2024
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Francis D
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
After the hurricane they worked hard to make this place nice and it was a special place for me to visit.

Went the 03/20/2024 and its been very neglected and looks trashy. Wont bother going back
Written 21 March 2024
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Lisa C
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We loved staying in the French Quarter. Everything was so convenient. Great shopping and great food. Plus the trolley was right across the street to go down to canal street.
Written 17 March 2024
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Robert L
Amherst, MA1,620 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We haven't been here to the Quarter in several years. It is really run down. Dirty, huge holes in the sidewalks, excrement and vomit. The city has neglected this area.
The street buskers are what give the FQ its life - the musicians, drummers and performers keep it going...
THE place to wander- especially later afternoon.
Written 15 March 2024
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83lovetotravel
Dallas, Texas447 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Was skeptical after reading reviews on TripAdvisor about how battered and rundown this area is. Was pleasantly surprised to see a very lively and busy streets filled with tourists. Still has several buildings that have been restored post Katrina. Spent close to 3 hours walking around the area. Do explore the boutiques and restaurants in this area. Parking is expensive so plan accordingly.
Written 11 March 2024
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