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What you should know about French Quarter

Lovingly preserved as one of the heritage jewels of the United States, New Orleans' French Quarter is famed for its colorful culture and joie de vivre. Streetcars rattle past striking mansions adorned with romantic wrought-iron balconies, the fragrant scents of Creole cuisine waft from candlelit restaurants, and the seductive sounds of jazz greet you around every corner. Wander along the waterfront, admire the fusion of architectural styles on display, or party the night away in legendary Bourbon Street, and you’ll soon fall in love with one of New Orleans’ most atmospheric neighborhoods.

Hotels in the French Quarter


Hotels in the French Quarter are particularly plentiful and varied, thanks to the abundance of grand colonial mansions. Many of these mansions have been converted into New Orleans’ best boutique hotels, such as the listed Cornstalk Hotel. Choose old-style elegance within walking distance of all the main attractions at the Royal Sonesta on Bourbon Street, a 4-star hotel in the French Quarter oozing with character, or relax in the French Riviera-inspired courtyard pool at the chic W New Orleans. There is also a wide choice of budget hotels in the French Quarter—combine cozy convenience with good value at the charmingly named Biscuit Palace, close to the French Market.

Things to see in the French Quarter


The locals call it the Vieux Carré, reflecting the district’s francophone roots, although many of its most iconic buildings date from the period of Spanish occupation in the 18th century. Start your exploration in central Jackson Square, designated a National Historic Landmark and one of America’s Great Public Spaces. On the north side of the square is St. Louis Cathedral, one of several notable colonial buildings, along with the old city hall—scene of the signing of the Louisiana Purchase—and the presbytery, now both museums. Stroll along fabled Bourbon Street to get a feel for New Orleans’ jazz heritage, and maybe catch a live show at Preservation Hall, founded in the 1960s to preserve the city’s most cherished musical export. Delve into the past at the Historic New Orleans Collection, housing local art and artifacts, or take a ride on the Natchez, one of the last remaining authentic Mississippi steamboats.

Good for partyers and couples


The French Quarter is bursting with life 24/7, making it the perfect choice for party animals. Head to one of Bourbon Street’s lively bars and chat with the locals until the early hours. Or if you’re feeling more energetic, hit the jazz clubs and dance till dawn before returning to your French Quarter hotel. The neighborhood is also a great place for a romantic getaway. Start the day with a stimulating café au lait in the French Market—the Café du Monde is famous for its beignets (donuts). Stroll hand in hand through Woldenberg Park, shop for souvenirs in eclectic boutiques, then dine à deux on mouthwatering Creole specialties.

How to get to the French Quarter


New Orleans is served by the Louis Armstrong International Airport and is linked to the main US rail network. Getting to the French Quarter from the airport is a breeze—just hop in a cab or shuttle bus and you’ll find yourself in the Vieux Carré in no time. The Riverfront Line of the streetcar network runs from Esplanade Street to Canal Street, offering an authentic and picturesque way to travel in the French Quarter. This pedestrian-friendly neighborhood is a joy to explore on foot, and cycling is also a popular means of transport for locals and visitors alike.

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