The oldest and most visited neighborhood of New Orleans, French Quarter is packed with family-owned restaurants with heralded regional cuisine, clubs, museums and galleries, hotels, antiques shops, and old-fashioned bars. Originally laid out in the 18th century, this compact neighborhood--13 city blocks long and six blocks wide--stretches along the Mississippi River. You can spend your entire vacation in New Orleans without ever leaving this quaint, artsy quarter. Parking is difficult and expensive, so consider leaving your car behind and walking or cycling through the neighborhood's pedestrian-friendly streets. Ignore street hawkers (especially on and near Bourbon Street), take care walking at night, and avoid dark or deserted alleys. Take a look at our New Orleans day trip planning website to schedule your visit to French Quarter and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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We enjoyed most of the time there, but there were times when the locals were “camped out” on some street corners and they were being obnoxious to passerby. I personally thought that we may take a... more »
Something for everyone to do in the French Quarter from shopping to drinking and live street music and historic venues. Would not recommend riding a bike as we saw the homeless strip a bike totally..... more »
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