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Start your exploration of New Orleans with the many attractions on this buzzing pedestrianized street, which is located right in the heart of the downtown area.

Come to Canal Street on the first day of your visit to New Orleans to get a great sense of what the city has to offer. Rich with history and full of interesting stores, theatres, museums and other attractions, this street offers enough to keep you busy for hours. And when you are ready to see another part of the city, Canal Street’s central location means you will be able to walk to many of the other highlights of the French Quarter and beyond.

Canal Street is named after a planned canal that was never built. Visit it today and try to imagine what it was like in the 19th century, when it was one of the most fashionable destinations in New Orleans. Wealthy residents flocked to the street to dine and shop. At that time, the street was slightly unusual in being popular with French and Creole residents as well as Americans with other heritages. Streetcars brought people here from all over the city.

Browse the shops along Canal Street nowadays and see how this remains a very stylish part of the city. Those with a taste for upscale brands will be spoilt for choice here. Head to The Shops at Canal Place to visit high-end favourites such as Saks Fifth Avenue. Look for luxury hotels, such as the Ritz Carlton and the Astor Crowne Plaza, that are sprinkled along the street, further enhancing the area’s upmarket credentials.

The Audubon Insectarium, which bills itself as the world’s largest museum of insects, is a must-see sight whether or not you have kids with you. Be sure to take photos of the grand white marble building that houses the museum, which is a marvel in itself. Walk for about 10 minutes up the street, away from the river, and see what is on at the Saenger Theatre and the Joy Theatre, two beautiful historic theatres that today host big-name shows and performers.

Come to Canal Street during Mardi Gras, held in February, to see the place come alive with music, colour and celebration. This lively street is the hub of New Orleans’ most famous festival.

Start your exploration of New Orleans with the many attractions on this buzzing pedestrianized street, which is located right in the heart of the downtown area.

Come to Canal Street on the first day of your visit to New Orleans to get a great sense of what the city has to offer. Rich with history and full of interesting stores, theaters, museums and other attractions, this street offers enough to keep you busy for hours. And when you are ready to see another part of the city, Canal Street’s central location means you will be able to walk to many of the other highlights of the French Quarter and beyond.

Canal Street is named after a planned canal that was never built. Visit it today and try to imagine what it was like in the 19th century, when it was one of the most fashionable destinations in New Orleans. Wealthy residents flocked to the street to dine and shop. At that time, the street was slightly unusual in being popular with French and Creole residents as well as Americans with other heritages. Streetcars brought people here from all over the city.

Browse the shops along Canal Street nowadays and see how this remains a very stylish part of the city. Those with a taste for upscale brands will be spoilt for choice here. Head to The Shops at Canal Place to visit high-end favorites such as Saks Fifth Avenue. Look for luxury hotels, such as the Ritz Carlton and the Astor Crowne Plaza, that are sprinkled along the street, further enhancing the area’s upmarket credentials.

The Audubon Insectarium, which bills itself as the world’s largest museum of insects, is a must-see sight whether or not you have kids with you. Be sure to take photos of the grand white marble building that houses the museum, which is a marvel in itself. Walk for about 10 minutes up the street, away from the river, and see what is on at the Saenger Theatre and the Joy Theater, two beautiful historic theaters that today host big-name shows and performers.

Come to Canal Street during Mardi Gras, held in February, to see the place come alive with music, color and celebration. This lively street is the hub of New Orleans’ most famous festival.

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Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans, an IHG Hotel
Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
739 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
The price is £88 per night from 16 Jun to 16 Jun
Located in French Quarter, this luxury hotel is steps away from Canal Street, Bourbon Street and Royal Street. Decatur Street and Saenger Theatre are also within ...
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"Security personnel at front door were friendly and interactive. They are very aware of who enters and exits facility."

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Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
4.5 out of 5
300 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA
The price is £124 per night from 21 Jun to 21 Jun
Located in French Quarter, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bourbon Street and Jackson Square. French Market and National World War II Museum ...
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"Great location! Great employees! The balcony was excellent! The pool was a nice reprieve."

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New Orleans Marriott
New Orleans Marriott
4 out of 5
555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA
The price is £98 per night from 5 Jul to 5 Jul
Located in French Quarter, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Canal Street and Jackson Square. Cafe Du Monde and French Market are also within 15 minutes. ...
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"5 star hotel, excellent , professional and friendly staff!! Will stay here any time!"

Reviewed on 13 Jun 2021

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Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans, an IHG Hotel
Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
739 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
The price is £88 per night from 16 Jun to 16 Jun
Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans, an IHG Hotel
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
4.5 out of 5
300 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA
The price is £124 per night from 21 Jun to 21 Jun
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
New Orleans Marriott
New Orleans Marriott
4 out of 5
555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA
The price is £98 per night from 5 Jul to 5 Jul
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The Westin New Orleans
The Westin New Orleans
4.5 out of 5
100 Rue Iberville, New Orleans, LA
The price is £124 per night from 28 Jun to 28 Jun
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Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
4 out of 5
124 Royal St, New Orleans, LA
The price is £99 per night from 21 Jun to 21 Jun
Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
Le Méridien New Orleans
Le Méridien New Orleans
4 out of 5
333 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA
The price is £104 per night from 21 Jun to 21 Jun
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Loews New Orleans Hotel
Loews New Orleans Hotel
4 out of 5
300 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA
The price is £104 per night from 28 Jun to 28 Jun
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Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans
Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans
4 out of 5
214 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA
The price is £124 per night from 11 Jul to 11 Jul
Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans
The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
5 out of 5
921 Canal St, New Orleans, LA
The price is £165 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
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