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Jackson Square

Chill out Southern-style in this freewheeling park with a fascinating past.

Jackson Square was once a site for public executions of rebellious slaves but its dark past has been left behind and, nowadays, this vibrant public park is filled with artists and musicians, shoppers and diners, united with the single aim of having a good time.

The city park was designed by Louis Pilié in the Parisian style and was originally known as Place d’Armes. In 1971 it was converted into an open-air mall with space for craft stalls and food outlets. The 19th-century Pontalba Apartments on two sides of the square are now filled with shops and restaurants, while beautiful St. Louis Cathedral to the northwest offers a peaceful respite from the urban buzz. The USA’s oldest continuously working cathedral is flanked by two other heritage buildings, the Cabildo and Presbytère, which both fall under the umbrella of the Louisiana State Museum.

Jackson Square is one big open-air art gallery, with paintings squeezed onto on every available surface from pavements to fences, and artists compete to paint your portrait or sell you a caricature. It’s also a popular spot for other flamboyant street entertainers such as jugglers and magicians, mime artists and tarot card readers. Pull up a chair at Café du Monde and enjoy the view that has been captivating drinkers of its famous chicory-infused café au lait since the 1860s.

The square is also the scene of numerous public events and festivals, concerts and sporting celebrations. The French Quarter Festival draws the crowds every April with live music from local jazz bands, tasty food and unusual gifts for sale. In the run-up to Christmas the air is filled with the sweet sound of carollers – a popular local tradition that dates back to 1946, while extravagantly costumed revellers flock here for the annual Mardi Gras parade.

Parking in this busy and popular part of the city can be hard to find, so use the bus for a quick and convenient ride straight to the beating heart of the French Quarter.


Guide to Exploring Jackson Square


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Omni Royal Orleans Hotel £117
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel

Omni Royal Orleans Hotel

621 Saint Louis St, New Orleans, LA
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly New Orleans hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Bourbon Street, Jackson Square and Preservation Hall. Cafe Du Monde and The Shops at Canal Place are also within 10 minutes. New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal is 26 minutes by foot.

    Royal Sonesta New Orleans £120
    Royal Sonesta New Orleans

    Royal Sonesta New Orleans

    300 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      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 are also within 1 mi (2 km). New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal is 21 minutes by foot.

      The Westin New Orleans £102
      The Westin New Orleans

      The Westin New Orleans

      100 Rue Iberville, New Orleans, LA
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in French Quarter, this luxury hotel is steps away from The Shops at Canal Place and Canal Street. Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and Decatur Street are also within 5 minutes. New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal is 26 minutes by foot.

        Hotel Provincial £91
        Hotel Provincial

        Hotel Provincial

        1024 Rue Chartres, New Orleans, LA
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in French Quarter, this historic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Old Ursuline Convent, Historic Voodoo Museum and French Market. Saint Louis Cathedral and Pontalba Buildings are also within 5 minutes.

          Hyatt Centric French Quarter £118
          Hyatt Centric French Quarter

          Hyatt Centric French Quarter

          800 Iberville Street, New Orleans, LA
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in French Quarter, this romantic hotel is steps away from Canal Street, Bourbon Street and Royal Street. Jackson Square and Saenger Theatre are also within 10 minutes. New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal is 20 minutes by foot.

            Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans £144
            Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans

            Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans

            214 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in French Quarter, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bourbon Street and Jackson Square. French Market and National World War II Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal is 22 minutes by foot.

              Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter £93
              Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter

              Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter

              124 Royal St, New Orleans, LA
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in French Quarter, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Canal Street, Royal Street and Bourbon Street. Jackson Square and Audubon Aquarium of the Americas are also within 10 minutes. New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal is 20 minutes by foot.

                Holiday Inn FRENCH QUARTER-CHATEAU LEMOYNE £87
                Holiday Inn FRENCH QUARTER-CHATEAU LEMOYNE

                Holiday Inn FRENCH QUARTER-CHATEAU LEMOYNE

                301 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in French Quarter, this hotel is steps away from Bourbon Street and Canal Street. Jackson Square and Cafe Du Monde are also within 15 minutes. New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal is 21 minutes by foot.