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French QuarterNew Orleans

One of New Orleans’ oldest neighborhoods is popular for an ecclectic blend of romantic history, stunning architecture, jazz and black arts.

The French Quarter is a collection of charming streets at the heart of New Orleans. It’s bordered by Canal Street and home to the origins of this modern city. This is where the original settlers built and where many of the freed slaves, no longer required to work on the surrounding sugar or cotton plantations, resettled. Their influence can be seen in almost every building façade or gated garden in this compact district.

New Orleans was where jazz music originated, and the French Quarter led the way. It was the music of the slaves, with its raucous expression of momentary freedom, that started it all. Over the years, and as immigrants began to integrate as free men, the music developed into a blend unique to New Orleans. And, it was given a unique name: jazz. The French Quarter is still a jazz focal point, with parades held throughout the year to celebrate this pioneering music.

Aside from music, the French Quarter’s history has a darker side. Stop by the LaLaurie House on Royal Street, an allegedly haunted house where slaves were tortured in a secret attic chamber. Nearby, journey through the city of the dead at St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 where the queen of Voodoo, Marie Laveau, lies buried. It is believed that leaving a gift at her tomb grants a person their wish.

Relive the romanticism of the past by hiring one of the horse-drawn carriages that wait in lines on Decatur Street, and ride past the district’s varied colonial buildings. Many of these are now home to up-market French restaurants, so couples should take the time for a candle-lit dinner. The French Quarter is also home to the St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square.

The French Quarter is best seen on foot, and you can get there by taxi, bus, or streetcar.

Top hotels in French Quarter

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
4 out of 5
621 Saint Louis St, New Orleans, LA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £118 per night

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. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (4,710 reviews)

"The hotel was beautiful. The location and rooftop view were my favourite but Rocky at the front desk is what made our stay. He was friendly, accommodating, helpful and made us feel at home"…"

Reviewed on 2 Jul 2020

Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
4.5 out of 5
300 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA
The price is £122 per night

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (3,708 reviews)

"Most everything was shut down due to the virus. We arrived on Sunday no live music or choice of where we could eat"…"

Reviewed on 25 Mar 2020

Royal Sonesta New Orleans
The Westin New Orleans
The Westin New Orleans
4.5 out of 5
100 Rue Iberville, New Orleans, LA
The price is £103 per night

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 ...

4.2/5Excellent! (4,472 reviews)

"I really enjoyed the stay. The only thing I didn't like is that I didn't have a microwave and mini refrigerator in the room."…"

Reviewed on 5 Jul 2020

The Westin New Orleans
Hyatt Centric French Quarter
Hyatt Centric French Quarter
4 out of 5
800 Iberville Street, New Orleans, LA
The price is £127 per night

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,243 reviews)
Great Location!

"Love the location of this hotel. It is at the edge of French Quarter and steps away from the central business district. Basically, we don't need to rent a car to get around. Just take Lyft a/Uber a few times when getting tired to walk. Though it is one block away from Bourbon St, it is still quiet ..."…"

Reviewed on 2 Apr 2020

Hyatt Centric French Quarter
Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
4 out of 5
124 Royal St, New Orleans, LA
The price is £94 per night

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,706 reviews)

"Staff was friendly and welcoming, rooms were clean, didn't have any complaints."…"

Reviewed on 4 Jul 2020

Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans
Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans
4 out of 5
214 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA
The price is £150 per night

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (3,236 reviews)

"An elegant and beautiful hotel perfectly situated in the French Quarter. A great place to stay. On site restaurant was excellent."…"

Reviewed on 4 Jul 2020

Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans

Popular places to visit in French Quarter

Canal Street
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Canal Street

4/5(122 reviews)

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.

Cafe Du Monde
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Cafe Du Monde

4/5(95 reviews)

You can browse for souvenirs with a trip to Cafe Du Monde, a favourite shopping spot in Vieux Carre District. Discover the lively bars and renowned jazz scene in this walkable area.

Jackson Square
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Jackson Square

4.5/5(126 reviews)

This communal park in the French Quarter has a deep-rooted connection to local artists and musicians.

French Market
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French Market

4/5(98 reviews)

You can search for that perfect souvenir when you visit French Market, a favourite shopping spot in Vieux Carre District. Discover the top-notch restaurants and great live music in this walkable area.

Bourbon Street
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Bourbon Street

3.5/5(120 reviews)

The birthplace of jazz is a vibrant city boulevard where the history and music of New Orleans comes to life.

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
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Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

3.5/5(7 reviews)

Interesting hands-on learning experiences are just one part of this wonderfully well-equipped aquarium, home to around 15,000 different fascinating creatures.

Top things to do in French Quarter

Steamboat Natchez Daytime River Jazz Cruise
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Steamboat Natchez Daytime River Jazz Cruise

£30
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
New Orleans Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Expert Guide
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New Orleans Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Expert Guide

£47
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
New Orleans Ghost, Voodoo, Vampire, and French Quarter Tour
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New Orleans Ghost, Voodoo, Vampire, and French Quarter Tour

£20
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Steamboat Natchez Evening Jazz Cruise
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Steamboat Natchez Evening Jazz Cruise

£41
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
New Orleans Cemetery, Voodoo, & French Quarter Tour
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New Orleans Cemetery, Voodoo, & French Quarter Tour

£12
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Private Chauffeured River Road Plantation Tour
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Private Chauffeured River Road Plantation Tour

£84
Per adult

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