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 just returned from NO and would not go back. We had been there in the ‘90s and really enjoyed our stay then. This time was different. The streets are dirty, lots of unsavory people in and around... more »
Was disappointed as this is why we wanted to come. Very loud, dirty, with lot's of street people begging for money or tips. We stayed here and over the course of a week watched the scams develop from.... more »
I love this town and the French Quarter. The architecture of the buildings, the history, and the atmosphere are wonderful. With that being said, the streets are covered in trash, especially Saturday.... more »
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