French Quarter

French Quarter, New Orleans: Hours, Address, French Quarter Reviews: 4.5/5

French Quarter
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Historic Walking Areas
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
The heart and cultural center of New Orleans is the French Quarter, a must-see for its high energy, rich history, diverse architecture, music, street performers, renowned jazz clubs, lively nightlife and the finest art galleries and restaurants in the city.
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The area
Neighbourhood: French Quarter
A small and teeming network of laissez-faire living lounged out on the balmy banks of the Mighty Mississippi, the French Quarter has long been a port of call for folks in search of a good time and a great story. Perpetually inebriated Bourbon Street runs across its midriff like a strand of cheap ribbon tied around an otherwise rather pretty and impressively well-kept vintage dress. Throughout the rest of the Quarter, brightly colored Victorian homes and businesses, famously done up with wrought-iron features, provide a distinct and immediately recognizable backdrop for all varieties of fun. At any given moment in this historic riverside setting, some of America’s finest meals are being cooked, most potent cocktails are being mixed, and most engaging music is being performed.
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Alyssa M
24 contributions
Bourbon Street Is Only a Small Part
Jul 2021
So, Bourbon Street is probably the most popular street in the French Quarter, but there is also Royal street and Decatur. Bourbon Street is where the most music and most interesting people watching occurs. But the art gallery I loved was Rue Royal at 541 Royal. You have to stop in for a look. They have visual art from all over the world.
Written 31 July 2021
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Thomas V
Oakland, California10,602 contributions
Parties and More
Apr 2021
If you can stand the crazy atmosphere, constant partying, this district is loaded with charm, history and unique architecture. Plus lots and lots of bars and restaurants, and some good music.
Written 27 July 2021
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Jason G
Philadelphia, MS10 contributions
A Sight to See
Jul 2021
The French Quarter was very interesting and had a wide variety of establishments and sights to see. Great food, entertainment and places to visit.
Written 25 July 2021
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Yvette
3 contributions
Had fun
Jul 2021 • Family
It was alot of fun. Everything is in walking distance. There are so many shops and places to eat. People were friendly, but there are some homeless around. It was a fun experience.
Written 25 July 2021
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BuckeyeNick2620
Michigan47 contributions
Stay Away!
Jun 2021
My advice: if you must go to the French Quarter, stay away (stay outside the FQ), except for quick visits by Uber that drop you off at the doors of your destinations. My first (and only) visit to the French Quarter was far nastier than I expected. There are some nice destinations in the FQ, which Tripadvisor can help you find. We stayed 7 nights in a hotel located one block off Bourbon St. and we were disgusted and always wary, because we more often walked (instead of Uber) around the FQ. We saw many unconscious people sprawled on the brick and concrete sidewalks. Nobody paid them any attention. The number of conscious but delirious people walking around was also remarkable. There are homeless approaching you, wanting your money. It is hard to find words to describe the rotten smell of Bourbon St. Also watch your step: the sidewalks are dangerous (many holes all around) and filthy (in addition to the usual litter, there was an extra large pizza, complete with all the toppings and roaches, that strangely relocated further down the sidewalk each night, and on day 4 there was a big dump (feces) located on the sidewalk 100ft from our hotel front door (the dump remained on the sidewalk during our last 3 days). At around midnight on day 3, we were surprised to hear two gunshots in the street outside a bar that we were in (literally outside the open door). The FQ probably deserves only one star, but we did have some fun moments and fortunately nobody in the family was a victim of a crime, so I give the FQ two stars.
Written 22 July 2021
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Lizette R
10 contributions
Disillusioned.
Jul 2021 • Solo
Traveled alone for my birthday. I wasn't very impressed.
Reminded me of downtown Los Angeles skid row. Dirty and the streets smelled like urine. Homeless in every corner yelling for money.

Stopped at 3 different spots to find something to eat and was ignored. No greet or any kind of acknowledgment. People seemed over worked and moody. Not very business minded. I’ve been told I look intimidating but I assure you I was smiling and eager to make some new friends. I ended up eating take out at the Hard Rock Cafe majority of my trip. Also for safety measures.
For being the street of main attraction I feel businesses need to hire vibrant energetic friendly welcoming staff.
The rest of the town especially Jackson square were friendly.

My trip was more of a retreat. Spiritually. I enjoyed the museum’s, botanical garden, tours. Wasn’t there so much to party. But as far as French Quarter they could clean up a little. Re-train staff to be more vibrant & friendly with everyone.
Written 21 July 2021
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Andy Stebbing
Lincoln, NE26 contributions
Love meeting people there.
Dec 2020 • Couples
We always have a blast! Great music, food, people, history. So much fun. Going back soon. Five stars. AAAAAA. We walk throughout.
Written 19 July 2021
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Cory
Dublin, OH54 contributions
Go Somewhere Else
Jul 2021
I was disappointed, to be honest. The French Quarter was filthy, and the buildings looked to be in bad shape. While I realize they are old, it doesn't appear much maintenance is done. There is most definitely a homelessness problem in New Orleans. I'm leaving tomorrow and can't wait to get out of here.
Written 18 July 2021
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brett
New Orleans, LA3 contributions
European New Orleans
Sep 2020 • Couples
The French Quarter is on of the most i unique places in America. so many things to see and experience. plus the food is great
Written 18 July 2021
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mross1964
West Chester, OH130 contributions
So much to see
Jul 2021
Make sure you have great walking shoes as you'll want to stroll this area all day! Every option from boutiques and open air markets to historical markers.
Written 18 July 2021
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