Touring New Orleans French Quarter is a total must do! It’s one of the most unique areas in the South, possible in all of the United States. There’s the historic Jackson Square, amazing music (from big band to electronic violin), fabulous architecture, fantastic boutiques and antique shopping, and yes, even a voodoo shop. Seriously, where else can you shop for estate jewelry and items of the past on one street, and walk to the next only to find it hopping with bars, jazz, and total weirdness, like voodoo? Welcome to the New Orleans French Quarter!
Highlighted below are some of my favorite attractions.
Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral – Near the famous Cafe du Monde, and a short walk from the riverfront, this historic park is one of my favorite people-watching locations! Whenever I visit, there’s always some magazine shoot going on, and it’s no wonder why – it’s a stunning destination! Visitors will find artists lining the fence, displaying their pieces, and typically working on something fresh – using this gorgeous locale as the backdrop. Jackson Square is also home to the oldest cathedral in America, St. Louis Cathedral.
Bourbon Street – Possibly the most famous (or infamous) street in the French Quarter, lined with bars, restaurants, jazz clubs, and some questionable locales, this area comes alive once it gets dark. The college crowd will love the open liquor laws and the older generation will gawk and the sheer absurdity of this streets existence and reputation.
Royal Street – My personal favorite location in the French Quarter (not to mention the most gorgeous), Royal Street is lined with everything you’d picture when thinking of New Orleans. Filled with small boutique shops (although don’t let that fool you – visitors can easily drop tens of thousands – if not more), street performers and artists, Royal Street is completely picturesque. You can easily spend an entire day strolling around and window shopping here.
St. Peter’s Street – This street is home to the famous Rev. Zombie’s voodoo shop. It’s… strange, and if you’re into it, than this stop is worth checking out Heck, even if you’re simply weirded out by it – just go. Where else does a place like this even exist?!
Canal Street – On the very edge of the French Quarter (where the bigger hotels are located), lies Canal Street. The small streets of the French Quarter bleed onto this larger one, where visitors can travel via street car. Plus, for those who like to gamble, located near the water, at the very end of Canal Street, lies a Harrah’s Casino.
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