One of my favorite things to do in New Orleans is to the visit the French Quarter. I love to walk around here. From stumbling upon musicians and street artists, all the way to unique shopping, touring New Orleans French Quarter is a must! It’s one of the most unique areas in the South, possible in all of the United States.
There’s historic Jackson Square, talented street musicians (from big band to electronic violin), fabulous architecture, fantastic boutiques, antique shopping, and even a voodoo shop. Seriously, where else can you shop for estate jewelry and items of the past on one street, and find hopping bars, jazz music, and total weirdness, like voodoo, on the next? Welcome to the New Orleans French Quarter!
I’ve highlighted some of my favorite things to see and do here below!
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 sort of magazine shoot going on, and it’s no wonder why – it’s a stunning place! You’ll find artists lining the fence displaying their stuff, and typically working on something fresh, all while using this gorgeous locale as their 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. It’s lined with bars, restaurants, jazz clubs, and some questionable locales. This street comes alive once it gets dark. The college crowd will love the open liquor laws, and the older generation will gawk at the sheer absurdity of this street’s 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. Small boutique shops (where you can easily drop tens of thousands of dollars, if not more), street performers, and artists. Royal Street is perfectly 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. If you’re into it, go. 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 into this large one, and visitors can travel up and down it via street car. Plus, for those who like to gamble, located at the far end near the water, lies a Harrah’s Casino.
I really hope you spend time walking around and exploring this great city!