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
Neighborhood: 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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Markeschell
McKinney, TX4 contributions
Yet another iconic American city lost to political incompetence
Jun 2021
Following the trends set by Philadelphia, Los Angeles, NYC and SF, the French Quarter in New Orleans, once seen as the pinnacle of the American South, so much so that Disney modeled part of Disneyland after it, has fallen. More buildings are shuttered, dilapidated, and run down, than not. You'll find the homeless on every block, with some sections seemingly dedicated especially for them. The stench of trash and urine take over. And a city that was once known for its culinary exceptionalism now makes you wonder if you're walking into the next episode of Bar Rescue.

I loved this city as a young man and got the privilege of going here for several bachelor parties in my 20's and early 30's. But things have changed. This is not the same city. The homelessness is unreal. And the general feeling of "am I safe right now" definitely sinks in. Coming here with a wife and 3 small children exaggerates the concern for safety of course. I was excited to show my wife the music of this city. My kids love The Princess and the Frog and were excited to visit "Tiana's city" - Instead, the first thing they were greeted by on our walk to dinner was a man passed out in the middle of the sidewalk. And I'm pretty sure my 5 year old thought she had just witnessed her first dead body. Such a shame to see this city in such poor shape.

I'm no stranger to homelessness and being around public drug use (lived in Los Angeles for 34 years) but I don't really want to be around it when I am on vacation. Having said the above, there are still some great things about the French Quarter

The architecture is so cool. Even though a lot of buildings aren't functional, you can't beat the incredible architecture of this city. Truly a sight.

The beignets are still amazing. Delicious for grownups and kids.

You can still find good food in the French Quarter if you look hard enough - check out the Pere Antoine Restaurant for a family friendly restaurant with friendly staff and good Gumbo

Our hotel was very cool (Hotel Provincial) and gave a truly authentic New Orleans experience.

It's a walking-distance type town, where everything can be accessed on foot. That's super helpful if you stay in town like we did.

seems like it was simultaneously ravished by the Coronavirus pandemic, as well as city politics that encourage homelessness and public drug use,
Written June 16, 2021
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Kim L
5 contributions
Too Much
Jun 2021 • Friends
Too much. Too hot and humid. Too dirty. Too many drunk people. Too much skin. Too loud. Too crowded.
Written June 16, 2021
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aurora v
2 contributions
One day at New Orleans
Jun 2021 • Family
We take the 1/2 hour tour on a carriage whit Johnathan and his mule moon he was very nice guy and funny my kids love the tour and definitely going back there from Chicago...Don't forget 🍎🍎🍎for moon...
Written June 15, 2021
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funmaru
Miami, FL6 contributions
Too much walking for us older folks!
Jun 2021
There are a lot of shops and restaurants but it's just too much walking, for me at least. Also, the restaurants are quite expensive. There are no fast food chains in the Quarter so if you are on foot, you are basically stuck with whatever is nearby.
Written June 15, 2021
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Charlie B
Opelika, AL79 contributions
Nice time
Jun 2021 • Friends
Loads to see and amazing restaurants as well.
Bring your walking shoes because you will be walking a lot and lot. Such a fun time
Written June 14, 2021
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cps774
Grand Junction, CO83 contributions
Gross
Jun 2021 • Couples
This place is just so freaking gross. The stench and the trash is disgusting. You have to be extremely drunk to even like it.
Written June 13, 2021
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Lori B
Janesville, CA40 contributions
Disappointed
Jun 2021 • Friends
I visited here some 14 years ago. I must say, it is not the same. More dilapidated ,more potholes, less interesting shopping. French Market was disappointing. I didn't find anything as interesting as I remembered it. Did New Orleans change or is it me?
Written June 12, 2021
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AliSpekterman
Qiryat Bialik, Israel95 contributions
Such a Mixed Bag
Jun 2021 • Solo
Spectacular architecture, friendly people, some interesting shops, tasty food, BUT also many, apparently, homeless people milling about and lying in doorways, the pervasive stench of cannabis, and particularly as evening approaches, a sense of chaos, with throngs of unruly people, alcohol in hand, roaming the streets. I left the area, just before darkness fell, as I didn't feel safe.
Written June 11, 2021
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Karen C
1 contribution
New Orleans is a disgrace
Jun 2021 • Family
New Orleans is very disappointing. We visited in June 2021 and there were homeless throughout. We even encountered one man on the street across from Cafe Du Monde with his pants down to his knees viewing his parts. We had to backtrack to avoid walking past this man with my young children. Another area near the French market was a park turned homeless camp. We could not even enter due to the homeless who had taken over and the terrible smell of urine. It was such a disappointment. We did not see one police officer during our 5 hours in the area. The officials need to clean up this city!
Written June 8, 2021
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Anne Lane Gallery
New Orleans, LA24 contributions
A Dream
Jun 2021
The french quarter is magical it is a place like no other. No one and everyone fits in at the same time.
Written June 8, 2021
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