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Reviewed today via mobile

The French Quarter, and the city itself, is best described as an outcropping of its people from the French Caribbean, and keeping it like that retains its uniqueness, but also its blight.

It’s not really possible to visit New Orleans and not find yourself walking through the French Quarter. During the day, the architecture is fantastic and beautiful, but kept up poorly and littered with...filth. Drinking is all-day here, and it’s off-putting to see such poverty coupled with “street performers” that include school-aged children positioned in front of adult clubs.

At night the place changes; some of the dirt becomes less visible and the music that was playing in the afternoon seems more legitimate and fuller, more appropriate. The lights are wonderful, as is the atmosphere, although the poverty is still overwhelming and walking alone after 2AM is ill-advised by locals.

There are enough junk shops to keep you entertained, but there are also a few legitimate gems in here, too. Better to try to find them.

So, a bit night and day. Good and bad. Beautiful and ugly. Perhaps a reflection of us all.

Thank 4756jeffs
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Reviewed today via mobile

You will not experience anything like the French Quarter anywhere else!

The place is alive with party goers and visitors just out for a good time 24/7. The absence of open container laws adds to the uniqueness.
The significant number of homeless detracts and needs to be addressed by the City.

Thank OG1010
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Reviewed today

Stayed at the Cambria Hotel, in the warehouse district. 2 blocks from good resturants and Harrah's and the outlet mall. The Hotel was very nice, and easier on the wallet than the Hilton, that's right on the water.

Took a ten dollar Pedi-cab to Bourbon St. and ate at the Oceania Grill. Good food, and great people watching. Again, nice walking the street and no safety concerns what so ever.

Will do it again.
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Thank Bill W
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Reviewed today

It was cold and rainy during our entire visit but we still wandered around seeing the sights. We dressed for the weather, grabbed a walking tour brochure and headed out anyway.

Be aware the side walks are narrow, quaint and uneven - a challenge if you have mobility issues or use a scooter. Plus it's usually really crowded so prepare to be jostled.

They are tearing up MANY of the roads including a lot of Bourbon St & so you have to walk on the side walks down narrow temporary corridors.

Thank Jen78703
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Reviewed today

We walked everywhere. It was great seeing all the old buildings and to learn the outsides were required to remain the same including the original colors.

Thank Sharon M
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Reviewed today

Everyone must spend time in the French Quarter when in NOLA. Actually can spend many days just wandering around eating, drinking & listening to every kind of music one can imagine. No place like the French Quarter!!

Thank Rosemary H
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Reviewed today

It has been almost 20 years since having been to the Quarter. It was so disappointing to see the nasty conditions that surround this once historic area. The streets are dirty, the homeless and druggies and several streets under construction and sealed off. The streets are the only understandable condition. It was so disappointing. The food in the area was still par excellence.

Thank Mike B
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Reviewed today via mobile

So I am in love with this city! Such a happy,fun,feel good place. So much to experience here and this review is coming from a native New Yorker. If you love music food and and a great time you need to go here. I just could not get enough and was always amazed at how many talented people there are in one city. I can't wait to go back.

Thank mjw428
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Reviewed yesterday

A lot of walking but interesting. We always make it a point to walk to the Cafe Monde when in New Orleans French Quarter. Yum, just thinking about it.

Thank RGL127
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Reviewed yesterday

The historic French Quarter was a great experience, especially the area around the French Market. Lots of little shops offering specialty New Orleans items.
Bourbon street was one of my worst experiences. We were there 47 yrs ago and had a lot of fun and enjoyed the sights. Now, it is filthy with bums begging, drunks loud and spilling out into the streets, Drunk bums passed out on the sidewalks, one had pooped his pants and reeked.
Add that they are doing sewer renovation and the street is torn up for several blocks and you have a pretty good idea of why not to venture onto Bourbon St.

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