French Quarter Sightseeing Featured Stories

French Quarter Like a Local

Photo by Cheryl Gerber The French Quarter is without a doubt the most touristed neighborhood in New Orleans - but is it also a place where locals hang out? Are there even French Quarter locals? Yes and yes. To be fair, the Quarter isn’t the residential neighborhood it once was. Well into...

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Must-See French Quarter Courtyards

Photo courtesy of Hotel St. Marie There’s no shortage of grand courtyards in the Quarter. Many of these are, obviously, located on private property, but some are open to the public. Le Monde Creole walking tour is an excellent introduction to New Orleans buildings, including some of the...

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Fun New Orleans Sightseeing with the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

With a city as robust and cultured as New Orleans, you can imagine the overwhelming number of attractions, restaurants, shops and much more. We found ourselves asking – What neighborhoods are must-sees? Which museums are worth the price of admission? How will we get there? What do the locals...

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Photo courtesy of Cemetery Tour New Orleans at Basin St. Station on Facebook Former New Orleanian William Faulker famously wrote, “The past isn’t dead and buried. It’s not even past.” Nowhere is this truth more evident than in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. In this storied “city of the...

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Famous Streets of the French Quarter

Royal Street by Trevor Mark When French cartographer Adrien de Pauger laid out the Vieux Carre’s orderly grid in 1721, he envisioned the St. Louis Cathedral as the city’s center. While its Jackson Square location does remain a hub of activity, a modern 21st-century visitor would be...

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Royal Street, a Block-by-Block Guide

Royal Street Between St. Louis and Conti, New Orleans, Louisiana by Ken Lund For a full 13 blocks, Royal Street runs parallel to Bourbon Street, yet this thoroughfare - one of the finest stretches of art galleries, antique stores, wrought iron balconies, restaurants and architecture in the...

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French Quarter Tours du Jour

While the French Quarter is a fascinating place to simply sit and stare, it becomes ever more so when you make the effort to learn a bit about its history, quirks and secrets. A veritable panoply of guided tours are available to address all manner of subjects specific to the French Quarter and...

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Edible Homework: Cooking Schools Share the New Orleans Culinary Experience

By: Ian McNulty Visitors who think a clutch of plastic beads, a hurricane glass and an obscene T-shirt are the best they can bring back home from a trip to New Orleans clearly haven’t experienced one of the city’s distinctive cooking schools. Anne Gormly has, and after a lunchtime class...

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Gardens of the French Quarter – St. Anthony’s Garden

By: Sally Reeves Detail, Ignace Broutin, Plan de la Nouvelle Orléans telle qu'elle estoit le premier janvier mil sept cent trente-deux. French Centre des archives d'outre-mer 04DFC 90A. Broutin's plan of the garden and the Capuchin complex in 1732. Several drainage features seem to be...

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Grand Chorus Without End at the Old Cathedral in Jackson Square

By: Sally Reeves Every quarter-hour, the thin peal of bells at St. Louis Cathedral calls saints and sinners, mostly the latter. They clang out a slightly off-key sound, as if they well know the offbeat rhythms of the neighborhood below them. The pulse of a circus atmosphere around the church...

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