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French Quarter

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24,586 Reviews
Free admission
New Orleans, Louisiana

The Basics

The French Quarter—also called the Vieux Carré, or “old square”—is centered on Jackson Square, which is overlooked by St. Louis Cathedral. The busy area is best navigated on foot, and while of course you can wander around on your own, guided walking tours are the best way to experience the quarter. Learn about New Orleans' culinary and cocktail history on a food tour, take a haunted tour in the evening, or combine a visit to the French Quarter with a tour of another part of the city, such as the Garden District, or a cruise on the Steamboat Natchez.

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New Orleans City Tour: Katrina, Garden District, French Quarter & Cemetery

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New Orleans City Tour: Katrina, Garden District, French Quarter & Cemetery
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$46.00 per adult
This tour had a little bit off everything. It was amazing!!!
Darren our tour guide was great!!! He had so much knowledge of New Orleans. We are so happy we booked this tour. You won’t be disappointed.
Kurt_D, Jun 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in New Orleans

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Great!
Jesse_L, Jun 2021
French Quarter Drunken Ghost and Vampire Tour
Coty was really good and knowledgeable. Highly recommended checking this out and learning more about the history of the French quarter.
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French quarter fun
Bailey_R, Jun 2021
New Orleans Small-Group French Quarter Food Tour
Lauren did a great job! We had so much food in this tour. We stop at several great spots in the French quarter. Great experience.
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Carriage ride French Quarter
Maryjane_B, Jun 2021
French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride
Our tour guid Markus was great!! He knew everything about the French quarter!! I would highly recommend him for your carriage ride tour!!
star-5
Great experience
Chris_T, Jun 2021
Ghost and Vampire Walking Tour Of The French Quarter
Awesome! Mary J. was entertaining and informative and led us around the French quarter describing all things haunted.
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Great overview of French Quarter history
Christy_C, Jun 2021
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
Josh was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. It was a very hot day, and he made sure we all stayed comfortable and hydrated. The tour was a great overview of French Quarter history!
star-4
A little bit of history
Stephanie_M, Apr 2021
New Orleans French Quarter Architecture Walking Tour
Cheryl was great and very knowledgeable. I definitely recommend taking the tour at the beginning of your vacation so you notice the various details of each building while visiting the French Quarter.
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Fun and interesting tour
Justin_M, Apr 2021
New Orleans French Quarter Architecture Walking Tour
Karen was a great tour guide and very knowledgeable. The tour provide a lot of history of the French Quarter and the architectural landmarks.
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Great tour
NMU, May 2021
New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter
We were in New Orleans for only a short time, so thought a food tour would be the perfect way to quickly get a feel for the city. We were right! Kristi did a great job of explaining the city and history of the food. She was also very conscientious of COVID protocols, wearing a mask the whole time and putting on hand sanitizer before using personal phones to take pictures. Of course the food was delicious and just enough food. I didn't come away overly stuffed.
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French Quarter Fun
Raford_M, May 2021
Small-Group French Quarter Cocktail and Foodie Crawl
The Tour Guide Kristi was amazing. She shared the rich history of the French Quarter community and culture , as well as the food and cocktails...MORE RUM PLEASE! The group added to our fun experience.
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Great intro to NOLA.
Gail_P, May 2021
New Orleans French Quarter Walking and History Tour
Our guide was very welcoming! He was knowledgeable and knew how to keep the interest of a group. The tour was a super blend of history, architecture and stories of NO. I would book with this again. No fifth star due to mask worn by the guide. We were outside. Do the research. Not going to get covid in the open air.
star-5
Great tour, very interesting history
Bahiyyah_J, Apr 2021
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
Tour guide was very informative and thorough! As we walked she was also concerned with our safety and answered any questions we had.
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Fun and informative!
Kirby_H, Jun 2021
New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter
Our guide (Kristi) was excellent. Fun, knowledgeable, and took good care of us. Along with fun food samples, the tour included a great deal of history about the French Quarter. A great introduction to New Orleans!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The French Quarter is very pedestrian-friendly, so wear comfortable walking shoes.

  • New Orleans loves parades, which occur on many holidays throughout the year and often march through the French Quarter.

  • Hard-partying Bourbon Street is infamous, but it's not indicative of the whole French Quarter—and it's easy to avoid if it's not your scene.

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How to Get There

The French Quarter runs from the Mississippi River northwest to Rampart Street, and from Canal Street northeast to Esplanade Avenue. It's incredibly compact and parking can be extremely difficult, so it's best to walk there if you can. Streetcars run along the riverfront, Canal Street, and Rampart Street. Most city tours pass through the French Quarter as well.

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When to Get There

New Orleans can be lovely year-round, so the best time to go is based on your tolerance for crowds and weather. The city is exceptionally busy during major festivals such as Mardi Gras and the Jazz & Heritage Festival (usually in February and April, respectively). Like much of southern Louisiana, New Orleans weather trends from hot and humid to simply mild and humid, with summer being the hottest. The winter months are cool and comfortable, though there may be periodic downpours; hurricane season runs roughly from June to November.

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History Runs Deep in the French Quarter

It's easy to think New Orleans is just a party town, but it has a rich history as well. The Pontalba Buildings that surround Jackson Square on two sides are the oldest apartment buildings in the United States, while the French Market is the country’s oldest public market. The quirky Pharmacy Museum is a treasure trove of medicinal history. Tennessee Williams used a French Quarter house as the setting for “A Streetcar Named Desire” (a house he later bought), and Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop is one of the oldest buildings in the city—and likely the oldest bar in the US.

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French Quarter