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French Quarter

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24,315 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
Katrina Tour
Awesome experience & definitely learned a lot. I highly recommend this tour!!!! I am more appreciative of life
Letitia_M, Jun 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in New Orleans

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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.
star-5
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!
star-5
French Quarter tour not to be missed!
Judi_P, Jun 2021
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
Yvonne was a wonderful tour guide. The French Quarter history and stories she provided were informative as well as entertaining.
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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.
star-5
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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Must experience!
MrAndMrsHernandez, May 2021
French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride
Mark, the carriage driver and cole, the mule were very entertaining pair. Very knowledgeable of nola history and landmarks. He kept the attention of the audience throughout the tour of the french quarter. He was very welcoming and engaging and loud enough to hear what he was saying although I myself am hard of hearing. If you choose any carriage drivers when coming to new orleans, make sure to go with royal carriages and ask for mark and cole!
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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 food, culture, history and Kristi!!!
Melissa_C, Jun 2021
New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter
Awesome experience! We booked this for the second day of our trip and I’m so glad we did. It was a very thorough walking tour that gave us great tastes of the French quarter. Kristi is the absolute best! She was so knowledgeable, offered lots of recommendations for our stay, and an I n depth and interesting history of the area. It was also a good pace and Kristi made us all feel welcome! Book it with Kristi if you can! You won’t regret it!
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French Quarter Photoshoot with Jacob
Anna_B, May 2021
New Orleans French Quarter Photo Shoot
This is a great way to see some of the amazing architecture within the French Quarter. Be prepared for lots of walking! We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Jacob, he did a great job directing us and made the process easy. Can't wait to get the photos back!!
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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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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.

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