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Why you should visit the French Quarter

Discover the most famous neighborhood in New Orleans – the Vieux Carre. The French Quarter, will transport you back to its rich historical roots while embracing new modern elements. There’s lots of things to do in the French Quarter. Get lost in the French Market and explore eclectic boutiques. Enjoy artisan cocktails alongside beloved antique stores and timeless restaurants like Antoine’s, Arnaud’s, Galatoire’s and Brennan’s – a world without them would be tasteless! Experience the exquisite beauty of Creole architecture while swallows soar above fortunetellers on Jackson Square at dusk. Witness ghost tours troop past mad Madame LaLaurie’s mansion as neon lights flicker to life on Bourbon Street where famed “go cups” are responsible for countless curbside parties. Night falls, gaslights flicker and horse hooves clop to music throbbing through the air in a place full of legend and magic waiting to be created… What magic will you make?

History of French Quarter

The whimsical French Quarter of New Orleans, encompassing a mere half-square mile, instantly captivates your gaze and is intimately linked with the vibrant spirit of this striking city. Affectionately known by locals as the Vieux Carré (“Old Square” in French), this charming district began to flourish as a hub of tourism around the 1890s.

Imagine a picturesque scene where the Mississippi River gently flows by, and at its banks lie the French Quarter in New Orleans. Established by the French in 1718, this location was a perfect pick not just because of its high elevation amidst swampland, but also for its easy access to Lake Pontchartrain via Bayou St. John – a safer haven for shipping than the mighty Mississippi itself!

French Quarter buildings were originally made of wood, which decayed easily in the dampness. Only the Ursuline Convent, built in 1750, still stands.

Louisiana was under Spain for forty years, becoming wealthy due to increased river trade from newly independent Americans living in the west.

In the late 18th century, the picturesque French Quarter fell victim to devastating fires not once, but twice! But fear not, dear traveler! For although French flair lingered on, Spanish safeguards soon came into play. Building regulations required buttery-smooth plaster for exterior walls and flame-resistant roofing like slate and tile – adding a tantalizing touch of Spanish gusto to the Quarter’s already alluring charm.

New Orleans was once just the French Quarter for a good seven decades, but it wasn’t long before suburbs popped up like wildflowers. Landowners couldn’t resist cashing in on the real estate boom by carving up nearby plantations. The first fancy hood? Faubourg St. Mary in 1788 – today’s bustling Central Business District that starts at Canal Street and stretches upriver from the French Quarter. Then came Faubourg Marigny in 1806 – once part of Bernard de Marigny’s insanely lavish plantation, now downriver from Esplanade Avenue to Press Street (where an epic cotton press was born in 1838). Last but not least, Claude Tremé decided to cut up his land into Faubourg Tremé in 1810 – right on the lakeside of the French Quarter, starting at North Rampart.

Best Things to Do in the French Quarter of New Orleans

It’s Mardi Gras season in New Orleans, and the place to enjoy the true flavor of Carnival is the city’s historic French Quarter, where festivities begin annually on January 6 and continue through Fat Tuesday, which falls on March 1 this year. Yes, Mardi Gras is more than just one day. Parades and celebrations are already under way, so if you want to get a taste of the season, it’s time to plan your trip to the French Quarter of New Orleans. Of course, this neighborhood has plenty to offer all year round, so whether you’re visiting for the festivities or planning a future trip, we’ve got you covered.

First, a quick French lesson: Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, the last day of feasting before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, traditionally a time of fasting and sacrifice. The French Quarter is also called Vieux Carré, meaning Old Square, recognizing the area as the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans.


Discover the quintessential sights of the French Quarter with our self-guided tour! We’ve curated 25 essential gems that will spark your joy and deepen your appreciation of this historic district. Get ready to be enthralled!

Embark on this delightful tour and explore the beauty of your surroundings! You’ll reach your destination in just over an hour, but don’t forget to take a peek at the charming shops, lively bars, and bustling markets along the way.

Why the hurry? These sites are open 24/7, so take your time and soak up all the sights!

Discover the wonders of the French Quarter with the ultimate tour guide – a map and companion that will lead you through the ghostly haunts, mouth-watering food stops and tantalizing cocktail bars. This guide is your ticket to an unforgettable experience!

Unravel the hidden gems of Jackson Square with our exclusive article and self-guided tour solely dedicated to this captivating area.

Behold, the mighty Mississippi – a flowing force of nature that carves its way through the American heartland!

Behold the magnificent Mississippi River, a force so mighty it defines one of the French Quarter’s four sides – despite being too grand to fit on our map!

The magnificent river, after wandering for 2,320 miles all the way from its source in Minnesota and caressing nine states en route, almost reaches the rim of this charming neighborhood.

Throughout history, daring explorers have braved the treacherous waters of this mighty river – from the intrepid De Soto in 1541 to the fearless de la Salle in 1682. And it was the latter who boldly claimed not only the vast expanse of the river’s valley, but also the entire state of Louisiana for France!

The vibrant history of the Big Easy dates back to 1699, when intrepid French explorer de la Salle passed away and left the task to his compatriot Iberville to delve into the depths of the river. And boy, did he deliver! A mere 100 miles from where it spills into the Gulf of Mexico, Iberville’s ambitious brother Bienville simply said “voilà” and founded New Orleans in 1718. The rest, as they say, is jazz-tinged history.

Embarking on a journey back in time to the onset of the city’s colonial era, we discover that it lasted until 1803 when the Louisiana Purchase documents finally bid it adieu.

Behold the magnificent statue of Andrew Jackson, seated atop his gallant steed at the very heart of Jackson Square. Find it at 615 Pere Antoine Alley!

While navigating the tumultuous waters of his presidency, the 7th Commander-in-Chief of the United States, Andrew Jackson, found solace in the vibrant city of New Orleans.

The grand finale of his remarkable journey culminated in a triumph over the British at the epic Battle of New Orleans in 1815.

The talented Clark Mills breathed life into a stunning statue in 1856, the very year that Jackson Square was bequeathed with its remarkable name.

Looking to explore the charming St. Ann Street? Then make your way towards the northeast side of the square (that’s right, turn your back to the water) and let the adventure begin!

Discover the magic of Jackson Square – an enchanting hub of art, culture and history!

Discover the captivating B-1850 House Museum nestled in the heart of New Orleans, Louisiana at 523 St. Ann St. Don’t miss this unique and unforgettable historical attraction!

Venture into the Lower Pontalba Building and be transported to a bygone era – the Antebellum days of New Orleans, widely regarded as the glorious heyday of this vibrant city. Discover the 1850 House, an exquisite architectural gem that will take your breath away and leave you spellbound!

Step back in time and experience the captivating world of the mid-19th Century at the House – where intricate room furnishings, delicate china, breathtaking paintings, and stunning cast-iron balconies bring history to life. Our guests are immersed in a world of culture that will leave them dazzled and inspired.

Explore the intriguing history behind Jackson Square, where the incredible father-daughter duo, Don Andrés Almonester y Roxas and Baroness Pontalba, single-handedly financed and constructed everything in this iconic location.

Step right up and indulge in our exhibit that’s open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 in the morning until 4:30 in the afternoon! Witness it all for just $3 when you enter as an adult. The entrance fee is even lower at $2 if you’re a student, senior citizen, or active member of the military. Plus, bring your little ones aged 12 and under along with you for free!

Behold! Follow the enchanting path towards the magnificent Cathedral, its majestic beauty visible from this very spot.

Behold the majestic and picturesque C – St. Louis Cathedral!

Step back in time and witness history at the magnificent St. Louis Cathedral, the oldest continuously operating Catholic cathedral in the United States, located in none other than the vibrant French Quarter.

This holy spot has stood tall since the city’s birth, but the earliest roots of this magnificent masterpiece can be traced back to 1789. It was then when flames gobbled up more than 800 buildings, prompting a complete rebuild of what you see today!

In a stunning display of architectural ingenuity, the modern structure – complete with a magnificent bell dating back to 1819 – was predominantly erected in 1850.

With a touch of European elegance, this Roman Catholic church stands out among the few in the United States that faces a charming square – an exceptional sight to behold!

A destructive bombing back in 1909 inflicted severe damage upon the Cathedral’s exquisite stained glass and galleries. But fast forward to 1964, when the holy grounds recovered their glory as Pope John Paul II graced them with his presence.

Behold the stunning architecture to your right, nestled beside the grandeur of the Cathedral.

D – The Presbytère

Behold! The very structure that once served as a parsonage, but have since played multiple roles, now stands proudly at the same spot where the Capuchin Monks first called their living quarters.

Back in 1791, this stunning masterpiece was erected to rival its neighbor, the Cabildo aka city hall, situated right across the majestic St. Louis Cathedral. However, it took a good twenty-two years and some hustle to finish up the second level in 1813!

The Louisiana State Museum now calls it home, where history comes to life before your very eyes!

Experience the captivating Hurricane Katrina exhibit on the first floor and the colorful Mardi Gras Museum, a permanent fixture on the second level, both perfect for families eager to indulge in some New Orleans culture.

Take a stunning stroll beyond the Cathedral and make your way to the exquisite edifice situated to the left of this grand structure.

Discover the mystical allure of E – The Cabildo!

The Cabildo, a historic gem pre-dating the fiery destruction of 1788, earned its name from housing the revered Spanish city council. Its walls were given a swanky facelift starting in 1795 to preserve its grandeur for all to marvel at.

Behold the majestic Mansard-style roof, a quintessential feature of the charming mid-19th century France. Little did anyone know that this masterpiece was ingeniously added later to leave an everlasting impression.

The Louisiana Purchase was signed in the building in 1803.

Behold! The document that bestowed upon the U.S. Government all that lies west of the mighty Mississippi River, alongside the vibrant and vivacious city of New Orleans and its glorious environs on the eastern front.

Step inside the historic building, once a residency of the Louisiana Supreme Court from 1868 to 1910 – where the landmark civil rights battle Plessy vs. Ferguson was famously fought and won!

In a bold move that forever etched its name in history, the Cabildo was proudly declared a Historic Landmark in the monumental year of 1960.

Step into a world of history as you explore the fascinating exhibits that cover the intricate past of the city and state. Today, it forms an integral part of the Louisiana State Museum system, ensuring you get a firsthand account of all significant episodes.

Behold the Square and marvel at the identical twins standing tall on either side. Take notice of the 1850 House Museum you’ve already explored on your left, and now turn towards the beckoning St. Peter Street on your right.

Behold the magnificent and majestic Pontalbas – a sight that will leave you spellbound!

Micaela Almonester de Pontalba, a visionary of the 1840s, laid the bricks that built this masterpiece.

Meet the Spanish Creole heiress who not only financed the iconic Presbytere, Cabildo, and St. Louis Cathedral, but also oversaw their stunning renovations and expansions with unprecedented passion and finesse.

With a touch of heartfelt dedication, she immortalized the memory of her beloved father by dedicating the Pontalba Buildings in his name.

The grand project boasted big names like the renowned New Orleans architects, James Gallier Sr. and Henry Howard. With four floors to explore, you’ll find the ground level teeming with shops and restaurants, while blissful homes await you on the higher levels!

Turn down Pirates Alley to the left side of St. Louis Cathedral.

G – Pirates Alley

As you strut down the alley, take a gander below and spot the petite grooved channel eagerly ushering away cascading rainwater.

Back in the day when the French Quarter streets were getting a makeover, these nifty inventions were installed to give standing water a proper place to chillax.

At the stroke of 5 in the evening, a fortunate soul may witness a harmonious spectacle – the Roots of Music Brass Band rehearsing within the walls of Cabildo.

Ahoy mateys! In the golden age of piracy, those seadogs in New Orleans thrived by capturing foreign vessels with letters of marque during wartime. Aye, they were a law unto themselves on the high seas!

They were known as Privateers or Buccaneers.

Nestled in a secret alley, lies a petite bar that’s notorious for concocting the most extraordinary Absinthe cocktails.

Dive into the depths of swashbuckling mayhem and adventure by checking out our thrilling post on Pirates Alley!

Embark on an adventure down the mystical alley and make a sharp left, then another at St. Peter Street; feast your eyes upon the magnificent long red building standing tall on your right.

H – Le Petit Theatre 616 St Peter St.

Nestled in the heart of French Quarter, lies a historic theater that has been home to an exceptional performance troupe since 1916. A true masterpiece, this architectural wonder was erected during a time when dereliction and preservation fought for dominance in the neighborhood. Today, it stands tall as a testament to the enduring spirit of creativity and passion that built it.

Prepare to be spooked! The eerie structure is notorious for its hauntings and after dark, guided tours (including our very own French Quarter Ghost Tour) recount tales of the spine-chilling “lady in white”.

Experience a diverse range of entertainment at this theater – from must-see plays advertised outside, to enlightening educational talks and thrilling one-night-only events. And if that isn’t enough, catch a comedy show or watch an engaging film screening. This venue has it all!

Tantalize your taste buds with the ultimate dining experience at Dickie Brennan’s Tableau Restaurant, situated in a former small stage area of the theater building. Feast on classic elevated Creole cuisine that will leave you craving more!

Secure your spot and indulge in a delightful dinner by making reservations ahead of time! Trust us, you won’t want to miss out on this culinary experience.

Embark on an enchanting journey by taking a sharp turn towards Chartres Street, away from the grandeur of the Cathedral.

I – New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, 514 Chartres Street New Orleans, LA 70130

The legendary Pharmacy Museum, nestled on Chartres St, stands proud as the “pioneer of efficient apothecary practices” in the United States.

Back in the day, pharmacists had to jump through hoops to get their license – they basically needed a government thumbs up to prescribe pills!

The tale of how Louisiana Governor William CC Claiborne came to champion pharmaceutical competency and defeat fraudulent dosing practices is a fascinating chapter in history. The key to his victory? Requiring all pharmacists to be licensed back in 1804.

Louis J. Dufilho, Jr. blazed a trail towards better healthcare in 1823 when he became the first pharmacist to ace a grueling three-hour oral exam, opening the doors to his life-changing services for the citizens of New Orleans at this very spot!

Explore the first floor of the museum and be prepared to be both fascinated and unsettled by the collections of medical equipment and practices from the mid-19th century. This intriguing display will leave modern viewers feeling enthralled yet slightly squeamish.

Venturing to the second floor, prepare for a captivating experience beyond compare. Behold ever-changing displays, as well as quarters once inhabited by brilliant physicians, featuring a study and even a room of recovery.

Open from 10-4 Tuesday through Saturday, closed on Mardi Gras and for special events.

Adult admission costs $5 and child admission is $4 (ages 6+). Guided tours available Tuesday-Friday at 1pm for free.

Go down Chartres to St. Louis Street corner.

Location: Napoleon House at 500 Chartres St.

Behold! This magnificent structure was erected to honor Nicolas Girod, the illustrious mayor of New Orleans from 1812 to 1815.

Legend has it that our restaurant was named after Girod, who had a bold plan to whisk Napoleon away from exile and treat him like royalty under his own roof.

Napoleon died before the plan happened.

From 1914, the Impastato family ran it as a grocery store and later as a restaurant until Ralph Brennan took over in May 2015.

Popular menu items are the muffuletta sandwich and the Pimm’s Cup.

Take a right on Conti Street from Chartres.

K – Williams Research Center – The Historic New Orleans Collection, 410 Chartres St New Orleans, LA 71030

THNOC, located in two French Quarter locations – the Collection at 533 Royal Street and the Williams Research Center (WRC) on Chartres Street, is widely recognized as one of the top historical and research centers in New Orleans due to its numerous historic buildings.

The Historic New Orleans Collection, established by General L. Kemper Williams and Leila Hardie Moore Williams in 1966, holds over a million artifacts spanning three centuries, recording significant and insignificant moments.

The Williams Research Center is accessible to the public and features a collection of more than 35,000 books as well as over 300,000 photographs, drawings and pictures.

Books on the history, culture, art, and music of New Orleans are published by THNOC and can be bought.

There are two daily tours available at the Royal Street location – the Williams Residence Tour and the Architecture and Courtyards Tour.

The operating hours for both locations are Tuesday to Sunday, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. The Royal St. location is also open on Sundays from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm, and entry is free of charge.

The cost of the tours is $5 per person and they are held four times a day.

Proceed along Chartres Street in this direction until reaching Bienville Street. Take a right turn and at the junction with Royal Street, turn left to locate the Monteleone Hotel and its Carousel Bar on your left-hand side.

L – Carousel Bar, 214 Royal St New Orleans, LA 70130

The Carousel Bar and Lounge is situated within the Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter of New Orleans. It has been operating for 65 years as the only revolving bar, spinning visitors and locals alike.

Step right up and enter the world of this 25-seat “Merry Go Round” bar, a global sensation named amongst the Top 20 Bars in existence! Brace your taste buds because you’re about to indulge in some of the best cocktails ever created – including the iconic “official cocktail of New Orleans,” known as the Sazerac. This unbeatable concoction is made with rye whiskey, absinthe, simple syrup, and Peychaud’s bitters.

Step right up to the bar! Not only can you order delicious food from our menu and enjoy nightly entertainment, but did you know that legendary pianist Liberace was the first to tickle the ivories of our grand piano? Come visit us any day of the week starting at 11:00 am.

Retrace your steps along the elegant Royal Street until it intersects with the charming Conti Streets.

M – Louisiana State Bank/French Quarter Police Station 403 Royal St.

The Louisiana State Bank, erected in 1822, boasts a namesake that leaves architects and history buffs alike feeling starstruck. Behold the work of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, aka the “Father of American Architecture”.

The artistry of this mastermind knows no bounds – behold, his breathtaking works encompass fragments of the United States Capitol Building, the White House and even the grandeur of the Baltimore Basilica.

His genius ideas helped fight off Yellow Fever, yet fate cruelly took him with the same disease he defeated.

Cast your gaze across the way and behold the stunning French Quarter Police Station, masterfully crafted in 1821 by the architectural genius Latrobe.

To reach your destination, continue walking for one block along Royal Street.

N – Peychouds/James H. Cohen and Sons Inc: Rare Antiques & Collectibles 437 Royal St.

Antoine Peychoud managed a Creole Apothecary during the year 1830.

Legend has it that in 1795, while residing in the enchanting city of New Orleans, he embarked on a journey to concoct the perfect blend of Bourbon and his own crafty bitters, birthing what we commonly know today as the world’s first cocktail.

The Bitters share similarities with Angostura bitters, but have a sweeter and more floral taste.

Peychaud’s Bitters is an essential ingredient for making the Sazerac cocktail. You might find our New Orleans cocktails guide useful.

Continuing on Royal St. and turning left on St. Peters will take you to our next two stops, located right next to each other.

O – Preservation Hall 726 St Peter St.

As rock and roll began to take over the music scene in 1961, Preservation Hall rose up like a jazz phoenix from the ashes of New Orleans, becoming the city’s premier hub for all things jazz.

The purest sounds of Jazz made their debut thanks to the thousands of music-seeking tourists who flocked to New Orleans each year, eager to soak in the melodies’ rich history and soulful roots.

From the unforgettable performances of Bright Eyes and The Rolling Stones to the electric energy brought by the Foo Fighters, the stage has witnessed some truly legendary acts.

The shows at Preservation Hall start at 8, 9, and 10 pm every night.

P – Pat O’Briens 718 St Peter St.

This bar’s home is no ordinary building – it’s a historic gem from the year 1791!

Step back in time to 1933 during Prohibition, when alcohol consumption was outlawed. Visit this historic bar, known then as O’Brien’s Club Tipperary, which still stands today!

The mystifying phrase “Storms a Brewin” could have been a tribute to the notorious Hurricane cocktail – the star of the bar’s menu!

Experience the magic of the courtyard fountains as they overflow with fiery brilliance at night – it’s a sight you won’t want to miss!

Take a delightful stroll down Royal Street and veer left until you reach the captivating corner of Orleans Street.

Q – Royal Street

During the daylight hours, behold the captivating magic of Royal Street as it transforms into a delightful pedestrian haven!

Step into the enchanting quarter and indulge in the wonder of strolling through exclusive Royal Street Art Galleries while being serenaded by soulful renditions of New Orleans classics from street musicians. It’s undoubtedly the most magnificent way to explore the quarter!

As you make your way down Orleans Ave, prepare to have your eyes captivated by the sight of a statue depicting Jesus with arms outstretched in glory. But don’t be fooled, during football season this holy landmark takes on a new persona – affectionately referred to by locals as nothing other than “Touchdown Jesus”.

As the sun sets over the Cathedral, a breathtaking moment occurs – the silhouette of Jesus himself is cast upon its walls, brilliantly illuminated for all to see.

Take a left at the charming Orleans Street, and tantalizingly halt at the next intersection with none other than the infamous Bourbon Street.

R – Bourbon Street

Immerse yourself in the notorious wonders of a 13-block street that has stood the test of time. Once a residential haven from the 1700s to 1880, this street continues to captivate with its historical allure.

The shimmering properties in that area still belong to the powerful Creole clans till this day!

Imagine a bustling street adorned with bars, gentlemen’s clubs, and live music venues – the modern version is just that!

Experience the taste of New Orleans with signature drinks like Hand Grenades and Hurricanes on this vibrant street. As you make your way to Jean Lafitte’s Blacksmiths Shop, keep an eye out for flying beads adding to the festive atmosphere!

Discover the secrets of Bourbon Street with our mind-blowing blog post!

To reach St. Phillips Street, take a right turn from Bourbon Street and continue for three blocks.

S – Jean Lafitte’s Blacksmiths Shop 941 Bourbon St.

Nestled in the heart of New Orleans, The Structure stands tall as one of the oldest buildings, shrouded in mystery with its origin a tantalizing puzzle waiting to be solved.

The grand dame of American architecture, revered for her age and history, proudly accommodates a lively watering hole – the oldest one yet!

Legend has it that notorious pirate Jean Lafitte operated the structure, which doubled as a hub for New Orleans’ bustling black market during his ownership. Although there is no documented proof of this daring tale, one can’t help but feel captivated by the possibility.

Behold, the specialty at this joint is none other than the enchanting Purple VooDoo Drank!

Beware the restrooms, as the whispers of ghosts may send shivers down your spine. But if feeling frightened is your jam, don’t miss our spook-tastic French Quarter Ghost Tour!

Embark on a journey down the infamous Bourbon Street and take a tantalizing left turn onto the charming Dumaine Street.

T – New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum, 724 Dumaine St New Orleans, LA 70016

Discover the hidden gem tucked away on Dumaine St – a quaint, two-room building just steps from Bourbon St. Delve into the sacred world of spirituality without breaking the bank!

Dive deep into the enchanting world of New Orleans Voodoo as the Museum mesmerizes you with its collection of mystical artifacts, captivating paintings and sacred artifacts chronicling the legends and myths of this fascinating history.

Prepare yourself for a wild ride! Meet John T, the one-of-a-kind museum employee who is not only a Voodoo priest but also offers fortune-telling services. And that’s not all folks! The museum’s gift shop adjacent to him offers an eclectic range of items, including books, candles, snakeskin, and even chicken feet. You heard it right – feast your eyes on this bizarre collection of wares. Curious? Check out our full post here!

We’re open every day from 10 to 6, entry costs $5 per person.

Proceed along Dumaine Street for a distance of one block.

612 Dumaine St, New Orleans, LA 70116 U – Voodoo Authentica

New Orleans, the mystical city that exudes magic in the air, is often synonymous with Voodoo. The beginnings of this captivating spiritual practice can be traced back to Congo Square where its influence spread like wildfire throughout the colony and beyond to North America.

Unleash your inner witch! Explore the mystical world of Voodoo shops in New Orleans with our ultimate guide.

Let’s do a little backtrack dance to Royal Street and hang a right! Our next adventure awaits just three blocks down, ready to blow your mind.

V – Gallier House, 1132 Royal St New Orleans, LA 70116

Step into the world of history and grandeur as you discover this stunning Creole Townhouse, nestled off the infamous Royal Street. This was once the cherished abode of James Gallier Jr. and his beloved family.

Gallier’s architectural prowess during the mid-19th century cemented him as New Orleans’ beloved designer, crafting remarkable abodes for the city’s most esteemed families and business tycoons alike.

Step back in time when you enter the breathtaking Gallier House, built in 1860. Experience the lavishness of the 19th Century with stunning Victorian decor, vintage toys and games that hearken back to a different era, while hearing the gripping tale of a young family making their way through an unsettled nation on the brink of war.

Step into a slice of history at the Gallier House – ahead of its time with ingenious designs by James Gallier, Jr. From indoor plumbing to a state-of-the-art ventilation system, it’s the epitome of masterful architecture.

Legend has it that this very house served as the muse for the iconic New Orleans abode of Louis and Lestat in Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire.

Open to tours on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (and by appointment on Wednesdays).

Admission is $15 for Adults and $12 for Children, Students, Seniors, and Military. 

Take a right onto Governor Nicholls Street and another right onto Chartres Street. The subsequent two destinations are located opposite each other.

W – The Ursulines Convent 1100 Chartres St.

The pious pioneers of the Ursuline Nuns landed on the French soils of Louisiana in 1727, marking their sacred journey to build the first religious order. And guess what? You can still witness their incredible history as the convent they built blossoms through time, standing strong and proud since 1751!

The National Park Service states, “This is the finest surviving example of French colonial public architecture in the country.”

It is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm and tours are available.

Continue right on Ursulines St. two blocks to the entrance to the French Market.

X – Beauregard-Keyes House and Garden Museum

In a stunning twist of fate, the Ursuline nuns bid farewell to their land in 1825, paving way for the birth of a magnificent Creole Greek Revival property designed by none other than the legendary James Lambert in 1826.

A verdant wonderland was bestowed upon us in 1833, thanks to the brilliant mind of the Swiss Consul.

From 1860 to 1868, the infamous P.G.T. Beauregard made this place his very own!

Immersed in her abode, renowned author Frances Parkinson Keyes penned the enthralling novel Dinner at Antoine’s.

Step right up and explore the magnificent museum, open for tours from 10 am to 3 pm! Come discover the wonders within its walls.

Unleash your inner history buff and embark on a fascinating self-guided tour through the captivating streets of Civil War New Orleans.

Embark on a journey by retracing your steps on Chartres Street before making a sharp right turn onto the captivating Barracks Street.

Y – Old US Mint 400 Esplanade Ave

Step back in time to the historic year of 1835 and witness the ultimate treasure – the Old US Mint! This one-of-a-kind building not only witnessed history but also produced both United States and Confederate currency. A true gem that continues to stand tall even today.

This historical gem had a brief stint as a barracks for Confederate troops during the Civil War, only to be taken over by Federal Forces in 1862.

From 1879 until 1909, the clink of coins echoed as minting danced to a stop – leaving behind a piece of history that sparkles even today.

This iconic structure was welcomed into the Louisiana State Museum Complex in 1981, adding even more allure to an already fascinating cultural hub.

Step into the enchanting walls of the New Orleans Jazz Museum, where an astounding collection of instruments and memorabilia unveil the origins and evolution of jazz music – from its humble roots on the bustling streets of New Orleans to its grandiose rise as a celebrated musical genre worldwide.

Behold the masterpiece display of pottery and crafts, a true reflection of the genius students from H. Sophie Newcomb College at Tulane University!

Open Tuesday – Sunday from 10:00 – 4:30. Admission is free. 400 Esplanade St. New Orleans, LA 70116

Take the road to French Market Place, then go straight until it ends at the park. Walk around the park and reach Decatur and St Phillips Streets corner.

Venture through the bustling market, spanning six blocks and brimming with delectable restaurants, tantalizing candy shops, a must-visit Cafe du Monde, and even a quirky flea market for those seeking hidden treasures.

Long before European colonization, this location served as a bustling trading hub for the cunning and resourceful Native American tribes of the surrounding area.

As the French stumbled upon a new land, they were greeted by native folks who dazzled them with their culinary savoir-faire and familiarized them with local gastronomy.

Once upon a time, up until the radical 80s, this whimsical place served as a haven for neighborhood locals to gather and grab fresh produce! It dazzled as an enchanting food market.

Experience a culinary revival with the emergence of locally sourced organic food and an expansive food court!

Discover a treasure trove of quirky trinkets at affordable prices in the back alleys of our bustling flea market!

Explore the hidden gems just across the street – take a leisurely stroll through the charming little park!

(a) – New Orleans Jazz National Park 916 N. Peters St New Orleans, LA 70116

Step into the heart of the Jazz world and immerse yourself in its rich history at the “Park”. Get ready to be blown away by iconic landmarks like the Old US Mint and Perseverance Hall in Louis Armstrong Park. But wait, there’s more! Swing by the Visitor’s Center where your senses will ignite with daily musical performances and Ranger-led demonstrations that will have you tappi.

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