The French Quarter, also know as the Vieux Carré, is the oldest and most famous neighborhood in New Orleans. The Quarter, as it is commonly known, runs from the banks of the Mississippi River to Rampart Street and between Canal Street and Esplanade Avenue. Much more than a historic district, the appeal of the French Quarter is easy to see.

It's walkable, picturesque, always busy, and filled with an extraordinary range of great restaurants, bars, nightclubs, courtyard cafés, art galleries, rummage shops and museums. A visitor can walk these blocks time and time again and always notice something new.

Here you'll find beautiful ironwork details on historic buildings branching out from St. Louis Cathedral. Barter for knick-knacks at the French Market or take a carriage ride around Jackson Square and see the colorful assortment of artwork, merchants, and street performers that give New Orleans its quirky character.

The famous Café du Monde has been serving their delicious beignets (a french-style doughnut), chicory coffee and cafe olé in French Quarter since the 19th century and they make a perfect treat any time of day.

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The French Quarter is the place to be for any of the festivals held in New Orleans. From JazzFest to Mardi Gras parades, all of the action is packed into this relatively compact Quarter. Between art galleries, bars, music venues, and gift shops, where you can stock up on traditional New Orleans delicacies like pralines, Hurricane mix, and cajun hot sauces, the French Quarter really captures the unique New Orleans flavor as its cultural center.

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Viator Exclusive: New Orleans Jazz Tour with Concert at Preservation Hall Jazz Club

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Experience the best of the Big Easy’s musical heritage on this jazz walking tour and concert combination, with an optional dinner at one of New Orleans’ most ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: No dinner option: 4-hrs

Dinner option: 5-hrs and 15-mins

From USD $156.27

New Orleans Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 137 Reviews

Explore New Orleans at your own pace on this hop-on hop-off tour. Enjoy commentary aboard the double-decker bus and hop off at any of the eighteen stops around ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 1 day or 1 week (approx.)

From USD $28.99

Viator Exclusive: Mardi Gras Parade Premium Viewing Stands

Treat yourself to a fantastic view of the merry madness of New Orleans' Mardi Gras from a private viewing stand along a parade route. With this Viator ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: Varies

From USD $93.75

New Orleans Original Cocktail Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 177 Reviews

Let the good times roll as you discover the Big Easy’s vibrant drinking culture on the original cocktail walking tour of New Orleans. Explore the French ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $29.00

Viator VIP: 4-Day Ultimate Mardi Gras Experience

Experience the thrill of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras in comfort and style with this 4-day Viator VIP package that includes a gourmet buffet, open bars and access ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 4 days

From USD $1,243.99

New Orleans Vampire Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 74 Reviews

Visit the dark and mysterious world of the undead on this popular New Orleans vampire tour. Walk with your theatrical guide through the French Quarter and hear ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $25.00

New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 23 Reviews

Find out what all the fuss is about on this half-day tour of some of the best food in New Orleans' famous French Quarter. Your knowledgeable, passionate guide ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.00

New Orleans Haunted History Ghost Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 59 Reviews

Take a romp through the haunted French Quarter on this famous New Orleans ghost tour. During your 2-hour evening walking tour, explore the grim and ghastly ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $25.00

French Quarter Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 38 Reviews

Discover the history and legends of the mysterious neighborhood of the French Quarter in New Orleans. On this walking tour, follow your guide as you saunter ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $26.00

Viator VIP: Preservation Hall Jazz Club and Dinner at Restaurant R’evolution

Savor a gourmet dinner at a 5-star New Orleans restaurant before taking your reserved seat at a world-class jazz club with this Viator VIP package. Enjoy a ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $377.45

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