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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City Sightseeing New Orleans Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 235 Reviews

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

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

From USD $39.00

New Orleans French Quarter Segway Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 107 Reviews

Discover the rich history and vibrant culture of New Orleans on this guided Segway tour. At a relaxed pace, explore the bustling French Quarter, cruise along ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 2 or 3 hours

From USD $64.99

New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 43 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 $52.25
$54.99 Save $2.74

New Orleans Original Cocktail Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 225 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 $28.99

New Orleans Cocktail History Walking Tour in the French Quarter

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 22 Reviews

Savor tasty cocktails in the French Quarter of New Orleans on a walking tour with an expert local guide. Visit hidden gems enjoyed by locals for centuries, ...  Read more

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

From USD $64.99

French Quarter Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 69 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 $25.99

New Orleans Architectural and Sightseeing Small-Group Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 19 Reviews

Discover New Orleans' heritage and the beauty of its period homes during this architectural tour. Ride along the city’s stately streets, passing jewels of ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.00

New Orleans Vampire Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 100 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 $24.99

New Orleans Haunted History Ghost Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 72 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

New Orleans Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 42 Reviews

Explore the history-rich neighborhoods of New Orleans on a 3.5-hour bike tour in the morning or afternoon, and see the sights with a local guide! While riding ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $38.25
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