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The French Quarter, with its vibrant atmosphere and unique blend of architectural styles, is easily New Orleans’ most famous and most popular area to visit. It's also the city's oldest neighborhood, and its elegant streets are lined with an appealing mix of lively bars—especially along the legendary Bourbon Street—historic monuments, delicious restaurants, and inviting jazz clubs.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 History Tour with Cafe Du Monde in New OrleansWalking Tours

French Quarter History Tour with Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans

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Discover the magic of the Vieux Carré in the morning on this historic walking tour and visit to Café du Monde! Accompany your friendly guide on a stroll through the French Quarter to view signature architecture and learn about the convergence of ethnic influence on this famous neighborhood, from cloistered courtyards and intricate ironwork to po’ boys and jambalaya. Then, end with a sugar-dusted beignet and café au lait at this classic New Orleans institution.
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City Sightseeing New Orleans Hop-On Hop-Off Bus TourHop-on Hop-off Tours

City Sightseeing New Orleans Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Discover historic New Orleans in an open‐top double‐decker bus on this hop‐on hop‐off sightseeing tour. With either your 1‐or 3-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with several stops, including the French Market, Jackson Square, and the Garden District, plus available walking tours, depending on the option you buy. Enjoy unobstructed views and fun onboard commentary as you soak up ‘The Big Easy’.
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Creolea Historical Tours / Port of Passage A journey of Slavery Walking TourCultural Tours

Creolea Historical Tours / Port of Passage A journey of Slavery Walking Tour

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If only these walls could talk……. PORT of PASSAGE tells the untold story of how New Orleans, became the busiest slave port city in the United States with over 1 million enslaved transferred. This tour explores the journey of those who survived the perils journey from AFRICA across the ATLANTIC OCEAN. While on your walking-tour visit the trade location where free man SOLOMAN NORTHUP author of the bestselling Novel 12 YEARS A SLAVE was sold into slavery and began his 12 years journey as a slave in 1841.Before Plantations….. See ACTUAL SLAVE QUARTERS and EXCHANGE LOCATIONS nestled tightly and privately within the French Quarter. Learn about early CUSTOMS, FAITH, and LAWS, of SOUTHERN CULTURE and those who played such an intricate part in much of New Orleans landscape, Architecture, Music, and food.CREOLELA’S PORT OF PASSAGE Tour, is a MUST DO, NON-FICTIONAL, EDUCATIONAL, walking - tour of the HISTORICAL FRENCH QUARTER.If only these walls could talk…….
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Three Hour City Tour of New OrleansCity Tours

Three Hour City Tour of New Orleans

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Although not your typical tour of New Orleans, this expedition through the Big Easy takes in some of the major points of interest, including the French Quarter, Treme, the Esplanade, the Garden District and the Metairie Cemetery. Relax in air-conditioned minibus comfort, and listen as a guide leads you through one of America's most historic cities.
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Salacious history walking tour and burlesque showCultural Tours

Salacious history walking tour and burlesque show

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Discover the French Quarter’s bawdy side—and learn all about the neighborhood’s sordid history—when you book this after-dark, burlesque-themed tour. Meet your private, costumed guide in the neighborhood, and get ready to explore. You’ll learn all about the area’s red-light history, will discover famous former burlesque houses, will learn about the characters who once called the French Quarter home, and other salacious stories. Finally, cap off the tour with a traditional burlesque performance.
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Haunted Ghost, Voodoo, & Vampire Tour - Adults OnlyGhost & Vampire Tours

Haunted Ghost, Voodoo, & Vampire Tour - Adults Only

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★★★★★ - "When friends and family ask me what they shouldn’t miss when they visit New Orleans, I tell them, “Take a tour with Hottest Hell.” And when they tell me they don’t want to take one of those cheesy ghost, vampire and voodoo tours, I tell them, “Take a tour with Hottest Hell.” You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you may want to shower afterwards...or just leave a light on."- Michael Cerveris, Two-time Tony Award Winning Actor, Star of 'Mindhunter' & 'Gotham'Do you believe there are things in this life that simply cannot be explained? Come take a walk through 7 sinister stories of the French Quarter that may leave you questioning what you ever thought possible.• Led by native-born, accredited Parapsychologists and Paranormal Historians• See the homes of Marie Laveau, Madame Lalaurie, and more• Top-rated, licensed, and insured• Customer safety and entertainment are priorityPlease arrive 30 minutes prior for check-in. Tours depart at their scheduled times.
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New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French QuarterWalking Tours

New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter

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Get more from the city by exploring New Orleans’ food culture with a guide. Stop by some the French Quarter’s most famous restaurants for some of the area’s most delicious food. Enjoy tastings that could include seafood gumbo, Creole brisket, and beignets. You also learn fun facts from your guide as you walk along the city streets.
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New Orleans Food TourFood Tours

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New Orleans Food Tour

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From grits to gumbo, food in New Orleans is packed with flavor. This food walking tour of the French Quarter takes you to time-tested, hole-in-the-wall establishments that you’re likely to overlook on your own. Try authentic Cajun and Creole cooking, and learn about New Orleans history and culture between bites.
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Haunted Pub CrawlGhost & Vampire Tours

Haunted Pub Crawl

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Go on a pub crawl of haunted spots in the French Quarter for a spirited 2-hour tour with a ghostly pallor. Sip adult beverages that salute notorious characters in New Orleans history as you hear about legendary crimes of passion and the spooky side of The Big Easy. Choose from two evening departures daily.
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New Orleans Ghost, Voodoo, & Vampire Walking TourGhost & Vampire Tours

New Orleans Ghost, Voodoo, & Vampire Walking Tour

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Exploring New Orleans in the evening can seem like an intimidating quest on your own, but this ghost, voodoo, and vampire walking tour takes you to the city’s most eerie sites at night in the safety of a group with a knowledgeable guide. You’ll stop by top attractions such as the Lalaurie Mansion and New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, all while listening to your guide’s detailed stories of the paranormal and beyond.
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One Hour Saint Louis Cemetery Number One Walking TourWalking Tours

One Hour Saint Louis Cemetery Number One Walking Tour

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Discover the historic crypts and monuments at New Orleans’ Saint Louis Cemetery #1 on a guided walking tour. Enjoy a relaxed pace as you trace a mile-long route through the burial ground, and hear stories about the city’s most colorful characters and luminaries. Pay your respects to Marie Laveau, known as New Orleans’ ‘Voodoo Queen,’ see the tombs of the city’s greatest families and visit sections devoted to Louisiana’s different Christian denominations. Learn about New Orleans’ history and culture as you explore the city’s oldest cemetery.
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Cemetery and French Quarter Horse and Carriage RideCultural Tours

Cemetery and French Quarter Horse and Carriage Ride

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Opt for an alternative sightseeing experience of New Orleans during a horse and carriage tour of the French Quarter, undoubtedly the city’s most captivating enclave. While your guide provides entertaining narration, canter past landmarks such as Jackson Square, Napoleon House, and St. Louis Cathedral. Plus, stop at St. Louis Cemetery—home to the tomb of Voodoo priestess Marie Laveau—for a short walking tour.
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French Quarter Drunk and Haunted! ♥Bar, Club & Pub Tours

French Quarter Drunk and Haunted! ♥

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Let's get lit and talk about ghosts! We will start out at a bar so everyone can get fueled up for our haunted French Quarter exploration. Drinks are not included, but there will be a total of three drink stops. We'll do a little introduction about ourselves and get to know our new drinking buddies. Then, I'll tell you about some of the most famous French Quarter hauntings: from vampires to ghosts. We'll even take pictures of a ghost that has his own table at a restaurant! You're going to leave with a much deeper understanding of the French Quarter (long as you don't have TOO many). We always have small groups, so you know you are getting a more personal experience! Halfway through, we'll conjure up some spirits (get drinks!) @ a FQ bar. After, we'll go to the famous Lalaurie Mansion! We even have a ghost meter to help us monitor paranormal activity along the way! The tour will end at Lafittes Blacksmith Shop, the oldest bar in the French Quarter, where we'll talk pirates.
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Photo Shoot in French QuarterHistorical & Heritage Tours

Photo Shoot in French Quarter

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Savor your New Orleans experience with a professional photographer to show you around the French Quarter and capture high-quality photos of the excursion. The local photographer not only knows the top photo spots in the city but can also share other details about the sights throughout the tour. This enables you to maximize your time and take home photos.
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New Orleans Food and History TourDining Experiences

New Orleans Food and History Tour

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Go for the gastronomic gusto on a food‐filled walking tour of New Orleans! Journey with a savvy local guide to popular Creole eateries, markets and artisanal shops to sample diverse foods that define Louisiana’s culinary landscape. Stopping at several locations, you’ll savor such classic bites as seafood gumbo, Creole brisket, poboys and pralines. Along the way, meet local chefs and learn about New Orleans’ rich culinary history.
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Sinister Criminal Intentions - True Crime TourCity Tours

Sinister Criminal Intentions - True Crime Tour

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New Orleans may be notorious for its ghost stories, but the city is also home to a host of shocking true crime that's too grisly to make up. On this adults-only evening tour, roam through the lively French Quarter with a guide who shares the gruesome details of crimes ripped straight from headlines and police reports. From the beastly LaLaurie and Trunk murders to the Katrina Cannibal, these tales are not for the faint of heart.
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French Quarter VIP Pub CrawlNightlife

French Quarter VIP Pub Crawl

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Tap into the New Orleans party scene on a 3-hour pub crawl through the French Quarter! Follow your savvy guide through the legendary party district and enjoy free entry at four happening venues. Don your Mardi Gras beads, saddle up for a mechanical bull ride, enjoy exclusive drink specials and dance the night away!
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Mafia, Murder, Sex, and All That Jazz: New Orleans Adult Walking TourCultural Tours

Mafia, Murder, Sex, and All That Jazz: New Orleans Adult Walking Tour

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This adult-only tour of New Orleans introduces you to some of the city’s most scandalous history. From mobsters to madams, hear true tales from New Orleans’ rowdy past—you won’t get them on any other tour. As you walk through the French Quarter with your small group of no more than 15, your guide shares grim and blush-worthy moments alike that contribute to New Orleans’ district culture.
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THE BIG 4 in THE BIG EASY (French Quarter, Garden Dist., Cemetery, & City Park)Historical & Heritage Tours

THE BIG 4 in THE BIG EASY (French Quarter, Garden Dist., Cemetery, & City Park)

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Beat the heat on this New Orleans SUV tour that takes you to four of the city’s must-see areas. Get a local perspective on essential sights throughout the French Quarter such as Ursuline Convent and Jackson Square before continuing to the Garden District, Metairie Cemetery, and the 1,300-acre City Park. Throughout the tour, hear fun facts and get local-approved recommendations for restaurants, jazz bars, and other Big Easy haunts.
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French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour for Small GroupCultural Tours

French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour for Small Group

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Delve into the stories behind the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans during a French Quarter walking tour. Take in famous landmarks including Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, and the Mississippi River, along with lesser-known places of interest. Hear from your guide about the architecture and heritage of the district, and get the inside scoop on recommended places for shopping and dining as well.
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New Orleans St. Louis #1 Cemetery, Voodoo, and French Quarter TourGhost & Vampire Tours

New Orleans St. Louis #1 Cemetery, Voodoo, and French Quarter Tour

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Rich history and voodoo legends make New Orleans one of the most fascinating places to visit, but if you see the sights alone, you could miss out on some of the key details that bring this vibrant city to life. This New Orleans voodoo tour takes you through the city and into St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 during daylight hours—perfect for those you don’t want to get too scared, but still want a look into the city’s mysterious past.
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Big Easy Strolls: A French Quarter Tour For MaturesCultural Tours

Big Easy Strolls: A French Quarter Tour For Matures

A TOUR FOR MATURES: A French Quarter tour for matures by matures. The Savvy Native is putting the EASY back in the Big Easy. A casual stroll through the French Quarter during the coolest and least crowded part of the day. Be part of a small group (10 max) for a more personalized touring experience. And enjoy a scheduled air conditioned rest break - clean restrooms, Cafe Au Lait and the perfect French Croissants. A FRENCH QUARTER TOUR WE WOULD WANT TO TAKE!
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New Orleans Cooking Class

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Get the full Louisiana dining experience during a fun and educational New Orleans cooking class. Take a seat amongst other foodies in a converted 19th century molasses warehouse and get ready to learn and eat! Meet a lively local chef and learn the fundamentals of preparing classic Creole dishes such as gumbo, jambalaya, and pralines. Then dig into delicious samples complemented by local beer or a sweet ice tea.
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New Orleans Super Saver: City Tour and Steamboat Natchez Harbor CruiseBus & Minivan Tours

New Orleans Super Saver: City Tour and Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise

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See the best of New Orleans by land and water on this combo city tour and steamboat cruise on the mighty Mississippi! Enjoy a guided coach trip through the French Quarter, Garden District and Jackson Square, where you’ll witness the city’s cultural history and diverse colonial heritage. Then board the famous Steamboat Natchez for your iconic New Orleans river cruise.
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