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French Quarter
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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City Tours

New Orleans City Tour: Katrina, Garden District, French Quarter, Graveyard

Gaze at the spectacular sights of New Orleans from the comfort of a luxury coach on an unforgettable 3-hour city tour. With a professional guide, cruise past historical highlights like the French Quarter and the Garden District while listening to illuminating commentary. See the the lakefront area and the 17th street canal where the canal bank was breached by hurricane Katrina, and delve into the city’s rich history as you take a tour of the best museums in New Orleans. Enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from your hotel in Downtown New Orleans on this informative tour.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours

Segway Tours

New Orleans French Quarter Segway Tour

Wind through bustling and beautiful New Orleans on a fun and educational Segway tour! An expert guide will lead you through the colorful French Quarter, along the mighty Mississippi River, and to Louis Armstrong Park and Jackson Square, sharing insight into the city’s architectural history and diverse colonial heritage. Upgrade to a longer tour to include a visit to the Tremé neighborhood and Congo Square.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

Horse Carriage Rides

Cemetery and French Quarter Horse and Carriage Ride

Opt for an alternative sightseeing experience of New Orleans during a 1-hour horse and carriage tour of the French Quarter, undoubtedly the city’s most captivating enclave. While your guide provides entertaining narration, you’ll canter past landmarks such as Jackson Square, Napoleon House, and St. Louis Cathedral. Plus, you’ll stop at St. Louis Cemetery — home to the tomb of Voodoo priestess Marie Laveau — for a short walking tour.
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  • 1 hour
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Walking Tours

New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter

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’ll also learn fun facts from your guide as you walk along the city streets.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

Walking Tours

New Orleans French Quarter Walking and History Tour

Immerse yourself in the best of the French Quarter on this 2.5‐hour historical walking tour. An entertaining local guide will lead you through the Vieux Carré, along the mighty Mississippi River, and to Louis Armstrong Park and Jackson Square, describing the city’s cultural history and diverse colonial heritage. See notable literary and cinematic landmarks, bustling scenes of local life, and architectural gems including some of the nation’s oldest buildings.
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Night Tours

Ghost and Vampire Walking Tour Of The French Quarter

Who doesn't like ghosts and vampires save for their unfortunate victims? If you're looking for a family-friendly night activity in New Orleans, then this ghost walking tour of the French Quarter might get your blood flowing. With a small group, you'll wander through the darkened streets for a fun, historical tour of New Orleans, and listen to tales of ghoulish invincibility and souls returned from the dead. 
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  • 2 hours
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Walking Tours

New Orleans Cocktail History Walking Tour in the French Quarter

Indulge in New Orleans liquid culture on this insider cocktail tour of the historic French Quarter! With an expert guide and fellow drinks enthusiasts, journey beyond the hubbub of Bourbon Street and visit four historic local haunts for a sampling of iconic cocktails. At each legendary venue, admire the mixology of notable bartenders, discover the origins and truths of centuries‐old spirits such as absinthe, and sip on a Sazerac (or two).
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  • 3 hours
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Food Tours

French Quarter Culinary History and Tasting Tour

Perfect for food and culture enthusiasts, this tasting tour in New Orleans' French Quarter allows you to visit two of the oldest restaurants in the city. Learn about Creole and Cajun cuisine and taste both as you walk through the lively neighborhood. All food tastings included.
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  • 3 hours
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Walking Tours

New Orleans Original Cocktail Walking Tour

Discover New Orleans ‘spirited’ side on a fun and informative cocktail tour! You’ll rub shoulders with local imbibers at historic bars and restaurants and have the option to sip on classic concoctions like the Sazerac and Pimm’s Cup. Immerse yourself in the stories from your guide and savvy mixologists, and learn the famous – and sometimes scandalous – histories of drink and drinking culture in New Orleans.
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A Taste of New Orleans - Private Culinary Driving Tour

New Orleans benefits from its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico—is decidedly a melting pot, a reflection of the variety of cultures that occupy this city: Cajun, Creole, Caribbean, Southern, French, African, and Spanish.Lets go and explore the wonderful smells and sights of New Orleans . Gumbo , Oysters, Hot Roast Beef Po-Boys , dressed of course, and lets not for get Beignets and Cafe Au Lait. You will go through several of my favorite neighborhoods tasting the local cuisine , chatting about the history, culture and cuisine.
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  • 4 hours

Walking Tours

French Quarter Cocktail and Foodie Crawl

Get the full New Orleans tasting experience with a 3-hour French Quarter cocktail and foodie tour! Discover the pillars of New Orleans’ restaurant scene with visits to renowned establishments such as Seafood Treasure for grilled oysters and Cafe du Monde for a warm beignet (or three!). Learn about local food and drink history from your savvy guide, and sip on some of New Orleans most celebrated drinks.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

Historical & Heritage Tours

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Photo Shoot in French Quarter

You will have a chance to see the most famous things in French Quater, New Orleans and have the recognizable city as your background for the shoot. I will make sure you have great pictures to take home—a unique souvenir of your time in New Orleans.
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  • 1 hour
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  • 1 hour

Walking Tours

French Quarter History Tour with Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans

Discover the magic of the Vieux Carré in the morning on this 1.5-hour historic walking tour and visit to Café du Monde! Start with a sugar-dusted beignet and café au lait at this classic New Orleans institution. Then accompany your friendly guide on 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.
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Walking Tours

New Orleans Cooking Class & Cocktail Walking Tour

Get the full Louisiana dining and imbibing experience with a New Orleans cooking class followed by French Quarter cocktail tour. Learn the fundamentals of preparing classic Creole dishes such as gumbo, jambalaya, and pralines during a live chef demo and tasting. Then visit historic French Quarter bars with a cocktail‐savvy guide. Sip on handcrafted mixes and learn the origin of New Orleans most celebrated drinks.
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Cultural Tours

New Orleans: French Quarter Food, History and Culture Tour (Small Group)

Eat and drink your way through the French Quarter on a culinary walking tour designed to highlight New Orleans’ rich gastronomic heritage. Visit local institutions and holes-in-the-wall, taste a range of dishes—including classics like beignets and gumbo—and buy culinary souvenirs, like hot sauce and decadent pralines. Enjoy food samples at eat that stop, which will combined add up to the equivalent of a full meal.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes

Ghost & Vampire Tours

French Quarter Haunted Excursion In New Orleans

This haunted excursion around New Orleans takes in the greatest hits of ghosts and vampires alongside lurid New Orleans history, popular culture and architecture, cemetery explorations and, of course, tales of the city's great unsolved mysteries. Popular with families and individuals alike, the tour includes fun commentary during a walk through the French Quarter. As the Cajun expression 'laissz les bon temps rouler' goes, let the good times roll!
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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

New Orleans French Quarter & Garden District Combo Bike Tour

Pedal through two centuries of New Orleans history on a combo bike tour of the French Quarter and Garden District. Learn about the city’s Creole roots as you ride along the banks of the Mississippi and through the legendary streets of the oldest neighborhood in town. Then, cross over to the ‘American’ side, where stately southern mansions overlook leafy boulevards and the time-worn tombs of Lafayette Cemetery No. 1. It’s a great way to meet the many faces of New Orleans while enjoying fresh air and exercise.
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City Tours

French Quarter Walking Tour

Stroll through the historic French Quarter during this 2-hour walking tour. Follow your guide past the historic buildings, down charming lanes and through serene plazas surrounded by Spanish moss-draped trees. Listen to an insider's account of the bustling, decadent neighborhood's history, from its beginnings to what it stands for today.
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Cultural Tours

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

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, your guide shares grim and blush-worthy moments alike that contribute to New Orleans’ district culture.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours

Cultural Tours

French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour for Small Group

Delve into the stories behind the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans during a 2-hour 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. You’ll 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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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours

Walking Tours

Your Backstage Pass Walking Tour of the French Quarter and St. Louis Cemetery

Explore the historic heart of New Orleans’s mystery and revelry on a 2.5-hour walking tour of the French Quarter. Hear tales of pirate captains, voodoo queens, and legendary Bourbon Street bars while exploring the city's multicultural legacy, and pay a visit to the oldest burial ground in town at the famous St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 — a must-do Big Easy experience that’s only possible with an official guide.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours

Cultural Tours

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New Orleans in a Day with French Quarter, Garden District, and Presbytère

Experience many of New Orlean’s highlights and attractions on a comprehensive all-day tour. Meet your local guide and small group and start your excursion with a complimentary praline. See the inside of a Garden District mansion, explore the French Quarter, ride a street car, visit the city’s most haunted building, enjoy a beignet and catch picturesque views of the Mississippi river—all on one fun and convenient outing.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

Walking Tours

Haunted French Quarter Tour

Delve into the dark recesses of New Orleans’ haunted history on this 2-hour French Quarter walking tour. With your (slightly spooky) guide, learn about some of New Orleans’ most sinister characters like Madame LaLaurie and the Witch of the French Opera, and visit eerie locations such as The Beauregard-Keyes House, the Bourbon Orleans Hotel and LaLaurie Mansion. By the end, you’ll see why New Orleans is considered America’s most haunted city!
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours

Ghost & Vampire Tours

French Quarter Drunken Ghost and Vampire Tour

Explore New Orleans’ dark side on an occult-themed pub crawl through the French Quarter. With an local guide leading the way, grab a drink to go (own expense) and hear stories about unsolved murders, ghosts, and vampires. Plus, power up an electromagnetic radiation detector.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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  • 1 to 2 hours


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