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10 Things You Must Do in the French Quarter

January 3, 2018
Things you must do in the French Quarter
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There are so many things you must do in the French Quarter. The French Quarter is where it’s at in New Orleans, and is truly the heartbeat of the city. It’s a culturally rich melting pot that’s welcoming and down-to-earth, yet elegant and bougie.

The city thrives on a raucous-causing good time, while still maintaining an air of class. Add a splash of elusive, mystical appeal, and it’s no wonder the “The Quarter” draws us in. It’s here that you’ll likely spend the bulk of your time in New Orleans. So as the New Orleanians say, “laissez les bon temps rouler”. Cajun French for, “let the good times roll”. So, let’s roll, shall we? 🙂

10 Things You Must Do in the French Quarter

St. Louis Cathedral Jackson Square - The French Quarter - Things you must do in the French Quarter

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1. Take a Tour

I am not always the biggest fan of tours, but in New Orleans, definitely do it! There is so much history wrapped up in these cobblestone streets, I would highly recommend it. Plus, they’re very reasonably priced!

Ghost Tour - Pirate's Alley - Things you must do in the French Quarter

Horse Drawn Carriage Tour - Things you must do in the French Quarter

2. Explore Jackson Square

This is New Orleans’s lively old town square. You’ll find charming street corner painters, live music, and the beautiful, St. Louis Cathedral.

 

St. Louis Cathedral Jackson Square - The French Quarter - Things you must do in the French Quarter

Jackson Square - Things you must do in the French Quarter

3. Go Antiquing on Royal Street

Strolling down Royal Street is a New Orleans essential. It’s filled with art galleries, antique stores, and luxury hotels.

Royal Street - Things you must do in the French Quarter

 

Hotel Monteleone - The French Quarter - Visiting New Orleans

4. Go to the Voodoo Museum

The Voodoo Museum is a New Orleans landmark. For $7.00 learn all about New Orleans’s voodoo history and culture.

Marie Laveau's House of VooDoo - Things you must do in the French Quarter

5. Go Shopping at the Old French Market

Come stroll through the market. You’ll find all kinds of unique goods, as well as café-style food here too. Try a muffuletta here!

 

Old French Market - Things you must do in the French Quarter

6. Take a New Orleans Cooking Class

Are you obsessed with all things New Orleans cuisine? Come take a cooking class! It’s a super fun and tasty way to spend an afternoon. 🙂 Book in advance because these classes are quite popular, here are some I recommend:

Cooking Class - Things you must do in the French Quarter

7. Wander through Pirates Alley

It’s easy to get lost wandering through the French Quarter, and I am so happy I happened to stumbled upon Pirates Alley. It’s a picturesque cobblestone alleyway that’s great for photographs! Be sure to also try Pirates Alley Café!

Pirate's Alley - Things you must do in the French Quarter

Pirate's Alley - Things you must do in the French Quarter

8. Eat Beignets at Café du Monde

This is an absolute must! There’s nothing more “classic New Orleans” than beignets at Café du Monde. Because of its popularity there will likely be a wait, but it’s so worth it.

Beignet - Cafe Du Monde - Things you must do in the French Quarter

Cafe Du Monde - The French Quarter - Visiting New Orleans

9. Shop and Dine on Chartres Street

Chartres Street is not as famous as Royal or Bourbon Street, but equally beautiful in architecture. You’ll find lots of boutique shopping and cafés here.

Chartres Street - Things you must do in the French Quarter

 

10. Experience the Nightlife

It’s not hard to figure out why New Orleans is nicknamed the “Big Easy”. It’s its round-the-clock nightlife is famous. Here’s some places to check out:

PRO TIP: Remember that in New Orleans you are allowed to take alcoholic beverages to go!

 

  • Bourbon Street – Bourbon Street is the place for nightlife in New Orleans. You can pop into a bar, or just wander the streets. 

Bourbon Street - The French Quarter - Visiting New Orleans

  • Jazz/Piano Bars – My favorite is Pat O’Brien’s, home of the Hurricane. 
  • Carousel Bar & Lounge – This revolving bar has been named one of the Top 20 Bars in the World. Come to Hotel Monteleone and enjoy a cocktail where the likes of Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, and Tennessee Williams also threw a few back.

Carousel Bar and Lounge - Hotel Monteleone - The French Quarter - Visiting New Orleans

  • Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop – Riddled with folklore and legend, Lafitte’s is a unique bar that makes you feel like you’ve stepped back into the 18th century. 

Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop - Things you must do in the French Quarter

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