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Jackson Square
Chill out Southern-style in this freewheeling park with a fascinating past.

Jackson Square was once a site for public executions of rebellious slaves but its dark past has been left behind and, nowadays, this vibrant public park is filled with artists and musicians, shoppers and diners, united with the single aim of having a good time.

The city park was designed by Louis Pilié in the Parisian style and was originally known as Place d’Armes. In 1971 it was converted into an open-air mall with space for craft stalls and food outlets. The 19th-century Pontalba Apartments on two sides of the square are now filled with shops and restaurants, while beautiful St. Louis Cathedral to the northwest offers a peaceful respite from the urban buzz. The USA’s oldest continuously working cathedral is flanked by two other heritage buildings, the Cabildo and Presbytère, which both fall under the umbrella of the Louisiana State Museum.

Jackson Square is one big open-air art gallery, with paintings squeezed onto on every available surface from pavements to fences, and artists compete to paint your portrait or sell you a caricature. It’s also a popular spot for other flamboyant street entertainers such as jugglers and magicians, mime artists and tarot card readers. Pull up a chair at Café du Monde and enjoy the view that has been captivating drinkers of its famous chicory-infused café au lait since the 1860s.

The square is also the scene of numerous public events and festivals, concerts and sporting celebrations. The French Quarter Festival draws the crowds every April with live music from local jazz bands, tasty food and unusual gifts for sale. In the run-up to Christmas the air is filled with the sweet sound of carollers – a popular local tradition that dates back to 1946, while extravagantly costumed revellers flock here for the annual Mardi Gras parade.

Parking in this busy and popular part of the city can be hard to find, so use the bus for a quick and convenient ride straight to the beating heart of the French Quarter.

Chill out Southern-style in this freewheeling park with a fascinating past.

Jackson Square was once a site for public executions of rebellious slaves but its dark past has been left behind and, nowadays, this vibrant public park is filled with artists and musicians, shoppers and diners, united with the single aim of having a good time.

The city park was designed by Louis Pilié in the Parisian style and was originally known as Place d’Armes. In 1971 it was converted into an open-air mall with space for craft stalls and food outlets. The 19th-century Pontalba Apartments on two sides of the square are now filled with shops and restaurants, while beautiful St. Louis Cathedral to the northwest offers a peaceful respite from the urban buzz. The USA’s oldest continuously working cathedral is flanked by two other heritage buildings, the Cabildo and Presbytère, which both fall under the umbrella of the Louisiana State Museum.

Jackson Square is one big open-air art gallery, with paintings squeezed onto on every available surface from pavements to fences, and artists compete to paint your portrait or sell you a caricature. It’s also a popular spot for other flamboyant street entertainers such as jugglers and magicians, mime artists and tarot card readers. Pull up a chair at Café du Monde and enjoy the view that has been captivating drinkers of its famous chicory-infused café au lait since the 1860s.

The square is also the scene of numerous public events and festivals, concerts and sporting celebrations. The French Quarter Festival draws the crowds every April with live music from local jazz bands, tasty food and unusual gifts for sale. In the run-up to Christmas the air is filled with the sweet sound of carollers – a popular local tradition that dates back to 1946, while extravagantly costumed revellers flock here for the annual Mardi Gras parade.

Parking in this busy and popular part of the city can be hard to find, so use the bus for a quick and convenient ride straight to the beating heart of the French Quarter.

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2763 Cheap Hotels Near Jackson Square

New Orleans Marriott
New Orleans Marriott
4 out of 5
555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$179 per night from 28 Jun. to 28 Jun.
Located in French Quarter, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Canal Street and Jackson Square. Cafe Du Monde and French Market are also within 15 minutes. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,705 reviews)
"5 star hotel, excellent , professional and friendly staff!! Will stay here any time!"

Reviewed on 13 Jun. 2021

New Orleans Marriott
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
4.5 out of 5
300 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$227 per night from 29 Jun. to 29 Jun.
Located in French Quarter, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bourbon Street and Jackson Square. French Market and National World War II Museum ...
4.3/5Excellent! (2,244 reviews)
"Location"

Reviewed on 12 Jun. 2021

Royal Sonesta New Orleans
The Westin New Orleans
The Westin New Orleans
4.5 out of 5
100 Rue Iberville, New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$194 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Located in French Quarter, this luxury hotel is steps away from The Shops at Canal Place and Canal Street. Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and Harrah's New ...
4.2/5Very Good! (1,442 reviews)
"Great hotel. Near everything. The mall downstairs works great for those that want to shop !! Food selection was limited still due to Covid."

Reviewed on 13 Jun. 2021

The Westin New Orleans
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Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans, an IHG Hotel
Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
739 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$161 per night from 16 Jun. to 16 Jun.
Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans, an IHG Hotel
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
4.5 out of 5
300 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$227 per night from 29 Jun. to 29 Jun.
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
New Orleans Marriott
New Orleans Marriott
4 out of 5
555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$179 per night from 28 Jun. to 28 Jun.
New Orleans Marriott
The Westin New Orleans
The Westin New Orleans
4.5 out of 5
100 Rue Iberville, New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$194 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
The Westin New Orleans
Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
4 out of 5
124 Royal St, New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$182 per night from 16 Jun. to 16 Jun.
Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
Le Méridien New Orleans
Le Méridien New Orleans
4 out of 5
333 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$191 per night from 17 Jun. to 17 Jun.
Le Méridien New Orleans
Loews New Orleans Hotel
Loews New Orleans Hotel
4 out of 5
300 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$190 per night from 27 Jun. to 27 Jun.
Loews New Orleans Hotel
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
3.5 out of 5
717 Orleans St., New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$241 per night from 15 Jun. to 15 Jun.
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans
Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans
4 out of 5
214 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$227 per night from 11 Jul. to 11 Jul.
Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans
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