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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.

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Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter
Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter
4.5 out of 5
739 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
Fully refundable
The price is AU$174 per night from 16 Aug. to 16 Aug.
Located in French Quarter, this luxury hotel is steps away from Canal Street, Bourbon Street and Royal Street. Decatur Street and Saenger Theatre are also within ...
3.9/5Good! (2,819 reviews)
"The location was great"

Reviewed on 2 Aug. 2021

Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
3.5 out of 5
717 Orleans St., New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$235 per night from 1 Sep. to 1 Sep.
Located in French Quarter, this historic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Jackson Square, Cafe Du Monde and French Market. Canal Street and National World ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,400 reviews)
"The fact that it was right behind the Saint Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square was great, however the property was on the corner of Bourbon and Orleans streets. Walking distance to all the French Quarter, Riverfront attractions, Cafe Du Monde, Restaurants, shops, etc. Overall, a great location for ..."

Reviewed on 1 Aug. 2021

Bourbon Orleans Hotel
New Orleans Marriott
New Orleans Marriott
4 out of 5
555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$182 per night from 22 Aug. to 22 Aug.
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! (1,884 reviews)
"Very small bedrooms."

Reviewed on 2 Aug. 2021

New Orleans Marriott
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Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter
Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter
4.5 out of 5
739 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$174 per night from 16 Aug. to 16 Aug.
Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
3.5 out of 5
717 Orleans St., New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$235 per night from 1 Sep. to 1 Sep.
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
New Orleans Marriott
New Orleans Marriott
4 out of 5
555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$182 per night from 22 Aug. to 22 Aug.
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$237 per night from 9 Aug. to 9 Aug.
The Westin New Orleans
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
4.5 out of 5
300 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$268 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Hotel Mazarin
Hotel Mazarin
3.5 out of 5
730 Bienville St., New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$199 per night from 31 Aug. to 31 Aug.
Hotel Mazarin
Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
4 out of 5
124 Royal St, New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$174 per night from 11 Aug. to 11 Aug.
Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
4 out of 5
621 Saint Louis St, New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$227 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
Le Méridien New Orleans
Le Méridien New Orleans
4 out of 5
333 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$188 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
Le Méridien New Orleans
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