French Quarter

New Orleans
French Quarter showing a city, street scenes and heritage architecture
This historic neighbourhood encapsulates the soul of New Orleans and has become one of the city’s most iconic attractions.

The focal point of New Orleans’ fabled music scene is the French Quarter, a collection of historic and ramshackle streets in the heart of the city, which is the spiritual home of authentic New Orleans jazz.

This life-affirming music was brought here by the slaves who moved into the ancient settlement between Canal Street and the Mississippi. Freed from working in the sugar and cotton plantations, the families gravitated towards the city and began to establish their own community. Over the years, as immigration brought new cultural influences, the raw sounds of the cotton fields evolved into something more refined and unique. Jazz, as it was called, became synonymous with the city and the authentic New Orleans sound is still recognised and performed the world over.

The French Quarter pulsates with life all year round, but if you can, time your visit to coincide with one of the jazz parades that regularly transform the narrow streets into one huge, noisy, colourful party. However, there’s also a darker side to the area, as you will learn on a visit to the LaLaurie House on Royal Street. said to be haunted by the ghosts of tortured slaves. The St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is also part of the city’s spookier side and it contains the bones of the queen of Voodoo, Marie Laveau. Many superstitious people visit her grave to leave a gift and make a wish, hoping her restless spirit will bring them luck.

A romantic way to appreciate the area’s colonial architecture and historic landmarks is by taking a ride in a traditional horse-drawn carriage, which can be hired from Decatur Street, followed by a candle-lit dinner at one of the stylish French restaurants that have sprung up in some of the city’s oldest and most atmospheric buildings. Alternatively, catch a taxi, bus or tram to explore this compact quarter on foot, making sure you leave time to enjoy a spicy Creole snack or catch a live band pumping out red-hot jazz in one of the teeming bars – a time-honoured way to experience the authentic flavour of old New Orleans.


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French Market Inn
French Market Inn
3 out of 5
509 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA, 70130
The price is AU$186 per night from 10 Jul. to 11 Jul.
Stay at this 3-star historic hotel in New Orleans. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (924 reviews)
"The property is so cute with its brick courtyards and fountains. The main downside is that there is no onsite parking so you have to pay to park elsewhere."

Reviewed on 4 Jul. 2022

French Market Inn
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
4 out of 5
717 Orleans St., New Orleans, LA, 70116
The price is AU$290 per night from 18 Jul. to 19 Jul.
Stay at this 4-star historic hotel in New Orleans. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in their ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,242 reviews)
"First time to New Orleans and had a great experience with a balcony on bourbon street! Was a fun city to visit. Lots of rich history, amazing architecture and the people are genuinely friendly/helpful."

Reviewed on 3 Jul. 2022

Bourbon Orleans Hotel
Maison Dupuy Hotel
Maison Dupuy Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1001 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA, 70116
The price is AU$205 per night from 10 Jul. to 11 Jul.
Stay at this 3.5-star historic hotel in New Orleans. Enjoy free WiFi, room service and a 24-hour fitness centre. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful ...
3.8/5 Good! (1,158 reviews)
"Everything was good"

Reviewed on 5 Jul. 2022

Maison Dupuy Hotel
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
4 out of 5
621 Saint Louis St, New Orleans, LA, 70130
The price is AU$248 per night from 12 Jul. to 13 Jul.
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in New Orleans. Enjoy a rooftop terrace, breakfast and WiFi. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,344 reviews)
"A very nice facility. I would stay there again."

Reviewed on 29 Jun. 2022

Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
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, 70130
Fully refundable
The price is AU$197 per night from 4 Aug. to 5 Aug.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in New Orleans. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff ...
3.8/5 Good! (2,158 reviews)
"I was pleased that the Astor Crowne Plaza is very close to the activities and various attractions and restaurants are within walking distance. There is also a trolley car that runs along the main street allowing visitors to sight see. It would have been nice to have a continental breakfast. The coffee ..."

Reviewed on 1 Jul. 2022

Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
4.5 out of 5
300 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA, 70130
The price is AU$292 per night from 24 Jul. to 25 Jul.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in New Orleans. Enjoy free WiFi, 4 restaurants and 4 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in their ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (2,429 reviews)
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Reviewed on 5 Jul. 2022

Royal Sonesta New Orleans
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