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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Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
4 out of 5
124 Royal St, New Orleans, LA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$210 per night from 4 Oct. to 4 Oct.
Located in French Quarter, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Canal Street and Decatur Street. Cafe Du Monde and National World War II Museum are also within ...
4.2/5Very Good! (2,718 reviews)
"It was located in the center of the French Quarters"

Reviewed on 31 Aug. 2021

Wyndham 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$250 per night from 27 Sep. to 27 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! (1,360 reviews)
"Great location, staff is very friendly."

Reviewed on 20 Sep. 2021

Bourbon Orleans Hotel
New Orleans Marriott
New Orleans Marriott
4 out of 5
555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$264 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
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! (1,902 reviews)
"Great property and staff!!"

Reviewed on 7 Sep. 2021

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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$242 per night from 4 Oct. to 4 Oct.
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! (2,791 reviews)
"I enjoyed my Stay I had Awesome Room too omgg very Pleased but I didnt have Microwave I had a Suite but House Keeping was very Disappointing because of Covid19 They can't clean room while you are in room they barley clean my Room at all but I was alone so I made no big messes either I clean up myself ..."

Reviewed on 3 Sep. 2021

Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter
Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans
Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans
4 out of 5
214 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$323 per night from 26 Sep. to 26 Sep.
Located in French Quarter, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bourbon Street and Jackson Square. French Market and National World War II Museum are ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,771 reviews)

Reviewed on 27 Aug. 2021

Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans
Hotel St. Marie
Hotel St. Marie
3.5 out of 5
827 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA
The price is AU$225 per night from 12 Oct. to 12 Oct.
Located in French Quarter, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bourbon Street, Jackson Square and French Market. Harrah's New Orleans Casino and ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,328 reviews)
"Hotel is right next to Bourbon street. Friendly staff and clean hotel."

Reviewed on 4 Sep. 2021

Hotel St. Marie
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