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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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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 3 Aug. to 3 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 ...
3.9/5Very Good! (2,799 reviews)
"Everything, we were right next to Burbon St which i liked, the security at the hotel outside and inside made you feel safe even the elevators were secured. The only thing I don't like it the wall are thin I could hear three next room which has 3 kids and the room across the hall they where so loud ..."

Reviewed on 27 Jul. 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$221 per night from 1 Aug. to 1 Aug.
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! (1,391 reviews)
"the hotel is still restructuring after the covid lasp. they are in process of hiring and training new employees and had just opened the bar and was planning on reopening the resturant soon. Mark Wilson general manager was especially helpful in trying to stay on top of the growing pains of reopening ..."

Reviewed on 27 Jul. 2021

Bourbon Orleans Hotel
New Orleans Marriott
New Orleans Marriott
4 out of 5
555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$201 per night from 3 Aug. to 3 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! (1,864 reviews)
"The elevator floor selection and the way it told you which one to get on was unique and seemed to work well. It did seem like everyone was booked in the same tower and the wait for the elevator took a long time sometimes. The pantry area was really great. An upgrade to the shower/tubs would be the ..."

Reviewed on 27 Jul. 2021

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$222 per night from 1 Aug. to 1 Aug.
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 ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,480 reviews)
"Hotel was beautiful. Smelled so clean. Staff was so nice and helpful. Would stay here again."

Reviewed on 26 Jul. 2021

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$269 per night from 1 Aug. to 1 Aug.
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! (2,373 reviews)
"we asked for bottle water 4 times .It took 1and half hour to get it. no room service no room clean"

Reviewed on 27 Jul. 2021

Royal Sonesta 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$190 per night from 4 Aug. to 4 Aug.
Located in French Quarter, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Canal Street, Royal Street and Bourbon Street. Harrah's New Orleans Casino and Jackson Square ...
4.2/5Very Good! (2,682 reviews)
"Overall, I enjoyed my stay. I would have like a refridgerator"

Reviewed on 27 Jul. 2021

Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
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