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French Quarter

French Quarter

Free admission
New Orleans, Louisiana

The Basics

The French Quarter—also called the Vieux Carré, or “old square”—is centered on Jackson Square, which is overlooked by St. Louis Cathedral. The busy area is best navigated on foot, and while you can of course wander around on your own, guided walking tours are the best way to experience the quarter.

Learn about New Orleans' culinary and cocktail history on a food tour; take a haunted tour in the evening; or combine a visit to the French Quarter with a visit to another part of the city (such as the Garden District) or a cruise on the Steamboat Natchez.

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French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
$26.67 per adult
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Amazing French Quarter your! Great Guide
Our tour guide was incredible! So very knowledgable and we really enjoyed everything about the tour… we learnt so much! Thank you
Justin_B, Dec 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in New Orleans

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Betsy was a great guide!...
nportmore1, Dec 2021
New Orleans French Quarter and Garden District Bike Tour
Betsy was a great guide! Great way to see the city. Would definitely recommend to anyone who wants to get a history of both the French Quarter and the Garden District.
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Highlight of our trip
Daniel_S, Dec 2021
Small-Group French Quarter Cocktail and Foodie Crawl
At the last minute we switched to the food tour by destination kitchen and it was a very good experience. 100% one of the highlights of the trip to NOLA. Jack made sure everyone was well informed and happy with the servings. It gives you an opportunity to tour the French quarter, try some local food, and get a little history. Highly recommend
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Best of the French Quarter
Vickie_P, Nov 2021
Shrimp Boil Cabaret Experience in French Quarter
We had the best time the people and the food was the best that we had in the French quarter chef Gregory that man can cook
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Great little walking tour in FQ!
Saswato_R, Nov 2021
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
Josh was a great tour guide who told fun stories and history about the French Quarter. Nice little tour and recommended for people first time visiting FQ. Josh also mentioned food spots/bars from his local experience, so always great to get insights from a local. Pleasant day in late November so weather was perfect. Probably wouldn't do a walking tour if it was too humid / muggy outside. thank you Josh!
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Lovely architecture tour
AlineDang, Nov 2021
New Orleans French Quarter Architecture Walking Tour
Guy our guide was very knowledgeable and gave a detailed tour of architecture in the French Quarter. He was a delight to learn from.
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We had a great food tour...
Elizabeth_L, Dec 2021
New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option
We had a great food tour throughout the French quarter with Susie (I think?). Great information about the background of the development of NOLA cuisine....and a surprising amount of food! Come hungry; we had sausage, jambalaya, gumbo, fried clams, and bread pudding, and the serving sizes were definitely not samples!
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Amazing!!!
Allison_G, Nov 2021
French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride
Our tour guide was amazing! She taught us a lot about the French Quarters. I absolutely loved the tour because it gave us such an appreciation for the area. Getting our reservation through Viator made the process super simple. 10 out of 10 and I will definitely be doing it again!
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Best tour and tour guide in NOLA!
MARK_K, Nov 2021
New Orleans Small-Group French Quarter Food Tour
Laura was absolutely phenomenal! She combined history and humor to make this THE best food tour anywhere. Book this tour with her is a must. The instructions are dead on when they say DON'T EAT beforehand! We ate at the best non tourist food spots in the French Quarter. Did I already mention DON'T EAT beforehand! Thanks Laura for making our 25th wedding anniversary weekend in New Orleans a most memorable experience! Dr. M. K. Kearse
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Fabulous!
Kelli_N, Aug 2021
French Quarter Historic Segway Tour
We loved this excursion! Our guide, Jon, was great and so knowledgeable about the history of the city. The segways were so fun! My 18 and 21 year old kids loved it! Very glad we did this! You see so much of the french quarter! Definitely recommend!!
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Great Torah to know history of French quarter and enjoy special foods
Junping_Y, Nov 2021
New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option
Great Torah to know history of French quarter and enjoy working in the Area and special foods. The tour lady was wonderful and very knowledgeable for all kind of all questions.
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Great way to start your trip in NOLA
Andrea_R, Nov 2021
New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option
Kristi did a great job. The food stops were good, she had good recommendations on where to go beyond that and how to get there. The anecdotes about the history of the state and the locations we were going to was good. I also appreciated that she enforced the covid requirements and wasn’t pushed around by the people that thought they could bully their way around it.
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Great way to see the city and avoid the heat!
Teri_D, Jul 2021
New Orleans City Tour: Katrina, Garden District, French Quarter & Cemetery
Our tour guide was great. He was very knowledgeable, funny, and accommodating. Pickup was on time . Bus was clean. Great experience!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The French Quarter is very pedestrian-friendly, so wear comfortable walking shoes.

  • New Orleans loves parades, which occur on many holidays throughout the year and often march through the French Quarter.

  • Hard-partying Bourbon Street is infamous, but it's not indicative of the whole French Quarter—and it's easy to avoid if it's not your scene.

  • Much of the French Quarter is wheelchair accessible, although some historic buildings and attractions may not be. Just watch out for cracked or narrow sidewalks.

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How to Get There

The French Quarter runs from the Mississippi River northwest to Rampart Street, and from Canal Street northeast to Esplanade Avenue. It's incredibly compact and parking can be extremely difficult, so it's best to walk there if you can. Streetcars run along the riverfront, Canal Street, and Rampart Street. Most city tours pass through the French Quarter as well.

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When to Get There

New Orleans is exceptionally busy during major festivals such as Mardi Gras and the Jazz & Heritage Festival (usually in February and April, respectively). Like much of southern Louisiana, the weather is typically hot and humid throughout the summer months. The winter months are cool and comfortable, though there may be periodic downpours; hurricane season runs roughly from June to November.

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History Runs Deep in the French Quarter

It's easy to think New Orleans is just a party town, but it has a rich history as well. The Pontalba Buildings are the oldest apartment buildings in the United States, while the French Market is the country’s oldest public market; the quirky Pharmacy Museum is a treasure trove of medicinal history; and Tennessee Williams used a French Quarter house as the setting for A Streetcar Named Desire. Meanwhile, Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop is one of the oldest buildings in the city—and likely the oldest bar in the US.

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