New Orleans' French Quarter is an area brimming with history and culture. The city's oldest neighborhood luckily avoided major damage during the terrible events of Hurricane Katrina and stands today as a testament to the city's rich and cosmopolitan history. The whole area was named a National Historic Landmark some years ago and it is easy to understand why with the mixture of architectural styles on show. There is a discovery around every corner!
Things to Do
- There are plenty of historic attractions in the French Quarter. For great food and shopping head to the French Market. Founded in 1791 it is the oldest public market in the United States and includes a farmer's market, a flea market and lots of restaurants and bars.
- New Orleans is world renowned as the birthplace of jazz so a visit to the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park is a must. An amazing amount of cultural and musical history is preserved here to commemorate the city's greatest gift to the world. Once you have gotten the history you can head to a show at one of the many music clubs that populate the Quarter.
- You can get a fascinating insight into another aspect of the city's history at the Voodoo Museum. Here you can be educated and entertained with anecdotes and facts about the role these strange customs have played in the city's past and present.
French Quarter Insider Tips
- One great way of getting to grips with the Quarter's many delights is with a tour. There is great choice of companies which offer different routes around the Quarter. You can check out a list of recommended tour providers here.