French Quarter, New Orleans Places

Part of our New Orleans travel guide; our list of the best things to see in French Quarter, including New Orleans Jazz Park Visitor's Center & Headquarters, Jean Lafitte National Park and Preserve and The Historic New Orleans Collection.
  • The best place in French Quarter New Orleans: New Orleans Jazz Park Visitor's Center & Headquarters

    New Orleans Jazz Park Visitor's Center & Headquarters

    916 N Peters St
    Often has live music, lectures, and gives music history related walking tours. Many events are free; those that aren't are a bargain.
    Central Business District food nearby
  • Jean Lafitte National Park and Preserve

    Jean Lafitte National Park and Preserve

    419 Decatur St
    Headquarters for National Park that includes several historic sites in and near New Orleans. Has a small museum and visitor's center. Show up by 9AM to get a place on the informative free walking tour of the French Quarter.
    Central Business District eat nearby
  • The Historic New Orleans Collection

    The Historic New Orleans Collection

    533 Royal St
    Tu-Sa 9:30AM-4:30PM, Su 10:30AM-4:30PM. Free. Museum with changing exhibits of local history. Also has a research center nearby on Chartres Street.
    Central Business District restaurants nearby
  • Williams Residence

    Williams Residence

    718 Toulouse St
    Tu-Sa 10AM-3PM, Su 11AM-3PM. $5.
    Central Business District food nearby
  • Howlin' Wolf

    Howlin' Wolf

    907 S Peters St
    They host a good variety of local and visiting acts; definitely get a hold of their schedule in The Gambit, a weekly paper. (Note: if you visited here before Katrina, they are now a block up the street from their former location.)
    Central Business District eat nearby
  • French Quarter Festival

    French Quarter Festival

    Showcasing New Orleans Culture and Heritage for over 30 years!
    Central Business District restaurants nearby
  • Galatoire's Restaurant

    Galatoire's Restaurant

    209 Bourbon St
    Tu-Sa 11:30AM-10PM, Su noon-10PM. Classic Creole on Bourbon Street. Despite being in the tourist strip of Bourbon Street, locals do eat here. For the true experience, wait in line for the downstairs dining room (reservations can be made for the upstairs room, but locals don't eat there), and refuse the menu when you're seated. Let your waiter know your tastes and let him feed you.
    Central Business District
  • Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts

    Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts

    801 N Rampart St
    This is one of the largest performance venues in the city, and is frequently used by the Louisiana Symphony Orchestra and for large scale dance performances and musicals. The official address is listed as 801 N Rampart St, but it is actually located away from Rampart towards the back of the park.
    French Quarter eat nearby
  • San Fermin en Nueva Orleans

    San Fermin en Nueva Orleans

    but with roller-derby girls with plastic baseball bats serving as the "bulls" chasing the runners
    It caught on, and now attracts thousands of participants and even more spectators each July in the French Quarter and CBD.
    Central Business District restaurants nearby
  • Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse

    Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse

    Royal Sonesta Hotel300 Bourbon St
    Truly the most authentic New Orleans experience! Within our doors you'll find hot coffee and cool Jazz plus the historic Desire Oyster Bar, our gracious tropical courtyard & contemporary Louisiana cuisine at Restaurant R'evolution!
    Central Business District food nearby
  • Arnaud's

    Arnaud's

    813 Bienville St
    M-Th 6PM-10PM, F-Sa 6PM-10:30PM, Su 10AM-2:30PM and 6PM-10PM. Another of the great old French Quarter classics.
    Central Business District
  • Arnaud's French 75

    Arnaud's French 75

    813 Rue Bienville
    11:30AM-midnight daily. A casual spin-off of Arnaud's where you can try their famous Caesar salad dressing and the eponymous remoulade without wearing a jacket and tie. Same shrimp remoulade and gumbo as the main restaurant for a lower price.
    Central Business District
  • Court of Two Sisters

    Court of Two Sisters

    613 Royal St
    9AM-3PM and 5:30PM-10PM daily. A place for daily brunch (with a live jazz combo) and post-night out hangover cures; beautiful courtyard.
    Central Business District
  • Bayona

    Bayona

    430 Dauphine St
    M-Tu 6PM-11PM, W-Sa 11:30AM-2PM and 6PM-11PM. Incredible French/Euro/NOLA food by esteemed chef, Susan Spicer. Fabulous wine selections. Many locals' favorite. Must RSVP.
    Central Business District
  • Clover Grill

    Clover Grill

    900 Bourbon St
    Good eggs, burgers, and such. Heavily (though not exclusively) gay clientele. They cook your burger under a hubcap!
    Central Business District
  • Musee Conti Wax Museum

    Musee Conti Wax Museum

    917 Conti St
    25 seniors, $6 children. Experience more than 300 years of history, legend and scandal with the 154 life-size figures displayed in historically accurate settings.
    Central Business District food nearby
  • The Presbytere

    The Presbytere

    751 Chartres St
    $6 adults, $5 students/seniors/military, free for children 12 and under. Colonial church offices, now another museum, including a New Orleans Mardi Gras display.
    Central Business District eat nearby
  • Beauregard-Keyes House and Garden

    Beauregard-Keyes House and Garden

    1113 Chartres St
    $10 adults, $9 students/seniors, $4 children 6-12, free for children under 6.
    French Quarter restaurants nearby
  • Gallier House

    Gallier House

    1132 Royal St
    M,F 10AM-2PM, Sa noon-3PM. $10 adults, $8 students/seniors/children 8-18/AAA members, free for children under 8. Joint admission with the Hermann-Grima House $18 adults, $15 students/seniors/children 8-18/AAA members. Home of famous local 19th century architect.
    French Quarter food nearby
  • Madame John's Legacy

    Madame John's Legacy

    632 Dumaine St
    18th century Creole home.
    Central Business District eat nearby
  • Audubon Insectarium

    Audubon Insectarium

    423 Canal St
    attraction opened in June 2008 in the historic old Custom House Building on Canal Street.
    Central Business District restaurants nearby
  • The Green Goddess

    The Green Goddess

    307 Exchange Pl
    Small restaurant tucked away on a side street serving creative dishes. Opened in 2009 and quickly became a favorite with local foodies. A few years later it's certainly been "discovered"; try to go there sometime other than the busiest days and not during the busiest dinner hours to avoid long waits for a table.
    Central Business District
  • Francis Sylvester Backstreet Cultural Museum

    Francis Sylvester Backstreet Cultural Museum

    1116 Henriette Delille St
    Costumes of "Mardi Gras Indians" and other artifacts of Tremé culture. An easy walk a block and a half from the French Quarter; well worth the $8 admission fee not only for the displays but also for fascinating narration about local culture by the neighborhood curators.
    French Quarter eat nearby
  • El Gato Negro

    El Gato Negro

    81 French Market Pl
    [2] Mid-range Mexican restaurant, popular in the French Quarter, now has a branch in Lakeview. Lunch & Dinner, Tues-Sun. Tel. 488-0107
    French Quarter
  • Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Cafe

    Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Cafe

    1104 Decatur St
    Don't waste away, Jimmy Buffett fans! Some of the finest musicians in New Orleans that don't play stereotypical New Orleans music (Dixieland jazz or R&B covers) play there and they don't play Jimmy Buffett covers.
    Central Business District
  • French Market

    French Market

    1008 N Peters St
    While souvenirs for visitors have taken over a good bit of the space at this 250+ year old market, there are still vendors selling fresh produce as in days of old. On weekends a much larger number of vendors set up here, with handicrafts and flea market type goods.
    French Quarter
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