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Top 15 Things to Do in the French Quarter, New Orleans

Ishaan Govardhan Jul 12, 2019
The French Quarter - the liveliest and most cultured neighborhood of New Orleans also happens to be the oldest one. But there’s so much more than a fascinating history lesson waiting for you in this National Historic Landmark.

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Enter the French Quarter district with style: on a quintessential New Orleans streetcar or trolley.
Start your day with a delectable beignet or two at Cafe du Monde. Alfresco brunches are a staple of the French Quarter experience.
Once you're in the French Quarter, you can hop on an old-timey horse carriage tour of the area.

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Stop by the majestic St. Louis Cathedral. Its unique blend of Spanish Colonial and French Gothic architecture makes for a great photo op.
In the heart of the French Quarter, visit the site where the historic Louisiana Purchase was signed in 1803 - The Cabildo (now a museum).
At an edge of the French Quarter lies St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 - 1 of the 3 Roman Catholic cemeteries of New Orleans. Pay your respects to luminaries like Voodoo queen Marie Laveau.

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Some parts of this illustrious district - like the stunning Royal Street - are best toured on foot. It's lined by art galleries, antique shops and hotels.
These buildings are known for their signature late 18th-century Spain-inspired look. Keep an eye out for intricate ironwork and lush greenery on the galleries that look out over every street.
While strolling this district, you may come across some of the many talented street performers. The music in the air always keeps the city's noises at bay.
The unique palate of this district draws inspiration from French-Creole, Spanish and American cuisines. So you should explore popular local dishes like Gumbo, and the Po-boy and Muffuletta sandwiches.

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Rock out at the French Quarter Festival, which is the largest free music festival in USA.
Shop your heart out at one of the oldest markets in USA - the French Market of the French Quarter.
For a homely experience, take up residence at the quaint Bed and Breakfast joints of the French Quarter, some of which used to be bordellos and townhouses.

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At night, you'll find yourself drawn to the beating heart of New Orleans, French Quarter's Bourbon Street: bars, jazz clubs, and hip restaurants around every corner.
If you time your visit right, you'll be able to spend Mardi Gras flinging beads at the French Quarter - which is an essential part of the authentic New Orleans experience.