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FREE New Orleans Walking Tour Map French Quarter - self guided

French Quarter Walking Tour:

Location :  French Quarter New Orleans Cost :  Free, Self-Guided ( Optional costs listed below ) Style :  Do-It-Yourself Walking Tour ( Self Guided ) Starting Point :  Washington Artillery Park & Terrace End Of Tour :  The Carousel Bar Walking Distance :  2.5 miles of walking ( -0.5 if you skip stops 9-13 ) Time Required : 2 Hours of walking ( +a few hours for food and drink ) Fun Scale :  9.5 out of 10

Overview of the French Quarter:

Our free, self-guided French Quarter walking tour will put you in the center of the cultural heartbeat of New Orleans for an unforgettable experience.  Originally called the  Vieux Carré  ( pronounced Vue Ca-Ray ), or Old Square in French, the French Quarter has vibrant roots dating long before New Orleans was officially founded in 1718.  From local Native Americans as early as 400AD to European settlers and slaves centuries later, the French Quarter grew as a blend of many cultures.  By its heyday in the mid-1800s, the French Quarter was a  thriving melting pot  of French, Spanish, African, Native-American, and Creole heritage.

Today the unique mix of culture shines through the French Quarter with bursts of colorful festivals, hints of voodoo, live jazz music, an unbeatable bar district and some of the best food in the country.  New Orleans is often considered the  most unique city in the world  and its all on display in the French Quarter.  We hope you enjoy our do-it-yourself French Quarter walking tour!

French Quarter Walking Tour Sights:

1. washington artillery park & terrace ( 768 decatur street ):.

FREE New Orleans French Quarter Walking Tour Map self guided - Washington Artillery Park cannon

About Washington Artillery Park :  While often overlooked by tourists, we love to start our French Quarter walking tour on the perch of Washington Artillery Park & Terrace.  The park is actually  on top of a levee  that was enhanced in the 1800s to protect New Orleans from the flood waters of the Mississippi River.  With its elevated position over Jackson Square to one side and the mighty Mississippi River on the other, the  stunning views  from the terrace really help you get a lay of the land.  It is no wonder that this position was used by the French, Spanish, Confederates, and Americans to defend New Orleans over the centuries.  A memorial in the middle of the terrace pays homage to its history as a military battery with a  Civil War-era cannon  always on guard.  The cannon is a model 1861 Parrot Rifle used in the Civil War and is dedicated to the local 141st Field Artillery of the Louisiana National Guard.

Looking toward the Mississippi River from the terrace, you’ll see a delightful waterfront walking path known locally as the Moonwalk.  If you hunt you for it, will also find a marker for the New Orleans Steamer which landed here in 1812 as the 1st steamboat to navigate both the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to the Gulf of Mexico.

Before leaving the terrace, make sure to take in the perspective of the Saint Louis Cathedral and the  horse-drawn carriages  that line the front of the Jackson Square below you.  A ton of carriage companies are available on standby to take you anywhere you want in the French Quarter and Garden District, but our favorite is  Royal Carriages  ( website ).  As you descend toward the carriages, make note of the stepped amphitheater where you can often watch some great street performers in action.

2. Jackson Square ( 700 Decatur Street ):

FREE New Orleans French Quarter Walking Tour Map self guided - Jackson Square Horse Statue Place d’ Armes

About Jackson Square :  For as much fanfare Bourbon Street gets, the real heart of New Orleans has always been Jackson Square.  Soon after the French founded the city in 1718, they began carefully planning New Orleans around this large central square which was originally called  Place d’ Armes  ( meaning Weapons’ Square ).  The square, which opened in 1921, was modeled after the famous Place de Voeges in Paris and the location was selected because of its close proximity to a longstanding Native American trading post.

Today’s French Quarter neighborhood, first known as  Vieux Carré  ( meaning the Old Square ), was quickly built out around the Place d’ Armes in a clean grid system.  From the start, the main square quickly turned into an important gathering point in early New Orleans life.  France’s influence on the city was further highlighted by the construction of the Catholic Saint Louis Church on the North side of the square along with the adoption of the French language.

After a series of crippling wars in Canada and Europe, the French had to transfer all of the Louisiana Territory  under Spanish control  in 1762, which was cemented by the Treaty of Paris.  The name of the central square stayed intact ( Plaza de Armas ) and local French influence on culture remained strong as Spain chose to rule Louisiana at an arm’s length away from Cuba.  France eventually got Louisiana back from Spain, but in less than a year, Napoleon sold the entire territory to the United States in 1803 through the  Louisiana Purchase .

Even though America “owned” the entire Louisiana Territory and started forming new states out of it, they didn’t fully control it until they withstood British attacks in New Orleans as part of the  War of 1812 .  This war came to a climatic end when the United States won the  Battle of New Orleans  in 1815 under the leadership victorious  General Andrew Jackson .

During the War of 1812, Andrew Jackson had consulted with local pirates in New Orleans for the planning of the battle and then paraded over 6,000 troops in celebration around Place d’ Armes after they won.  It was this victory that made Jackson a national war hero and propelled his political career all the way to the United States Presidency ( U.S. President from 1829-37 ).  In 1856 a large statue of Andrew Jackson triumphantly riding on a horse was unveiled in the center of the square which  was renamed Jackson Square  in his honor.  In early day New Orleans, public executions commonly took place in the area of the square where the beautiful statue now sits.

Hours : Gates are open Daily 8am-7pm ( until 6pm in the Winter ).   Cost : Free.

3. Saint Louis Cathedral ( 615 Pere Antoine Alley ):

FREE New Orleans French Quarter Walking Tour Map self guided - Saint Louis Cathedral

About Saint Louis Cathedral :  Built in 1727 on the site of a hurricane-damaged parish, the Saint Louis Church was dedicated to the sainted King of France, Louis IX from the 1200s.  The church helped to better establish Catholicism in the  Louisiana Territory to contrast the largely Protestant United States.  Tragedy struck when a massive blaze known as the  Great Fire of 1788  badly burned the church and 855 other buildings in the French Quarter.  Luckily the church was quickly rebuilt thanks to funding nobleman Andrés Almonaster who also funded stops 4 & 5 of this walking tour.  The new Spanish-style church was  declared a Cathedral  soon after it opened on Christmas Eve, 1794.  The timing was perfect as the public badly needed the Church for moral support as earlier in the month the Great Fire of 1794 struck the heart of New Orleans and burned 212 buildings.  This led the Spanish to get away from wood and start building with brick and rod iron which can still be seen all over this free French Quarter walking tour.

As support beams were removed during a facade update in 1849 the roof collapsed, the walls developed cracks, and much of the Cathedral had to be demolished.  The following year a redesign began with heavy French architectural influences and the only main element they were able to salvage from the Spanish church was the central tower’s bell.  The final result of the relentless rebuilding is today’s breath-taking Saint Louis Cathedral, now designated as a basilica, which has become the  most iconic landmark  in all of New Orleans.  Make sure to check out the interior with its checkerboard tile floor and stained glass window depicting the life of King Louis IX including the 7th Crusade.  The flags hanging from the interior balconies on the right show the countries New Orleans has been under since 1718, while the left side has various Papel crests.

During  Hurricane Katrina  in 2004, two large oak trees in  St. Anthony’s Garden  on the backside of the Cathedral was ripped up along with portions of the Cathedral’s roof.  The hole in the roof allowed water to damage the pipe organ which required a lot of restoration.  You can still see some of the damage while in the garden behind the church where a marble statue of Jesus lost a finger and a thumb.  Even with the missing fingers, the statue has awesome lighting that at night casts a larger than life shadow onto the backside of the Cathedral.  The easiest way to reach the Garden is by walking down  Pirates’ Alley  which we will visit later on this tour.  The most celebrated moment in the history of the St. Louis Cathedral was the visit of  Pope John Paul II  in September 1987, although Pope Paul VI also stopped by in 1964.

Cathedral Website :  ( HERE ).

4. The Cabildo ( 701 Chartres Street ):

FREE New Orleans French Quarter Walking Tour Map self guided - The Cabildo Museum

About The Cabildo :  The grand Cabildo was built in 1795 as the new New Orleans City Hall after the old building burned in the Great Fire of 1788.  The name come from the  Illustrious Cabildo ( City Council )  who would meet here during the years Span controlled Lousiana.  It was kind of a weird time for the local government as they spoke Spanish while the residents continued to speak French.  Famously, The Cabildo as the location of the  signing of the Louisiana Purchase  when the French sold the Louisiana Territory to the United States in 1803 less than one month after getting it back from Spain.

The building also served as the home of the Louisiana Supreme Court where the nationally significant decisions in both the  Slaughterhouse  and  Plessy vs. Ferguson  cases were handed down in the late 1800s.  We love the details from this period of history on the facade including the huge relief of an American eagle with cannonballs which replaced an image of the Spanish coat of arms in 1821.

Since 1911, The Cabildo has been the flagship building for the Louisiana State Museum.  Exactly two hundred years after it first burned down, The Cabildo was once again severely damaged by fire in 1988. Thankfully the building was beautifully restored using 600-year-old French timber framing methods and in 1994 reopened to the public with exhibits focusing on Louisiana’s early history.  There are excellent topics to explore ranging from local Native American history, to colonial events, the and the Civil War.  Our favorite item on display is  Napoleon’ Death Mask  from 1927 which was given to the city by France because Napoleon died on his way to New Orleans while seeking shelter during his exile.

Cabildo Museum Hours :  Tuesday-Sunday 10am-4:30pm.   Admission Cost :  Adults $6, Children Free ( Purchase tickets for 2 or more city museums and get 20% off ).   Museum Website :  ( HERE ).

5. The Presbytère ( 751 Chartres Street ):

FREE New Orleans French Quarter Walking Tour Map self guided - The Presbytere museum

About The Presbytère :  Flanking the Eastside of the Saint Louis Cathedral as a mirror bookend to The Cabildo is the timeless Presbytére.  This stunning building was completed in 1791 on the former site of the residence ( presbytére ) of the local Capuchin monks which had been damaged in the Fire of 1788 like much of the French Quarter.  The new Presbytére building served as a home for local clergy and was known as the  Casa Curial ( Ecclesiastical House ) .  Construction delays really hampered the completion of the Presbytére as the 2nd floor wasn’t finished until 1813 and the 3rd floor in 1847, more than 50 years after the project started.  The church finally sold the Casa Curial in 1853 and it became part of the Louisiana State Museum in 1911.

Our favorite exhibit at the Presbytére Museum is one highlighting the history of  Mardi Gras  with many stories, masks, party favors, souvenirs, invitations, and more all displayed in huge open storage cabinets.  The most dazzling exhibit is probably the  Crown Jewels Vault  with an astonishing array of tiaras, scepters, necklaces and other baubles worn by generations of royalty.  Artifacts in the main exhibit focus on the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, provide an unforgettable experience of loss and devastation.

Presbytere Museum Hours :  Tuesday-Sunday 10am-4:30pm; Closed Mondays.   Admission  Cost :  Adults $6, Children Free ( Purchase tickets for 2 or more city museums and get 20% off ).   Museum Website :  ( HERE ).

6. The Pontalbas & 1850 House ( 523 Saint Ann Street ):

FREE New Orleans French Quarter Walking Tour Map self guided - The Pontalbas 1850 House

About The Pontalbas :  Running along each side of Jackson Square are massive one block long, 4 story tall red brick complexes built in the 1840s by  Baroness Micaela Pontalba .  The Baroness spent in upwards of $300,000 on the buildings which were constructed in honor of her father Andrés Almonaster.  Her father was a Spanish colonial landowner who helped finance the current versions of The Cabildo, Saint Louis Cathedral, and The Presbytère we just visited on this free French Quarter walking tour.

Known today as The Pontalbas, the buildings were originally used as townhomes, but were later divided into upper-level apartments with lower level shops after the Great Depression.  To help give you a glimpse into what upper-class life was like in  antebellum era New Orleans ( 1840-50s ), the city set up a living museum called 1850 House.  Furnished with everyday items, decorative art, and clothing from the period, the 1850 House does a great job of depicting upper-middle-class family life during the most prosperous period in New Orleans’ history.  If you are trying to prioritize your time, keep in mind that later on this walking tour there are three other excellent period homes you can also tour including the Hermann-Grima House, Merieult House, and Gallier House.

1850 House Hours :  Tuesday-Sunday 10am-4:30pm.   Admission Cost :  Adults $3, Children Free ( Purchase tickets for 2 or more city museums and get 20% off ).   1850 House Website : ( HERE ).

7. Cafe Du Monde ( 800 Decatur Street ):

FREE New Orleans French Quarter Walking Tour Map self guided - Cafe Du Monde Beignets doughnuts

About Cafe Du Monde :  Any time you go to New Orleans one of the first questions your friends will ask is, “Did you get a beignet at Cafe De Monde?”   Beignets  are square French-style doughnuts, lavishly covered with powdered sugar and they are delicious.

Cafe Du Monde, established in 1862, is also known for its strong coffee served both Black and  Au Lait .  Au Lait coffee means that it is mixed half and half with hot milk.  We highly suggest trying their  Chicory Root Coffee  which is a unique blend of coffee grounds mixed with the bitter chicory root of the endive plant.  The coffee was made very popular after the Civil War because coffee was scarce and the root added flavor to the brewing process.  Normally served Au Lait, the root added an almost chocolate flavor to your coffee.

Keep in mind that Cafe du Monde is so popular that the walk up line to buy beignets can often be a full city block long in the mid to late afternoon, especially on the weekends.  If you want a manageable line or a sit down spot inside the cafe you will want to visit early.

Cafe Hours :  Daily, 24 Hours.   Cafe Website :  ( HERE ).

8. Decatur Street ( 900-1100 Decatur Street ):

About Decatur Street :  As you leave Cafe Du Monde and stroll down Decatur Street you’ll find the best deals in town on your tourist souvenirs.  Although there are fancier shops and art galleries on Royal Street later on this free French Quarter walking tour, Decatur Street has a dense collection of great tourist shopping even though some of it is tacky.  The road was originally called Levee Street, but after the Mississippi River altered course in 1870 the levee located here was no longer needed and the street was renamed in honor of the naval hero Stephen Decatur.

At the start of the tourist shops, you’ll run into the  Central Market Deli  ( 923 Decatur, website ) which is famous for inventing the  Muffaletta , a delicious Italian deli sandwich that makes a get a snack or lunch to go.  We have the Muffaletta sandwich as one of our Top Ten Must Eats In New Orleans .  Another favorite place of ours to grab food in the area is  BB King’s Blues Club  ( 1104 Decatur, website ) which also has excellent live music.  The nearby  Crane & Table Restaurant ( 1113 Decatur, website ) is very well known for their great brunch and bottomless drinks.

Make sure to check out the golden Joan of Arc statue  in the middle of the small Latrobe Park while walking along Decatur Street.  Gold is the official color when she is honored with a parade here every January 6th as an unofficial patron saint of the city.  Joan’s time in France in the 1400s mirrors New Orleans own battles against the British as she had famously liberated the citizens of Orleans, France from British siege.

After Dark:  The stretch of Decatur Street between Dumaine Street to Esplanade Avenue can feel a bit seedy after dark, but is perfectly fine during the day and early evening.

9. French Market ( 1008 N. Peters Street ):

FREE New Orleans French Quarter Walking Tour Map self guided - French Market

About The French Market :  What began as a Native American trading post and portage point on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River, was turned into a full market by French settlers in 1791 making the French Market  America’s oldest public market .  Over its long history, the French, Italians, Spanish, Portuguese, Moors, Irish, English, and Dutch have jockeyed for market share in the French Market making it a cultural melting pot.  The melting pot nature of the covered French Market lets you can find pretty much anything here as the Market serves as a Bazaar, Butcher’s Market, Seafood Market, Flea Market, Vegetable Market, and Farmers’ Market with a peppering of restaurants and shops.

Market Hours :  Flea Market Daily 7am-7pm, Farmer’s Market Daily 9am-7pm.   After Dark :  The stretch between stops 9-13 can get a little shady after dark with you aren’t with an official tour group and you may feel safer sticking to just the stops around Jackson Square, Royal Street, and Bourbon Street if it’s getting late.  Since the French Market is closed at 7pm it shouldn’t really be an issue anyway.   Market Website :  ( HERE ).

10. Old United States Mint & Jazz Museum ( 400 Esplanade Avenue ):

FREE New Orleans French Quarter Walking Tour Map self guided - Old U.S. Mint Jazz Museum

About The Mint Museum :  The Old United States Mint is the only building in America to have served as a mint for both the  United States and the Confederate States .  The Mint was built in 1835 under President Andrew Jackson, who had advocated for its establishment in order to help finance development of the nation’s Western frontier.  Jackson was always a huge supporter of coins and gold over paper money.

Now serving as a Museum, the 1st floor of the Mint houses an amazing collection of both Confederate and Union money while the 2nd floor is home to the New Orleans Jaxx Museum complete with a ton of instruments.  We have always felt that the Mint was built backward as the cool columned facade side of the building faces away from the French Quarter.  One block away is the lively Frenchmen Street which has amazing jazz clubs with live music in the evenings.

Hours :  Tuesday-Sunday 10am-4:30pm.   Cost :  Adults $6, Children Free ( Purchase tickets for 2 or more city museums and get 20% off ).   Jazz Museum Website :  ( HERE ).

11. Old Ursuline Convent ( 1100 Chartres Street ):

FREE New Orleans French Quarter Walking Tour Map self guided - Catholic Old Ursuline Convent Museum Vampire Caskets Haunted

About The Old Ursuline Convent :  With a storied past, the Ursuline Nuns were the  first religious order  to arrive in Louisiana when they landed in 1727.   The nuns’ first convent building was half-timbered which didn’t fare well in the humid climate of New Orleans and was a bit of a fire hazard.  The deteriorating structure was replaced by today’s impressive brick and stucco Colonial-style convent in 1751.  With tales of  vampires and casket girls , this eerie three-story convent is known for its intense stories of hauntings.

With a largely male population in the mid-1700s the King of France started to send poor and orphaned ladies from French convents to New Orleans.  Each girl was sent over with a casket shaped chest said to hold their belongings which were to be held in storage on the 3rd floor of the Ursuline Convent until the girls found an acceptable suitor.  Often looking sickly after 5 months at sea, and donning caskets, rumors that the girls were vampires or brought vampires with them started quickly.  Some of the girls did find husbands, but many fell in prostitution or were never heard from again.  With the local death rate starting to rise, the girls’ casket chests were found to be empty and the shutters of the 3rd story  windows were sealed up  out of fear.  It’s said that the Pope himself blessed the nails to keep in the evil and they remain closed to this day.

The sitting just across the street from the convent, the  Beauregard-Keyes Mansion  was built in 1826 a year after the Ursuline Nuns moved to a new convent starting to sell off their extra property.  During the Civil War the Greek revival mansion was home to Pierre Gustave Toutant-Beauregard, who was the first prominent general of the Confederate States Army.  Was later home to author Frances Parkinson Keyes.

Convent Hours & Tours :  Free self-guided tours available Monday through Friday, 10am-4pm; Saturday 9am-3pm; last admission 45 minutes before close; Closed Sundays.   Convent Website :  ( HERE ).  Keyes Mansion Hours & Tours :  For $10 the home and garden (added in 1833) there are tours each hour from 10am-3pm on Monday-Saturday.  Keyes Mansion Website :  ( HERE ).

12. Madame LaLaurie’s Mansion ( 1140 Royal Street ):

FREE New Orleans French Quarter Walking Tour Map self guided - Madame LaLaurie Mansion 1140 Royal Street

About Madame LaLaurie’s Mansion :  This creepy 3 story mansion was built in 1831 by the infamous Delphine LaLaurie and is considered to be the  most haunted house in New Orleans .  The twice-widowed Delphine, known as Madame LaLaurie, was fresh on a new marriage to a local doctor when something evil started brewing.  The LaLaurie’s neighbors were the first ones to suspect that something was wrong and that Delphine was potentially a  sinister woman .  They noticed that the LaLaurie family’s house slaves seemed to disappear often and that parlor maids would be replaced at will.  Some servants who disappeared were said to have committed “suicide” and one of their prominent stable boys suddenly vanished, never to be seen again.

he suspicions started coming to light one Summer’s day when a neighbor heard a scream and saw Delphine chasing a young servant girl with a whip.  The girl fled to the roof for safety, but when Delphine continued to come after her, the  girl jumped to her death .  The same neighbor later claimed to see the small slave girl being buried in a shallow grave beneath a tree in the yard.  It is said that even today the girl’s screams can still be heard from time to time.

The  most gruesome discovery  happened on April 10th, 1834 when a fire broke out in the home and neighbors burst in to help.  What they found on the top floor were a dozen starving slaves chained to tables, the walls, and even in cages.  Some of the slaves had their guts hanging out, others their lips stitched shut, and many others missing limbs.  As the neighbors ran after Delphine, calling for her head, she quickly jumped in her carriage to never be seen again.  The creepy history is part of the draw that got actor  Nicolas Cage  to own the home from 2007-09.  The story of Madame LaLaurie goes further attention when she becomes the main character of an entire season of the hit TV show  American Horror Story .

13. Gallier House ( 1132 Royal Street ):

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About The Gallier House :  In the mid-1800s, James Gallier was one of New Orleans’ most prominent architects.  His design work found an enthusiastic audience of civic leaders, businessmen, and affluent families.  You will enjoy a stroll through Gallier’s elegant Victorian home, restored to reflect the lifestyle of a successful urban designer in pre-Civil War New Orleans.  Local author Anne Rice was inspired by the Gallier House and used it as the home of Lestat and Louis in her famous novel  Interview with the Vampire .  It’s said that Rice was inspired by the stories of  Count Saint Germain , son of the Prince of Transylvania, and one of New Orleans’ most famous vampires.  The Count was said to be an immortal man possible 500 years old who lived nearby at the intersection of Ursulines and Royal.  In 1902, a girl tried to escape him by jumping off the balcony but he got away.  When authorities arrived they found no dishes in the home but did find 17 bottles of human blood said to have over 100 strands of DNA.

In addition to its vampire fame, the exterior of the Gallier was also used as the facade of the Madame LaLaurie Mansion in the hit TV show  American Horror Story .  The same owners of the Gallier House also own the Hermann-Girma House which we will visit later in this free French Quarter walking tour.  Their other home was also featured in American Horror Story as the interior of the Madame LaLaurie Mansion.  We love touring both of these fabulous homes in the same day.

Hours & Tours :  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday hourly tours run from 10am-3pm; Wednesday tours by appointment only; Saturday hourly tours 12pm-4pm; Closed Sundays.    Admission Cost :  Adults $12, Children $10 ( you can add admission to the other home they manage at Stop 27 for $8 ).   Museum Website :  ( HERE ).

14. Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar ( 941 Bourbon Street ):

FREE New Orleans French Quarter Walking Tour Map self guided - pirate Lafittes Blacksmith Shop Bar oldest bar in america 941 Bourbon Street

About Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar :  With fireplace heating and no electric lights, a visit to Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar will make you feel like you are stepping back in time.  Built between 1722 and 1732 as a cottage-like home for Nicolas Touze, the historic tavern is considered the  Oldest Bar  in the American South.  From 1772-1791 the Blacksmith Shop served as a hideaway for  Jean Lafitte  ( pronounced Zhah La-feet ) and his band of pirates who posed as blacksmiths while they smuggled goods in from the Caribbean.  The smuggling operation was widely held under wraps by locals as New Orleans was under Spanish rule at the time and a trade embargo made it hard to get some goods in.

Jean Lafitte later became a national hero when he used his pirate expertise to help General Andrew Jackson defeat the British in the  Battle of New Orleans in 1815 .  With American troops outmatched and undersupplied, Lafitte secretly smuggled supplies to the Americans giving them the edge to win the Battle.  After his good deed was done Lafitte then sailed off to new adventures and the Blacksmith shop became a full-time tavern.  The tavern is our favorite stop on this free New Orleans walking tour.

You may notice that the  architectural style  of the Blacksmith Shop looks quite a bit different than most of the other houses in the neighborhood.  This is because a slate roof and brick helped to protect the Blacksmith Shop from the great fires in 1788 and 1794 which destroyed hundreds of the neighboring wooden homes.  With Spanish rule at the time of the fires, many of the rebuilt homes nearby had more of a Spanish influence compared to the old French cottage.  To this day the Blacksmith Shop still rolls old school with no electric lighting, allowing its fireplace, romantic candlelight, and live music make it a truly magical place to have a drink after dark.  While they have a wide selection of drinks, our favorite it the purple frozen  Voodoo Blend  that comes right out of an old school slushy machine.

Keep an eye out for other buildings in this style as you make your way further down Bourbon Street our free French Quarter Walking Tour.  While many of the other bars on Bourbon Street were also historic homes, most weren’t converted into bars until the late-1800s and have been heavily modernized inside.  The name Bourbon Street predates these bars as it was named after the  royal Bourbon Family  of France and not the alcohol.  It is also said that the bathroom of the Blacksmith Shop is haunted.

Blacksmith Bar Hours :  Open daily until late.   Blacksmith Bar Website :  ( HERE ).

15. New Orleans Voodoo Museum ( 724 Dumaine Street ):

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About The New Orleans Voodoo Museum :  Really, no one grows up in New Orleans without being exposed to the culture of Voodoo.  In the case of Charles Massicot Gandolfo, the Voodoo Museum’s founder, it was a little stronger with tales that his great-grandfather had been raised in New Orleans by a real  Voodoo Queen .  An artist, with a passion for all the history and romance of New Orleans, Charles opened this museum in 1972 to share his fascination with the world.  Taking all the mysteries, the secrets, the history and folklore of rituals, zombies, and gris-gris of the Voodoo Queens, Charles put it all in one place in the heart of the New Orleans French Quarter.  This is a worthwhile stop if you want a better introduction to Voodoo than the souvenir shops give.  Cameras, photographs, and questions are always welcome and encouraged.

Hours :  Daily 10am-6pm.   Cost :  $7 for Adults; Children $3.50; Admission is FREE if you do their $19 Voodoo walking tour.   Museum Website :  ( HERE ).

16. Cornstalk Hotel ( 915 Royal Street ):

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About The Cornstalk Hotel :  This elegant yellow hotel is one of our favorite homes in the French Quarter.  Judge Francois Xavier Martin, author and  first Attorney General of State of Louisiana , built the Cornstalk in 1816 and lived here until 1826.  Doctor Joseph Secondo Biamenti purchased the mansion in 1834, turned it into a hotel, and added its famous cast iron  Cornstalk Fence  in 1856.  The fence is truly a landmark that in itself has helped make the old French Quarter famous.  Your gaze will be drawn to the fence’s beautifully ornate and delicate iron handicraft.  Ripe ears of corn on their stalks are seemingly ready for the harvest, each kernel a work of art.  Pumpkins form the base of the iron columns around which are entwined by pumpkin vines and the leaves and morning glories.  Look for the yellow butterfly on the front gate.

Famous guests at the hotel include Bill & Hillary Clinton, and even the “King” himself…Elvis Presley.  Among many famous hotel guests,  Harriet Beecher Stowe  allegedly stopped here and was inspired to write  Uncle Tom’s Cabin  from the sights at nearby slave markets.  The novel was later a major influence on the starting the Civil War.  Speaking of famous guest, the neighboring Nine-O-Five Royal Inn ( 905 Royal St ) claims to have been a place where  Rip Van Winkle  slept.  It’s hard to believe this claim though since the fictional story of Rip was actually written in and based in England.  Also, make note of the  Romeo spikes  on the gallery posts across the street ( 910 Royal ) which are decorative, but also to stop intruders.  Famously in 1904, a man who was sleeping with the red-headed lady that lived her tried to slide down the pole to escape her fencing champion father and was split wide open.

Hotel Website :  ( HERE ).

17. Madame John’s Legacy ( 632 Dumaine Street ):

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About Madame John’s Legacy :  After the Great Fire of 1788, this timeless home was built on the ashes of the previous home that dated back to 1725.  Shortly after the new construction was finished, it ended up being one of the only houses in the area that  escaped the Great Fire of 1794 .  The name Madame John’s Legacy came much later from a story called Tite Poulete, written in 1879 by author Geo Cable Madame about the previous home that once stood here.  John’s Legacy is an excellent example of Louisiana  Creole design  from the end of the 18th century which mainly only survives today deep in the bayou.  Before the second great fire in New Orleans, it was commonplace to see many homes in this style all over the French Quarter.

Museum Website :  ( HERE ).   Hours :  Currently closed for 2019 for renovations but you can see it from the outside.

18. Royal Street Art Galleries ( 731-841 Royal Street ):

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About The Royal Street Art Galleries :  In contrast to the sometimes grimy Bourbon Street bar scene, Royal Street offers a much higher quality shopping and tons of funky artist galleries.  While the art is fairly expensive, the classy galleries are a pure joy to wander through.  With a wide selection of sculptures and paintings, our favorite pieces are mixed media works depicting street scenes and jazz life in New Orleans.  Every day parts of Royal street are closed off to cars, creating a lively pedestrian-only zone.

19. Marie Laveau’s House Of Voodoo ( 739 Bourbon Street ):

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About Marie Laveau’s House Of Voodoo :  Marie Laveau’s House Of Voodoo is a really cool Voodoo themed tourist shop.  The House of Voodoo offers a wide variety of items to help in both learning about and practicing both the spiritual and religious ceremonies of Voodoo.  Tribal masks and statues from around the world symbolize man’s connection with the spirit and earth.  Talismans and charms directed towards all different things you many want from the spirits from health, to wealth, and much more.  They also have Mojo Bags, Voodoo Dolls, Spell Kits, and a fortune teller and palm reader on-site.  They typically do not allow photos inside.

Hours :  Sunday-Thursday 10am-11:30pm; Friday-Saturday 10am-1:30pm.   Cost :  Free to enter.   Museum Website : ( HERE ).

20. Tropical Isle Bar ( 721 Bourbon Street ):

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About Tropical Isle :  Although the Original Tropical Isle is down the street ( 600 Bourbon Street ), this Tropical Isle location is one of the most fun bars on this free French Quarter walking tour.  They have live music, a really funky interior, great balcony, and are known for their over-the-top signature drinks the  Shark Attack and Hand Grenade .  The fun Shark Attack is truly that as each one comes with a rubber shark the attacks your drink as warning lights flash the bar leaving a pool of blood ( grenadine ).

Make sure to see how high you can blow on the  bar’s breathalyzer machine contest .  If competition is truly your thing, the urinals in the bath also have the  wizinator game  where you can race your neighbor.  Right next to the Tropic Isle is the  Funky Pirate Bar , which has the same owners and has a great assortment of late night live Blues music.

Bar Hours :  Daily Noon-2am ( 3:30am on Friday & Saturdays ).  Live Music Schedule :   Tropical Isle typically has live music Monday-Thursday 5pm-1:30am and Friday-Sunday 1pm-close; next door at the Funky Pirate their Jazz & Blues music runs Monday-Wednesday 8pm-close and Thursday-Sunday 4pm-Close with Saturdays sometimes starting at 1pm; the original Tropic Isle at 600 Bourbon has music daily 1pm-Close.   Bar Website :  ( HERE ).

21. Le Pretre Mansion ( 716 Dauphine Street ):

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About Le Pretre Mansion :  The creepy Le Pretre Mansion is rumored to be haunted after the  gruesome events  that took place in the 1800s.  Built in 1836, the mansion was later bought by plantation owner Jean Baptist Le Pretre as an urban getaway during the Winter months.  In 1879 Le Pretre decided to rent his mansion out to the brother of the  Sultan of Turkey .  Along with the Sultan’s brother came eunuch guards and 17 harem girls.  The home quickly became the frequent scene of large parties and orgies.

After 3 years of frequent parties the house went silent one night in 1882 and an old lady passing by saw a  river of blood  pouring down into the street.  When the authorities burst in they found 37 mutilated bodies, but it took 3 days to find the body of the Sultan’s brother who was buried alive in the courtyard.  There had been no screams and the murders are still somewhat of an unsolved mystery.  To this day, however, many locals claim to have heard screams by the home and have seen haunting shadows in the windows.

22. Cat’s Meow Karaoke Bar ( 701 Bourbon Street ):

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About The Cat’s Meow :  The highly rated Cat’s Meow has way more of a lively party atmosphere then your normal Karaoke Bar and is very fun even if you don’t like to sing.  Many famous musicians have enjoyed some of the nightlife at the Cat’s Meow ranging from soul singer Seal to country musicians Brooks and Dunn, comedian/songwriter “Weird Al” Yankovic, the Smashing Pumpkins, Depeche Mode, and N’Sync have all sang here.  Other  celebrities  from software mogul Bill Gates of Microsoft, actors Tori Spelling, Mario Lopez, Julie and Doria of Playboy’s Night Calls, and adult film star Stormy Daniels have stopped into the Cat’s Meow to sing.

Aside from the more famous people that have visited Cats Meow, several national television shows shot on-site broadcasts from the club. The festive atmosphere of the Cats Meow has provided wonderful backdrop and ambiance for such popular TV programs like The Regis and Kelly Show, MTV’s Road Rules and The Grind.   We love the Bar’s 3-for-1 happy hour and of course the fact that all your friends back home can watch you sing your lungs out on the live webcam posted on their website.  If your more in the mood for some great live music, consider  Krazy Korner  ( website ) which lies kiddy corner from Cat’s Meow. This compact corner bar can be a really fun place to get your Jazz and Blues fix.

Cat’s Meow Hours :  Daily until late.   Bar Website :  ( HERE ).

23. Preservation Hall ( 726 Saint Peter Street ):

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About Preservation Hall :  Today’s Preservation Hall was opened in 1961 to help protect the traditions of live Jazz music as Rock-n-Roll took over America.  The Hall is a popular place to hear traditional New Orleans Jazz at night.  It’s a widely popular place with older crowds to hear  traditional New Orleans Jazz  at night so check their nightly schedule as you pass by.  Please note that during the day they are closed, shows starting usually around 8pm, and even when they are open they do not sell alcohol.

Across the Street from the Hall are  Yo Mama’s , known for its great burgers, and an old French cottage building housing Reverend Zombies House of Voodoo.  The Voodoo shop is not as good as the others from earlier on this French Quarter walking tour, but just outside is where you can join a walking tour by  Haunted History Tours  ( website ).  We highly recommend fitting one of their tours into your stay if you are in New Orleans for a few days which range from ghosts, to cemeteries, and even vampires.  Others haunted tours that we like are Lord Chaz ( website ) and the very highly rated Jonathan Weiss Tours ( website ).

Preservation Hall Website :  ( HERE ).

24. Pat O’Brien’s Piano Bar ( 718 Saint Peter Street ):

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About Pat O’Brien’s Piano Bar :  Pat O’Brien’s may be known for its red Hurricane Drinks,  Dueling Pianos , and large outdoor patio with flame fountains we also love the bar’s history.  In 1791, Maison de Flechier built a private home ( 600 Saint Peter Street ) which later became home to the French Theater Company, then was home to the 1st Grand Opera in America, and later then morphed into a speakeasy .  With the lifting of prohibition, Pat O’Brien bought the speakeasy in 1933 and turned it into a full-service bar.

Pat O’Brien’s Bar was so popular for its piano music and drinks that it needed to expand and quickly moved into the current location ( 718 Saint Peter Street ) which was built in 1834.  The bar’s popularity hit epic status when Pat O’Brien created the  Hurricane Drink  in the 1940s which cemented the establishments home forever in the New Orleans drinking scene.

As you enjoy some live dueling pianos, makes sure to notice the crossed muskets from 7 counties and over 500 beer steins that decorate the ceiling of the bar.  They also have a large outdoor courtyard with stunning fire fountains to keep you warm after dark.  If you happen to be in town with a group and are looking to book an amazing space for your private party, the Briar’s Lounge ( website ) at Pat O’Brien’s is amazing.  Modeled after Napolean’s private suite, the entire second floor really lets the 1834 roots of the building shine through.

Pat O’Brien’s Hours :  Monday-Thursday Noon-Close; Friday-Sunday 10am-Close.   Dueling Piano Music :  Often daily during the day but the main times are Monday-Thursday 6pm-Close; Friday-Sunday 2pm-Close.   Cup Deposits :  Included in the price of your Hurricane drinks is a deposit on your stylish glass which you can keep to bring home ( they can package it ) or turn it in for a refund.   Bar Website :  ( HERE ).

25. LaBranche House ( 700 Royal Street ):

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About The LaBranche House :  Built in 1835, the large LaBranche House is one of 11 homes the rich sugar planter Jean Baptiste LaBranche built in the French Quarter.  With its many levels of detailed cast-iron gilding, the LaBranche House is one of the  most photographed buildings  in the New Orleans.  We especially like taking photos of this large corner lot mansion in December when it’s decorated in holiday lights.

It is important to note, especially among locals, that decorative balconies on the LaBranche House are  actually called galleries .  Galleries go all the way to the ground with supportive posts while balconies only jut out of the side of a home.  Sitting directly across Saint Peter Street from the LaBranche House, you’ll find the  Le Monnier Mansion  ( 640 Royal Street ).  When Le Monnier was built in 1811 it was considered to be a “sky scrapper” of its day even though it was just 3 stories tall at the time.

26. Pirates’ Alley ( 622-698 Pirates’ Alley ):

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About Pirates’ Alley :  Originally called Orleans Alley, the 16 foot wide Pirates’ Alley is  steeped in folklore .  The tales range from mad scientists to swashbuckling pirates, and although they are mainly fiction, the stories are fun to dream about.  In early day New Orleans, the alleyway was more of a shortcut path to get behind the cathedral and wasn’t even paved with cobblestones until 1831, long after pirates left New Orleans.  Because the alley was right next to the main public square, Cabildo town hall, and was home to the jail, the local pirates would have likely avoided the path.

In real life, the often foggy alley did house a few  famous residents  at times including briefly Andrew Jackson ( 616 Pirates Alley ) and author William Faulkner ( 624 Pirates Alley ).  Faulkner, the Nobel Prize prize winner author, wrote his first published novel Soldiers’ Pay in 1924 while living in this house.  Faulkner House Books ( website ) opened in the home on September  25th, 1990 in honor of the writer’s birthday.  Our favorite house is the Creole House which now holds the Pirate Alley Cafe ( 622 Pirates Alley,  website ).  This corner home started as a French guardhouse and jail in 1728 which was nicknamed the Calabozo during Spanish rule and rebuilt after a series of fires.  The Calabozo Jail once held Pierre Laffite, brother of pirate Jean Laffite, who famously escaped from prison here in 1814.  The current Creole House replaced the jail in 1837 and with the legends taking hold, the lane’s name was officially changed to Pirate’s Alley in 1964.

Before leaving the Pirate’s Alley, make sure to check out the fenced-in Saint Anthony Garden behind the Saint Louis Cathedral.  The beautiful statue of Jesus with his arms raised in the air is illuminated at night to cast a breath-taking shadow silhouette on the back wall of the church.  The statue, which was damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2004, is often called  Touchdown Jesus  by local football fans.

27. Streetcar Named Desire House ( 632 Saint Peter Street ):

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About The Streetcar Named Desire House :  If you pop down St. Peter a couple houses to 632 you’ll find the red brick home where  Tennessee Williams  wrote the book Streetcar Named Desire.  The book became not only and instant hit and symbol of New Orleans, but was also turned into a very successful play.  The film adaptation of the book from 1951 is a  must watch movie  before your visit to New Orleans.  From time to time you can still she tourists yell “Stella” at the house in the spirit of the play.

Next door to the Streetcar Named Desire House you’ll run into one of our favorite restaurants,  The Gumbo Shop  ( 630 Saint Peter Street,  website ).  This great restaurant will help you get your fill of Creole cooking with its mouth-watering Gumbo.  Our personal favorite is the chicken and sausage gumbo which is truly amazing and is on our list of the  Top Ten Must Eats In New Orleans .

28. Court of Two Sisters ( 613 Royal Street ):

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About The Court of Two Sisters :  The Court of Two Sisters is a great restaurant to visit if you want some more high end dining in New Orleans.  Their award-winning food is served in three different indoor dining areas, plus they have a timeless bar and a breath-taking inner courtyard under a gorgeous canopy of interlaced wisteria tree branches .  Make sure to rub wrought irons gates at the main entrance which were blessed by Queen Isabella of Spain for good luck.  While the food is gourmet, the atmosphere is still has a very laid back New Orleans feel.

The restaurant’s location also has a storied past to go along with the excellent food.  In 1726 Sieur Etienne de Perier, the second French royal governor of colonial Louisiana, was the first to live here.  Originally the entire 600 block of Royal Street was originally nicknamed  Governors’ Row  for all of its powerful residents.  At the time this stretch of road was home to 5 governors, 2 State Supreme Court Justices, a future U.S. Supreme Court Justice, and Zachary Taylor who later became the 12th President of the United States lived for a time at 621 Royal Street.  Needless to say, if you lived on this block of Royal Street in the mid-1700s you were among some excellent company.

The current building was completed in 1832 and after changing it became a store known as the  “The Shop of the Two Sisters” in 1886.  The shop was run by two daughters of a local aristocratic Creole family who became famous throughout the Gay 90s for there custom Mardi Gras dresses and perfumes imported from Paris.  After becoming a restaurant in 1968, The Court of Two Sisters became famous for their daily Jazz Brunch which takes place in the inner courtyard.  It’s said that the legendary pirate Jean Lafitte once killed three men in three separate duels one night under a willow tree that once stood in the courtyard.

Jazz Brunch :  The 3 course Jazz Brunch is excellent and starts around $50 per person.   Website :  ( HERE ).

29. Merieult House Collection ( 533 Royal Street ):

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About The Merieult House :  This block of Royal Street was originally owned by the French government who built a workmen’s barracks and the king’s forge here in 1720.  Those buildings, along with most of the neighborhood was lost in the Great Fire of 1788 which destroyed 856 of the 1,100 structures in New Orleans.  This epic blaze on Good Friday ( March 21, 1788 ) wiped out a lot of the original French architecture in the city as the recovery development was done under Spanish governance.

The destruction from the fire made way for the Merieult House which was built in 1792 by the prosperous merchant Jean Merieult.  It is said that Merieult’s wife was so beautiful that Napoleon wanted to buy some of her hair as a wig for the Sultan of Turkey.  Six years after the first huge fire the Great Fire of 1794 hit taking out 212 structures over 18 nearby blocks, but luckily the Merieult House barely survived it.

Today the Merieult House is the centerpiece of a collection of connected homes you can tour together to get a glimpse of life in the early-1800s.  The adjacent buildings you get to visit on the block as part of the tour include neighboring homes, former warehouses of Jean Merieult, the Counting House, and the Williams House.  The fine details and furnishing may not be as impressive as some of the other homes on this free French Quarter walking tour, but the guides are great and you get to cover a lot of buildings in a relatively quick visit.

Hours :  Tuesday-Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm; Sunday 10:30am-4:30pm; Closed Mondays.   Cost :  The 1st-floor gallery is Free, Guided Tours are $5.   Guided Tours :  45-minute tours of the 11 galleries on the second floor provide a comprehensive look at the settlement and development of Louisiana from the early 18th century to the present.  Tour Times : Tuesday–Saturday 10am, 11am, 2pm, 3pm and Sunday 11am, 2pm, 3pm.   Museum  Website :  ( HERE ).

30. One Eyed Jacks ( 615 Toulouse Street ):

About One Eyed Jacks :  Expect a lot of live music ranging from jazz, funk, hip hop, to rock as well as touring comedy acts and alternative shows at One Eyed Jacks.  The most famous show is the sexy Burlesque show called  Fleur de Tease  ( website ) which takes place daily at 8pm & 10pm.  Fleur de Tease is a premiere Variety Burlesque Revue.  This modern twist on a classic vaudeville show has something to please and tease every audience member.  Magicians, fire eaters, comedians, aerialists and of course beautiful burlesque dancers all make up the core members of the troupe.  Special guest artists such as sword swallowers, singers, and other circus acts make each show a unique and different experience so no two programs are ever the same.

Not far from One Eyed Jacks is the former home of Army Treasurer Don Vincente Jose Nuñez ( 619 Chartres Street ) where the Great Fire of 1788 started.

Burlesque Show Cost :  For the Fleur de Tease general admission is $15 and reserved seating is $20.  Other Shows vary.   Show Times :  Fleur de Tease is daily at 8 & 10pm.  Other traveling shows vary.   Bar Website :  ( HERE ).

31. Napoleon House ( 500 Chartres Street ):

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About The Napoleon House :  House built for New Orleans mayor Nicholas Girod in 1812 who offered it to Napoleon in 1921 as a refugee during his exile from France.  Unfortunately, Napoleon died of poisoning the same year and never made it New Orleans.  Luckily the home was turned into a restaurant in 1914 and still bursts at the seams with charm.  Seriously go here and eat or at least stop by for a drink, the old vibe is awesome.

Hours :  Sunday-Thursday 11am-10pm; Friday & Saturday 11am-11pm.   Website :  ( HERE ).

32. Louisiana State Supreme Court ( 400 Royal Street ):

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About The Louisiana State Supreme Court :  Built in 1908, the huge Louisiana State Supreme Court building looks almost like a marble palace and takes up an entire city block.  While the court was established in 1813, the new building was required when it moved from the Cabildo building in Jackson Square.  Nearby is a delightful yellow mansion which used to be the Louisiana State Bank.  The is not really a whole lot more to say about either building’s history, but every time we visit we end up being impressed and taking a lot of photos.

Website :  ( HERE ).

33. Antonie’s Annex ( 513 Royal Street ):

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About Antonie’s Annex :  After the restaurant opened in 1840, Antonie’s Annex quickly became the place for New Orleans locals to get their Bourbon Whiskey and Black Coffee drink called  Café Brûlot .  Variations of the drink were vast and in the 1890s the owner Jules Alciatore created a flaming concoction of coffee, brandy, and spices he called  Café Brûlot Diabolique .  This new concoction became a huge hit and even more popular during Prohibition as a great way to disguise alcohol.

If it is your first time to New Orleans, visiting the famous Antonie’s can be a little confusing as there 14 dining areas all with unique history and charm inside the  massive complex .  While many people all the entire place Antonie’s Annex, the Annex is actually the more casual cafe and deli area around the corner of the block ( 513 Royal Street ) with excellent coffee, sandwiches, pastries, and take away items.  We love the Annex, but it can also be nice to visit the unique dining rooms of the more fancy sit down Antonie’s Restaurant ( 713 Saint Louis Street ) which also has its own bar called Hermes.  The sit-down restaurant does have more limits hours of operation and you definitely want to make a reservation if you want to go for dinner.

Annex Cafe Hours : Daily 8am-7pm.   Restaurant Hours : Lunch Monday-Saturday 11:30am-2pm; Dinner Monday-Saturday 5:30-9pm; Jazz Brunch Sundays 11am-2pm.   Website :  ( HERE ).

34. Hermann-Grima House ( 820 Saint Louis Street ):

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About The Hermann-Grima House :  While the Gallier House from earlier on this free French Quarter walking tour focused on middle-class living, it is the wealthy on showcase at the Hermann-Grima House.  A walk through the meticulously restored Hermann-Grima House and gardens allow you to peak back into this the Golden Age of New Orleans history.  It was built in 1831, by a German Jewish immigrant, Samuel Hermann, who amassed his fortune in the cotton market.  This handsome Federal mansion with its courtyard boasts the only horse stable and  functional 1830s outdoor kitchen  in the French Quarter.  The outdoor hearth kitchen, with its view of the antique roses, citrus and parterre gardens, provides a dynamic experience for our visitors.

As a museum, the home celebrates artistic contributions and building trades of the Free People of Color and enslaved persons in New Orleans, without who, the Hermann-Grima House would not stand today.  Visitors are also fascinated to learn that Hermann originally purchased the property from a  Free Woman of Color .  The interior of the home was also used as Madame LaLaurie Mansion in the TV show  American Horror Story .  The same owners of the Hermann-Girma House also own the Gallier House which we was earlier in this free French Quarter walking tour.

Hours & Tours :  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday hourly tours 10am-3pm; Wednesday tours by appointment; Saturday hourly tours 12pm-4pm.   Cost :  Adults $12; Children $10. Add the Gallier House ( Stop 13 ) for $8.   Museum Website :  ( HERE ).

35. Larry Flynt’s Barely Legal Strip Club ( 423 Bourbon Street ):

About Larry Flynt’s Barely Legal Strip Club :  Larry Flynt’s is one of the many strip, lap dance, and cabaret clubs that pepper the 200-400 blocks of Bourbon Street.  The presence of these clubs may feel trashy or grimy to some, but they are isolated and add to the personality of the care-free French Quarter.  While strip clubs aren’t really our thing, walking by them is still a unique tourist experience somewhat similar to the Red Light District in Amsterdam.  Do remember that you are in the Big Easy so try not to be uptight about the clubs being there.

Club Website :  ( HERE ).

36. Old Absinthe House ( 240 Bourbon Street ):

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About The Old Absinthe House :  Shortly after the building opened as a coffee house in 1807, the owners came up with a new drink using the wormwood herb-based alcohol Absinthe they called the  Absinthe House Frappe .  This narcotic-like drink became so popular that the owners eventually decided to change the coffee house’s name to the Old Absinthe House.  The name was later expanded to Jean Lafitte’s Old Absinthe House, as this is the place where pirate Jean Lafitte and General Andrew Jackson ended up  planning the Battle of New Orleans .

Lafitte and Jackson haven’t been the only celebrities to grace the bar as their bartenders tell us that Mark Twain, Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, Oscar Wilde, P.T. Barnum, General Lee, and Edgar Allen Poe also came to get their Absinthe on.  As you can see by the business cards, postcards, sports jerseys, football helmets, and celebrity photos that plaster the walls of the bar, people are still coming here from all corners of the world.

When wormwood-based Absinthe became illegal in 1912 for being “hallucinogenic”, the owner switched to a Herbsaint-based Absinthe to keep the business running strong.  Thanks to a change in the law they were once again able to go back to using Wormwood in 2007.  One of the coolest things inside is the  original copper-colored bar  which had been removed for its own protection during Prohibition and was finally returned in 2004.  The photo we used of the Old Absinthe House is from a postcard dated 1910.

Attached to the Old Absinthe House the bar’s owner Tony’s Moran also runs called  Tony Moran’s Restaurant  ( website ) which is renown for its Crawfish.  Overall we’ve found Moran’s to be a little pricey for what you actually get and you are better off going down a block to Iberville Street where you’ll find  Felix’s Restaurant  ( website ) &  Acme Oyster Bar  ( website ).  Both of their menus are great, cover a wide range of food including Oysters and Crawfish, and are much more affordable than Tony Moran’s.  Our favorite New Orleans dishes are Po-boy Sandwiches and the Fried Seafood Platter so make sure to read more about our  Top Ten Must Eats In New Orleans .

Bar Website :  ( HERE ).

37. The Carousel Bar ( 214 Royal Street ):

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About The Carousel Bar :  With great views overlooking Royal Street, The Carousel Bar in the  Hotel Monteleone  ( website ) is the only bar in New Orleans that revolves around the room.  The focal point of the bar is the  rotating the 25-seat carousel bar , which was originally installed in 1949.  The large embellished carousel turns on 2,000 large steel rollers, pulled by a chain powered with a one-quarter horsepower motor creating a very smooth ride. While the bar always rotates at the same speed, visitors who have drink at the bar for a while often claim that the bartender has turned up the motor’s speed.  The bar was renovated in 1992 when the current carousel top was added. Fiber optics were also installed in the ceiling to create unique stars in the night sky and even one special shooting star was created to cross the room at regular intervals.

In the early days of the Carousel Bar, the hotel was the home to the famous  Swan Room , a nightclub where celebrities such as  Liberace performed .  It wasn’t unusual for the performers to join their friends for a nightcap after their shows.  William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, and Winston Grooms ( Forrest Gump ) are among the famous authors who have enjoyed drinks at the Carousel Bar. Today, the Carousel still attracts celebrities, including some recent sightings – Michael Jordan, Dennis Quaid, Greg Allman, and Sally Struthers.

In addition to the rotating bar, the adjoining room features quiet booths and tables where live entertainment is offered nightly at the piano. If you arrive at just the right time during the cocktail hour you can enjoy complimentary hors-d’oeuvres from the famous Monteleone kitchen.  Our favorite original drinks at the Carousel are French flared  Vieux Carre Cocktail  and the Caribbean inspired  Goody .

Bar Hours :  Daily 11am-2am, get there early to avoid a long wait for your turn on the 25-seat carousel.   Bar Website :  ( HERE ).

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38. house of the blues ( 225 decatur street ):.

About The House Of The Blues :  WEven with the heavy Jazz influence on New Orleans, you can’t come to the Big Easy without getting your fix of blues music and the House of the Blues gets some of the biggest names.  Even if you can’t make one of their daily performances, they have a unique vibe to grab a drink and the colorful entrance makes for great photo opportunities.  By far our favorite thing at the House of the Blues has an amazing  Gospel Choir Brunch  every Sunday morning which cost $40.

Bar Hours :  Daily 11:30am-Close.   Show Cost :  Daily performances/events costs vary, but they are always open for dining and drinks.   Bar Website :  ( HERE ).

39. Saint Louis Cemetery #1( ( 425 Basin Street ):

About Saint Louis Cemetery #1 :  New Orleans’ oldest cemetery from 1789 is a spooky one indeed with tales of  Bloody Mary  and the tomb of  Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau .  The blocks around the St Louis Cemetery #1 can be very shady as the neighbor is part of the often dangerous Storyville Projects.  Only go during the day with a tour group.  We like the tour from  Save Our Cemeteries  ( website ) the most which leaves Daily at 10am plus Fridays & Saturdays having a second tour at 1pm.  The tour is run amazing, costs $20 a person and lasts 1 hour.  Other tour companies charge from $30 to $50 per person for pretty much the same tour, however, the money that Save Our Cemeteries makes goes toward the restoration of the tombs.

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Old US Mint (400 Esplanade Ave.)

 Built in 1835, the Old U.S. Mint is the only building in America to have served both as a United States and a Confederate Mint. President Andrew Jackson advocated the Mint’s establishment in order to help finance development of the nation’s western frontier.

Renowned architect William Strickland designed the building in the then-popular Greek Revival style. Three years after the building opened, in 1838, minting began.

In 1861, Louisiana seceded from the Union. State authorities seized the property and transferred it to the Confederate Army. For a short time, it was used to mint Confederate currency and to house Confederate troops. This ended when New Orleans was occupied by Federal forces. Following the Civil War, minting of United States coins resumed and continued until 1909. In 1966, the landmark building was transferred to the state of Louisiana, and in 1981, it opened to the public as part of the Louisiana State Museum complex.

French Market (French Market Pl.)

Over 200 years old, the french market is America’s oldest public market, being established in 1791.  What began as a Native American trading post on the banks of the mighty, muddy Mississippi River on the site chosen for the City by the French, has become a cultural, commercial and entertainment treasure which the Crescent City proudly shares with the world.  By the 1850’s and 60’s Italian immigrants moved into the market and developed groceries and deli’s within its open aired alleys. Italian families were such a strong economic and social force in the Quarter that St. Mary’s Church became known as “St. Mary’s Italian Church” to distinguish it from “St. Mary’s Assumption Church,” the church of the German community Uptown.

As population demographics shifted, the Italians moved out of the French Market proper, opening up Central Grocery and Progress Grocery, across the street on Decatur. The Perrone family moved the Progress Grocery business out to Metairie in the 1990s.  

While Cafe du Monde is the oldest tenant of the French Market, dating back to 1865, they were not the only coffee shop.  The Morning Call Coffee Stand first opened in the 1870s, behind the “red stores” buildings in the French Market. Morning Call replaced the Vegetable Market in the 1930s.  In its location at the Ursulines and Decatur, Morning Call offered curbside service; carhops would take your order so you didn’t have to leave the car. Morning Call was a fixture of the “back of the market” until the business moved to Metairie in 1974, across from Lakeside Mall.  The interior of the Metairie location features the original fixtures from the French Market stand.

In the 1990s, Cafe Du Monde opened a stand inside Lakeside mall itself, so once again, the two coffee stands are just a few blocks’ walk from each other.

Old Ursuline Convent (1114 Chartres Street)

Old building in the Mississippi River Valley.  The convent complex dates back to 1732, when construction of two buildings designed five years earlier by Ignace Nicholas Broutin, the Chief Engineer of Louisiana, and architect Andre de Batz, was completed, and the Ursuline nuns moved in. Most buildings in the 18th century city were covered with stucco, to offer some defense from the heat and humidity.

Unfortunately, the convent buildings weren’t, and the exposed walls suffered from a great deal of deterioration by 1745. Broutin re-designed the buildings, and they were rebuilt using brick, which was then covered with stucco. This re-design gave the convent a more plain/institutional look, symmetrical and formal. That wasn’t regarded as a problem at the time, of course, since the nuns used the ground floor of the facility as an orphanage and the second floor as their residence.

The convent’s survival of the massive fires of 1788 and 1794 are why its designation as “oldest building in New Orleans” is a bit dubious. The 1788 fire destroyed 856 buildings; the fire six years later an additional 212. Both fires spared the eastern or “down-river” side of the Quarter. Because the Spanish were in control of the city at the time of both fires, the “French Quarter” is actually more Spanish in style, but the convent remained as a major example of French architecture and design.

By the 1820s, the mission of the Ursulines outgrew their facility. They moved over to Faurborg Treme, turning over the original convent to the Bishop of New Orleans. This is why you sometimes see old postcards of the convent identifying it as the “Archbishop’s Palace.” The bishops (and later archbishops, as the diocese was promoted) lived on Rue Chartres until 1899, when they moved uptown, to the campus of Notre Dame Seminary

Until the diocese took over in 1825, the main entrance of the convent was on the river side of the building. A chapel and hospital building faced the Decatur Street side of the block. Bishop Duborg had a gatehouse and entrance portico constructed on the Rue Chartres side, effectively re-orienting the building.

The configuration of the bottom floor of the convent as an orphanage made it a good physical plant for a school. The diocese operated a boys school there for two years, but closed the school in 1827 because of high costs. The building was then leased to the city, which operated a school there until 1831, when the convent began a three-year period as the home of the Louisiana Legislature.

In 1845, the diocese constructed a church on Chartres Street, adjacent to the convent, to accommodate the population growth in the lower Quarter. The church, originally named “Our Lady of Victory,” became known as “St. Mary’s Italian Church,” because it became the home parish for the many Italian immigrants who arrived and settled in the neighborhood in the 1880s-90s. As the Italians moved in, the archdiocese (and the Ursulines, now based on Esplanade and N. Rampart) moved out, heading uptown. The convent still housed some archdiocesan offices, but also took on the role of church rectory.

Throughout the first half of the 20th Century, the facility assumed a very localized role, as the parish opened a school there. By the 1970s, the long-closed school had, along with the convent proper, fallen into serious disrepair. An effort to renovate and restore the convent began in 1976, keeping with its status (declared in 1960) as a National Historic Landmark

Today, the Old Ursuline Convent is restored and a popular historical attraction. It is also part of the Catholic Cultural Heritage Center of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, along with St. Louis Cathedral.

Beauregard House (1113 Chartres Street)

The house was built in 1826 by architect Francois Correjolles for a wealthy auctioneer by the name of Joseph Le Carpentier.

In 1829, LeCarpentier’s daughter, Louise Therese Felicite Thelcide LeCarpentier married Michel Alonzo Morphy. On June 22, 1827 their son Charles Paul Morphy, the world chess champion, was born. 

In 1833 LeCarpentier sold the house to John Ami Merle who later became the Swiss Consul to New Orleans. His wife, Anais Merle designed the House’s first parterre garden.

Josephine Laveau Trudeau, the widow of Bernard Noel (Manuel) Andry, purchased the House from the creditors of John A. Merle in 1841. Her daughter Adonai Andry married L. Armand Garidel and they moved into the house next door. When Madame Andry purchased the house, the property also included the corner area where Mrs. Merle had begun to develop the parterre garden, which Madame Andry and her daughter continued to maintain and improve. Following her death, Madame Andry’s daughter and her husband inherited the house and continued to live there until the end of the Civil War. 

General Beauregard never actually owned 1113 Chartres; however upon his return from the Civil War in late 1865 he, along with his two sons, rented the entire house from Dominique Lanata. His second wife, Caroline Deslonde, passed away while he was away at war and her family mansion on Esplanade Avenue which the two had shared prior to the war was sold at auction by her heirs. 

The house suffered from severe disrepair during the early 20th century. Fortunately, it was saved from destruction when it was purchased on July 8, 1926 by the well-known New Orleans architect, General Allison Owen, whose father, William Miler Owen, was one of the founders of the Louisiana Historical Association. General Owen’s purchase of the house gave time for the organization of what came to be called Beauregard House, Incorporated, for the purpose of preserving and restoring the house as a memorial to General Beauregard. The wood columns on the front portico were badly rotted and were replaced by General Owen with the present ones of concrete. However, the plans for creating a Beauregard memorial house were not successful. For several years, the house was partly occupied by Warrington House, a home for homeless men, and by Alcoholics Anonymous. Only a few repairs were made during this period, but enough to keep the house from falling to ruin.

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Soniat House (1133 Chartres Street)

1829, wealthy aristocratic planter and sugar cane plantation owner, Joseph Soniat du Fossat, built this place as a town house.  In the 1860’s, the wrought iron with which Monsieur du Fossat had embellished his home was torn away, replaced with the admirable cast-iron lacework it now wears.

Clay House (620 Gov. Nichols)

This is a residence built about 1828 by JohnClay for his wife.  Clay’s brother was the famous statesman, Henry Clay. The two-story building at the rear of the adjoining garden was added after 1871 and, in the 1890s, it was used by Frances Xavier Cabrini, the religious, now St. Frances Cabrini, as a schoolhouse. 

Madam LaLaurie Mansion (1140 Royal Street)

The LaLaurie Mansion is famous as the site of the torture and murder of a number of enslaved people owned by Marie Delphine Macarty who was commonly known as Madame LaLaurie. In 1832 Lalaurie, a New Orleans socialite, and her third husband, Dr. Leonard Louis Nicolas LaLaurie, built the three-story structure to house their family including two children.  

As was the custom in New Orleans at that time, enslaved blacks were kept in attached quarters. The LaLaurie slaves were kept in horrid conditions, even by the standards of slave treatment, and usually were half-starved. Despite their treatment, Madame LaLaurie was known in public to be polite to black people, and court records show that she manumitted two of her slaves. Regardless, rumors spread of the family’s mistreatment of their slaves, prompting an official investigation in 1832. A local attorney went to the mansion to investigate allegations of mistreatment of the LaLaurie slaves. He found no wrongdoing.  

Stories of mistreatment persisted, however, including accounts that were shared with Harriet Martineau, the prominent nineteenth century English writer who visited the city in 1833. One account describes Madame LaLaurie as becoming enraged when a twelve-year-old slave girl named Leah accidentally hit a snag while combing LaLaurie’s hair. LaLaurie chased the girl around the room with a whip until the child leaped off the balcony to her death. Leah was buried behind the mansion grounds, and LaLaurie was found guilty of cruelly abusing her slaves and forced to forfeit her nine remaining bondspeople. The slaves were taken away and scheduled to be sold at a public auction, but LaLaurie persuaded a relative to purchase the enslaved workers and return them to the mansion.

On April 10, 1834, a fire broke out in the kitchen of the LaLaurie Mansion. When the police and fire marshals arrived, they found a seventy-year-old woman, the family cook, chained to the stove. She later confessed that she intentionally had set the fire as a suicide attempt because she feared Madame LaLaurie intended to take her to the torture room as punishment. The cook claimed that anyone taken upstairs to the room never came back. This account, reported in the local press, led bystanders the next day to demand that the torture room be inspected. When the LaLauries denied them entrance, they broke down the doors and found seven mutilated slave bodies. Some were hung, others were stretched at their limbs, and still others were missing body parts. One surviving old slave woman had a wound on her head that left her too weak to walk.

When the discovery of the torture room became widely known, a mob attacked the LaLaurie Mansion. The surviving slaves were rescued and brought to a local jail for a macabre public viewing by more than four thousand New Orleans residents. Investigators later found several bodies, including one child, buried throughout the mansion grounds.

Madame LaLaurie and her family escaped the mansion just before the mob took control of it.  What they did for the next fifteen years is unclear. It is known is that Marie Delphine Macarty LaLaurie died in Paris, France, on December 7, 1849. The mansion that Lalaurie lived in now is a landmark of the French Quarter in New Orleans.

The Gallier House (1132 Royal Street)

Anne Rice’s “Interview with a vampire” house.  During the mid-1800s, when New Orleans was one of the largest cities in the United States and its major southern port, the city was enjoying an architectural boom. Among the most prominent architects of this glorious era were the Galliers – James and James, Jr. – father and son.

Between the two of them they designed some of New Orleans’ most famous and recognizable landmarks, a number of which still stand today, including the Greek Revival-style Gallier Hall on St. Charles Avenue, which served as New Orleans’ City Hall for a century. James Gallier Sr. also helped design the Pontalba Apartments on Jackson Square and the Leeds Building which today houses the Preservation Resource Center. James Gallier, Jr. designed the French Opera House that was the center of culture for the city from 1859 until it burned in 1919.

In 1857, at the height of their fame and prestige, the Galliers designed a home of their own in the 1100 block of Royal Street. It still stands today and Gallier House is one of the true architectural gems of the French Quarter.

Jean Lafitte’s Blacksmith Bar (941 Bourbon Street)

Privateer Jean Lafitte (1780-1823), aka John Lafitte, owned a business here early in the 19th century.

by 1809, Jean Lafitte and his brother Pierre apparently had established this property in New Orleans as a blacksmith shop that reportedly served as a depot for smuggled goods and slaves brought ashore by a band of privateers. From 1810 to 1814 this group probably formed the nucleus for Laffite’s illicit colony on the secluded islands of Barataria Bay south of the city. Holding privateer commissions from the republic of Cartagena (in modern Colombia), Laffite’s group preyed on Spanish commerce, illegally disposing of its plunder through merchant connections on the mainland.

Because Barataria Bay was an important approach to New Orleans, the British during the War of 1812 offered Laffite $30,000 and a captaincy in the Royal Navy for his allegiance. Laffite pretended to cooperate, then warned Louisiana officials of New Orleans’ peril. Instead of believing him, Gov. W.C.C. Claiborne summoned the U.S. Army and Navy to wipe out the colony. Some of Laffite’s ships were captured, but his business was not destroyed. Still protesting his loyalty to the U.S., Laffite next offered aid to the hard-pressed forces of Gen. Andrew Jackson in defense of New Orleans if he and his men could be granted a full pardon. Jackson accepted, and in the Battle of New Orleans (December 1814–January 1815) the Baratarians, as Laffite and his men came to be known, fought with distinction. Jackson personally commended Laffite as “one of the ablest men” of the battle, and Pres. James Madison issued a public proclamation of pardon for the group.

Cornstalk Fence (915 Royal Street)

Originally built in 1816 as the home of the first Attorney General of Louisiana, François Xavier-Martin, the Cornstalk Hotel attracts travelers who are intrigued by its history and old-world appeal.

While Judge Xavier-Martin is credited for the construction of the building known today, the earliest structure on the site goes back to 1730. It is believed that the previous homes on this lot had been destroyed by the Great Fires of New Orleans, which nearly consumed the French Quarter on both occasions. Unfortunately, any records of the families who had previously resided there were lost as well.

In 1834, the home was purchased by Dr. Joseph Secondo Biamenti for himself and his wife. A little over 20 years later, Dr. Secondo Biamenti’s wife fell homesick for her state of Iowa and its waving fields of corn. In hopes to ease her heartache, he had commissioned to have a decorative iron fence depicting corn created and erected around the home.

Miltenberger Houses (910 Royal Street)


Exploring the french quarter: a self-guided walking tour of new orleans' crown jewel and top attractions.

Nestled at the heart of New Orleans, the French Quarter, also known as Vieux Carré, is the soul of the city. Rich in history, culture, and architectural beauty, this area offers an experience unlike any other. Whether you're a history buff, a foodie, or someone looking to immerse themselves in vibrant culture, this self-guided walking tour of the top 20 French Quarter attractions will guide you through its most iconic sights. Grab your comfortable shoes, and let’s dive into the heart of New Orleans.

Exploring the French Quarter

1. Jackson Square - French Quarter Attractions

Address:  701 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Begin your journey at Jackson Square, a historic park and a National Historic Landmark. With the stunning St. Louis Cathedral as its backdrop, Jackson Square is often bustling with artists, musicians, and street performers. It offers a picturesque view of the Mississippi River and is surrounded by historic buildings, including the Cabildo and the Presbytère.

 the Cabildo New Olreans

2. St. Louis Cathedral

Address:  615 Pere Antoine Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116

Just steps away from Jackson Square, the St. Louis Cathedral stands as a symbol of New Orleans' rich religious heritage and is one of the oldest cathedrals in the United States. Step inside to admire its beautiful interior and peaceful ambiance.

St. Louis Cathedral New Orleans Jackson Square

3. The French Market

Address:  1008 N Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70116

A short walk from Jackson Square will lead you to the French Market, the oldest public market in the country. Browse through the myriad of vendors selling everything from local produce to artisan crafts. Don’t forget to taste some local delicacies like beignets or a po’ boy sandwich.

4. Royal Street

Address:  Royal Street, New Orleans, LA

Turn your steps towards Royal Street, known for its art galleries, antique shops, and stately architecture. This street is quieter than the bustling Bourbon Street and offers a more refined glimpse into the culture of the French Quarter.

5. Bourbon Street

Address:  Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA

No visit to the French Quarter is complete without walking down Bourbon Street, famous for its vibrant nightlife. During the day, you can appreciate the historic architecture and visit some of the oldest bars in America.

6. The Historic Voodoo Museum

The Historic Voodoo Museum

Address:  724 Dumaine St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Dive into the mysterious world of Voodoo at this unique museum located on Dumaine Street. The New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum offers insight into the Voodoo religion and its influence in the city.

7. The Presbytère

Address:  751 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Originally designed to match the Cabildo, the Presbytère houses a museum dedicated to Louisiana's history and culture, including a must-see exhibit on Mardi Gras.

8. The Old Ursuline Convent

Address:  1100 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70116

As the oldest building in the Mississippi Valley, the Old Ursuline Convent is a piece of living history. Its beautiful architecture and serene gardens make it a peaceful stop on your tour.

9. Faulkner House Books

Address:  624 Pirate's Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116

Faulkner House Books

Literature lovers should not miss the chance to visit Faulkner House Books, located in Pirate's Alley. Once the home of William Faulkner, this place is now a charming bookstore specializing in Faulkner and Southern literature.

10. The French Quarter's Courtyards and Hidden Gems

Address:  Various locations throughout the French Quarter

Allow yourself to wander off the main streets and discover the hidden courtyards and secret gardens that are scattered throughout the French Quarter. These quiet, hidden spaces offer a serene retreat from the bustling city and are perfect for a moment of reflection.

11. Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar

Address:  941 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Venture to one of the oldest surviving structures in New Orleans, Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar, on Bourbon Street. This historic building, rumored to have been used by pirate Jean Lafitte, now serves as a bar, offering a unique glimpse into the past.

Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar

12. The New Orleans Pharmacy Museum

Address:  514 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Located on Chartres Street, this museum was once an operational apothecary shop. It now showcases a fascinating collection of medical artifacts and pharmaceuticals, illustrating the history of medicine in the early days of the city.

The New Orleans Pharmacy Museum

13. Frenchmen Street

Address:  Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LA

Just outside the traditional boundaries of the French Quarter, Frenchmen Street is known for its vibrant music scene. With clubs and cafes offering live jazz, blues, and more, it's the perfect place to experience the soul of New Orleans music.

14. Armstrong Park

Address:  701 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Armstrong Park New Orleans

Named after jazz legend Louis Armstrong, this park is a tribute to the city's musical heritage. Located just beyond the French Quarter's northwest boundary, it's home to Congo Square, a historic gathering place for African American musicians.

15. The Cabildo

Address:  701 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Adjacent to St. Louis Cathedral, The Cabildo was the site of the Louisiana Purchase transfer ceremonies. Now a museum, it offers exhibitions on Louisiana's history, from its colonial days to the present.

16. Gallier House

Address:  1132 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Experience the life of a wealthy 19th-century New Orleans family at the Gallier House, a meticulously restored residence that showcases the opulent lifestyle and architectural innovations of its time.

17. The Historic New Orleans Collection

Address:  533 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Dedicated to preserving the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South, The Historic New Orleans Collection offers exhibits, tours, and events that are deeply informative and engaging.

18. Napoleon House

Address:  500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

A historic landmark known for its classic New Orleans fare and the Pimm's Cup, Napoleon House is steeped in history. It was offered as a refuge to Napoleon Bonaparte during his exile, though he never made it to New Orleans.

Napoleon House NOLA New Orelans

19. Old St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

Address:  425 Basin St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Just outside the French Quarter, this historic cemetery is the final resting place of many notable figures in New Orleans' history, including Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau. Its above-ground tombs and unique layout are a sight to behold.

Old St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 voodoo queen tomb

20. The Moon Walk

Address:  Moon Walk, New Orleans, LA 70130

Named after former New Orleans mayor Moon Landrieu, the Moon Walk is a riverside promenade offering stunning views of the Mississippi River. It's a perfect spot to watch the boats go by and enjoy a peaceful moment away from the city's hustle and bustle.

This comprehensive guide, complete with addresses, is designed to help you navigate and enjoy the richness of the French Quarter at your own pace. Immerse yourself in the culture, history, and vibrant atmosphere as you explore these top 20 attractions.

Planning Your Visit

To make the most out of your self-guided walking tour of the French Quarter, here are some additional tips:

Start Early : Many of these sites are more enjoyable in the early morning when the crowds are thinner and the temperature is cooler, especially during New Orleans' hot summer months.

Schedule Wisely : Consider visiting museums during peak sun hours to avoid the heat, and save outdoor activities for earlier or later in the day.

Stay Hydrated : Keep a water bottle handy, as exploring can be thirsty work, especially in the humid New Orleans climate.

Take Breaks : Don’t hesitate to stop for a coffee or a meal at one of the local cafes or restaurants. This is not just a tour; it’s an experience meant to be savored.

Wear Comfortable Footwear : The French Quarter's charming but uneven cobblestone streets can be tough on the feet, so wearing comfortable shoes is a must.

Respect the Locals : Remember that the French Quarter is not just a tourist attraction but also a residential neighborhood. Keep noise to a respectful level and treat the area with care.

Experience Local Events

The French Quarter is famously lively, hosting numerous festivals and events throughout the year that reflect the vibrant culture of New Orleans. Check out local calendars for events like:

French Quarter Festival : A large music, food, and arts festival typically held in April, showcasing local music across multiple stages and local culinary favorites in street vendor style.

Mardi Gras : While famously celebrated throughout the city, experiencing Mardi Gras in the French Quarter is something truly special with parades, costumes, and street festivities.

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience : Held around Halloween, this event combines big musical acts with local arts and cuisine.

Engage with Local Culture

Finally, engaging with the local culture is what makes visiting the French Quarter so enriching. Speak with local artisans, listen to street musicians, and perhaps even take part in a workshop or tour that offers deeper insights into the unique traditions of New Orleans. Whether it’s learning about the intricacies of Creole cuisine, the subtleties of jazz music, or the mystique of Voodoo, each interaction will enrich your visit.

Make sure to attend one of the Live Jazz Performances

This walking tour of the French Quarter's top 20 attractions isn't just about seeing the sights—it's about experiencing the heartbeat of New Orleans. Each street corner has a story, every building echoes history, and every local you meet could share a tale that adds another layer to your understanding of this unique city. Enjoy your journey through the French Quarter, a gem that continuously sparkles with life, culture, and mystery.

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French Quarter Neighborhood Stroll

Explore the crown jewel of nola’s neighborhoods.

When you think of New Orleans, chances are you envision the picturesque French Quarter with its soaring St. Louis Cathedral , Jackson Square , iconic Royal Street , and all-around historic architecture.

Founded in 1718, this is the oldest neighborhood in the city of New Orleans. It is also known as the Vieux Carré , which translates to "Old Square." Throughout its timeline in the city, it has been home to a melting pot of shopping, restaurants, galleries, clubs, and much more. From 100-year-old businesses to new and contemporary ones, this area is certain to have something for everyone.

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French Market

1.  French Market

Begin your leisurely stroll at the open-air French Market, where vendors set up each day with trinkets and goodies of all kinds. It's a wonderful stop for someone looking to pick up souvenirs for loved ones back home. This area of the quarter has played a 200-year-old role in development and trade, becoming an iconic stop for our visitors. Remember to bring cash, as many of the vendors here are cash-only.

2.  New Orleans Jazz Museum

Just across the street from the French Market is the New Orleans Jazz Museum, which celebrates jazz in the city where it was born . Through dynamic interactive exhibits, multigenerational educational programming, research facilities, and engaging musical performances, the museum explores the music New Orleans made famous in all its forms. Housed in the historic Old U.S. Mint, and strategically located at the intersection of the French Quarter and the Frenchmen Street live music corridor, the New Orleans Jazz Museum is in the heart of the city's vibrant music scene. Through partnerships with local, national, and international educational institutions, the New Orleans Jazz Museum promotes the global understanding of jazz as one of the most innovative, historically pivotal musical art forms in world history.

3.  Café Envie

From there, you can walk to Café Envie, a delightful stop along Decatur where you can grab a coffee, pastry, lunch, or drink after visiting the museum. This quaint café has been a local favorite along this block for almost two decades and attracts all sorts of faces. Occasionally, you might even see a chess tournament in play.

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4.  Old Ursuline Convent

From there, head over to Chartres Street to find the Old Ursuline Convent, which was erected in 1745, making it the oldest building in the Mississippi Valley. Open Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with tour availability, this convent museum, although no longer serving as a functioning convent, exudes charm. If you take a ghost tour while here, you might even hear lore of the Casket Girls , the original New Orleans vampires , who may or may not have lived in the attic.

5. LaLaurie Mansion

One block over on the corner of Royal and Governor Nicholls streets, you’ll find the LaLaurie Mansion. For those who watched "Coven," the third season of American Horror Story, you may be familiar with the dark history of this mansion portrayed by Kathy Bates. Although the current structure is not the original building that Madame Delphine LaLaurie lived in, the architecture of this house of horrors is on many to-do lists for its grandeur alone. However, the story of Madame Delphine LaLaurie is reprehensible and not for the faint of heart. We encourage you to navigate her tale with caution if delving deeper into the history of the French Quarter.

6.  Gallier House

Gallier House of the Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses is a few doors down from LaLaurie. Completed in 1860, Gallier House was designed by famed New Orleans architect James Gallier Jr. Showcasing modern marvels of its time, such as indoor plumbing, hot and cold running water, and double skylights, this stop offers tours during its open hours to learn more about the lives of everyone under the roof of this kind of home during its heyday.

Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop

7.  Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar

Have you ever been to the oldest bar in America? Well, if you make your way over to Bourbon Street for a stop on your walk here, not only can you say you have been, but you can also snag a local favorite, their Voodoo Daiquiri , better known as the Purple Drink! Lafitte’s was built between 1722 and 1732 and has hosted all kinds of famous people for a drink. You might see someone you love posted on the wall!

8.  New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum

Speaking of Voodoo but getting away from the daiquiri part, head over to the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum. Here, you can learn more about the practices of the New Orleans Voodoo religious practice. This museum space is small and filled with ceremonial tools and historic photos and paintings of the practice throughout its timeline in New Orleans.

9. Union Gallery

Royal Street itself is a wonderful block for those looking for some art to take home from the city. Filled with lots of local makers, we have to highlight Union Gallery, home to a mixture of artists. Not only does this space capture the charm and magic of artistry in the city, but it is also a women-owned and operated space that might just steal your heart between the charm of its owners and their sharp eye for art.

10.  New Orleans Vampire Café

What is the lore of New Orleans without the tale of the vampire? Cue the intro theme to “Interview with the Vampire.” Ahem, we are, of course, the land of the great late Anne Rice . So why not turn your curiosity into an experience? This café mixes the vampire with drinks and comes up with some fun ways to sip, like their blood bag cocktails. Yes, you read that right.

Beignets at Cafe du Monde

11.  Café Du Monde

I mean, it would be silly to take a stroll through the French Quarter without a stop at the iconic Café Du Monde. Like, do we really need to mention them? You already know. However, this is your reminder because what’s New Orleans without a beignet? The answer is sad. It is sad without a beignet.

Jackson Square

12.  Jackson Square & St. Louis Cathedral

Did someone say St. Louis Cathedral selfie? Click click! This is the stop. Steeped in history, this area can be considered the building blocks for the rest of the city. Housing the original government offices and lined by the Pontalba buildings, tge Jackson Square area is filled with food, sips, shopping, and more!

13.  M.S. Rau

Have you ever been to a museum with price tags? The answer is probably not. I mean, most institutes are not selling Picasso-level art, but back over on Royal Street, M.S. Rau has been doing just that since 1912 from antiques to crown jewel-quality gems. This is the stop for those who want to take in the history and for some of us potentially even home.

14.  The Historic New Orleans Collection

Itching for more knowledge of the history of New Orleans? Check out this free experience along Royal St. The collections and archives of this museum space are phenomenal, and so is their museum shop too. The museum offers permanent collections and rotating exhibitions and is never short of being inspiring when it comes to telling the story of our great city.

Antoine’s Restaurant

15.  Antoine’s

When was the last time you ate at a restaurant that opened in the spring of 1840? Serving up food for generations and holding true to the tradition of dressing for dinner. This classic French-Creole fare will make your taste buds sing.

16.  Bottom of The Cup Tea Room

Since 1929, Bottom of The Cup has been offering their services in the art of tea leaf reading and more. This establishment is steeped in history and is a great way of finding your fortunes in the city of New Orleans.

The Carousel Bar

17.  Hotel Monteleone

Known as the grand dame of Royal St., this hotel has been a staple in luxury stays since 1886. The exterior alone at this hotel is a marvel to see but tucked inside its front doors is even more glamour and the cherished Carousel Bar . Make this your final stop and have a sip to bask in all the art, culture, and historic sights you have seen for the day.

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Chris Thomas King is known as the pioneer of rap/blues fusion winning the “Album of the Year” for both the Grammy and Country Music Awards.  As part of the music scene in New Orleans, he the tour narrator and provides fascinating information about Blues and Jazz and the music’s roots in the rich history of the French Quarter.

You may also remember Chris from his roles in several hit movies.  In the Coen Brothers film O Brother Where Art Thou? he portrays a skilled blues guitarist who claims he sold his soul to the devil in exchange for his skill on guitar.  In Ray he plays the blues guitarist and collaborated with Ray Charles in scoring the film.

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On our smart phone navigated tour of New Orleans, you will explore the French Quarter and discover its secrets.

A few of the site’s you’ll see include Dutch Alley, Café Du Monde, Jackson Square, Pirates Alley, the oldest Jazz Club in the big easy, the oldest bar, the creator of the Muffuletta, the French Market and I’ll even share with you the underground location of a Vampire Speakeasy.


Stop At: Joan of Arc Statue, French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana 70116

The tour starts here and you'll learn why Joanie on her Pony, as locals call her, the French hero, is in NOLA.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Dutch Alley, Dutch Aly, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA

You'll explore dutch alley, see the artist shops, see the window into the past and learn the history of the French Market.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Cafe Du Monde, 800 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA

This place can not be missed when visiting New Orleans!! A must try are the Beignets, a food that originated from Nova Scotia. Learn more on our tour!

Stop At: Washington Artillery Park, Decatur St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

The canon in front of you was used by the first battalion in the civil war. Just past the canon is the mighty Mississippi River. You'll get a great view and hear how this cannon got here.

Stop At: Pirates Alley, Pirates Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA

The alley said to be the site where they pirates where once held. Discover the story of how this alley changed the history of the USA

Pass By: The Arsenal, 615 St Peter, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA

You'll stop by the Arsenal and hear it's story, and you'll see a local Picasso painting on display.

Stop At: Pat O'Brien's, 718 Saint Peter St, Pat o's Courtyard Restaurant 624 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70116

the Huricane! Learn the story of how the famous drink came to be, and drink one if you are of age :)

Stop At: Reverend Zombie's House Of Voodoo, 713 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA

Voodoo legends, it's time to explore the other side.

Stop At: Fritzel's European Jazz Bar, 733 Bourbon St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70116

The oldest jazz bar in NOLA, and it's said to also have a secret vampire speakeasy. Learn how to enter.

Stop At: Marie Laveau House of Voodoo, 739 Bourbon St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70116

It's voodoo time! learn the story of the voodoo queen and check out one of the coolest shops ever.

Stop At: Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar, 941 Bourbon St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70116

One of the oldest and coolest bars, this is said to be the spot the pirates once hung. Learn about it's history.

Stop At: Central Grocery and Deli, 923 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA

The inventors of the Muffuletta, a NOLA tradition.

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Central Grocery and Deli, 923 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA

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  • Necessary / Essential Cookies Type: Session Cookies Administered by: Us Purpose: These Cookies are essential to provide You with services available through the Website and to enable You to use some of its features. They help to authenticate users and prevent fraudulent use of user accounts. Without these Cookies, the services that You have asked for cannot be provided, and We only use these Cookies to provide You with those services.
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For more information about the cookies we use and your choices regarding cookies, please visit our Cookie Policy .

Use of Your Personal Data

The Company may use Personal Data for the following purposes:

  • To provide and maintain our Service , including to monitor the usage of our Service.
  • To manage Your Account:  to manage Your registration as a user of the Service. The Personal Data You provide can give You access to different functionalities of the Service that are available to You as a registered user.
  • For the performance of a contract:  the development, compliance and undertaking of the purchase contract for the products, items or services You have purchased or of any other contract with Us through the Service.
  • To contact You:  To contact You by email, telephone calls, SMS, or other equivalent forms of electronic communication, such as a mobile application’s push notifications regarding updates or informative communications related to the functionalities, products or contracted services, including the security updates, when necessary or reasonable for their implementation.
  • To provide You  with news, special offers and general information about other goods, services and events which we offer that are similar to those that you have already purchased or enquired about unless You have opted not to receive such information.
  • To manage Your requests:  To attend and manage Your requests to Us.

We may share your personal information in the following situations:

  • With Service Providers:  We may share Your personal information with Service Providers to monitor and analyze the use of our Service, to advertise on third party websites to You after You visited our Service, for payment processing, to contact You.
  • For Business transfers:  We may share or transfer Your personal information in connection with, or during negotiations of, any merger, sale of Company assets, financing, or acquisition of all or a portion of our business to another company.
  • With Affiliates:  We may share Your information with Our affiliates, in which case we will require those affiliates to honor this Privacy Policy. Affiliates include Our parent company and any other subsidiaries, joint venture partners or other companies that We control or that are under common control with Us.
  • With Business partners:  We may share Your information with Our business partners to offer You certain products, services or promotions.
  • With other users:  when You share personal information or otherwise interact in the public areas with other users, such information may be viewed by all users and may be publicly distributed outside. If You interact with other users or register through a Third-Party Social Media Service, Your contacts on the Third-Party Social Media Service may see Your name, profile, pictures and description of Your activity. Similarly, other users will be able to view descriptions of Your activity, communicate with You and view Your profile.

Retention of Your Personal Data

The Company will retain Your Personal Data only for as long as is necessary for the purposes set out in this Privacy Policy. We will retain and use Your Personal Data to the extent necessary to comply with our legal obligations (for example, if we are required to retain your data to comply with applicable laws), resolve disputes, and enforce our legal agreements and policies.

The Company will also retain Usage Data for internal analysis purposes. Usage Data is generally retained for a shorter period of time, except when this data is used to strengthen the security or to improve the functionality of Our Service, or We are legally obligated to retain this data for longer time periods.

Transfer of Your Personal Data

Your information, including Personal Data, is processed at the Company’s operating offices and in any other places where the parties involved in the processing are located. It means that this information may be transferred to — and maintained on — computers located outside of Your state, province, country or other governmental jurisdiction where the data protection laws may differ than those from Your jurisdiction.

Your consent to this Privacy Policy followed by Your submission of such information represents Your agreement to that transfer.

The Company will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that Your data is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Policy and no transfer of Your Personal Data will take place to an organization or a country unless there are adequate controls in place including the security of Your data and other personal information.

Disclosure of Your Personal Data

Business Transactions If the Company is involved in a merger, acquisition or asset sale, Your Personal Data may be transferred. We will provide notice before Your Personal Data is transferred and becomes subject to a different Privacy Policy.

Law enforcement Under certain circumstances, the Company may be required to disclose Your Personal Data if required to do so by law or in response to valid requests by public authorities (e.g. a court or a government agency).

Other legal requirements The Company may disclose Your Personal Data in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to:

  • Comply with a legal obligation
  • Protect and defend the rights or property of the Company
  • Prevent or investigate possible wrongdoing in connection with the Service
  • Protect the personal safety of Users of the Service or the public
  • Protect against legal liability

Security of Your Personal Data

The security of Your Personal Data is important to Us, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. While We strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect Your Personal Data, We cannot guarantee its absolute security.

Detailed Information on the Processing of Your Personal Data

Service Providers have access to Your Personal Data only to perform their tasks on Our behalf and are obligated not to disclose or use it for any other purpose.

Analytics We may use third-party Service providers to monitor and analyze the use of our Service.

  • Google Analytics Google Analytics is a web analytics service offered by Google that tracks and reports website traffic. Google uses the data collected to track and monitor the use of our Service. This data is shared with other Google services. Google may use the collected data to contextualize and personalize the ads of its own advertising network. You can opt-out of having made your activity on the Service available to Google Analytics by installing the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on. The add-on prevents the Google Analytics JavaScript (ga.js, analytics.js, and dc.js) from sharing information with Google Analytics about visits activity. For more information on the privacy practices of Google, please visit the Google Privacy & Terms web page:  https://policies. google .com/privacy?hl=en .

Email Marketing We may use Your Personal Data to contact You with newsletters, marketing or promotional materials, and other information that may be of interest to You. You may opt-out of receiving any, or all, of these communications from Us by following the unsubscribe link or instructions provided in any email We send or by contacting Us.

Behavioral Remarketing The Company uses remarketing services to advertise on third party websites to You after You visited our Service. We and Our third-party vendors use cookies to inform, optimize, and serve ads based on Your past visits to our Service.

  • Google Ads (AdWords) Google Ads (AdWords) remarketing service is provided by Google Inc. You can opt-out of Google Analytics for Display Advertising and customize the Google Display Network ads by visiting the Google Ads Settings page: . Google also recommends installing the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on –  – for your web browser. Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on provides visitors with the ability to prevent their data from being collected and used by Google Analytics. For more information on the privacy practices of Google, please visit the Google Privacy & Terms web page: .
  • Microsoft Advertising (Bing Ads) Remarketing Bing Ads remarketing service is provided by Microsoft Inc. You can opt-out of Bing Ads interest-based ads by following their instructions: . You can learn more about the privacy practices and policies of Microsoft by visiting their Privacy Policy page: .
  • Twitter Twitter remarketing service is provided by Twitter Inc. You can opt-out from Twitter’s interest-based ads by following their instructions: . You can learn more about the privacy practices and policies of Twitter by visiting their Privacy Policy page: .
  • Facebook Facebook remarketing service is provided by Facebook Inc. You can learn more about interest-based advertising from Facebook by visiting this page: /1649686938 37950 . To opt-out from Facebook’s interest-based ads, follow these instructions from Facebook: /5681374933 02217 . Facebook adheres to the Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioural Advertising established by the Digital Advertising Alliance. You can also opt-out from Facebook and other participating companies through the Digital Advertising Alliance in the USA , the Digital Advertising Alliance of Canada in Canada  or the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance in Europe , or opt-out using your mobile device settings. For more information on the privacy practices of Facebook, please visit Facebook’s Data Policy: .
  • AdRoll AdRoll remarketing service is provided by Semantic Sugar, Inc. You can opt-out of AdRoll remarketing by visiting this AdRoll Advertising Preferences web page: . For more information on the privacy practices of AdRoll, please visit the AdRoll Privacy Policy web page:
  • Perfect Audience Perfect Audience remarketing service is provided by NowSpots Inc. You can opt-out of Perfect Audience remarketing by visiting these pages: Platform Opt-out ( and Partner Opt-out ( For more information on the privacy practices of Perfect Audience, please visit the Perfect Audience Privacy Policy & Opt-out web page: .

We may provide paid products and/or services within the Service. In that case, we may use third-party services for payment processing (e.g. payment processors).

We will not store or collect Your payment card details. That information is provided directly to Our third-party payment processors whose use of Your personal information is governed by their Privacy Policy. These payment processors adhere to the standards set by PCI-DSS as managed by the PCI Security Standards Council, which is a joint effort of brands like Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover. PCI-DSS requirements help ensure the secure handling of payment information.

  • Stripe Their Privacy Policy can be viewed at .

When You use Our Service to pay for a product and/or service via bank transfer, We may ask You to provide information to facilitate this transaction and to verify Your identity.

GDPR Privacy

Legal Basis for Processing Personal Data under GDPR We may process Personal Data under the following conditions:

  • Consent:  You have given Your consent for processing Personal Data for one or more specific purposes.
  • Performance of a contract:  Provision of Personal Data is necessary for the performance of an agreement with You and/or for any pre-contractual obligations thereof.
  • Legal obligations:  Processing Personal Data is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which the Company is subject.
  • Vital interests:  Processing Personal Data is necessary in order to protect Your vital interests or of another natural person.
  • Public interests:  Processing Personal Data is related to a task that is carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the Company.
  • Legitimate interests:  Processing Personal Data is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by the Company.

In any case, the Company will gladly help to clarify the specific legal basis that applies to the processing, and in particular whether the provision of Personal Data is a statutory or contractual requirement, or a requirement necessary to enter into a contract.

Your Rights under the GDPR The Company undertakes to respect the confidentiality of Your Personal Data and to guarantee You can exercise Your rights.

You have the right under this Privacy Policy, and by law, if You are within the EU, to:

  • Request access to Your Personal Data.   The right to access, update, or delete the information We have on You. Whenever made possible, you can access, update, or request the deletion of Your Personal Data directly within Your account settings section. If you are unable to perform these actions yourself, please contact Us to assist You. This also enables You to receive a copy of the Personal Data We hold about You.
  • Request correction of the Personal Data that We hold about You.   You have the right to have any incomplete or inaccurate information We hold about You corrected.
  • Object to processing of Your Personal Data.   This right exists where We are relying on legitimate interest as the legal basis for Our processing and there is something about Your particular situation, which makes You want to object to our processing of Your Personal Data on this ground. You also have the right to object where We are processing Your Personal Data for direct marketing purposes.
  • Request erasure of Your Personal Data.   You have the right to ask Us to delete or remove Personal Data when there is no good reason for Us to continue processing it.
  • Request the transfer of Your Personal Data.   We will provide to You, or to a third-party You have chosen, Your Personal Data in a structured, commonly used, machine-readable format. Please note that this right only applies to automated information which You initially provided consent for Us to use or where We used the information to perform a contract with You.
  • Withdraw Your consent.   You have the right to withdraw Your consent on using your Personal Data. If You withdraw Your consent, We may not be able to provide You with access to certain specific functionalities of the Service.

Exercising of Your GDPR Data Protection Rights You may exercise Your rights of access, rectification, cancellation, and opposition by contacting Us. Please note that we may ask You to verify Your identity before responding to such requests. If You make a request, We will try our best to respond to You as soon as possible.

You have the right to complain to a Data Protection Authority about Our collection and use of Your Personal Data. For more information, if You are in the European Economic Area (EEA), please contact Your local data protection authority in the EEA.

Facebook Fan Page

Data Controller for the Facebook Fan Page The Company is the Data Controller of Your Personal Data collected while using the Service. As the operator of our Facebook Fan Page, the Company and the operator of the social network Facebook are Joint Controllers.

The Company has entered into agreements with Facebook that define the terms for use of the Facebook Fan Page, among other things. These terms are mostly based on the Facebook Terms of Service: .

Visit the Facebook Privacy Policy  for more information about how Facebook manages Personal data or contact Facebook online, or by mail: Facebook, Inc. ATTN, Privacy Operations, 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025, United States.

Facebook Insights We use the Facebook Insights function in connection with the operation of the Facebook Fan Page and on the basis of the GDPR, in order to obtain anonymized statistical data about Our users.

For this purpose, Facebook places a Cookie on the device of the user visiting Our Facebook Fan Page. Each Cookie contains a unique identifier code and remains active for a period of two years, except when it is deleted before the end of this period.

Facebook receives, records and processes the information stored in the Cookie, especially when the user visits the Facebook services, services that are provided by other members of the Facebook Fan Page and services by other companies that use Facebook services.

For more information on the privacy practices of Facebook, please visit Facebook Privacy Policy here: .

CCPA Privacy

Your Rights under the CCPA Under this Privacy Policy, and by law if You are a resident of California, You have the following rights:

  • The right to notice.   You must be properly notified which categories of Personal Data are being collected and the purposes for which the Personal Data is being used.
  • The right to access / the right to request.   The CCPA permits You to request and obtain from the Company information regarding the disclosure of Your Personal Data that has been collected in the past 12 months by the Company or its subsidiaries to a third-party for the third party’s direct marketing purposes.
  • The right to say no to the sale of Personal Data.   You also have the right to ask the Company not to sell Your Personal Data to third parties. You can submit such a request by visiting our “Do Not Sell My Personal Information” section or web page.
  • The categories of Personal Data collected
  • The sources from which the Personal Data was collected
  • The business or commercial purpose for collecting or selling the Personal Data
  • Categories of third parties with whom We share Personal Data
  • The specific pieces of Personal Data we collected about You
  • The right to delete Personal Data.   You also have the right to request the deletion of Your Personal Data that has been collected in the past 12 months.
  • Denying goods or services to You
  • Charging different prices or rates for goods or services, including the use of discounts or other benefits or imposing penalties
  • Providing a different level or quality of goods or services to You
  • Suggesting that You will receive a different price or rate for goods or services or a different level or quality of goods or services.

Exercising Your CCPA Data Protection Rights In order to exercise any of Your rights under the CCPA, and if you are a California resident, You can email or call us or visit our “Do Not Sell My Personal Information” section or web page.

The Company will disclose and deliver the required information free of charge within 45 days of receiving Your verifiable request. The time period to provide the required information may be extended once by an additional 45 days when reasonably necessary and with prior notice.

Do Not Sell My Personal Information

We do not sell personal information. However, the Service Providers we partner with (for example, our advertising partners) may use technology on the Service that “sells” personal information as defined by the CCPA law.

If you wish to opt out of the use of your personal information for interest-based advertising purposes and these potential sales as defined under CCPA law, you may do so by following the instructions below.

Please note that any opt-out is specific to the browser You use. You may need to opt-out on every browser that you use.

Website You can opt-out of receiving ads that are personalized as served by our Service Providers by following our instructions presented on the Service:

  • From their “Cookie Consent” notice banner
  • Or from their “CCPA Opt-out” notice banner
  • Or from their “Do Not Sell My Personal Information” notice banner
  • Or from their “Do Not Sell My Personal Information” link

The opt out will place a cookie on Your computer that is unique to the browser You use to opt out. If you change browsers or delete the cookies saved by your browser, you will need to opt out again.

Mobile Devices Your mobile device may give you the ability to opt out of the use of information about the apps you use in order to serve you ads that are targeted to your interests:

  • “Opt out of Interest-Based Ads” or “Opt out of Ads Personalization” on Android devices
  • “Limit Ad Tracking” on iOS devices

You can also stop the collection of location information from Your mobile device by changing the preferences on your mobile device.

“Do Not Track” Policy as Required by California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA)

Our Service does not respond to Do Not Track signals.

However, some third party websites do keep track of Your browsing activities. If You are visiting such websites, You can set Your preferences in Your web browser to inform websites that You do not want to be tracked. You can enable or disable DNT by visiting the preferences or settings page of Your web browser.

Children’s Privacy

Our Service does not address anyone under the age of 13. We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 13. If You are a parent or guardian and You are aware that Your child has provided Us with Personal Data, please contact Us. If We become aware that We have collected Personal Data from anyone under the age of 13 without verification of parental consent, We take steps to remove that information from Our servers.

Your California Privacy Rights (California’s Shine the Light law)

Under California Civil Code Section 1798 (California’s Shine the Light law), California residents with an established business relationship with us can request information once a year about sharing their Personal Data with third parties for the third parties’ direct marketing purposes.

If you’d like to request more information under the California Shine the Light law, You can contact Us using the contact information provided below.

California Privacy Rights for Minor Users (California Business and Professions Code Section 22581)

California Business and Professions Code section 22581 allows California residents under the age of 18 who are registered users of online sites, services, or applications to request and obtain removal of content or information they have publicly posted.

To request removal of such data, and if you are a California resident, You can contact Us using the contact information provided below, and include the email address associated with Your account.

Be aware that Your request does not guarantee complete or comprehensive removal of content or information posted online and that the law may not permit or require removal in certain circumstances.

Links to Other Websites

Our Service may contain links to other websites that are not operated by Us. If You click on a third party link, You will be directed to that third party’s site. We strongly advise You to review the Privacy Policy of every site You visit.

We have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third party sites or services.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

We may update our Privacy Policy from time to time. We will notify You of any changes by posting the new Privacy Policy on this page.

You are advised to review this Privacy Policy periodically for any changes. Changes to this Privacy Policy are effective when they are posted on this page.

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Cool New Orleans wants to make your searches as relevant as possible. That's why we offer many ways to help you find the right experiences for you.

On some pages, you can select how to sort the results we display and also use filter options to see only those search results that meet your chosen preferences. You'll see explanations of what those sort options mean when you select them.

If you see a Badge of Excellence label, the award is based on average review ratings, share of bookings with a review, and number of bookings through Cool New Orleans over a 12-month period.

The importance of any one factor over any other in a sort order varies, and the balance is constantly being reviewed and adjusted. We're always updating our systems and testing new ways to refine and improve your results to make them as relevant as possible to meet your needs.


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Screen-reader and keyboard navigation.

  • Screen-reader optimization: we run a background process that learns the website’s components from top to bottom, to ensure ongoing compliance even when updating the website. In this process, we provide screen-readers with meaningful data using the ARIA set of attributes. For example, we provide accurate form labels; descriptions for actionable icons (social media icons, search icons, cart icons, etc.); validation guidance for form inputs; element roles such as buttons, menus, modal dialogues (popups), and others. Additionally, the background process scans all of the website’s images and provides an accurate and meaningful image-object-recognition-based description as an ALT (alternate text) tag for images that are not described. It will also extract texts that are embedded within the image, using an OCR (optical character recognition) technology. To turn on screen-reader adjustments at any time, users need only to press the Alt+1 keyboard combination. Screen-reader users also get automatic announcements to turn the Screen-reader mode on as soon as they enter the website.These adjustments are compatible with all popular screen readers, including JAWS and NVDA.
  • Keyboard navigation optimization: The background process also adjusts the website’s HTML, and adds various behaviors using JavaScript code to make the website operable by the keyboard. This includes the ability to navigate the website using the Tab and Shift+Tab keys, operate dropdowns with the arrow keys, close them with Esc, trigger buttons and links using the Enter key, navigate between radio and checkbox elements using the arrow keys, and fill them in with the Spacebar or Enter key.Additionally, keyboard users will find quick-navigation and content-skip menus, available at any time by clicking Alt+1, or as the first elements of the site while navigating with the keyboard. The background process also handles triggered popups by moving the keyboard focus towards them as soon as they appear, and not allow the focus drift outside of it.Users can also use shortcuts such as “M” (menus), “H” (headings), “F” (forms), “B” (buttons), and “G” (graphics) to jump to specific elements.

Disability profiles supported in our website

  • Epilepsy Safe Mode: this profile enables people with epilepsy to use the website safely by eliminating the risk of seizures that result from flashing or blinking animations and risky color combinations.
  • Visually Impaired Mode: this mode adjusts the website for the convenience of users with visual impairments such as Degrading Eyesight, Tunnel Vision, Cataract, Glaucoma, and others.
  • Cognitive Disability Mode: this mode provides different assistive options to help users with cognitive impairments such as Dyslexia, Autism, CVA, and others, to focus on the essential elements of the website more easily.
  • ADHD Friendly Mode: this mode helps users with ADHD and Neurodevelopmental disorders to read, browse, and focus on the main website elements more easily while significantly reducing distractions.
  • Blindness Mode: this mode configures the website to be compatible with screen-readers such as JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver, and TalkBack. A screen-reader is software for blind users that is installed on a computer and smartphone, and websites must be compatible with it.
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  • Font adjustments – users, can increase and decrease its size, change its family (type), adjust the spacing, alignment, line height, and more.
  • Color adjustments – users can select various color contrast profiles such as light, dark, inverted, and monochrome. Additionally, users can swap color schemes of titles, texts, and backgrounds, with over 7 different coloring options.
  • Animations – epileptic users can stop all running animations with the click of a button. Animations controlled by the interface include videos, GIFs, and CSS flashing transitions.
  • Content highlighting – users can choose to emphasize important elements such as links and titles. They can also choose to highlight focused or hovered elements only.
  • Audio muting – users with hearing devices may experience headaches or other issues due to automatic audio playing. This option lets users mute the entire website instantly.
  • Cognitive disorders – we utilize a search engine that is linked to Wikipedia and Wiktionary, allowing people with cognitive disorders to decipher meanings of phrases, initials, slang, and others.
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Garden District Walking Tour

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The Garden District, or 'Lafayette City' as it was once known, is part of Uptown New Orleans.

This area is just a short streetcar ride from Bourbon Street and the French Quarter, but it feels like a world apart. Step back in time and explore the architectural marvels and rich history of New Orleans. Whether you’re a history buff or an architecture enthusiast, this tour has something special.

  • Guided Tour Information
  • How to Get Here
  • Free Self-guided Tour
  • Tips from Locals and Travelers
  • Lafayette Cemetery #1

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french quarter walking tour self guided

It's a must-see in New Orleans, and we know we lead hundreds of guests each week on walking tours of the neighborhood.

In the video below, Andrew, a tour guide with us - Tours by Foot, takes you on a virtual Garden District walking tour.

Depending on the time of year, we offer daily or 2x daily guided walking tours of the Garden District.

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Sights We Cover on the Garden District Tour:

  • Colonel Short's Villa: Begin your adventure at the stunning Colonel Short's Villa, a masterpiece of Italianate architecture. Learn about its storied past and the fascinating tales of its former residents.
  • Briggs-Staub House : Next, marvel at the Gothic Revival style of the Briggs-Staub House. Your tour guide will share intriguing details about its unique design and historical significance- the only true example of Gothic Revival architecture in the Garden District.
  • Commander's Palace Restaurant: A visit to New Orleans wouldn't be complete without stopping at the iconic Commander's Palace Restaurant. Known for its award-winning cuisine, this historic establishment has been a staple in the community since 1893.
  • Toby's Corner : Wander past Toby's Corner, the oldest house in the Garden District. Admire its Greek Revival architecture and hear stories about New Orleans's early days.
  • Manning House : Discover the elegant Manning House - once the home of former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning, as well as the childhood home of his football star sons Peyton, Eli, and Cooper Manning.
  • Brevard-Mahat-Rice House : Explore the grandeur of the Brevard-Mahat-Rice House, a testament to the opulence of the antebellum South. Anne Rice, best known for her novels about vampires in New Orleans, renovated and used the home as her primary residence for many years, and she also set her Witching Hour trilogy inside.
  • Rosegate : Stroll past the enchanting gardens of Rosegate. This hidden gem offers a serene escape and a glimpse into the city's horticultural heritage, surrounded by one of the first chain-link fence designs in the world.
  • Payne-Strachan House : Admire the classic beauty of the Payne-Strachan House- where the first and only President of the short-lived Confederate States of America, Jefferson Davis, died.
  • Lafayette Cemetery : Conclude your tour with a visit to Lafayette Cemetery, one of the most famous cemeteries in New Orleans. Discover the unique above-ground tombs and their rich history. The cemetery is closed to groups for maintenance until further notice. However, we will still discuss the graveyard at the gate!
  • and much more...

New Orleans is well known for uneven streets, most famously in the Garden District.

It is often a source of great humor and peril. Please wear flat shoes and let us know if anyone in your party uses walking assistance.

We have been leading walking tours for 15 years and are well-regarded experts. Read the reviews for yourself.


  • The tour departs from the southwest corner of Prytania Street and Washington Avenue. The corner is next to the white cemetery wall ( map ).
  • The tour ends outside of Commander's Palace Restaurant ( map ). Note, if you are considering eating there, keep in mind that they have a dress code.
  • Tour lasts 2 hours. Total walking is about 1 mile.
  • Or take our anytime GPS-enabled audio tour.

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Garden District Meeting Point


We also offer self-guided walking and audio tours to use anytime you wish.

The audio tour is GPS-enabled so you can follow it on your phone. Downloads cost just $2.99.

Here is an audio sample.

We also offer audio tours of other New Orleans Neighborhoods.

Here is how it works:

  • Purchase an audio tour.
  • Get a confirmation email with .mp3, .pdf, and embeddable Google Map
  • Enjoy the tour(s).

Available Tours

  • Garden District
  • French Quarter
  • Hurricane Katrina Rebirth
  • Music, Arts, and More Tour
  • St. Charles Streetcar

New Orleans Walking Tours

But first, here is a bit of background information.

Excluded from early 19th-century Creole society, newly arrived Yankees got to work creating their city.

They bought property blocks that were carved up from the Livaudais Plantation.

The result is one of New Orleans's most desired neighborhoods and one of the nation's most beautifully preserved city districts. It's home to the rich, the famous, the strange, and the dead!

Manning House Garden District

Stroll the leafy, magnolia-shaded streets of the Garden District and a city of the dead, Lafayette Cemetery #1.

This walking tour is not just historic mansions, live oak trees, and manicured gardens.

It also includes stories of legends, tragedy, epidemics, lost causes, movie stars, celebrity chefs, and haunted spirits. 

It's free to visit and walk around the Garden District and a very safe neighborhood.


Depending on where you are coming from and going, the Garden District is approximately 2-3 miles from Bourbon Street in the French Quarter.

How you get to the Garden District depends on where you are staying and what you want to do.  

Since this page is mainly a self-guided tour of the neighborhood, here is a link to the starting point of that tour. 

How to Get to the Garden District

Some buses service the area, and you could take a taxi or an Uber, but we recommend taking the St. Charles Streetcar.  

The ride along St. Charles Avenue is full of beautiful

If you’re mainly interested in the shopping and dining on Magazine Street, the #11 city bus runs the entire length of that street, from the edge of the French Quarter to the Audubon Zoo.  

By Streetcar

Many reading this will come from the French Quarter, and then you will take the St. Charles Streetcar  from Canal Street.

The fare is $1.25, though day passes are also available.  

Be sure to read our guide on taking the streetcars in New Orleans. Below is a short video to give you a taste of what you will see.

Be sure to download our GPS-enabled audio tour of the St. Charles Streetcar, which you can take with you. Here's a sample.

Click here to get the audio tour .

On your journey to the outskirts of town, you’ll pass through the first of New Orleans’ "American neighborhoods."

Known today as the Central Business District, it was the first neighborhood for the American prospectors arriving in town shortly after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. 

Many structures in this area date as far back as the 1820s.


Once again, here is a link to the starting point of that tour.

This walk should take 60-90 minutes, possibly more if you enter Lafayette Cemetery #1 .

Our tour begins just down the road from the Washington Ave. stop at St. Charles Ave.

Self-guided Garden District Tour Map

You can also view this tour on a smartphone on Google Maps and can use it offline as well.   

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Stop 1. The Rink/Still Perkin

The mustard-brown building at 2727 Prytania St., was once called the Crescent City Skating Rink, which we call the Rink today.

It was built in 1884, when New Orleans hosted the World Cotton Centennial Exposition – that year’s name for the World’s Fair.

The whole city prepared to entertain huge crowds of visitors on this site so an ice skating rink was built!

Today, it contains a coffee shop, the Still Perkin’ Café, where you can get a quick pastry or sandwich or a café au lait or chicory coffee to bring with you.

Upstairs is the Garden District Bookstore, which has hosted many book signings for the neighborhood’s famous novelist, Anne Rice.

You can see photos in the shop window of a theatrical mock funeral staged during one of her book promotions, and inside, you’ll find a barrister bookcase filled with signed copies of her works.

Diagonally across the intersection from the Rink, you’ll see the white-painted brick wall of Lafayette Cemetery #1. Halfway along it on Washington Avenue, you’ll find the cemetery gate.

Stop 2. Lafayette Cemetery #1

Lafayette Cemetery #1 was established in 1833 and was named for Lafayette, the autonomous city where it was located and which would eventually be incorporated into New Orleans.

It is a municipal cemetery, owned and operated by the city rather than by the Catholic Church, and is the third oldest cemetery still standing in New Orleans today.

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27 or more nationalities are represented in its interments. The cemetery still has burials occurring.

Lafayette #1 is a city block in size, with about 1,000 tombs and an estimated 7,000 people buried there.

For a more thorough exploration, read our self-guided tour and guide to Lafayette Cemetery #1 .

We also have a GPS-led audio tour of the cemetery. 

NOTE : The Lafayette Cemetery #1 is closed to the public while repairs and improvements are being made.

The city has estimated that it will reopen to the public in late 2024.

Exit the cemetery where you came in, on Washington Avenue, and walk left to Prytania Street. Turn right on Prytania and proceed one block, where you’ll see a fence with a cornstalk design on the right.

3. Colonel Short’s Villa 

At 1448 Fourth Street, this house was built by architect Henry Howard for Kentucky-born Colonel Robert Short in 1859.

Local lore says that Short’s wife complained of missing the cornfields in her native Iowa, so he bought her the cornstalk fence as a gift.

The current owners suggest an alternative explanation: The wife saw that it was the most expensive fence available in the building catalog and requested it based on that.

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If you look closely, the corn plants are wrapped in bean vines – a common strategy for efficient land cultivation, used by the region’s native population.

During the American Civil War, New Orleans was taken and occupied early as a strategic move to cut off Confederate supply lines.

Colonel Short’s Villa was commandeered in September 1862, and Governor Nathaniel Banks lived inside with Major General Benjamin Butler.

As a result of the early occupation, New Orleans, unlike many southern cities, evaded destruction from Sherman’s March.

Continue in the same direction along Prytania Street until the next intersection, where you’ll find the Briggs-Staub house on the left side.

4. Briggs­-Staub House 

The Briggs home, at 2605 Prytania. Street, built in 1854, is the only true example of Gothic Revival architecture in the Garden District.

Because this style reminded the Protestant Americans of the Catholicism of their Creole antagonists, it was not popular.

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The original owner, Charles Briggs, did not hold African slaves but did acquire Irish indentured servants. The large servant quarters can be seen to the left of the home.

Continue along Prytania to the next house on the same side of the street.

5. Our Mother of Perpetual Help Chapel - 2523 Prytania St.

The beautiful Madonna and canopy in the yard denote a small Catholic chapel, which used to stand here until Anne Rice, author of Interview with a Vampire , purchased the property.

It became the setting for Violin , another of her novels.

The home was designed by architect Henry Howard in 1857. Most of his works, including this house, were in the Italianate style.

Italianate homes in the Garden District, on average, have ceilings that are seventeen feet high.

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You’ll also notice the exquisite metalwork along the galleries.

At the tops of the metal columns, you’ll notice what we call “Romeo spikes” – installed, according to local lore, to keep young men from climbing into young women’s rooms.

The more likely intent of most owners was robbery prevention.

You’ll also notice gas lights on the porch that burn all day and night.

Lights like these found on many historic New Orleans buildings uphold a tradition that dates to the 1833 arrival of J.H. Caldwell, a theater manager and gasworks industrialist, who added gaslighting to much of the city.

The neighborhood would have never been without light since the Garden District was founded just as his enterprise began.

Continue along Prytania to this block’s last building on the right.

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6. The Women's Opera Guild House - 2504 Prytania St.

The standout homes in the Garden District often include more than one style.

Designed by William Freret in 1859, this building combines a Greek Revival structure and Italianate metalwork with a Queen Anne extension.

Now owned by the Women’s Opera Guild, the home can be toured on Mondays from 1 to 4 p.m.

Recent filming in the house includes the motion pictures Elsa and Peter with Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer and the Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained .

Continue down Prytania for another block; cross First Street and find the first house on the right.

7. Toby's Corner - 2340 Prytania St.

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The Garden District’s oldest still-standing residence was built in 1838. You can note the basic Doric columns, which speak to the home’s age.

Although built for an American owner, the house displays Creole building techniques that are practical for the region.

The house has a raised basement for flooding as well as ventilation.

The ceiling height is 15 feet. Floor-length windows surrounding the structure could be opened to take advantage of cross-breezes from nearby Mississippi.

From the front gate, you can see a sugar kettle used as a fountain in the front yard, paying homage to southeast Louisiana’s biggest crop.

If you’re here during the Carnival season, you’ll likely see three flags with the insignia of Rex, King of Mardi Gras, one of New Orleans’ many parading organizations.

Next, look across Prytania Street.

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8. Bradish Johnson House and Louise S. McGehee School - 2343 Prytania St.

Architect James Freret designed this mansion in the Second Empire style for sugar baron Bradish Johnson in 1872.

It is quintessential Reconstruction-era architecture.

You can also find this style further uptown along St. Charles Avenue in neighborhoods like Audubon Place, which was developed during that era.

Today, the property is the private Louise S. McGehee School for Girls, which celebrated its centennial in 2012.

From here, turn back along Prytania to the intersection with First Street, then turn left. Continue along First Street until you find a tan house on the right.

9. Buckner Mansion - 1410 Jackson Avenue

The massive house at Coliseum and Jackson, built in 1856, is the Buckner Mansion, the largest home in the neighborhood.

As you approach Coliseum Street, you’ll see the back of the house, including a long, three-story extension: this was the home’s slave quarters.

As you approach the front of the house on Jackson Avenue, you’ll get the complete sense of its size – over 20,000 square feet.

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Henry Buckner, the house's namesake, was a cotton magnate who commissioned it. His family continued to live there until 1923, when it became a business school.

You can still see a mosaic stating its educational mission by the front gate.

Now it’s again a single-family home, but it got to play the part of a school in American Horror Story: Coven.

10. Archie Manning House - 1420 First St.

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This is the home of former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning and the childhood home of his sons, Peyton, Eli, and Cooper Manning.

The family is made up of full-time residents and is a common sight in the neighborhood.

A lot of footage from the family documentary The Book of Manning (2013) was shot at the home.

11. Morris ­Israel House - 1331 First St.

By the 1860s, the Italianate style was the most popular style of architecture in the Garden District.

Like many New Orleans homes, this one is narrow along the street but extends far back on the lot.

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Large square lots that failed to sell were often split lengthwise, sometimes more than once, to form multiple lots, leaving owners with no choice but to build long, rectangular homes.

Past visitors to Disneyland in Anaheim, California, might recognize this house, as it was the basis for the design of the Haunted Mansion – and the house appropriately has rumored ghosts of its own.

Continue along First Street until you cross Chestnut, then find the first house on the left.

12. Brevard ­Mahat­/Anne Rice House - 1239 First St.

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Originally designed in 1857 as a Greek Revival home, this house has noticeable modern additions, like an Italianate bay and a skylight.

Notice the Rosegate fence, which is believed to be one of the world's first chain-link fence designs.

Viewers today, especially those familiar with the works of former owner Anne Rice, often see skulls rather than rosebuds.

Rice, best known for her novels about vampires in New Orleans, renovated and used the home as her primary residence for many years, and she also set her Witching Hour trilogy inside.

She sold the home in 2003 after the death of her husband, Stan Rice.

Continue along First Street, stopping at the first house right after the intersection with Camp Street.

13. Payne­ Strachan House - 1134 First St.

Jefferson Davis, the first and only President of the short-lived Confederate States of America, died here in December 1889.

He had been traveling to New Orleans to give a lecture, became ill, and spent his last hours here in the home of Judge Charles Fenner, where he was brought to receive care.

A small monument in front of the house bears the date of Davis’ death: December 6, 1889.

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Notice the sky-blue color of the ceiling on the front porch.

The color is believed to keep winged insects from nesting there and to ward off evil spirits.

Many Garden District homes and other homes throughout the Gulf South region adhere to this tradition.

The color is called “haint blue.”

From here, turn back along First Street and proceed until you reach the intersection with Coliseum Street. Turn left and continue until this block’s last house on the right.

14. Joseph Merrick Jones House - 2425 Coliseum St.

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This home currently belongs to the actor John Goodman, who is known locally for his role in the post-Katrina HBO drama Treme, created by David Simon, the creator of The Wire .

He's known more broadly for his film career and long-running role as Dan Conner on the hit TV show  Roseanne .

He moved to New Orleans thirty years ago after making the film The Big Easy with Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin.

Thanks to his portrayal of a staunch defender of New Orleans culture in Treme and his real-life advocacy, New Orleansians consider him an honorary native son.

Before Goodman owned the home, it belonged to Trent Reznor, the singer of Nine Inch Nails.

Some would speculate he was not a good fit as he had several unconventional guests and a recording studio installed inside.

Continue along Coliseum Street and pause at the next block’s last house on the left.

15. Musson­ Bell House - 1331 Third St.

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This home was built in 1853 for Michel Musson, one of the few Creoles living in the Garden District before the Civil War.

He was the uncle of French artist Edgar Degas.

Degas briefly lived with Musson in another home on Esplanade Avenue during a visit to New Orleans.

You can tour that home, now called the Degas House.

The backyard of this building, visible along Coliseum Street, contains several detached buildings typical of 19th-century homes.

This includes slave quarters, a kitchen, a stable and carriage house, and a cistern for water storage.

Mark Twain once commented that, upon visiting the neighborhood and seeing all the cisterns, it looked as if everybody had a private brewery.

16. Robinson House - 1415 Third St.

Building on this property began in 1859 and did not end until 1865. It was for tobacco merchant Walter Robinson by architect Henry Howard

The property is one of the largest in the Garden District at 12,000 square feet.

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The roof is flat, and rainwater is once gathered for the home’s indoor plumbing and drinking water.

In 2016 the house was listed for sale for $6.45 million, but the owners had to settle for only $4.5 million when they finally got a buyer!

Continue along Coliseum until you reach the next block’s last building on the right.

17. Koch-Mays House - 2627 Coliseum St.

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This Swiss Germanic Chalet, built in 1867, is one of only three homes of this style in New Orleans.

It is not a practical style of architecture in a part of the country that gets as warm as New Orleans does.

It was designed by architect William Freret for James Eustis, a one-time U.S. Senator.

Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock bought the home in late 2009, and as of 2021, she still owns the property (along with, allegedly, another 16 around the country!)

People flock to the home hoping for a sighting, but she’s rarely here.

She does allow other celebrities to stay, though, so you never know who might enter through the front gate.

18. Benjamin Button House – 2707 Coliseum St .

This house (Nolan House) was one of the central shooting locations for the film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, featuring Brad Pitt – and the one the film had to fight hardest to secure.

The director chose the house as the ideal setting for the retirement home where the title character has lived for many years.

However, the owner, who was evacuated to Houston at the time due to Hurricane Katrina, refused the request, as she had received many similar requests from film companies in the past.

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It took the director personally convincing her that the film would portray New Orleans in a positive, hopeful light – much needed after Hurricane Katrina – to change her mind.

The house's design shows the broad array of visual styles the Americans living in this neighborhood drew from.

These include Ionic columns on the ground floor, Queen Anne reliefs on the second floor, and Gothic arches in Greek Revival dormers on a roof of part shingle, part Spanish tile.

Continue along Coliseum to the corner of Washington Ave.

19. Commander's Palace Restaurant - 1403 Washington Ave.

The bright turquoise-and-white building on the corner was erected in 1883 for Emil Commander to be run as a restaurant.

It is now considered one of the best restaurants in the United States and has been owned by the Brennan family, some of New Orleans’ foremost restauranteurs, since 1974.

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Locals attend the weekday martini lunches – twenty-five cents for a martini with an entrée! – but a weekend jazz brunch is also an excellent option.

Reservations are required, and there is a strict dress code.

And that concludes our self-guided walking tour of the Garden District in New Orleans.

If you are reading this in preparation for an in-person visit, consider joining other like-minded travelers on a guided tour with us, Free Tours by Foot!

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Below we share some thoughts and tips from members of our popular New Orleans Travel Tips Facebook group about touring the Garden District, if they felt it was worth the time, and what is the best way to see it.

Our Facebook group has over 40,000 members and consists of locals, regular visitors, and newbies to the city. 

After you've read this post, check our Facebook group for more tips from locals and tourists about visiting the Big Easy!

With so many amazing places to see in New Orleans, it’s hard to narrow down where to go and what to do. So…is the Garden District a “must-see”?

Here’s what group members said about the district and what makes it so special.

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Besides the history and houses, the plant life is beautiful, the restaurants are amazing and the shopping is excellent.

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We saw lots of comments from members, like this one, who say the Garden District is so nice it’s worth visiting more than once.

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We were hard-pressed to find any negative comments about it, the most ‘negative’ being that what makes it special may not be to everyone’s liking.

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The only comment we read that found said it wasn't worth visiting was this one, from someone who has the opportunity to see grand old mansions at home.

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So if you are short on time in NOLA, and live in a part of the country where there are similar neighborhoods, then perhaps you might prefer to skip the Garden District. 

(Call us biased, but we don't think it should be missed, no matter what you can see back home!)

Once you decide to explore the Garden District, the question is how you want to do so.

Many members felt that taking a guided tour was the best way to get to know the area.

Guides tell you about the history, the special architectural features, and what movies and celebrities are connected to the district.

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 And we are very pleased to see that these members took our tour and had a great time!

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Some people felt that taking a self-guided tour was a good option, like the one contained in this post.

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One of the most popular ways to see the Garden District, other than on foot, is to ride the St. Charles Streetcar .

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A common question is which neighborhood should one take a tour of -- the French Quarter or the Garden District.

Plenty of our group members agree with us! Both!

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But what if you are short of time? We say to do what this group member suggests!

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Here at Nola Tour Guy, we are experts and not only the history and culture of New Orleans but also knowing the best things to do in New Orleans, The best places to see and the best places to eat in New Orleans. We’ve put it all together in the following Free New Orleans Travel Guide.

You’ve probably seen other guides online. Most of these guides are written to promote paid links. The writers of these guides get a percentage of sales, this is called affiliate links. Our guide features no affiliate links, we are sharing our favorite things to do in New Orleans based on our actual knowledge and passion.

New Orleans is a vibrant sensory experience, full of colorful streets, soulful rhythms, and unforgettable tastes. It’s the culinary heart of Creole and Cajun cuisine, and beyond delights from gum­bo to shrimps and grits, it’s the city that invented he muffuletta, the beignet, and the char-grilled oyster.

New Orleans, is famous for it’s iconic architecture, the New Orleans Saints, and perhaps the most famous street in America—Bourbon Street. Did you know you can legally drink on the street anywhere in New Orleans? Here locals like to say, “Only in New Orleans!” After spending about a day in New Orleans, you’ll quickly see why.

From where to catch legendary New Orleans live music to the best restaurants in New Orleans, and every other must do activity, including including swamp and plantation tours. Check out our guide. Scroll down and hit any of the buttons to access more detailed articles

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Best Time to Travel to New Orleans (what is the weather like there?)

New Orleans is a wonderful place to visit in any season. But summers can get hot, the average high temperature is around 90F (or 32C). In addition hurricane season runs from August until November. That said, the crowds are smaller and the prices for hotels are lower. So if you don’t mind warm (and often rainy) weather this can be a good time to visit but we’d recommended purchasing travel insurance encase there’s a hurricane.

Winter is a great time to visit New Orleans. December and January see the streets dressed in their holiday best with multiple events and concerts, yet the overall crowds are lower, and hotel rates are cheaper. February in NOLA means Mardi Gras, the city’s most crowded season, with over 4 million party-goers from around the world.

The weather is also on your side -Louisiana has mild winters, with temperatures averaging in the 50s at night and 80s during the day. All of these factors combine to make NOLA an excellent winter destination!

Spring in New Orleans starts early, like mid February. Which also happens to be around Mardi Gras time. Mardi Gras falls anywhere between early February to March. Spring is the busiest time of year hosting the biggest festivals like Jazz Fest, because it has the best weather. So restaurants, bars and hotels might be much more crowded.

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It rains something like 200 days in New Orleans, find out what to do on a rainy day in New Orleans .

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There’s a lot of things to do in New Orleans. From drinking on Bourbon street to strolling among the ancient live oaks in City Park check out our guides below to find out more things to do in New Orleans

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The French Quarter is probably the most famous place to go in New Orleans and we definitely think you should check it out. It has been continuely occupied for 300 years. More then likely your hotel will either be in or close to the French Quarter but there lots of other places to check out in New Orleans. From antebellum mansions of the Garden District, to the quiet serenity of St Louis Cemetery #3 check out our guides to the Best Places to go in New Orleans.

People in New Orleans are extremely friendly. I like to say aggressively friendly. This might seem off putting if your coming form somewhere like New York City where people don’t talk to each other but this is normal and a great way to find out about things to do and places to eat and what peoples experiences are, and isn’t that what travel is all about? Get a drink at a bar and you might find yourself chatting with locals, just let it happen. Category five Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in August 2005, flooding 80 percent of the city. It’s not polite to ask strangers about their Katrina experience many locals still have PTSD from this experience.

New Orleanians love wearing costumes, for pretty much any reason. If you are coming for a holiday like Halloween or Mardi gras you should consider packing a costume or buying one when you arrive. If you want to experience Mardi Gras, be sure to book well ahead of time and be ready for hotel rates to be higher than at other times of the year. Also, many popular sightseeing attractions are closed during Mardi Gras, so it’s if your coming for Mardi Gras don’t expect to do much besides celebrating Mardi Gras.

New Orleans is known as the birthplace of jazz. So seeing live music should be on your to do list. Be sure to try Gulf seafood. Whether it’s raw, boiled, fried, stuffed in a po’ boy, served in an étouffée or prepared any other way, a plate full of should be on everyone’s to do lists. New Orleans is one of the top ten cities in the United States for the number of annual visitors. and it’s very popular for conventions Louisiana is divided into parishes rather than counties like the other states, and greater New Orleans spans eight parishes. The motto of New Orleans is “Laissez les bon temps rouler,” or “Let the good times roll.” and we think it really sums it all up

The New Orleans Transit Authority operates four streetcar lines: the St. Charles line, the Canal Street line, the Riverfront line, and the Rampart line. Have your exact fare ready as they do not give change. ($1.25 one way) They also offer a Jazzy Pass which can be purchased online. Taking a streetcar is part of the fun as well as convenient transportation. The historic vehicles are part of New Orleans history.The green St Charles line street cars were built around 1948, they are truly antiques. Streetcars are the most iconic way to travel in New Orleans and are definitionally recommend but be aware they are a leisurely form of travel.

Buses: There are 40 different RTA bus routes that run across the city of New Orleans. A one-way ticket costs $1.25, and a $3 all-day Jazzy Pass gets you unlimited rides for 24 hours. Important bus lines are the 91 Esplande bus that runs from the French Quarter to City Park and the 11 Magazine bus that goes from the CBD (near the French Quarter) to shops on Magazine and the Garden District. Ferries: RTA Ferries transport travelers to Algiers from Canal street for $2 per ride. You can catch the ferry from the foot of Canal and it’s great way to check out the Mississippi river.

We strongly recommend checking out their App to buy tickets and find our more info on routes and schedules. You can also use Google Maps enter in the address you want to go and hit the bus icon and Google will give you directions on how to get where your going on public transportation.

Bicycles New Orleans is a relatively small city. We at Nola Tour Guy usually ride our bicycles to work to our walking tours and it usually only takes about 20 minutes. The city has been added bicycle lanes but we still strongly recommend wearing a helmet as New Orleans drivers are some of the worse in the country. Another thing to be aware of is the potholes. Our streets aren’t the smoothest . If this hasn’t deswaded you from riding a bicycle around New Orleans check out our Blue Bike program there are also several local business that rent bicycles.

Renting a car : Should you rent a car in New Orleans? Depends what your planning on. Just hanging out in the French Quarter? Probably unnecessary. Interesting in a Day Trip outside of New Orleans? Then consider renting one.

Find out more in our article about Should I rent a car in New Orleans?

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The Green St Charles street cars have been operating since 1948!

New Orleans is famous for food. Muffuletta sandwiches, po’boys , oysters Rockefeller, and bananas foster all originated here, after all. Before we talk about where to eat lets talk a little about the food. You will see places advertising “Creole” and “Cajun”. Both Cajun and Creole dishes are native to Louisiana and found all over New Orleans. However, Cajun and Creole are unique ethnic groups with their traditions, culture, and cuisine. Cajun food was brought to Louisiana by the French Acadians , who migrated from Nova Scotia 250 years ago after the Seven Years War. Today, Cajun food is found all along the bayous of Louisiana, combining French and Southern dishes. They used to say a 7 course Cajun meal is a six pack of Bud and some boudin sausage.

More challenging to define, the term Creole holds no official definition but is generally said to have elements of French, European, African, Caribbean, or Hispanic descent mixed with a flair that is distinctly New Orleans. The impact of Creole culture is an inseparable part of the city. So the way to think about it is Urban vs Rural. Creole culture was historically centered around New Orleans and the French Quarter while Cajun culture is centered around the Bayous that surround the city.

We think that walking tours are the best way to see the city of New Orleans. Walking tours can go into so much more detail then bus tours. Nola Tour Guy offers FREE Historical Walking Tours, French Quarter tours, cemetery tours , Garden District Tours and Private Tours of New Orleans. How can our expert guides lead you through; the most interesting and historic neighborhoods in New Orleans for free? We are so sure you will love our tours you will gladly pay what you feel the tour is worth ($15-25 per person is suggested). Unlike other free walking tours in New Orleans, Nola Tour Guy is not a corporate chain but is run by local guides who are passionate about our history and excited to share with you the unique culture of the city they love. Our goal is to demystify the city so you’ll walk away understanding what makes New Orleans unique and important to us and to the world.

It might seem strange to you to want to tour a New Orleans Cemetery but New Orleans Cemeteries are extremely unique. However, by exploring a “ city of the dead ”, we can actually learn a lot about how people in the past lived, and perhaps even gain clues on how we should live today.

The first thing I think we all learned when either a grandparent or a beloved pet died is that life is impermanent, and that death is sudden and often random. This was especially true in New Orleans in the 19th century, when premature death was quite common. I don’t think it’s much of a leap to connect New Orleanians’ propensity for wild celebration to this proximity to death.

New Orleans has lots and lots of cemeteries and two very famous ones. Learn more about what Cemeteries to visit in New Orleans and why. Which ones are worth visiting and why? check out our guides.

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  1. Free Self-Guided Walking tour of The French Quarter with map

    Click here to Learn more about our 10am Guided Free Walking Tour of the French Quarter. Cost: Free. Starting Point: 800 Decatur, Cafe Du Monde. Ending Point: 941 Bourbon Street, Laffite's Blacksmith Bar. Total Distance: A fourth of a mile. Time Required: About an hour or two. Best Time To Go: Early morning is the best time to avoid crowds and ...

  2. FREE New Orleans French Quarter Walking Tour Map

    Walking Distance: 2.5 miles of walking ( -0.5 if you skip stops 9-13) Time Required: 2 Hours of walking ( +a few hours for food and drink) Fun Scale: 9.5 out of 10. Overview of the French Quarter: Our free, self-guided French Quarter walking tour will put you in the center of the cultural heartbeat of New Orleans for an unforgettable experience.

  3. The best self guided walking tour of New Orleans' French Quarter

    The perfect French Quarter self guided walking tour. This tour is meant to be followed in the following order…. Simply type the next address into your phone and get to walkin! Enjoy your adventure! Old US Mint (400 Esplanade Ave.) Built in 1835, the Old U.S. Mint is the only building in America to have served both as a United States and a ...

  4. Exploring the French Quarter: A Self-Guided Walking Tour of New Orleans

    Nestled at the heart of New Orleans, the French Quarter, also known as Vieux Carré, is the soul of the city. Rich in history, culture, and architectural beauty, this area offers an experience unlike any other. Whether you're a history buff, a foodie, or someone looking to immerse themselves in vibrant culture, this self-guided walking tour of the top 20 French Quarter attractions will guide ...

  5. Free Self Guided Tours of New Orleans (with Walking Maps)

    SELF-GUIDED FRENCH QUARTER TOUR. This self-guided tour highlights the top 16 things to see in the French Quarter, New Orleans's most famous neighborhood. If you are just walking and do not browse shops, bars, or markets, this tour should take you at least one hour to complete. Click here to be taken to the movable map.

  6. Self-Guided French Quarter Walking Tours

    This area of the quarter has played a 200-year-old role in development and trade, becoming an iconic stop for our visitors. Remember to bring cash, as many of the vendors here are cash-only. 2. New Orleans Jazz Museum. Just across the street from the French Market is the New Orleans Jazz Museum, which celebrates jazz in the city where it was ...

  7. French Quarter Walking Tour

    FRENCH QUARTER AUDIO TOUR. We also offer a self-guided, audio tour for you to use anytime you wish. The audio tour is GPS-enabled, so you can also follow on your phone. Downloads cost just $1.99. Here is an audio sample. We also offer audio tours of the Garden District, Lafayette Cemetery #1, and an audio tour of our Arts, Music, and More Tour.

  8. Self-Guided Walking Tour French Quarter In New Orleans

    Meeting point. Joan of Arc, Maid of Orleans. Place de France, Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA. Open in Google Maps. The Tour starts at the Joan of Arc Statue, also known by locals as Joanie on her Pony. Standing in front of the statue, press start tour, and put your phone away. Our Walking tour technology will guide you from there.

  9. New Orleans French Quarter Self Guided Walking Tour

    Self-Guided GPS Walking Tour Audio Adventure App - New Orleans: French Quarter - Music and History of Jackson Square, Bourbon Street, Mardi Gras. ... Use your smartphone to tour New Orleans French Quarter with Grammy Award Winning Blues Artist Chris Thomas King as He Hosts and Narrates SelfTour's GPS Walking ... The easy-to-use exclusive ...

  10. French Quarter Sights Smartphone-Guided Walking Tour 2024

    Delight in this 2-hour Smartphone-Guided Tour of the French Quarter's hidden gems. Learn about New Orleans' riveting past and discover fun facts with our interactive self-guided tour. Buy your ticket today then simply enter an access code on the website when you're ready for launch. Gather up some friends or family members; it certainly promises to be an extraordinary journey through time.

  11. French Quarter Walking Tour (Self Guided), New Orleans

    Guide Name: French Quarter Walking Tour Guide Location: USA » New Orleans (See other walking tours in New Orleans) Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing) # of Attractions: 16 Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s) Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles Author: ann Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:

  12. Self-Guided Walking Tour French Quarter In New Orleans

    Overview. On our smart phone navigated tour of New Orleans, you will explore the French Quarter and discover its secrets. A few of the site's you'll see include Dutch Alley, Café Du Monde, Jackson Square, Pirates Alley, the oldest Jazz Club in the big easy, the oldest bar, the creator of the Muffuletta, the French Market and I'll even share with you the underground location of a Vampire ...

  13. Things to Do in the French Quarter

    L - Carousel Bar, 214 Royal St New Orleans, LA 70130. Located inside the Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter, the Carousel Bar and Lounge is the only revolving bar in New Orleans and has been spinning visitors and locals for 65 years. Carousel Bar at the Monteleone Hotel. Watch on.

  14. Free Self-Guided architectural tour of New Orleans, French Quarter

    New Orleans is unique for many reasons, the food, the music and of course, the architecture! Learn more about the French Quarter's unique architecture on this self-guided architectural tour of the New Orleans French Quarter. New Orleans possesses an abundance of historic architecture constructed over a period spanning almost 300 years. The ...

  15. Free Self Guided Garden District Walking Tour New Orleans with Map

    A Free Self-Guided Tour of The Garden District New Orleans with map. For more info on our free guided tours of the Garden District click here. Check out our audio version of the tour here. Cost: Free. Starting Point: 2368 Magazine Street, Molly's Rise and Shine. Ending Point: 2627 Coliseum Street, Sandra Bullock's House.

  16. Free Self-Guided Ghosts of the French Quarter Walking Tour

    Starting Point: St. Louis Cathedral, 615 Pere Antoine Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116. Ending Point: Drink spot of your choice. Total Distance: About half a mile. Time Required: 2-3 hours. Best Time to Go: All ghost tours are better at night.

  17. Self-Guided Walking Tour French Quarter In New Orleans

    As the sun rises over the French Quarter, a symphony of sights, sounds, and flavors awakens in the heart of New Orleans. Set out on a self-guided walking tour

  18. French Quarter Audio Tour

    Welcome to the Free Tours by Foot self-guided audio tour of the French Quarter, New Orleans' first, oldest, and liveliest neighborhood. I'm Andrew, one of the guides with Free Tours by Foot, and I'm here to help you explore the neighborhood. Time: About 2 Hours. Distance: About 1.5 miles (2.5 km) Start: Washington Artillery Park. End: Old ...

  19. Self-Guided Walking Tour French Quarter In New Orleans

    2024 Cultural & Theme Tours in New Orleans: Check out 6 reviews and photos of the Self-Guided Walking Tour French Quarter In New Orleans. Book now from $6.75!

  20. Garden District New Orleans Walking Tour

    Harry B. ★★★★★ Sandy provide an insightful, interesting, and humorous tour of the French Quarter in New Orleans. Crickitt ★★★★★ Lisa was amazing. Very knowledgeable and entertaining! ... We also offer self-guided walking and audio tours to use anytime you wish. The audio tour is GPS-enabled so you can follow it on your phone ...

  21. New Orleans French Quarter Walking Tour

    Where the French Quarter Tour Meets. 768 Decatur. Walk up the steps. Your guide will have a hat that says GUY. Space on the New Orleans French Quarter walking tour is limited, so we recommend booking online or via call/text (504)300-9489. Walk-ups accepted but space is very limited due to covid-19. Please arrive promptly.

  22. Free New Orleans Travel Guide

    Best Tours in New Orleans. We think that walking tours are the best way to see the city of New Orleans. Walking tours can go into so much more detail then bus tours. Nola Tour Guy offers FREE Historical Walking Tours, French Quarter tours, cemetery tours, Garden District Tours and Private Tours of New Orleans.