Exotic and mystic, the French Quarter is one of the oldest neighborhoods of New Orleans, Louisiana (United States). Established by the French in 1718, this district was the original city settlement and a global port thanks to its strategic position along the Mississippi River.
This district, influenced by the European and Caribbean culture, has stunning buildings, balconies adorned with ironwork and courtyards filled with lush vegetation and Spanish fountains.
Every street of the French Quarter has something to offer from restaurants, live music venues, boutiques to voodoo temples. Some of the most popular areas of the French Quarter are Royal Street, Chartres Street, Bourbon Street and Jackson Square, originally known as the Place d’Armes, a timeless attraction surrounded by old apartment buildings and a beautiful garden.
Visitors can get around using “mule-drawn carriage” which was the original way of transportation, enjoy the traditional cuisine, a mix of West European, African, Caribbean and native Indian traditions or experience live music on the streets, in the clubs or during annual festivals.
On the riverside of the Lower French Quarter is located the French Market, an area with over 20 unique shops, souvenirs, restaurants, cafes, flea and farmers markets, full of shopping opportunities and historical monuments to visit.
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