She’ll let you in her house if you come knockin’ late at night.
The French Quarter, also known as the Vieux Carré, which means “Old Square” in French, is the historic heart of the city. She was the original city of Nouvelle Orleans and trust us, she has seen it all.
While walking and admiring her splendor, you will note the French Quarter has more of a Spanish appearance than French. This is largely due to two huge fires, one in 1788 and the other in 1794. The flames destroyed the mostly wooden French Quarter, and while the French influences remained, the Spanish building regulations were put in place to help prevent the spread of fire. The Spanish codes included protective plaster and fire retardent roofing – such as tile or slate.
Today, most of us refer to her simply as the “Quarter,” and she remains unforgettable. The ornate wrought-iron balconies, wrap-around porches, lush courtyards, secret gardens, and gas lanterns will leave you mesmerized. She is unapologetically loud and, at the same time, the most sophisticated of places. She holds so many secrets, yet invites everyone to come as they are and pass a good time. Everything you need is right here – antique shops, grocery stores, parks, old school New Orleans restaurants, dive bars, champagne & cocktail lounges, art galleries, music clubs, this list goes on and on. We dare say it would be impossible to be bored living here!
The French Quarter has some of the most stunning architecture of anywhere in the world- glorious Creole Townhouses and Cottages, American Townhouses, Shotguns, Double Gallery Houses, and raised Cottages. You will find a mix of homes and condos. The Quarter is a National Historic District- don’t dream of changing or adding anything to the properties here until you have physically in hand a signed permit from The Vieux Carré Commission (VCC). The residents are a tight-knit and active community who love to show you their neighborhood (yes, it’s beyond Bourbon Street) and are proud to call the Quarter home.
Lagniappe: Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop — built between 1722 and 1732 by Nicolas Touze, is said to be the oldest structure used as a bar in the United States. It is also one of the cities oldest examples of a Creole cottage in the French Quarter. And, of course, the building is supposedly haunted by residents of the French Quarter who died in the fires of 1788 and 1794.
Average Home Prices in French Quarter (Updated: 03/24/2021)
French Quarter Fest : 10/01/2020
Italian American St. Joseph's Day Parade
Chris Owens' French Quarter Easter Parade : 04/12/2020
Gay Easter Parade : 04/12/2020
New Orleans Oyster Festival : 06/06/2020
Southern Decadence : 08/28/2020
Tennessee Williams Festival : 03/25/2020
French Market Creole Tomato Festival : 06/06/2020
Tales of the Cocktail : 07/21/2020
Satchmo SummerFest : 07/31/2020
Running of the Bulls : 07/11/2020
Downriver Festival : 09/12/2020
French Quarter Essentials
Police Station - 8th District
334 Royal St.
Fire Station - Squirt 29/Main Office
701 Royal St.
836 Burgundy St.
1201 Royal St.
New Orleans Urgent Care
201 Decatur St.
The French Quarter Vet
922 Royal St.
Dr. Mike Animal House
1120 N. Rampart St.
Pet Care Center
938 Esplanade Ave.
Vieux Carre Association
French Quarter Citizens Association
Neighborhood Picks in French Quarter
El Gato Negro
81 French Market Pl.
539 St. Phillip
302 N. Peters
Three Legged Dog
Molly's at the Market
628 N. Rampart
Audubon Butterfly Garden & Insectarium
423 Canal St.
The Historic New Orleans Collection Williams Research Center
New Orleans Pharmacy Museum
Museum & Venue
Old Ursuline Convent
Old US Mint
Irish Cultural Museum
The Cornstalk Hotel