The French Quarter, also known as Vieux Carré, is the oldest and most famous neighborhood in the city of New Orleans. When New Orleans was founded in 1718 by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, the city was originally centered on the French Quarter, or the Vieux Carré ("Old Square" in French) as it was known then. While the area is still referred to as the Vieux Carré by some, it is more commonly known as the French Quarter today, or simply "The Quarter." The district as a whole is a National Historic Landmark, and contains numerous individual historic buildings.
Designed by Emile Weil, the Saenger Theatre was built by Julian Saenger in 1927 for the theretofore unheard of price of $2.5 million dollars. Advertisements of the day described it as "an acre of seats in a garden of Florentine splendor". Today, the interior atmospheric design creates a magnificent 15th century Italian courtyard and gardens, with arched surroundings, columns and decorative moldings. The suspension of disbelief is completed by a blue domed "sky" ceiling complete with twinkling stars. Greek and Roman statuary line the walls and statues of Venus stand on pedestals along the upper rim of the auditorium.
The five-acre Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA is one of the most important sculpture installations in the United States, with over 60 sculptures situated on a beautifully landscaped site amongst meandering footpaths, reflecting lagoons, Spanish moss-laden 200-year-old live oaks, mature pines, magnolias, camellias, and pedestrian bridges. The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden is open seven days a week with free admission. The Sculpture Garden is closed on all legal holidays.
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Board the historic Steamboat Natchez to the delightful tunes of the Steam Calliope. Experience the sights and sounds of river life that enchanted characters of history and literature - like Mark Twain's Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer - and see the bustling activity of America's second largest port!
New Orleans has abundant wildlife, and nowhere is it more apparent than in the swamps and bayous of Louisiana. Take a boat ride through these swamps and you may see alligators, raccoons, snakes and native birds. You'll hear stories of the local Cajuns and how they created gumbo, now a New Orleans tradition.
This famous 1.5 hour New Orleans Vampire Tour allows you to enter the dark and mysterious world of the undead. Walk through New Orleans' history and experience the legends of famous New Orleans vampires, real and fictional. Visit sights and locations associated with these creatures of the night, including a visit to a noted Vampire tavern.
Follow the ghosts of the numerous characters who contributed to New Orleans' mysterious past! Tour the most haunted cemetery - St. Louis No.1 - and visit the tomb of the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, Marie Laveau. Your guide will explain the unique above-ground burial customs and the tombs of the various 'Societies'.
Join a walking tour through one of New Orleans' most exclusive areas - the Garden District. This 'American' section of town was built to rival the architectural splendor of the Creoles' French Quarter! View the homes of former Mardi Gras kings and queens, Lafayette Cemetery and more on this 2.5 hour tour.
Discover the 'real' history and legends of the Creole people that make up the mysterious neighborhood of the French Quarter. Saunter down the sidewalk's of Royal, Bourbon and other quaint streets named after both saints and sinners. Your licensed guide will point out the architecture, homes, and legends of the historic French Quarter, originally settled by the French in the early 1700's.
Cochon captures the true essence of Cajun and Southern cooking. Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski bring their love for southern Louisiana foods to every plate at Cochon. Donald's experience cooking with his family at their homes in Crowley and Rayne allow guests to share in his passion for real country and home cooking. The food is focused and simple, featuring roasted meats with natural sauces, homemade sausages, and fresh local seafood. The menu compliments the rustic, yet contemporary setting of the dining room. The Bar at Cochon features signature cocktails as well as the classic libations of New Orleans. A diverse beer selection with an emphasis on local micro-brews offers a cool contrast with the sometimes spicy cuisine.
From its first day, Emeril's Restaurant and the multitalented man who reinvents it with every meal became the focus of ecstatic praise. A decade after Emeril's Restaurant exploded onto the culinary scene, Emeril's has evolved and transformed itself for the 21st century by updating its flagship restaurant. Completed in 2000, the innovative details reflect the significance of the warehouse district location, new New Orleans cuisine and Emeril's extensive wine list.
No matter where you are in the New Orleans area, come enjoy the delicious French cuisine menu that native New Orleanians and visitors love. Just off world-famous Magazine Street, stop in for an afternoon lunch or cocktail, then walk down Magazine Street to shop in the eclectic stores. Their evening menu has earned Flaming Torch Restaurant one of the Top 20 New Orleans restaurants in the renowned Gambit Weekly.
Opened in October 2001 with native John Besh at the helm, Restaurant August is the only restaurant to be awarded a perfect "5 Bean" score from The Times-Picayune in the past two years. Food & Wine bestowed Besh with the honor of "Best New Chef" in 1998. Gourmet magazine's Guide to America's Best Restaurants listed August in its top five picks in New Orleans.
Quaint, romantic neighborhood restaurant - Restaurant Patois serves French inspired cuisine with a heavy influence on local fresh ingredients.
La Boca is an Argentine style steakhouse with the entire menu focused on the national food of Argentina, beef. 13 different cuts on any given night are accompanied with legendary French fries and house made pastas. The wine list is entirely from Argentina with Malbec being the focus.
Chophouse New Orleans serves USDA Prime for every steak, including expertly broiled Filet Mignon, Bone-in Rib Eye and a monster 40oz. Porterhouse for two. The relaxed sophistication of the restaurant complements the great food and bustling, live entertainment nightly.
Desi Vega, Rodney Salvaggio,and Paul Varisco,invite you to join us for a "great dining experience" at what food critic Tom Fitzmorris calls "The Best Steakhouse in the City." Everything here is US Prime, served with traditional New Orleans-style sizzling butter. The rest of the menu is Italian- a great match. Our convenient location on historical St. Charles Avenue and our valet parking will make it an even more pleasurable occasion.
Intimately located in the French Quarter, at Stella!, Chef Scott Boswell creates exciting new American cuisine influenced jointly by world flavors and his Louisiana roots.
At Dante's Kitchen, they work closely with local farmers and dairy producers to bring in the finest and freshest ingredients the region has to offer. The seasonal menu features a contemporary take on creole comfort food that remains true to the techniques and traditions of New Orleans cuisine while emphasizing creativity and restraint. Come experience the food, atmosphere, and unique style that have made Dante's Kitchen one of New Orleans' hidden gems.
We welcome you in joining us for Lunch, Dinner and Sunday Brunch. Come dine in this beautifully restored Uptown restaurant on Magazine Street and enjoy Chef Justin Devillier's contemporary Louisiana Cuisine.
Meauxbar Bistro is a casual upscale restaurant located in the French Quarter. A popular choice for contemporary French & regional cuisine, featuring the freshest local and seasonal produce, seafood and meats. A typical evening finds an eclectic mix of "quarterites", uptowners and other locals as well as out of town visitors in the cozy and stylish dining room.
Serving Lunch, Dinner and Sunday Brunch, Restaurant R'evolution is the first joint venture of award-winning chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto, offering modern,imaginative reinterpretations of classic Cajun and Creole cuisine. Steeped in the diverse historic and cultural influences of Louisiana, the menu features not only the chefs' interpretations of New Orleans classics such as gumbo, po' boys, and beignets, but also new creations highlighting ingredients from what Chef Folse refers to as "the swamp floor pantry." Tableside service components play an important role in the dining experience, promoting guest engagement about the history and evolution of the food they are enjoying.Soups such as Creole Louisiana Snapping Turtle Soup and Death by Gumbo play on unusual presentations of these traditional dishes that date back centuries. Desserts showcase classical New Orleans sweets done in a new and contemporary way.
Located in Tremé, the oldest surviving black community in the United States, the New Orleans African American Museum is dedicated to protecting, preserving, and promoting through education the history, art, and culture of African Americans in New Orleans and the African diaspora. Exhibits change regularly, so call ahead to find out what is on display.
The Museum is housed in the beautiful Tremé Villa, considered by some to be one of the finest examples of a Creole villa in the city. Built in 1828-29, the home retains many of its original decorative details. There are five restored buildings to visit. Visitors enjoy both established and emerging artists' work in sculpture, painting and other artistic expressions.
Dive into worlds of exotic marine life at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, escape to BIG adventures in 2D and 3D at Entergy IMAX® Theatre, explore the fascinating world of insects at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, and take a walk on the wild side at Audubon Zoo.
The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), New Orleans' oldest fine arts institution, opened on December 16, 1911 with only 9 works of art. Today, the museum hosts an impressive permanent collection of almost 40,000 objects. The collection, noted for its extraordinary strengths in French and American art, photography, glass, and African and Japanese works, continues to expand and grow, making NOMA one of the top art museums in the south.
Renowned historian, author and educator, Dr. Stephen Ambrose founded The National World War II Museum Foundation in New Orleans in 1991. The Museum, which opened on June 6, 2000, is the only museum in the United States that addresses all of the amphibious invasions or "D-Days" of World War II, honoring the more than 16 million Americans who took part in this global conflict.
This famous New Orleans Haunted History Ghost Tour explores the grim and ghastly deeds of the old French Quarter. Secret and sinister, most of these events occurred a very long time ago. Escape into the past as your offbeat, theatrical New Orleans tour guide provides you with an eerie, chilling yet fun-filled adventure! You'll visit sights of documented hauntings, Ghosts, Spirits and see the French Quarter residences in which unbelievable events took place. You will even visit a haunted bar along the way!
Explore New Orleans at your own pace on this hop-on hop-off tour. Enjoy commentary aboard the double-decker bus and hop off at any of the twelve stops around the city including Jackson Square, French Market and the Arts District. This is a fun, entertaining, informative and flexible way to experience New Orleans.
This project, a collaboration between the High Museum of Art and Talladega College, conserves Hale Woodruff's murals commissioned by Talladega College in 1938 and presents them to a national audience for the first time.
Explores the private lives and interiors of Spain's New World elite from 1492 through the nineteenth century.
From Barbed Wire to Battlefields: Japanese American Experiences in WWII, on view in the Joe W. and D. D. Brown Foundation Special Exhibit Gallery, will include artifacts, oral histories and stark images depicting the hardships faced by those Americans of Japanese ancestry suspected of sympathizing with the enemy and discriminated against because of their heritage. The exhibit will also honor the heroics of those Japanese Americans who overcame adversity and helped to secure American victory on the battlefields.
Home to over sixty sculptures from artists from all over the world and set in a stunning environment of meandering footpaths, the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden is open seven days a week.
The Preservation Hall is a musical venue in the French Quarter founded in 1961 to protect and honor New Orleans Jazz. On any given night, the hall is filled to capacity with people eager to hear New Orleans jazz played by veteran musicians in their 70's and 80's and younger musicians learning and embracing music that is both sweet and very beautiful.
New Orleans, so well known for her music, food, and spirits, has surprisingly few venues that offer a high quality sampling of all three. One of these rare places is The Bombay Club, a lovely candlelit spot tucked away in the heart of the French Quarter at 830 Conti Street. Although the club is located just a short half-block from the infamous Bourbon Street, its ambiance is miles away.
The Bombay Club is decorated in a plush British Gentleman's Club theme; with overstuffed leather wingback chairs, rich wood, fine portraits, and features a lovely small courtyard. It feels like a living room - albeit a slightly finer living room than most of us are lucky enough to experience. In one corner of the small club, live music is played nightly.
The Hi Ho Lounge is a neighborhood bar and live music venue located in the burgeoning arts district on St. Claude Avenue in the Faubourg Marigny in New Orleans. As one of the original venues on the street, Hiho has been at the forefront of the underground alternative music and arts scene for many years.
Republic New Orleans caters to a diverse, interesting, and eclectic audience who enjoy music, cocktails, and entertainment of all kinds. Our guests' experiences are paramount to everything that we produce. We aim to be stylish, elegant, sophisticated, and artistically credible, yet approachable. We will constantly innovate, while maintaining the history and classic beauty of our space.
Jackson Brewery Bistro Bar is in the oldest and most famous neighborhood in New Orleans, known as the Vieux Carre or French Quarter. Bordered by the majestic Mississippi River and historic Decatur Street, the interior reflects the beautiful New Orleans architecture complete with ironwork balconies (mezzanines) and Victorian Industrial style furnishings.
Once one of the largest breweries in the country, the brewery is no longer active, but Jackson Brewery Bistro Bar offers a great assortment of local craft beers.
Live entertainment and in house music reflects the beloved New Orleans and Louisiana culture during the restaurant hours and helps preserve our traditions. Night club entertainment is always interesting and varied. Local and celebrity DJ's, musicians, bands...
Built between 1722 and 1732 by Nicolas Touze, Lafitte's is reputed to be the oldest structure used as a bar in the United States. Jean Lafitte himself -- privateer, entrepreneur, sailor, diplomat, spy, hero of the Battle Of New Orleans - left his indelible mark on American history.
The Crescent City Brewhouse is one of New Orleans' premier restaurants and the only French Quarter microbrewery. The atmosphere at the Crescent City Brewhouse is warm, relaxed and festive with LIVE JAZZ performed nightly by local musicians ... and monthly exhibits of local art to compliment your total Brewhouse experience! We invite you to savor the food and the music as you enjoy the brew and the view -- and see how you can add French Quarter flair to your next special event at the Crescent City Brewhouse!