Bella Vida by Letty

3 Streets Not to Miss in New Orleans French Quarter

Royal Street French Quarte

I love New Orleans.  It is one place I will definitely visit again.  I had the best time there.  The French Quarter is one place not to miss.  There is so much to see and do here.

The first time I visited the French Quarter was an early August morning.  I jumped onto a street car which dropped me off on Canal Street.  I crossed it to enter the French Quarter via Royal Street, one of the oldest streets in the city.  As a walked a noisy street cleaner drove by leaving soap trails up and down the streets.  You’ll find out why at the end of this post.

The first thing you notice is how old the city is.  The old Spanish style has been well preserved.  It’s a great place to notice the architecture.  The front facade of the Hotel Monteleone is quite exquisite with its intricate details.  Massive and grandiose true to Beaux Arts architecture you will see symmetry and elaborate ornamentation.

Royal Street French Quarter

Royal Street is a great place to shop.  On this street you will find many antique shops to browse through and inspire you.  I know seeing the antiques sparked my imagination and made me wonder what the French Quarter was like long ago.  It’s a great street where art lovers can get a glance of local artists in the many art galleries.

Also on Royal Street is Cafe Beignet where we had the most delicious Cajun style breakfast.  It’s a small place with great food.  If you get the chance you can sit outside.  More often than not you will get a street performance.

Cafe Beignet  French Quarter New Orleans

If you want to experience New Orleans French Quarter you must visit Frenchmen Street at night.  There is nothing like live music on a pleasant evening.  This is where the locals come out to party and enjoy authentic local jazz bands and performers.  We spent the night hopping the bars and nightclubs.  A few places not to miss on Frenchmen Street are: The Spotted Cat, Cafe Negril and The Maison.

Frenchmen Street French Quarter

Frenchmen Street is where you will find many Creole cottages and townhouses.  A great place to enjoy the architecture of the 17th and 18th century.  The streets in this part of the city curve sharply due to the nearby Mississippi River and branch out in orderly triangular patterns.

Finally the one street in the French Quarter you must not miss is the famous Bourbon Street.  Yes, I know it’s touristy, gaudy, wild and loose.  The later it gets the higher the piles of garbage forming in the gutter lining both sides of the street, etc.  There is so much garbage the city has to clean it up and wash it down each and every morning.  It is NOLA.  The street is lined with bars and strip clubs.  This is where you will find most tourists getting their party on.  I had to see it with my own eyes.  As a matter of fact it is where I had my first taste of absinthe.  I couldn’t have picked a better place.  It was at the Old Absinthe House, a bar that’s over 200 years old.  It looks and smells like it too.

corner french quarter

Have you been down these streets in NOLA?

 

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