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“Culture High and Low Within Walking Distance”
Review of French Quarter

French Quarter
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Ranked #5 of 387 things to do in New Orleans
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Owner description: The heart and cultural center of New Orleans is the French Quarter, a must-see for its high energy, rich history, diverse architecture, music, street performers, renowned jazz clubs, lively nightlife and the finest art galleries and restaurants in the city.
Reviewed 27 August 2004

How can one write a one or two paragraph review of some place as densly-packed with fascinating things? Well, I supponse one can't, so here are three highlights:

1. Napoeon House Cafe-- The most beautiful restaurant in the South, without a doubt. Local legend says it was to be the house of the Emperor when he was rescued from exlie, which never came. Wonderfully decayed. Try the pate' and the Pimms Cup.

2. The Gumbo Shop- Don't let all of your fellow tourists deter you. The food here is first class, and cheap. Try the gumbo, of course.

3. Take the walking tour given by the historical society of the churches and graveyards. They met when we were there at the Cafe Beniet near the Monteleone. This is your chance to see all the really fascinating things you might overlook like congo square where slaves would meet on Sundays to dance and trade, Our Lady of Guadelupe Church which is known by some as the voodoo church although officially Roman Catholic and Storyville where, well nevermind.

The sleaze of the French Quarter is really only on a portion of Bourbon Street, so don't be detered from exploring this beautiful place.

35  Thank DWL2112
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Reviewed 20 August 2004

The French Quarter is wonderful. Decatur Street was by far my favorite area. It's full of shops and plenty of artists, espically on the weekends, and wonderful food. Definetely do a walk around the quarter to get in all the sights of the beautiful buildings. Walk Bourbon street at least once at night. Take advantage of the streetcars, you will walk a lot. Recommendations: You must get a Muffellatta from Central Grocery on Decatur st. Take a break from New Orleans style food and go to the Louisiana Pizza Kitchen in the French Market. This was my best meal the whole week I was there. It is Italian style pizza which is wondeful! Skip Pat O'Briens. Lots of Hype and was very disappointed. Don't wear open-toe shoes on Bourbon at night, your feet will be nasty. If you want to stay out of the busy-ness of the French quarter at night I highly recommend sleeping at the Homewood suites on Poydras. It's 2-3 blocks from the quarter and the staff is great. A very memorable stay in N.O. all around, ENJOY!

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Reviewed 12 August 2004

French Quarter was great! We really enjoyed it there, so much so we spent 2 full days exploring it on foot. The best way to travel in this area is on foot. The streets are narrow and full of little boutiques that you don't want to miss.

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Reviewed 3 June 2004

We went to the big easy for our 10th wedding anniversary. It is the best city to break all ten commandments and then head back to reality. The drinks are great. The food superb and more entertainment than can be fit into a 4 day weekend. Don't just stay on Bourbon. Way touristy. If you are adventourist head over to the Marginy district, to Frenchman's street and hang out at the Hookah bar. It is about a 5 minute walk out of the quarter. The Quarter Rocks.

9  Thank mommyonthego
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Reviewed 7 May 2004

We recently vistited the French Quarter in April. We were very facinated by all the beautiful buildings and balconies in the quarter. I think we went in every shop there was and enjoyed talking with all the locals. We also did are part to keep the bars open at night! We spent most of our time at The Cats Meow and Fat Cats on Bourbon. They know how to keep the party going till Dawn. Every night was like Mardi Gras! This was definately one of our favaorite spots to visit and we are already planning another trip next spring.

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