The French Quarter: One of the Oldest Residential Communities in the U.S.

Posted by Julie Koppman on Thursday, October 17th, 2019 at 1:38pm.


French Quarter New Orleans

Photo Credit: Valerie Esparza

The French Quarter is the oldest, most historical neighborhood of New Orleans, and is beloved for its French and Spanish architectural influences, charming, colorful buildings featuring wrought-iron balconies, and beautiful hidden courtyards with lush tropical greenery and gurgling fountains. Bordered by Canal Street, North Rampart Street, Esplanade Avenue and the Mississippi River, it includes some of the highest ground in the city and is known as one of the oldest residential communities in the United States.

Bourbon Street may famously draw the tourist crowd, but for those lucky residents who call the French Quarter home, there’s so much more to appreciate. In fact, from almost anywhere in the French Quarter, you’re just steps to many of the city’s best white tablecloth restaurants, art galleries, antique stores, museums, historical collections, and live music venues. A truly walkable neighborhood with an eclectic mix of boutiques, coffee shops and great people-watching, there are lovely green spaces, amazing festivals and cooling breezes coming off the river year round. You’ll also find beautiful living spaces in the midst of all the action, as well as amazing homes tucked away on quieter streets.

Take a look at some of our favorite things to see and do in the French Quarter, and check out our French Quarter listings.

St. Louis Cathedral – Take a self-guided tour of the oldest continuously active Roman Catholic Cathedral in the U.S.

Jackson Square –A National Historic Landmark in the middle of the French Quarter, artists work and display their wares around the perimeter of the square.

Le Petit Theatre – New Orleans’ most historic playhouse presents classic dramas, comedies, musicals and more.

Woldenberg Park – Run, bike, stroll or enjoy events along the Mississippi River at Woldenberg Park.

Wander in and out of antique stores and art galleries along Royal Street and Chartres Street, such as:

Michaelopoulous Gallery

Frank Relle Photography

Rodrigue Studio

Moss Antiques

A Gallery for Fine Photography

Treat yourself to unique drinking and dining experiences such as:

Friday lunch at Galatoire’s

Cocktails at Cane & Table

Burgers at Port of Call

Breakfast at Brennan’s

Death by Gumbo at Restaurant R’evolution

A Pimm’s Cup at Napoleon House

Dim Sum at Dian Xian

Oysters at Felix’s

Interested in living in the French Quarter? Contact us to take a closer look.


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