BIG Tips: New Orleans’ French Quarter

New Orleans’ historic French Quarter area is obviously a major attraction. Lively. Exciting. Teeming with all kinds of people. Below are a few TravelBIG tips on what to do while visiting the Vieux Carré.

1. Stroll through Jackson Square

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Get your art fix as you amble across Jackson Square. Located on Decatur Street, this is a park where local artists draw, paint, and sell their work. Let your eyes feast on the colorful paintings, each with unique character, while your ears rejoice with the melody of live jazz music.

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2. Attend Local Festivals

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One of the many things that makes New Orleans magnificent is its abundance of festivals. The French Quarter Festival celebrates New Orleans’ culture, food, music, and heritage. Voted “favorite festival event open to the public”, it is the largest free music festival in the South. In addition to listening to some of the city’s best live music, your taste buds will tingle as you indulge in outstanding local cuisine.


3. Treat yourself with Beignets at Café Du Monde

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Located across the street from Jackson Square, Café Du Monde offers delectable coffee and specialty beignets. Beignets are sweet French doughnuts with powdered sugar sprinkled on top. This traditional coffee shop has unique charm and a rich history, established in 1862.

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