Dining & Shopping in New Orleans’ French Quarter
New Orleans is a special combination of European culture and Caribbean influences that will surprise and delight your senses with its colorful history, musical heritage and charming architecture, but it’s also home to some of the most delectable dining and unique shopping in the U.S. The historic center of New Orleans, the French Quarter, is the place to enjoy it all.
Creative and Historical Restaurants
The food in this city is part of its legend! Restaurants here are internationally renowned for their creative mix of French, Spanish, Caribbean and African cultures, resulting in the unique Creole and Cajun cuisines and flavors.
The city is blessed with the freshest and most diverse selection of seafood. Just visit the Bourbon House to find out. You won’t believe your eyes when the waiter presents you with such incredible dishes as giant shrimp and oysters topped with caviar. And to drink, sip on the "Frozen Bourbon Milk Punch," and try to have just one!
Another New Orleans dining legend, Pat O’Brien’s, is a popular spot for a great time. Try the delicious “hurricane” (the famous rum and fruit juice cocktail) and sing along at the “dueling” piano bar.
You also can’t forget the historical restaurant Napoleon House. The local story is that the building was supposed to become a residence for Napoleon Bonaparte after his exile from France. Now it is a great place to get food and drinks, including muffaletta sandwiches, jambalaya and gumbo. Plus, the fascinating historic décor and outdoor courtyard add to the experience.
Lastly, be sure to stop by Café Du Monde for yet another true New Orleans treat. You may have to wait in line for your rewards, but the French Quarter is the perfect place to people watch while you wait – and it’s more than worth it once you get to enjoy your delectable beignet paired with a café au lait.
Selective Shopping & Entertainment
The French Quarter’s most refined and elegant spot of local artistic culture is definitely Royal Street, with its world-class hotels, restaurants, boutiques, colorful galleries and a mix of fine jewelry stores.
Enjoy a leisurely stroll to the galleries and antique shops of this famous street, on the other side of Jackson Square – in itself worth a visit with Andrew Jackson’s statute in the middle of a well-manicured park and a colorful mix of street artists, painters and musicians lining its sides. Rue Royal, a block away from it, is often called the most expensive street in the world, which might seem a little far-fetched at first as this picturesque street is anything but intimidating. However, once you look a bit more closely into the shop windows, you'll discover items not only suited for royalty but formerly owned by it! And don’t forget international visitors can even get a sales tax refund on their purchases, making shopping here tax free! The refund process is easy; find out more at www.louisianataxfree.com.
For more affordable shopping, no New Orleans shopping trip is complete without a stop by the French Market. This outdoor market is a New Orleans staple, where America's oldest Farmers Market has fused with a colorful flea market. Here, you can shop for everything from fresh produce and authentic prepared food and beverages, to one-of-a-kind souvenirs and jewelry.
See – in New Orleans, you can truly enjoy the best of both worlds. You owe it to yourself to visit soon!