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Insider's Guide From Hotel Near Bourbon Street in New Orleans

Find That Special Something in the French Market

Grab a hurricane or Pimm’s Cup and head over to the French Market for an immersive experience that's quintessentially New Orleans. 

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Find That Special Something in the French Market

The French Market originated in 1791 as a Native American trading post before it expanded to include the whole edge of the Mississippi River with the arrival of French and Spanish colonists. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., the French Market has long been hailed globally as the place to find “it"⁠—whatever that coveted piece of precious may be⁠—from the Big Easy.

Whether you’re searching for a dozen perfectly shucked oysters, handmade crafts, antique jewelry, or a new mask for Mardi Gras, you’ll be sure to find it among the hundreds of vendors, food booths, cafes, craftsmen, and artists. Be sure to browse the dozens of retail and antique shops lining North Peters Street and the Riverwalk for items that can only be found in New Orleans.

Must-Do’s of Jackson Square

Since 1721, Jackson Square has been a central gathering place, historical focal point, and tourism highlight for visitors to the Big Easy. Of all of the things to do and see in Jackson Square, the most iconic are all located right in the park center, not far from our hotel.

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Must-Do’s of Jackson Square

St. Louis Cathedral 
This world-renown landmark has a rich, sometimes dark, but always decadent history, just like the city itself. Named for Louis IX, the sainted King of France, the Cathedral has withstood plagues, hurricanes, pirates, war, and is to date the oldest Roman Catholic Cathedral in continuous use in the United States. Stop in for a quiet look around, mass, or take an official tour. Pro-tip: Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, was a frequent visitor to the church, so much so that she chose her former home on St. Ann Street because it was built parallel to the Cathedral. Take a stroll down the cobblestone walks of Pirate Alley onto St. Ann Street and see if you can guess which home was hers. 

Artists & Readers
New Orleans is built upon bygone ritual and superstition, not to mention a strong, everlasting artistic spirit. There is no place in the city that better personifies the marriage of creativity and mysticism of this southern swampland than Jackson Square. Simply take a walk around the gates and grounds within the park to find a palm reader, tea leaf practitioner, painter, singer, or sculptor whose work speaks to you. 

What's Cookin'

Foodies heading to New Orleans this fall are in for an extra treat: Restaurant Week New Orleans! For one week only - September 9 - 15, 2019 - some of the city's best restaurants offer special fixed-price Restaurant Week menus that represent savings of up to 25%. The annual event, sponsored by the Louisiana Restaurant Association's Greater NOLA chapter, is a not-to-be-missed chance to savor the wide range of restaurants that make up the Crescent City's culinary landscape.

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What's Cookin'

Foodies heading to New Orleans this fall are in for an extra treat: Restaurant Week New Orleans! For one week only - September 9 - 15, 2019 - some of the city's best restaurants offer special fixed-price Restaurant Week menus that represent savings of up to 25%. The annual event, sponsored by the Louisiana Restaurant Association's Greater NOLA chapter, is a not-to-be-missed chance to savor the wide range of restaurants that make up the Crescent City's culinary landscape. Participants include celebrated fine dining restaurants in the French Quarter, quirky kitchens in the Warehouse District, and everything in between. 

In all, more than 80 restaurants participate, creating lunch and/or dinner menus especially for Restaurant Week diners. The list of restaurants is still being finalized but, in past years, it has included such award-winning spots as Brigtsen's, Galatoire's, Ruth's Chris Steak House, and Tableau. Whether you're in the mood for Asian or Italian, Cajun or Creole (the list goes on), you'll find something worth savoring during this week of exceptional and surprisingly affordable dining.