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Jackson Square

700 Decatur St French Quarter

Jackson Square is probably the most-recognized landmark in New Orleans. This beautiful park by the river is central to the French Quarter, and is surrounded by some of the most iconic and historic architecture in the city. In the 18th century, it was known as Place d'Armes (Weapons Square).

The historic St Louis Cathedral, flanked by The Cabildo and Presbytere create a stunning backdrop to the square. Along both sides are the Pontalba apartments, the nation's oldest apartments. The ground floor of the Pontalba consists of shops, boutiques, and restaurants, with the other floors occupied as luxury apartments. The riverfront side faces the levy, which you can cross to find the riverfront streetcar and river walk. 

What To Do

  • Shop for art from the open air art market on the wrought iron fences of the square. 
  • Watch talented street performers and musicians surrounding the square (particularly in front of the cathedral).
  • Visit the Louisiana State Museum in the Cabildo and Presbytere.
  • Dine in the restaurants and cafes on the Square.
  • Shop in the boutiques and shops of the Pontalba Apartments.
  • Take your own iconic New Orleans photos with the Andrew Jackson statue and St Louis Cathedral.