With 300 years of culture, vibrant traditions, and stunning sights, New Orleans is a place you can’t merely visit. It’s meant to be explored.

It’s a city that offers a feast for all your senses. History lives and breathes here. Every plate served is rich with tradition. Music marches down the streets. There’s a uniquely-NOLA adventure waiting on every corner, and when you stay at the historic Hotel Monteleone, you’re right in the heart of New Orleans’ bright, beautiful spirit.

Ready to explore New Orleans? Here’s the best spots that you can’t miss on your adventure.

Jackson Square

Just a few blocks from our historic French Quarter hotel, Jackson Square is at the top of every New Orleans to-do list.

This lush, green spot in the heart of the French Quarter attracts all the only-in-NOLA experiences you’re looking for. Brass bands, fortune tellers, street performers, artists – there’s always an exciting sight to see.

And the square sits right in front of the breathtaking St. Louis Cathedral, the oldest active Roman Catholic Cathedral in the U.S. that dates back to 1727.

French Market

For a charming stroll through the city’s creative side, look no further than the French Market. This five-block, open-air market is the largest and oldest of its kind and a classic New Orleans attraction.

The market is home to a huge collection of local artisans with their talents on display. From painters and crafters to chefs and musicians, there’s tons of shopping, dining, and fun to enjoy.

It’s the perfect place to find a special something and bring a taste of New Orleans home with you.

Café Du Monde

A New Orleans favorite since 1862, Café Du Monde is always a good choice – whether it’s for breakfast, a mid-day treat, or an afternoon snack.

This Decatur Street spot opens at 8 a.m. and is always a popular place for locals and tourists alike, and the line is worth the wait. An order of their fresh, sugar-coated beignets and a cafe au lait is a must-have NOLA treat.

New Orleans’ Cemeteries

New Orleans’ cemeteries are known as the Cities of the Dead, and one look inside these historic spots and you’ll see why.

Lined with marble steps, green gardens and peaceful promenades, these dazzling cemeteries feel like neighborhoods of their own. And the hauntingly beautiful tombs are the final resting places of unforgettable New Orleanians, from music hit makers to Voodoo queens.

Wondering which cemetery you should visit? Check out our guide to New Orleans cemeteries for everything you need to know to plan your trip.

The Carousel Bar & Lounge

One of New Orleans’ most beloved attractions is located right inside our historic hotel: the Carousel Bar, the city’s first and only rotating bar.

The bar’s design is truly one-of-a-kind. 25 seats take guests on a merry-go-round ride underneath a colorful marquee, making a leisurely orbit every 15 minutes.

And it circles around the Carousel’s world-class bartenders serving incredible cocktails – like the the Vieux Carré, a cocktail created in 1938 by Hotel Monteleone’s head bartender, Walter Bergeron.

Want to know more about our iconic bar? Here’s the top 7 reasons to visit the Carousel Bar & Lounge.

exploring new orleans' French Quarter, in the heart of the city at hotel monteleone

Ready to Explore New Orleans?

It’s time to discover everything that makes New Orleans so special. Plan your trip to the Big Easy, where every tradition is a new adventure.

It’s all waiting for you at Hotel Monteleone, your home away from home in the heart of the French Quarter.​ Book your stay today!


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