Running through the heart of the French Quarter, NOLA’s famous Royal Street has something for everyone.

It’s a street that’s always buzzing with excitement and filled with creative spirit. From fine art galleries and historic homes to renowned restaurants and street performers, no trip to New Orleans is complete without a stroll down Royal Street.

And if you’re planning a visit to the Big Easy, there’s a few local favorites on Royal Street that deserve a spot on your itinerary. Here’s some must-see spots for your visit!

Café Beignet

Enjoying a fresh, hot beignet should be at the top of every visitor’s to-do list in New Orleans. These deep-fried dough pastries are a delicious NOLA tradition and you can’t go wrong with an order from Café Beignet! Nestled in a converted 1800s carriage house, this picturesque café serves beignets just the way we like them – three to an order, topped with powdered sugar, and paired with a cup of café au lait.

M.S. Rau Antiques

This antique store is more than a window-shopping delight. M.S. Rau Antiques is an internationally recognized leader in rare antiques, fine art and jewelry. A visit to this gallery is like walking into a museum, with the finest paintings, sculptures, furniture and more on display from star-studded names like Tiffany & Co., Paul Revere and Fabergé.

Artists on Royal & Orleans

There are musicians, painters, street performers and fortune tellers all along Royal Street in the French Quarter. But the city’s creative spirit is always on display where Royal Street meets Orleans Street. Sitting at the back of St. Louis Cathedral, this intersection always has music in the air and plenty of talents on display.

Gallier House

Built over 150 years ago, this historic home shows off some of the most uniquely New Orleans architecture that makes the French Quarter so special. The structure and interior have been meticulously preserved with all the stylings of decades past. Step through the iconic green gates for a tour and see for yourself why this National Historic Landmark is a local gem.

Brennan’s

In a city that holds its restaurants to the highest standards, Brennan’s is one of the most beloved spots in the French Quarter. It’s definitely worth planning a visit – this legendary establishment has that old-world elegance that makes it a quintessential NOLA experience. And no matter what you choose from their menu, you’re in for a culinary treat. Be sure to save room for their signature flaming Bananas Foster dessert!

The Carousel Bar

No trip to NOLA is complete without a visit to the city’s favorite – and only – revolving bar. For decades our Carousel Bar & Lounge has served world-renowned cocktails to guests as they take a leisurely ride on our circus-clad Merry-Go-Round bar. And with live, local music playing every night of the week, there’s no better place to spend an evening in the French Quarter.

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