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Canal Street

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Canal Street featuring signage

Start your exploration of New Orleans with the many attractions on this buzzing pedestrianized street, which is located right in the heart of the downtown area.

Come to Canal Street on the first day of your visit to New Orleans to get a great sense of what the city has to offer. Rich with history and full of interesting stores, theaters, museums and other attractions, this street offers enough to keep you busy for hours. And when you are ready to see another part of the city, Canal Street’s central location means you will be able to walk to many of the other highlights of the French Quarter and beyond.

Canal Street is named after a planned canal that was never built. Visit it today and try to imagine what it was like in the 19th century, when it was one of the most fashionable destinations in New Orleans. Wealthy residents flocked to the street to dine and shop. At that time, the street was slightly unusual in being popular with French and Creole residents as well as Americans with other heritages. Streetcars brought people here from all over the city.

Browse the shops along Canal Street nowadays and see how this remains a very stylish part of the city. Those with a taste for upscale brands will be spoilt for choice here. Head to The Shops at Canal Place to visit high-end favorites such as Saks Fifth Avenue. Look for luxury hotels, such as the Ritz Carlton and the Astor Crowne Plaza, that are sprinkled along the street, further enhancing the area’s upmarket credentials.

The Audubon Insectarium, which bills itself as the world’s largest museum of insects, is a must-see sight whether or not you have kids with you. Be sure to take photos of the grand white marble building that houses the museum, which is a marvel in itself. Walk for about 10 minutes up the street, away from the river, and see what is on at the Saenger Theatre and the Joy Theater, two beautiful historic theaters that today host big-name shows and performers.

Come to Canal Street during Mardi Gras, held in February, to see the place come alive with music, color and celebration. This lively street is the hub of New Orleans’ most famous festival.

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Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter
Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter
4.5 out of 5
739 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
Fully refundable
The price is $109 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Located in French Quarter, this luxury hotel is steps from Canal Street, Bourbon Street, and Royal Street. Decatur Street and Saenger Theatre are also within ...
3.9/5Good! (2,808 reviews)
"Beautiful building on bourbon Street great place to see the city."

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2021

Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter
New Orleans Marriott
New Orleans Marriott
4 out of 5
555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA
The price is $116 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Located in French Quarter, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Canal Street and Jackson Square. Cafe Du Monde and French Market are also within 15 minutes. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,868 reviews)
"The elevator floor selection and the way it told you which one to get on was unique and seemed to work well. It did seem like everyone was booked in the same tower and the wait for the elevator took a long time sometimes. The pantry area was really great. An upgrade to the shower/tubs would be the ..."

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

New Orleans Marriott
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
3.5 out of 5
717 Orleans St., New Orleans, LA
The price is $149 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Located in French Quarter, this historic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Jackson Square, Cafe Du Monde, and French Market. Canal Street and National World ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,396 reviews)
"Great hotel!"

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2021

Bourbon Orleans Hotel
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Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter
Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter
4.5 out of 5
739 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
The price is $109 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter
New Orleans Marriott
New Orleans Marriott
4 out of 5
555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA
The price is $116 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
New Orleans Marriott
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
3.5 out of 5
717 Orleans St., New Orleans, LA
The price is $149 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
4.5 out of 5
300 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA
The price is $169 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
The Westin New Orleans
The Westin New Orleans
4.5 out of 5
100 Rue Iberville, New Orleans, LA
The price is $139 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 23
The Westin New Orleans
Le Méridien New Orleans
Le Méridien New Orleans
4 out of 5
333 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA
The price is $118 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Le Méridien New Orleans
Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
4 out of 5
124 Royal St, New Orleans, LA
The price is $119 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
Hotel Mazarin
Hotel Mazarin
3.5 out of 5
730 Bienville St., New Orleans, LA
The price is $125 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 17
Hotel Mazarin
The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
5 out of 5
921 Canal St, New Orleans, LA
The price is $206 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 23
The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
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