Canal Street

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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.

Top Hotels Close to Canal Street

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, 70130
Fully refundable
The price is $99 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in New Orleans. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in ...
3.8/5 Good! (2,117 reviews)
"It was good for the location."

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2022

Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
4 out of 5
717 Orleans St., New Orleans, LA, 70116
The price is $159 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 16
Stay at this 4-star historic hotel in New Orleans. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in our ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,355 reviews)
"We really enjoyed staying here. Location can't be beat and the updated rooms were very nice. We would stay here again."

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2022

Bourbon Orleans Hotel
Courtyard by Marriott New Orleans French Quarter/Iberville
Courtyard by Marriott New Orleans French Quarter/Iberville
3.5 out of 5
910 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA, 70112
The price is $103 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 17
Stay at this 3.5-star spa hotel in New Orleans. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,004 reviews)
"💜"

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2022

Courtyard by Marriott New Orleans French Quarter/Iberville
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Canal Street

Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
4 out of 5
124 Royal St, New Orleans, LA, 70130
The price is $93 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 30
Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
4 out of 5
717 Orleans St., New Orleans, LA, 70116
The price is $159 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 16
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
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, 70130
The price is $99 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter
Courtyard by Marriott New Orleans French Quarter/Iberville
Courtyard by Marriott New Orleans French Quarter/Iberville
3.5 out of 5
910 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA, 70112
The price is $103 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 17
Courtyard by Marriott New Orleans French Quarter/Iberville
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
4.5 out of 5
300 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA, 70130
The price is $150 per night from Aug 14 to Aug 15
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
New Orleans Marriott
New Orleans Marriott
4 out of 5
555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA, 70130
The price is $125 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
New Orleans Marriott
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
4 out of 5
621 Saint Louis St, New Orleans, LA, 70130
The price is $134 per night from Aug 14 to Aug 15
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
Hotel Indigo New Orleans French Quarter, an IHG Hotel
Hotel Indigo New Orleans French Quarter, an IHG Hotel
3.5 out of 5
705 Common Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130
The price is $104 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 23
Hotel Indigo New Orleans French Quarter, an IHG Hotel
The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
5 out of 5
921 Canal St, New Orleans, LA, 70112
The price is $233 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 31
The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.