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Jackson Square

This communal park in the French Quarter has a deep-rooted connection to local artists and musicians.

Jackson Square is a historic city park surrounded by original 18th-century buildings. It's still a popular gathering place for local artists and musicians. This city block-sized square was designed by Frenchman Louis Pilié and modeled on Paris’ popular outdoor common areas. Originally called Place d'Armes, it was converted into an open-air mall in 1971 with local vendors selling food, art and crafts. 

Walk around Jackson Square today and you won’t find much evidence of its colorful past. Long gone are the gallows that once dispatched defiant slaves in the 18th and 19th centuries. Now you can visit shops and museums in the 19th-century Pontalba Apartments, which line two sides of the square. On the northwest of the square enjoy the peaceful interior of St. Louis Cathedral. It’s the oldest continuously working cathedral in the United States. Take in some Louisiana history at the Cabildo and Presbytère, which are part of the Louisiana State Museum and located on either side of the cathedral.

The Jackson Square of today is famous for its collection of resident artists, whose works adorn the pavements and wrought iron fences. Have your portrait painted or buy a caricature from one of the 200 artists allocated a spot in the square each year.

Relax and watch passers-by at nearby Café du Monde, which dates from the 1860s. This historic café is just across the road on Decatur Street and is famous for its café au lait and its sweet pastries, known as beignets.

Throughout the year, Jackson Square is host to a variety of festivals and exhibitions. Enjoy jazz bands and pick up some local food and gifts in the marketplace during the French Quarter Festival held every April. In the few days before Christmas be entertained by carolers who fill the square. This event began in 1946 and attracts thousands of visitors every year, reinforcing Jackson Square’s history for social gathering.

Jackson Square is a bustling part of the French Quarter, and parking can be hard to come by. The square is along several city bus lines.


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Lodging Near Jackson Square

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Omni Royal Orleans Hotel $125
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel

Omni Royal Orleans Hotel

621 Saint Louis St, New Orleans
     
    4.5
    of 5, from 3,241 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Omni Royal Orleans Hotel is in the center of the vibrant French Quarter, a 5-minute walk from the banks of the Mississippi. The bars of Bourbon Street, jazz at Preservation Hall, and St. Louis Cathedral are but minutes away, and some of New Orleans’ finest Creole restaurants are within a few blocks.

    Bourbon Orleans Hotel $139
    Bourbon Orleans Hotel

    Bourbon Orleans Hotel

    717 Orleans St., New Orleans
       
      4.5
      of 5, from 3,992 reviews
      3.5 out of 5.0

      Near the center of the vibrant French Quarter in New Orleans, this hotel is 1 block from Jackson Square, 4 blocks from historic Café Du Monde, and 4 blocks from the Mississippi River.

      Royal Sonesta New Orleans $154
      Royal Sonesta New Orleans

      Royal Sonesta New Orleans

      300 Bourbon St, New Orleans
         
        4.4
        of 5, from 3,830 reviews
        4.5 out of 5.0

        This French Quarter hotel is directly on lively Bourbon Street, just 6 blocks from Jackson Square and 2 blocks from the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line.

        Chateau Hotel $71
        Chateau Hotel

        Chateau Hotel

        1001 Chartres St, New Orleans
           
          3.4
          of 5, from 544 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Located in French Quarter, this hotel is steps from Old Ursuline Convent and French Market. Mercedes-Benz Superdome and Jackson Square are also within 2 mi (3 km).

          Courtyard by Marriott New Orleans French Quarter/Iberville $84
          Courtyard by Marriott New Orleans French Quarter/Iberville

          Courtyard by Marriott New Orleans French Quarter/Iberville

          910 Iberville St, New Orleans
             
            4.4
            of 5, from 2,228 reviews
            3.5 out of 5.0

            This New Orleans hotel shares part of the historic beaux-arts Maison Blanche Building, and the hotel resides on the Canal St Streetcar Line at the edge of the French Quarter next to Bourbon St.

            Maison Dupuy Hotel $101
            Maison Dupuy Hotel

            Maison Dupuy Hotel

            1001 Toulouse St, New Orleans
               
              4.1
              of 5, from 3,531 reviews
              3.5 out of 5.0

              This French Quarter hotel is located on a quiet residential street just 2 blocks from Bourbon Street and within walking distance to Jackson Square, the French Market, and many famous New Orleans attractions.

              Bienville House $119
              Bienville House

              Bienville House

              320 Decatur St, New Orleans
                 
                4.3
                of 5, from 1,544 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                This historic New Orleans hotel is 3 blocks from Bourbon St and the Mississippi River, 4 blocks from the Aquarium of the Americas, and 6 blocks from Riverwalk Marketplace.

                Marriott - New Orleans $89
                Marriott - New Orleans

                Marriott - New Orleans

                555 Canal St, New Orleans
                   
                  4.2
                  of 5, from 2,163 reviews
                  3.5 out of 5.0

                  Dominating its corner of the French Quarter, this twin-tower hotel looms over Bourbon St, 2 blocks from Aquarium of the Americas, and 4 blocks from the boutiques and restaurants of Riverwalk Marketplace.