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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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Maison Dupuy Hotel

Maison Dupuy Hotel

1001 Toulouse St, New Orleans
4.1
of 5, from 3,197 reviews
4.0 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.

Dauphine Orleans Hotel

Dauphine Orleans Hotel

415 Dauphine St., New Orleans
4.3
of 5, from 2,821 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located 1 block from the nightlife and restaurants of Bourbon St, the Dauphine Orleans Hotel is 2 blocks from the antique stores on Royal St., Canal St. and 1 mile from Outlet Collection at Riverwalk.

$188
NOPSI Hotel, New Orleans - A Salamander Hotel

NOPSI Hotel, New Orleans - A Salamander Hotel

317 Baronne St, New Orleans
4.6
of 5, from 124 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of New Orleans, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Saenger Theatre and Mercedes-Benz Superdome. National World War II Museum and Jackson Square are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$105
French Market Inn

French Market Inn

509 Decatur St., New Orleans
4.0
of 5, from 3,251 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This 19th-century New Orleans hotel facing the Mississippi River is 3 blocks from Jackson Square, 5 blocks from the historic French Market, and 6 blocks from lively Bourbon St.

$76
La Galerie Hotel

La Galerie Hotel

131 Decatur St., New Orleans
3.5
of 5, from 583 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in French Quarter, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Audubon Insectarium and Jackson Square. French Market and National World War II Museum are also within 15 minutes.

Best Western Plus French Quarter Landmark Hotel

Best Western Plus French Quarter Landmark Hotel

920 N Rampart St, New Orleans
4.1
of 5, from 1,685 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

This 3-story New Orleans hotel is across the street from Louis Armstrong Park. This Best Western is 3 blocks from Bourbon St, and 7 blocks from the French Market.

$111
Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter

Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter

124 Royal St, New Orleans
4.0
of 5, from 2,905 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This hotel is in New Orleans in the French Quarter, a block from Bourbon Street and half-block to the business district. The hotel is in close proximity to the National World War II museum, Convention Center, and cruise ship terminals.

Chateau Hotel

Chateau Hotel

1001 Chartres St, New Orleans
3.4
of 5, from 431 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).