Explore the French Quarter
The French Quarter is the oldest section of New Orleans and luckily was not destroyed by Katrina. With eighteenth century architecture, fine dining, music clubs, bars, antique shops, and stores, the French Quarter is perhaps the most tourist populated area. It lies along the coast of the Mississippi River, which can be seen while walking along Woldenberg Riverfront Park. The French Market is where artists, craftsmen, and vendors set up tables in an open air market.
One of the main reasons tourists come to this part of the city is to go to the famous Café du Monde. Established in 1862 and located on Decatur Street, it is the original coffee shop of the French Quarter. Café du Monde offers an enormous outdoor seating area that often fills up around breakfast and brunch, when visitors come for beignets and café au laits. Beignets are the square shaped French style doughnut, deep fried and covered in powdered sugar. They can also found at Morning Call, another historic café in New Orleans.