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Things To Do Near Jazz Quarters
Listen, we don’t want to overwhelm you with options (you’re here to relax, right?), so we’ve collected a “short” list of things to do in New Orleans near Jazz Quarters. We focused on areas immediately surrounding our property, within easy walking distance or a short cab or bike ride. Our innkeepers are also veteran locals and very active in the community. Restaurant recommendations, daily music shows along Frenchmen Street, great off-the-beaten-path places to explore – they love guiding our guests to local-favorite places around the city, from Uptown to the Garden District, Bywater/Marigny to Mid-City, and everything in-between. If you’re interested, they can also arrange private or group New Orleans tours.
Welcome to Jazz Quarters!
It is our pleasure to share our home with you during your visit to New Orleans! There is truly no other city quite like it, and we believe, no other boutique inn quite like Jazz Quarters. Our fascinating city is filled with charm and beauty; it is steeped in history, fabulous food and drink, outstanding music and entertainment, art and ambiance. Here, we celebrate everything from great musicians to a great tomato, and all things in between!
At Jazz Quarters, we delight in your guest experience. Our goal is to ensure your visit with us and to our city is even more than what you wished for. We hope that you will find our hidden oasis a peaceful retreat from your day’s activities. Our plan is to spoil you with Southern hospitality and one-of-a-kind accommodations, and offer our local recommendations on events, activities and indulgences. We are delighted to have you as our guests!
-Loraine & Robert
Things to do
in New Orleans
We’re so close to the French Quarter, we consider ourselves a French Quarter hotel. Walk off property, take a left, cross Rampart Street, and you’re in the French Quarter. It’s that easy. It takes about 30 to 45 minutes to walk the French Quarter from Esplanade to Canal Street at a steady pace. Legendary restaurants, neon-fueled nightlife on Bourbon Street, street performers and artists around Jackson Square, countless bars, St. Louis Cathedral, antique row on Royal Street, the French Market, Café du Monde – these are just of few of the attractions you’ll find in the French Quarter. It is the oldest and most famous neighborhood in our city. When La Nouvelle Orléans was founded in 1718 by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, the city was centered around the Vieux Carré (“Old Square” in French), as it was known then.
Armstrong Park on NOLA.gov
Located across the street from Jazz Quarters, this 32-acre park is dedicated to one of New Orleans’ most famous jazz trumpeters and a beloved native son. It is home to the Mahalia Jackson Theatre of the Performing Arts and New Orleans Municipal Auditorium, and is part of the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park system. Congo Square, once a gathering place for African slaves, Indians and Creoles, is also located inside the park. After a painstaking, years-long restoration, Armstrong Park reopened in 2011. Several festivals throughout the year take place in the park, including the Treme Creole Gumbo Festival (November), Congo Square New Rhythms Festival (March), Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Festival (June). Jazz in the Park, a free weekly music series featuring top local musicians, runs in the spring and fall. Check the Jazz in the Park Facebook page for dates and lineup.
1116 Henriette Delille St.
Elaborate beaded and feathered Mardi Gras Indian suits and other artifacts exploring the Treme neighborhood are on display here. This museum is a must-see and well worth the $8 admission fee, not only for the displays but for the neighborhood curators’ fascinating narratives about the history and importance of Mardi Gras Indians to New Orleans culture and the history behind our community’s Second Line tradition.
501 Basin Street
Basin Street Station Website
Old Southern Railway train station has been remodeled; the ground floor has a visitors information center with gift shop, informative film and local museum exhibits free of charge.
1210 Governor Nicholas Street
St. Augustine Website
This historic New Orleans church in the heart of Treme was founded at the beginning of the 19th century by “free people of color” and is an important place in African-American history. The Church is on the African American Heritage Trail for historic sites of cultural significance in Louisiana. The Louisiana Museum of African American History is located on the church grounds and is open Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ($3 admission).
St. Louis Cemetery was established in 1789, and is New Orleans’ oldest and most noteworthy burial ground containing the tombs of many notable locals, including Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, Homer Plessy (of the landmark civil rights Supreme Court case Plessy v. Ferguson), and Etienne de Bore, the first mayor of New Orleans a pioneer in the sugar industry. PLEASE NOTE: New rules set by the Archdiocese of New Orleans state that ALL visitors to St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 must be accompanied by a licensed tour guide. Families with loved ones buried in the cemetery, tomb owners, and genealogists can acquire a special pass by calling (504) 596-3050.
With more music clubs per square inch than any other street in New Orleans, Frenchmen Street is where locals and visitors go for live, local music 7 days a week. Snug Harbor, Blue Nile, the Spotted Cat, Apple Barrel, d.b.a., the Maison, to name a few. Many of the daily gigs our innkeepers recommend (look for the chalkboard in Music Hall) are located on Frenchmen. There are also several restaurants along the street, including Praline Connection, 13, Three Muses (also a music club), Yuki Izakaya, and Dat Dog.
1710 Pauger Street
This is not your run-of-the-mill New Orleans cooking class or a kitschy Cajun/Creole restaurant for tourists. Chef/owner Amy Sins (who is one of the owners of Jazz Quarters) takes diners on a journey through the history and ingredients of Louisiana’s unique cuisine. Menus change monthly and explore all of the influences in Creole and Cajun cooking. Meals are prepared in an open kitchen where guests watch, learn, lend a hand, and enjoy a 3-course menu with wine pairings.
Looking for more restaurant recommendations? Ask our innkeepers for a current list and map of our favorite restaurants in the French Quarter, Marigny, Bywater, and downtown New Orleans.
With 16 acres of sprawling riverfront green space, Woldenberg Park is one of the finest places in New Orleans for viewing the mighty Mississippi at work. The Steamboat Natchez ports here, the Creole Queen ports further upriver at Spanish Plaza, and you’ll see cruise ships, barges, and other river traffic traversing the river.
The 1.4 mile park opened in 2014 and stretches from Elysian Fields Avenue in the Marigny to Mazant Street in Bywater and includes 20-acres of indigenous landscaping, a network of paths for walking, jogging, and biking; picnic areas, benches, a dog run, and two former industrial wharves adapted for park use. The park is open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, and is a great spot for catching the fireworks on the 4th of July or New Year’s Eve.
This new 2.6-mile bicycle and pedestrian trail opened in November 2015 and stretches from Treme to Mid-City, connecting neighborhoods from Armstrong Park (across from Jazz Quarters) to City Park. The Greenway transformed one of the city’s historic transportation corridors (a canal connecting Bayou St. John to the French Quarter) into a recreational green space featuring asphalt biking/walking paths, shade trees, and native plants.