Since the founding of the city, the French Quarter has been the hub. It’s a community that doesn’t belong to one culture or continent. Outside of the party vibe, people are drawn to the French Quarter for its Old World charm, French and Spanish architecture and the art.
On the southern end of the neighborhood, the French Market, a two-hundred-plus-year-old market, includes stalls packed full of tourist gifts, local art and fresh produce. Vintage and flea market fans can visit David’s Found Objects, Greg’s Antiques, and Le Garage, all on Decatur Street steps from the French Market.
The residents of the neighborhood are often outside on their balconies and stoops, ranging from high society types to dancers, artists, those that are more of the boho-socialite types. Window shop all the way up Royal Street. Meet the famous Blue Dog by George Rodrigue along the way and end at the Michalopoulos Gallery to view the latest exhibit and dreamy approach to the city's architecture of the prolific artist James Michalopoulos. Many gallery artists began their career as French Quarter street painters, be sure to make a stop through Jackson Square to see the works on display.