The French Quarter is also refers as the Vieux Carré (“Old Square”) or the Vieux Carré Historic District which a historical heart of the city and famed for dynamic nightlife and colorful buildings with customized iron balconies. Quieter pathway goes to the French Market featuring gourmet food and native crafts and at Jackson Square where the street actor amuses in front of the St. Louis Cathedral. Jazz clubs, Cajun meals and raucous bars at the crowded Bourbon Street provide brawny cocktails.
The oldest division of the city of New Orleans established in 1718 by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville. New Orleans was built near the central square of the city, Vieux Carr. Today, this district is commonly known as the French Quarter, or simply as “The Quarters”, reflecting the reduced French impact after the Louisiana Purchase.
During the Spanish rule in the late 1700s or in the early 1800s, most existing historical buildings were built after United States annexation and statehood. The District is a national historic landmark. Numerous contributing buildings have gained distinct positions of significance. As a major destination, The French Quarter is liked by tourists and local residents.
There are many restaurants around, ranging from formal to casual, sponsored by both visitors and locals. Some well-known landmarks such as Antonio’s and Tujgue’s, which have been trading since the 19th century as well as Arnaud’s, Galatoire’s, Broussard’s, and Brennan’s are also honored. French Quarter restaurants includes restaurants operated by Chef Paul Prudhomm (“K-Paul’s”), Emeril Luggagey (“Nola”) and John Bosh, although it is less historical, but well-known. Call of Port at Esplanade Avenue has been a business for more than 30 years, and it is popularly known for its “Monsoon” drinks (north of Pat O’Brien Bar “Hurricane”) and its food. Another traditional bistro in the quarter is Gambo store and where casual dress is allowable. For lunch, the Central Grocery of the Decatur Street is home to the Muffaletta Italian Sandwich.