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Things to Do on Decatur Street

July 23 2015 | News

Located near the Mississippi River, Decatur Street is home to history and sub culture. Previously known as “Levee Street” or “Rue de la Levee,” the street runs through the heart of the French Quarter. It begins at Canal Street and runs all the way to St. Ferdinand Street in Marigny.

You don’t really experience New Orleans without walking down Decatur. It’s one side of the world famous Jackson Square with St. Louis Cathedral and the Joan of Arc. The historic street is also near Café du Monde and fabulous shopping. Did we mention it’s incredibly close to the French Market?

There’s never a dull moment with street performers and musicians filling the sights and sounds beginning early and staying into the night. Grab a bite with locally brewed beer at the Crescent City Brewhouse, emjoy a meal at the one of the oldest restaurants in the country, Tujague's,  or walk around the River Walk. 

For nearly a century, upper Decatur Street near Canal Street was home to many businesses catering to sailors visiting the port city. In the late 20th century, it was redeveloped and became more upscale with commercial business such as the House of Blues.

Lower Decatur Street is a beacon for local punk and goth subculture. The street is known for various bars and music venues. It’s not far from the Frenchmen Street venues, across Esplanade Avenue in Faubourg Marigny. The Palm Court Cafe is a famous traditional jazz venue.

Stay and play on the same street when you stay at the French Market Inn. You’ll have an authentic New Orleans experience with a charming boutique hotel and a great view of so many New Orleans staples like the Steamboat Natchez.


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