Curious Tourist

Do locals go to the French Quarter in New Orleans?

Definitely the most tourist-centric neighborhood in New Orleans, the French Quarter is famous for its restaurants, shops, music, and of course, nightlife. But do locals go there? The answer is yes! Locals might have different reasons for visiting the Quarter than the average tourist, but there are still many appeals behind the Quarter that every local enjoys. Although the Quarter isn’t as residential as it once was, when the French Market really used to be the local grocery store for example, there are still plenty of locally owned businesses and old restaurants that are both nostalgic and enticing to those who grew up in or around New Orleans. After a Saints game at the Superdome, you’ll find many fans congregating in the Quarter to either keep the party going or to drown their woes, depending on the game. Weddings and special festivals also draw many locals to the Quarter regularly, especially during Mardi Gras. Although there are fewer families that inhabit the French Quarter than there used to be, the atmosphere not exactly ideal for children, there are still plenty of residents that work and live there regularly.

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