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Frenchmen Street

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Faubourg Marigny & Bywater
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Address: Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LA
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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Skip Bourbon Street and walk beyond the French Quarter and you'll hit Frenchman Street. This was by far the best place that we came across for live jazz music. Don't miss The... read more

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London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Skip Bourbon Street and walk beyond the French Quarter and you'll hit Frenchman Street. This was by far the best place that we came across for live jazz music. Don't miss The Spotted Cat and Apple Barrel (which I heard was good for food too). From Thurs-Sun, there's a cool arts market and if you're really lucky you might even... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Want local music and a thriving art and food scene? Head to Frenchman. If you are walking, take Decatur Street and cross at the fire station on Esplanade Avenue. Any other route walking is very dangerous. Seriously. Don't do it.

Thank Douglas W
New Orleans
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Frenchman used to be a great spot. Lots of clubs - you can go from one to the other trying out music you like. There are still lots of nice clubs with great music. Problem - too many tourists. Tourists have found it. So if you want to go where the locals go - don't go here. I won't tell... More 

Thank Joel N
Vancouver, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I didn't get a chance to go into any places because they were all packed on a sunday night. All the bars were so small and the ones that were empty didnt have any music. Maybe i went on the wrong night...

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Frenchmen was the "it" destination for Bourbon-weary hipsters probably 6 or 7 years ago, but its gone more mainstream as New Orleans continues to gentrify in the Marigny. Its still a great destination to wander in and out of clubs for great music. The Spotted Cat is stil my favorite. Love the art maket and occasional fire dancer as well.... More 

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long beach, ca
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you love great music and Bourbon street is too rowdy this is the place. All types of music flowing, just pick your poison. A nice walk up Royal street and you are there.

Thank nickydee_Long_Beach
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My only problem was the cover charge at some of the places. We had a great meal at Snug Harbor, heard some really good music and had very attentive bar tenders.

Thank Cathy S
London, ON
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This area is where the locals go for their music. All authentic and lacking the craziness of Bourbon St. Reasonably priced drinks and plenty of friendly locals to meet and mingle with.Also attracted a more sophisticated clientele than Bourbon St.

Thank trips2go2
Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great street to visit for music. Just walk into any bar/music venue you feel like. Gives the true culture of the city.

Thank LWL6
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

They say this is where "the locals" go, but it is catching on! Great music and food along the street, we ate, drank and listened to awesome music at Bamboula's and had fun! Another of my favorite spots on Frenchmen St. is the outdoor art market that's open evenings. LOVE!

Thank Karen M

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Faubourg Marigny & Bywater
Nestled between the French Quarter and the Ninth Ward, the Faubourg Marigny & Bywater environs are largely residential. Of course, folks around here love to go out and have a good time as much as they do anywhere in NOLA. And if out-of-towners want to join in the festivities, well then so much the better! Home to some of the most revered live music venues in New Orleans, an eclectic gaggle of gourmand dining destinations, and a come-as-you-are vibe that’s as infectious as it is alluring, this is real deal New Orleans oozing with southern hospitality and the promise of a most epic night out. For endless opportunities to boogie, to admire row upon row of lovingly restored homes, and to escape the fray of the more touristic parts of town (but still live it up in grand style) head to Faubourg Marigny & Bywater.
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