One block over from Bourbon Street is the French Quarter’s more refined and elegant epicenter of local art. Royal Street is an eye-pleasing mix of classy antique shops, boutiques, fine jewelry stores, colorful art galleries and world-class hotels and restaurants.
It is no wonder tourists and locals alike flock to Royal Street when they want a real New Orleans experience. Some of the most picturesque and frequently photographed buildings and iron lace balconies – many of which date back to the 18th and 19th centuries – are along the 13-block stretch of Royal between Canal Street and Esplanade Avenue.
World-class restaurants with scenic courtyards – containing bubbling sculptured fountains and colorful gardens – offer a pleasant, shady getaway from the excitement of Bourbon Street. These beautiful courtyards are an important part of the architecture that gives the French Quarter its iconic charm and they can be found at every turn on Royal Street.
Art and Antiques
Art galleries on Royal Street contain sculptures, paintings and mixed media from artists who are on par with the best of New York, San Francisco and other art meccas, including the late George Rodrigue and his internationally renowned “Blue Dog” paintings.
For antiques, it would be hard to find a better place to shop anywhere in this country. Many of the contents of New Orleans’ most elegant estates of the 19th and 20th centuries are for sale there. Exquisite crystal chandeliers, ornate hand-carved furniture, fine silver, jewelry, other table settings and so much more are there for the collector or those looking to decorate their homes or businesses.
Restaurants – Brennan’s, Mr. B’s, Court of the Two Sisters, Pere Antoine’s and more – are internationally renowned for their creative Old World and New Orleans-flavored cuisine. At certain hours of the day, street musicians and performers are on hand to entertain you, while fine artists exhibit samples of their work in public view.
Royal Street is within easy walking distance from any point in the French Quarter, and just steps away from the popular Frenchmen Street in the Marigny/ Bywater.
If you’re coming from Uptown, you can take the St. Charles Streetcar and get off at Canal Street. Cross Canal Street and walk one block over, and you’ll walk right into Royal Street.