Royal Street, New Orleans

Royal Street, New Orleans (must see)

If you're seeking a taste of the finer things in life, look no further than one of New Orleans' most exquisite streets. In stark contrast to the nearby Bourbon Street, this thoroughfare exudes a more sedate culture and refinement, offering a plethora of upscale galleries, boutiques, dining establishments, and charming local touches, such as potted ferns hanging from balcony railings. As one of the city's oldest arteries, it's a place where you can indulge in some fantastic people-watching while having easy access to all the major attractions.

Lining this street, you'll find an array of 18th- and 19th-century buildings, each with their ornate and beautiful designs, showcasing first-class selections of antiques and artworks that rival those exhibited in prominent museums. Make sure to explore the sublime collection at the historic M.S. Rau store at 630 Royal, which welcomes casual observers. Other notable stores specialize in jewelry and decorative carnival masks, ranging from simple feather-and-ceramic styles to handcrafted, locally-made varieties with heftier price tags.

Royal Street is so unique that you may find it challenging to decide where to begin and where to end your exploration. Whether you choose to visit the Gallier House, explore the Historic New Orleans Collection, or dine at restaurants adorned with scenic gardens, ornate fountains, and beautiful courtyards, there's an abundance to see and do here.

Why You Should Visit:
A refreshing escape from NOLA's bustling bar and party scene, as the vibe here is more family-friendly, and the shops have many souvenirs appropriate for family and friends, particularly as you approach the highly trafficked areas near the river. Several blocks are closed to vehicles between 11 am to 4 pm, creating a pedestrian-friendly space where colorful street performers entertain and engage with visitors in exchange for tips.

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Sight Name: Royal Street
Sight Location: New Orleans, USA (See walking tours in New Orleans)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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