Royal Street is one of the oldest streets in New Orleans and is a must-stroll thoroughfare of the French Quarter. It begins at Canal Street, where it runs through the heart of the French Quarter, and continues on downriver through the Faubourg Marigny, Bywater and eventually to the Lower 9th Ward. The most spirited section of Royal is found within the French Quarter. It is here where people flock daily to enjoy all that the street has to offer. With its well-preserved architecture and vivid flora, Royal Street is certainly one of the most beautiful streets in the entire city and a favorite spot for photography.
As you walk beneath balcony after balcony dripping with colorful bouquets, the street's lively aura instantly pulls you in. An intimate showcase for New Orleans talent, on every block street performers gather to entertain passing pedestrians, offering amazing and unusual routines. Whether it's a Dixieland jazz band, puppeteer, magician, living statue or vaudeville showman, you will be surprised and delighted by what's happening on Royal. From 11 am - 4 pm each day the street is a pedestrian mall, meaning, the street is closed to vehicular traffic leaving plenty of room for visitors to stroll Royal in comfort.
In addition to the incredible entertainment on Royal, the street is known for its superb shopping. With numerous art galleries and antique shops, Royal is the perfect place to find a rare relic or New Orleans souvenir. Designer clothes, thrift stores, shoes, jewelry, hats and more can all be found along Royal. And when your shopping is done, there are plenty of cafés and restaurants, many with courtyards in which to relax while admiring the unique French Quarter architecture. Royal Street also has some of the French Quarter's most quaint and regal hotels, placing you right in the middle of everything.
Located only a block from Bourbon Street, Royal also provides easy passage to some of the French Quarter's other distinct streets, such as Chartres and Decatur where you can admire the majestic St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square and riverfront.
Royal Street is a perfect daytime destination. If you are looking for shopping, architecture, entertainment or just a leisurely walk down one of New Orleans' most lovely streets, Royal Street will not disappoint.