The French Quarter runs along the Mississippi River, spanning 14 blocks from Canal Street to Esplanade Avenue, and stretching for 7 blocks from the Mississippi to Rampart Street. It is one of the most famous areas, as well as the oldest and most visited, of New Orleans. It could be considered the heart of the city, there is something for everyone. Of course there is the well known Bourbon Street, but there is also much to see if you are a history buff, old homes, museums, etc, and of course just strolling and checking out the cafes, shops, and more.
Cafe du Monde is one of the most well known places in "The Quarter", and is famous for its 24 hour a day coffee and beignets. Also within the quarter is Jackson Square, where you will find artists and street performers.
NOTE: New Orleans was hit by the devastating Hurricane Katrina in August 29, 2005. The French Quarter was hit hard by the wind and rain, but was spared much of the flooding experienced in the rest of the city. Many places are already back open and ready for business.