You’d have to be a pretty big curmudgeon for Bourbon Street not to put you in a good mood. Free-flowing music and booze might have something to do with it. Restaurants and bars pack this historic strip of the French Quarter; Jean Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop is even rumored to be haunted. Of course, if you really like crowds, grab your mask and join the Mardi Gras circus.
Skip Bourbon Street and Head to Frenchman Street in New Orleans
We felt obligated to at least give Bourbon Street a shot, but in reality we were simply getting it out of the way. What I wanted of Bourbon street, I found to be just a few blocks west in the Marigny. If you want to get an authentic New Orleans experience, skip Bourbon Street and head straight for Frenchman Street, and never look back.