Royal Street

Top choice street in French Quarter

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Royal St, with its rows of high-end antiques shops, galleries and potted ferns hanging from cast-iron balconies, is the elegant yin to well-known Bourbon St’s debauched yang. Stroll or bicycle past Royal's patina beauty and fading grace; chat with locals as they lounge on their porches; and get a sense of the fun – with a dash of elegance – that was once the soul of the Vieux Carré. From 11am to 4pm, most of the street turns into a pedestrian-only mall.