About Bourbon Street
Bourbon Street New Orleans Louisiana When you hear Bourbon Street, wild parties and night clubs always come to mind. Of course, you can party and club all you want, as this is what Bourbon Street is known for. However, this street in the French Quarter of New Orleans has another and quite different personality as well. No city can be steeped in history as deeply as New Orleans, and no street in New Orleans can rival Bourbon Street for historical value. Bourbon Street, akso known as "Rue Bourbon" is situated in the heart of the French District and covers some thirteen city blocks. You can visit Jean Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop, a bar and restaurant located in a building dating back to pre-1772. It was here that Jean Lafitte opened a blacksmith shop as a cover for his privateer business. Another attraction would be the Old Absynthe House, erected in 1806 as an import house to bring in the now illegal absynthe. On every corner and everywhere in between there are historical landmarks. You might sample French Cajun cuisine at Galatoire's Restaurant which dates to 1906 and is run by the fourth generation of the Galatoire family. As for places to stay, one of the finest hotels is the Royal Sonesta Hotel, which opened in 1969, but is located on a site used for a hotel since 1721. New Orleans is one of the oldest cities in the United States, and has a blend of French, Cajun and American history and charm found on Bourbon Street that you will find irresistable, making you want to return over and over.