Known as one of New Orleans’ most recognizable landmarks, Jackson Square is a National Historic Landmark nestled in the center of the French Quarter. The 2.5-acre space welcomes over 2 million visitors and locals each year and hosts a number of city events and celebrations, weddings and photography sessions. Jackson Square has even served as a backdrop in a number of popular feature films and television shows. The landmark earns its name for the bronze statue of Andrew Jackson located in the center of the square.
Located on Decatur Street, between the Jax Brewery Shopping Mall and the French Market, in front of the St. Louis Cathedral you’ll find Jackson Square.
The area surrounding Jackson Square contains a mix of commercial and residential property. The Cabildo, The Presbytere (on the opposite side of the Cathedral), and one of the apartment townhouses of the Lower Pontalba Apartments are now state museums. The lower floors of the apartment buildings are shops and restaurants, while the second, third and fourth floors are residential apartments.
Jackson Square is also the location of an open-air artist colony, where artists display their work on the outside of the iron fence. Visitors even have the opportunity to see the artists at work and perhaps have their portrait drawn by one of the many talents utilizing Jackson Square as their studio.
Grab coffee and beignets from Cafe du Monde and enjoy breakfast while people watching in the Square.
If you are in the vicinity of the Convention Center, ride Riverfront Streetcar to the Jackson Square stop. If you are located in other parts of the city, just head for the French Quarter.