Frenchmen Street and the Marigny Tour

While the Americans moved into present day Central Business District and Garden District, refugees from Europe and Haiti gravitated to the Faubourg Marigny. Here they built a unique culture that is still visible today in the neighborhood’s architecture and music scene.Frenchman Street and the Marigny Tour

Join Free Tours by Foot as we stroll down Frenchmen Street and through the Marigny. We will visit the suburb’s historic locations and beautiful Creole homes. The tour will point out some of the popular local music venues, the best music artists to hear and where they play, as well as the best places to get lunch or a late night snack in this vibrant unique neighborhood. We will also discuss Bernard de Marigny, a noted gambler, duelist, politician, and founder of this unique neighborhood. Throughout everything we will discuss the Creoles and their way of life.

Sights, people, and topics we cover on the Frenchmen Street and the Marigny:

  • Frenchmen Street, the current heart of the New Orleans music scene
  • Bernard de Marigny, gambler, playboy, developer, politician, and duelist
  • The Free People of Color, who built one of the most unique culture’s in America
  • Creole architecture
  • The Germans immigrants and the breweries they operated
  • The Marigny’s influence on American music
  • And much more…

For more information on what you might see on this tour, check out our self-guided tour as well as our Things to do on Frenchmen Street post.

Tour Information

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve.  Groups of 6 or more persons should visit our group inquiry page.

Where: Outside Envie Coffee Shop at 1241 Decatur Street (on the corner of  Barracks and Decatur Street). Look for your guide with the Free Tours by Foot logo.

Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Approximately 1 mile in length.

When: 1pm Friday-Monday.

Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.

Save more money in New Orleans with a tourist discount pass and consider a swamp tour and a plantation tour.