The French Quarter, also known as the Vieux Carré, is the oldest neighborhood in the city of New Orleans. When New Orleans (La Nouvelle-Orléans in French) was founded in 1718 by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, the city was originally centered on the French Quarter, or the Vieux Carré ("Old Square" in French) as it was known then. While the area is still referred to as the Vieux Carré by some, it is more commonly known as the French Quarter today, or simply "The Quarter." Although called the "French" Quarter, most of the present day buildings were built under Spanish rule and show Spanish colonial tastes. The district as a whole is a National Historic Landmark, and contains numerous individual historic buildings. It was affected relatively lightly by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, as compared to other areas of the city and the greater region. (wikipedia)
The Quarter is unlike any other neighborhood. The streets are alive with happy, friendly people, jazz music, artists and the distinct smell that can immediately be recognized as unique to the French Quarter. Sure it has a tinge of hot trash, but it's also the aromas of rich cuisine.
These old buildings also have some great histories. if you don't believe me look up the building to the left, the Delphine LaLaurie house. It was once owned by Nick Cage, and that is definitely the least interesting thing about it. (Nothing against Nick Cage, this place just has some awesome history.)