"Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop. ..." History Tip by Kentbein
History, New Orleans: 15 reviews and 16 photos
Favorite thing: Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop. The legendary pirate Jean Lafitte is alledged to have lived in this once operational blacksmith shop and second oldest building in New Orleans (it looks it!) where he is supposed to have sold stolen merchandise and slaves out of the back. I hear he and Oja had a fling here for awhile back in another life. The town has not been the same since.
Today it is on the edge of the commercial side of the French Quarter, and just about as far as the average tourist should investigate. The neighborhoods can get a little rough the farther you go beyound this point.
The French Quarter is one grand contrast after another, and it probably hasn't changed in composition since the days the Creoles and French built it. It's beautiful in a weathered, unkept and colorful way. It is also a mix of wealth on one end, and poorer tenants on another.
Be cautious where you go towards evening's end. Don't walk too far away from the main commercial Quarter sections unless you have several friends with you or if you kow how to protect yourself.
The main sections are safe, except for pick pockets and pan handlers, but that's not a physical danger.
Lafitte's, in my mind, best represents this contrast. It's a safe, interesting and fun place to hang for drinks and chats. It's great for that, in fact. But just as the run down exterior demonstrates, you are nearing the boundary of the upkept Quarter. Don't go much past this point.
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