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French Market, New Orleans

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By visiting French Market you’re immersing yourself in a commercial history that stretches back to the 18th century. The market started as a Native American trading post, and today it covers six blocks. Shops selling everything from clothes to souvenirs are accompanied by the farmers' market and the flea market. You can also find a selection of handicrafts and artwork produced by the local artists. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit one of many cafes, restaurants, and eateries, and taste the famous Louisiana cuisine and its specialties, such as jambalaya or gumbo. If you feel adventurous, and want to give yourself a true New Orleans experience, a gator on a stick might be just the treat for you. Arrange to visit French Market and other attractions in New Orleans using our New Orleans trip planner.
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  • There wasn't a lot of stands out. Great place to visit. They had a few selections to grab quick bites. Most of the stands were that of a flea market. Only a few "NOLA" made stands. Most was imported.....  more
    There wasn't a lot of stands out. Great place to visit. They had a few selections to grab quick bites. Most of the stands were that of a flea market. Only a few "NOLA" made stands. Most was imported.....  more »
  • I was so excited to visit this market. In my head, I saw us snapping up a bevy of unique, artisan-created crafts and goods that we'd proudly display at home. Alas, it was not meant to be. Maybe we... 
    I was so excited to visit this market. In my head, I saw us snapping up a bevy of unique, artisan-created crafts and goods that we'd proudly display at home. Alas, it was not meant to be. Maybe we...  more »
  • Nice little open air market. Lots of food and little shops and great music all around. Found lots of great deals. 
    Nice little open air market. Lots of food and little shops and great music all around. Found lots of great deals.  more »
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  • One of the oldest still running markets around. Was a really cool place to visit and glad that we found it while just riding scooters around town... Was a nice stop with cool unique feel to it. Lots of random stuff here for souvenirs etc... They also have stands with food and drinks, for sure stop by if in the area!
  • We loved this little market on a break from the hop on hop off bus tour. There were all kind of local vendors and foods to be purchased here and we spent a long while meandering and out of the sun. It was still hot. 😉 Food vendors in the center to have all kinds of local foods too. Bought some pottery and craft made stuff here as souvenirs. It gets more like a flea market the further back you go, but nice for something to see and do for a few hours.
  • Parked a little far (2-hour free parking in residential area). It was raining, but the market was covered, so it was rather a pleasant experience. It was a really nice market with amazing handy crafts like marble, wooden and paintings, etc. I have got a few marble things as well as a beautiful hand-made dream catcher. It was absolutely worth visiting. You need to bargain as the price they tell might be higher.
  • Went to NOLA for my Grandson's Boxing Match and the next day we went sightseeing and decided to go to the French Market and really enjoyed myself. I bought some nice souvenir T-Shirts for a Good price. I bought me 2 Sterling rings also a good price. They had so much cool art and clothes. A lot of cool jewelry. Great food and snacks. I most definitely go visit if you're in NOLA. I can't wait to go back!
  • Great historical shopping area dating back to 1791. It was originally a Native American trading post along the Mississippi River. It later evolved into a cultural and commercial hub as French and Spanish colonists opened the market up to ships and traders from all over the world. Currently the area is a good place to shop for wares from local artisans, food purveyors, souvenir stands. Up front are the food kiosks, in the middle the handicrafts, and toward the back are the souvenir ant t-shirt tables. If you pay attention and compare prices with the nearby brick and mortar shops, you can save some money on the same merchandise. Otherwise, if you are not aware of nearby prices, you can pay more than you should. All in all, worth at least browsing.

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