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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. Put French Market on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our New Orleans holiday planner.
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  • August 12, 2017
    What a great combination of flea market meets cultural exchange. This market has gator burgers, fresh smoothies, character drawings, ice cream, knick, knacks...you name it. I am told that bartering is...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    If you like to bargain and looking for souvenir t-shirts this is the place. The white t-shirt you can bargain, but not with the comfort color t-shirt. Its basically a mini-flea market. Before buying a...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    I visited twice--first, on the day that I arrived which was on a Saturday while I waited for my hotel room; and again on Monday which is what I recommend. The market is a whole different place during ...  more »

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