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French Market

French Market

star-4.5
6,689 Reviews
Free admission
Open Daily 9am - 6pm
1008 N Peters St, New Orleans, LA, 70116

The Basics

The sights, sounds, and smells of the French Market are enough to induce sensory overload for those who rush through. Instead, take your time wandering the stalls of crafts and culinary delights, stopping to bite into a beignet at New Orleans’ iconic Cafe du Monde or to slurp oysters at one of the market restaurants specializing in Cajun and Creole cuisine. See the market in the broader context of New Orleans by visiting on a guided walking tour of the French Quarter that may stop at nearby attractions such as Jackson Square, Decatur Street, Bourbon Street, and the Old Ursuline Convent. Small-group tours and private tours of the French Market and French Quarter offer opportunities for more personalized experiences and exposure to things you might otherwise miss.

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French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour

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French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
$26.67 per adult
Fabulous
Yvonne was amazing. Very knowledgeable and she catered the tour to our interests since the groups are small! I went by myself and felt totally comfortable so I would recommend for solo travelers!
Adhem1, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in New Orleans

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Food Tour Review
Shirley_T, Jun 2021
New Orleans Small-Group French Quarter Food Tour
The places we went to are very clean. The atmosphere was very inviting and all the food we tried were very delicious. We got stuffed beyond belief. We actually didn't eat anything the end of the day.
star-4
Great tour
NMU, May 2021
New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option
We were in New Orleans for only a short time, so thought a food tour would be the perfect way to quickly get a feel for the city. We were right! Kristi did a great job of explaining the city and history of the food. She was also very conscientious of COVID protocols, wearing a mask the whole time and putting on hand sanitizer before using personal phones to take pictures. Of course the food was delicious and just enough food. I didn't come away overly stuffed.
star-5
Great tour, very interesting history
Bahiyyah_J, Apr 2021
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
Tour guide was very informative and thorough! As we walked she was also concerned with our safety and answered any questions we had.
star-5
Fun Carriage Ride
Debra_M, Jul 2021
French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride
Jonathon was a fantastic tour guide. Loved the stories he told us! We were on Big Bertha’s maiden trip and she did pretty good. I loved going out of the French Quarter into the surrounding neighborhoods. I would do it again in a minute.
star-4
Monday Morning Walking Tour
MrsBS3, Jul 2021
Introduction to the French Quarter Walking Tour
Nice tour before the heat of the day. Guide was very knowledgeable. Wish I had known in advance two things: That I was the only one on the tour That many businesses in the are closed on Mondays & Tuesdays.
star-5
Fabulous
Adhem1, Jul 2021
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
Yvonne was amazing. Very knowledgeable and she catered the tour to our interests since the groups are small! I went by myself and felt totally comfortable so I would recommend for solo travelers!
star-5
Awesome!
Wilson, Jul 2021
New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option
John was extremely knowledgeable and personable. Food was amazing, and it was great to hear the history of the cuisine. We recommend this tour to see different parts of the city and eat local food.
star-5
Food tour
Marci_C, Jul 2021
New Orleans Small-Group French Quarter Food Tour
This food tour was perfect! Our guide was fun and knowledgeable and the food options were exactly what we were hoping to sample from the local cuisine.
star-5
Best tour
M_M, Jul 2021
French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride
We waited another 30mins before the tour start because no one was there to check us in but they did a quick act upon it and the whole experience was fun.
star-5
In Depth History of NOLA
Robert_S, Jun 2021
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
Yvonne was charming, informative, and thorough in her descriptions and narrative about the origins of NOLA. We had a splendid walk about the French Market and French Quarter.
star-5
City tour
Aaron_A, Jul 2021
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
Our tour guide was great! She was very knowledgeable and taught us a lot about the city. I would take another tour with her again if I returned to the city!
star-5
What a treat!
Gennifer_C, Jul 2021
New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option
Laurent was so very hospitable and an ease to talk to. His personality lit up the room and his humor was appreciated. His knowledge of food and New Orleans was delightful. As a solo traveler he made sure I didn't feel "out if place" and patiently waited for me when I was late moving to the next stop.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Check the market’s event calendar for a complete list of special shopping opportunities and performances.

  • The market includes three cafés, two sit-down restaurants, five confectionaries, and over 10 other bistro-style eateries.

  • Shopping ranges from inexpensive flea market bargains to middle-end retail and specialty shops.

  • The French Market is accessible to strollers and wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

Located along North Peters and Decatur Streets, and bordered by the Mississippi River, the French Market is hard to miss while you’re in the French Quarter. Walk there from any downtown or French Quarter location, catch the Riverfront Streetcar, or take Marigny-Bywater Bus #5 or Elysian Fields Bus #55.

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When to Get There

The French Market is open year-round. Every vendor has slightly different hours, but generally speaking, most vendors are open from 9am to 6pm. Wednesday and Saturday farmers markets promise more varied shopping options and larger crowds. Wednesday markets have live music, cooking demonstrations, and fresh produce from local farms from 1pm to 5pm, while Saturday markets have more prepared foods.

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Historical Shopping in New Orleans

The French Market plays an important role in New Orleans history and has existed on the same site since 1791, where it was founded as a pre-colonization trading post on the banks of the Mississippi River. Popular items sold over the centuries include pralines, calas (Creole rice fritters, big in the 19th century), herbs, spices, handmade Native American crafts, and coffee—which played a central role in the social life of the market, both day and night.

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