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French Market

French Market

star-4.5
6,752 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
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
$26.67 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Awesome walking tour
Josh was an awesome tour guide. He was very knowledgeable on the history of New Orleans and answered every question in detail. He create a fun atmosphere during the tour and I believe this helped us to enjoy walking in the heat . The group was small and intimate so it feel like w personalize tour of the French Quarters. I highly recommend taking this tour . Big shout out to Josh !!!!
Patrick_S, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in New Orleans

star-4
Wanted more food.
Devin_B, Jul 2021
New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option
Tour was great, very informational. We learned a lot especially the difference between Cajun and Creole. I’m not sure what the tour was pre-COVID (PC) but I believe we had a total of 5 food stops and noticeably missing from the tour was poboys and beignets. Guide was very knowledgeable and personable and would def go again but hopefully it will be more robust in the future.
star-5
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
Horse Carriage Ride, the breezy way to tour New Orleans
Andrea_K, Jul 2021
French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride
The horse carriage ride with David as a guide was the most wonderful easy way of touring the French Quarter and adjacent neighborhoods. The guide was telling us all the historic secrets of every house and building we passed, and took us through quiet charming colorful streets. The tour was perfect and David gave it so much character and insight that we would take the Horse Carriage Ride again!
star-5
Awesome
Donna_M, Jul 2021
New Orleans Small-Group French Quarter Food Tour
The food did not disappoint and our guide told us how to find a great jazz fest later that day which we loved and felt like our guide ended up our friend!
star-5
History tour was great!
James_H, Jul 2021
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
The guide was really personable and well schooled on lots of info. Very entertaining speaker! Will book this guide for other tours.
star-5
Breeze
Ira_H, Jul 2021
French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride
Safe driver, Nice smile he love his wife. Smart man he is. Good worker. He safe person to be around.
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
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
Educational and fuuun :)
Willie_B, Jul 2021
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
Native New Orleanian Yvonne was a fantastic tour guide using entertaining stories and local landmarks to explain history, architecture, anthropology, local culture, and personal experience.
star-5
Great tour
Cindy_R, Jul 2021
French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride
Great tour we really enjoyed seeing everything and you get a first hand look of everything that’s around you

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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