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“Barter here!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of French Market

French Market
Decatur St, 1100 North Peters, New Orleans, LA (French Quarter)
504 522 2621
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French Quarter Walking Tour
Ranked #14 of 123 Shopping in New Orleans
Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Shopping
Activities: Shopping
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Whether you are seeking an authentic Creole meal of Jumbalaya or a romantic candlelit dinner overlooking the Mississippi, this historic market area is for you.
Bolivar, Ohio
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97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
“Barter here!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

If you have gone through the shops on Canal or Royal Street - you probably will want to buy things here instead on the mainstream. Masks that were 40 dollars everywhere else were 22 here.
Barter - negotiate - negotiate!

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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“Lots of NOLA stuff and "estate" jewelry”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

The French Market is open air (hot in summer!) and has different stalls and open tables. It's like a flea market, although many of the sellers are "permanent". the first part is more food, including produce, spices/hot sauces, a smoothie stand, pralines. The second part is souveniers, the kind you'd find at any tourist attraction in a popular city. T-shirts and hats abound, a stall of jazz CDs, some toys, some hair accessories and purses, etc. The jewelry ranged from what could be estate (vintage, unique) to bling-y new stuff. Sunday morning was quite crowded. The market is on flat ground, no steps, but nowhere to sit either.

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Crystal River, Florida
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“Really fun!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

This was like any flea market, full of junk like everywhere else, however, they have a food part where you can purchase pastries, drinks, food, snacks, makes the entire thing worth it!

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Sacramento, California
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“A Feast for Your 5 Senses”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

While in New Orleans, make sure to check out the French Market which has been there since 1791. It is an absolute must see in its cultural diversity and steeped in historical relevance. It began as a Native American Trading Post and has been readopted by every new country and culture that has entered the city; keeping it alive and vibrant. It will definitely be a treat to your five senses with all that you can see, hear, smell. touch and taste. Like most markets it has everything from fresh, local produce, local foods, breads, drinks, shaved ice, ice cream, oils, clothing, handmade purses, jewelry, sunglasses, and local art work, etc. It ranges from a Flea Market to a Farmer's Market. Be sure to try one of their sandwich vendor's muffuletta sandwiches which is neither of French, Spanish, African or Creole descent, which everyone tends to characterize the primary cultures of New Orleans as. It is Italian and more specifically Sicilian and an inspired, heavenly meal. When I say meal, I mean it: it's HUGE! The sandwich was first created in 1906 by a famous grocery store called the Central Grocery in the French Quarter. You can smell them toasting all along the French Market. If you are looking for t-shirts and other souvenirs this is a wonderful spot to start. We love just traipsing along the French market soaking up the cultures and checking out the wares, plus it is covered has many ceiling fans and it a great spot to duck into when the afternoon showers set in. Even our teenager loves to walk around checking everything out. Word to the wise though, do not go with an empty tummy for this is SO much to eat and it ALL looks and smells delicious!

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Gold Coast, Australia
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“Where are the local artists?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

More a flea market with knock off. Go a little later on the weekend to see a few local artists. Reasonable food.

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