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“Big on atmosphere and people watching.” 5 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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Ranked #12 of 119 Shopping in New Orleans
Type: Flea/ Street Markets
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.
Colchester, United Kingdom
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“Big on atmosphere and people watching.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

I would recommend this for people watching.There is a great atmosphere and many goods for sale. I bought some reall nice hand crafted childrens toys and the music and banter on the stalls was well worth it. You can easliy be charmed into parting with your money so dont buy unless you ealy want to. Localzs are not embarassed if you say that you do not want to buy. There is the ususal suspects of tie dyed generic travellers clothes on sale, but there are also artisan goods and I really enjoyed the atmposphere. As with any market, keep your valuables close and soak up the sing song accents as you browse.

Visited August 2012
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Surrey, Canada
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“Excellent afternoon visit ...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

Selection of this market is food and veg at one end, memorability and trinkets through the rest. MUSIC in the centre. Altogether a delightful pace for a couple hours with a place to sit and hear some music or to grab a bite to eat.

Visited November 2012
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Hamden, Connecticut
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“Jewelry”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

Anatolian Silver in the French Market has a beautiful selection of silver jewelry at very reasonable prices. It is high quality silver and some pieces are unique.

Visited October 2012
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“Family friendly New Orleans attraction”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

The first building in the market used to be a true farmers market. Now they have food booths and seating areas and daiquiri stands. Not the same but still good. The second building houses tables and tables of vendors selling everything from flip-flops to hand-carved jewelry boxes. My sister bought a Cajun children's book that she later saw in a shop on Decatur for $5 more and a pair of shoes that sold for $2 more in same shop. I bought a Mardi Gras mask. Some of the tables just repeat the same old tired tshirts but there are lots worth checking out.

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Dallas, Texas
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“There's a better way to do this, read on”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

I've been to the French Market a dozen times and here's the way I like to do it.
First get your beignets and coffee fix at Cafe du Monde. Then walk toward the market. As you enter the market proper, take a minute to orient yourself about what you are going to pass: drink, food, drink, food, trinkets, useless crap and wonderful people looking or trying to make a living. So about 50 yards into the market there will be a drink stand on the right. They feature a frozen pina colada in the upper left corner of their wall menu. Get one. Then start the rest of your walk. Frankly, this makes almost anything much, much better. So get you an alligator head or some handmade soap or some cheap t-shirts. There will be something that interests you; don't be a jerk, allow yourself to be interested. It costs you nothing and what else have you got to do anyway. And remember, keep sipping the colada.

Visited November 2012
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