French Market
French Market
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighborhood: French Quarter
A small and teeming network of laissez-faire living lounged out on the balmy banks of the Mighty Mississippi, the French Quarter has long been a port of call for folks in search of a good time and a great story. Perpetually inebriated Bourbon Street runs across its midriff like a strand of cheap ribbon tied around an otherwise rather pretty and impressively well-kept vintage dress. Throughout the rest of the Quarter, brightly colored Victorian homes and businesses, famously done up with wrought-iron features, provide a distinct and immediately recognizable backdrop for all varieties of fun. At any given moment in this historic riverside setting, some of America’s finest meals are being cooked, most potent cocktails are being mixed, and most engaging music is being performed.
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  • FAMVACLasVegas
    88 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Okay to kill an hour or two
    I think I was expecting a little more of a farmer's market atmosphere, but it's a nice spot to spend a couple of hours. It's set up a lot like a swap meets with vendors' wares spread out on several rows of tables. It's mostly a lot of the same stuff: t-shirts, typical New Orleans touristy souvenirs, a few tables with art/jewelry, etc. There is a section with food vendors which is more permanent, not just tables. It was mostly local cuisine. We sampled various crepes, pralines, jambalaya, and an alligator po'boy (yummy). Prices were a little high, but not ridiculous. In the end, we only bought some beads and found better souvenirs at various shops throughout the French Quarter. Go early if you want to avoid crowds and be aware that many vendors start packing up a good hour before closing (which was annoying).
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 21, 2023
  • Kool-Cee
    Hagerstown, Maryland134 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Too Much Heat
    I gave this visit 3 stars, but would have given it a 3. We visited New Orleans to see family and my wife wanted to go to the French Market to look around. However due to the heat, over half of the vendors had already gone for the day. We went down after 5:00 so we thought we had enough time to look around before they closed. Although we were disappointed, my wife still found something to purchase for our 8 year old. So if you are planning to visit during September 2023 while it is still hot, go early so as not to miss the vendors. (*tip: do not eat at the food vendors in the French Market. The food is overpriced and you can get much better food at many other restaurants or hole in the wall....they are all over the French Quarter/Bourbon Street)
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 8, 2023
  • Wade C
    Knoxville, Tennessee402 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A tourist trap New Orleans style flee market
    Great place to go and mark it off your bucket list but that's about all. Really nothing special just a bunch of souvenir vendors and food vendors. Spend you money in a specialty restaurant and not here.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 12, 2023
  • Deborah K
    Saint John, Indiana511 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun, Fun ,Fun
    Always fun to walk around the French Market in New Orleans & look for special gifts to bring back home. Stop and have a bite to eat or drink & just browse. Always recommend visiting the French Market in New Orleans!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 16, 2023
  • Francine K
    Manchester, United Kingdom44 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely experience not to be missed when visiting this amazing city.
    We had a lovely day wandering round the market. So many different things to see and to sample. Many unusual craft stalls and lots of interesting food and drink in the street food area. Lovely live jazz added to the ambience.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 20, 2024
  • profjan06nj
    Fair Lawn, New Jersey244 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Typical Food and Flea Market Experience
    It is ok. Some food, flea market (tee shirts, key chains, the usual). Glad we went to walk through but it isn't a big deal. Kind of small, so you can go through it quickly. Grab some food and walk through to buy some gifts. Happy we went to see it, but you can really fly through in an hour or so.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 22, 2024
  • Michael O
    Lichfield, United Kingdom761 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A tourist trap but nonetheless a must visit!
    In spite of it being a tourist trap the French market still has its charm and some gems in the mish mash. Every day a band plays somewhere in the Market and often exceptionally good. Some of the food stalls are brilliant so pause and choose you won't go far wrong.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 2, 2024
  • Sabra W
    Seattle, Washington247 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Local Flea Matket
    A great stop to find some souvenirs and grab a quick easy lunch. You can't beat the muffelletas at Alberto's. They're delicious! The French market also has some of the cleanest public restrooms in the French quarter. Catch the riverfront streetcar and take it to the end of the line.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 21, 2024
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Kevin W
Clinton, MS96 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We always visit the french market while in New Orleans. A great place to walk around and shop. You can always find a good deal on t-shirts and souvenirs. This we got to listen to some great street musicians with horns durms playing some great jazz.
Written January 22, 2020
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Carla C
Clearwater, FL46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
We visited NOLA during the month of June and I am so happy we decided to walk around the French Market. Any souvenir you are looking to purchase, most likely you will find it here. Please visit Artscapes, you will not be disappointed. Here you will find augmented reality art!! The art is incredible and completely mind-blowing. On a future visit to New Orleans, we will definitely visit the French Market again. :)
Written August 8, 2021
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Sightseer779040
473 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
This was recommended to me by friends and family who had previously visited New Orleans. This is located more towards the riverfront of the city and the outskirts of the French Quarter. It is a few blocks, it is open air but covered. There are many different vendors and restaurants that set up and take down every single day. There are a variety of goods from clothing to accessories to handmade crafts to art. It represents the variety of cultures that come together in New Orleans. We got pralines from Loretta’s authentic pralines. I got a T shirt from a shop that prints their own logos on the shirts. Although many stands take credit card through the square app, I would recommend cash. Many vendors prefer it and some require minimums to charge on the card. It probably takes 20-30 minutes to walk through the whole thing. All vendors were extremely friendly and were willing to answer any questions, and none were pushy or aggressive in any way.
Written March 27, 2022
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Wowsy
Dallas, TX90 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Markets are all the same, vendors selling their wares, some imported, some touristy, and practical daily items, some made by them. Either way, it is a quick stroll with bands playing as you shop. There are several vendors I would visit hear again, Fampodgie (for unique cultural summer wear), Marios leather bags (great prices! and high quality). Very kind, helpful people every ready to provide explanations and be helpful without attitude.

Also intermixed are restaurants offering local food fare. I recommend 'Meals from the Heart' (very good food made from scratch) and wholeheartedly WARN against Holy Crepes (bad attitude, poor customer service).
Written September 6, 2022
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Miriam L
Liverpool, UK375 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Took the streetcar from Canal Street to the market. It's obviously aimed at the tourists, touristy trinkets, tshirts etc. Prices are high too, we got tshirts and bags cheaper on Canal Street rather than in the market. Fod section is good though, plenty of authentic NOLA food. The surrounding streets are of much more interest than the market, plenty of nice e old buildings, shops, bars and restaurants.
Written February 1, 2020
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Julienne
New York City, NY23 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
One half is food stalls while the other half is a street market in table top “flea market style”.

We came here because of a youtube show called “gate keepers” which showed the cooked seafood here. It was sadly a disappointment. Prices for “The Seafood Dock” are similar to the popular Acme’s, Felix’s, and Drago’s but the quality and size of entrees are smaller.

As we say, the food was “expensive for nothing”. The actual plates of food have smaller sized seafood than the displays.

There was no “culture experience” to be had. Souvenirs are generic and can be found in many popular busy cities, destinations, & vacation spots. (T shirts, African dress and houseware, beads, shot glasses, wooden bobble head animals)
Written March 14, 2020
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Amy D
15 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We decided to check out the market after a local your guide said it was a great place to get T Shirts etc. for a much lower price. It must be partially still closed or greatly diminished due to Covid as there were 1 or 2 craft stalls and some vendors but not much else. The few shirts that were for sale were the same as the ones in the shops all over town at the same prices.
Written July 27, 2021
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Valariestelle
United States39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
I was with some family and friends when we visited the French Market in NOLA. We took the double decker tour bus over there and decided to look for some souvenirs there. You definitely have to go see Mr. Oscar at his booth of Oscar of New Orleans. He makes the coolest and most original Pins and Earrings. I bought 3 earrings and two pins that are the perfect to represent New Orleans. We also stopped by the 3D artwork booth and bought the picture that comes to life of NOLA.Overall its a great spot to get unique souvenirs by local artists or to get your standard T-shirts and what not. The market offers both. We also got a few delicious drinks at the fruit bar in the market!
Written May 22, 2021
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Jktchorne
Fort Smith, AR1,514 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
Go early before to crowed! It is full of vendors from food to souvenirs. We always stop by here first to grab reasonable priced souvenirs before we hit the shops in French Quarter.
Also, has a public bathroom which can be hard to find well walking the streets.
Written February 24, 2020
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MPWEST10
Mandurah, Australia629 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We visited the markets twice in our visit. Once for nibblies and drinks and the second time in the last day to choose our souvenirs. There is a great variety of food and drinks as well as street food. Every possible souvenirs is available from tshirts to key rings to weird and wonderful local art and sketches. We purchased some local sketches and the artist signed them for us. Got some great tshirts for the nieces and nephews. The prices are better than in the French quarter shops.
Written June 13, 2020
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