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“Family friendly New Orleans attraction”
Review of French Market

French Market
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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.
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“Family friendly New Orleans attraction”
Reviewed November 9, 2012 via mobile

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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“There's a better way to do this, read on”
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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Midland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Interesting and fun”
Reviewed November 8, 2012

I had not visited the French Market in years. It is cleaner than years past, with more interesting items. There was a cooking demonstration while we were there on Creloe cooking that was fun
to watch. The spices available are amazing. I would recommend it for inexpensive souvenirs and exploring local culture. ( Bloody Mary's are great).

Visited November 2012
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Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
“Fun, local and artsy”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

You can find fresh pralines, sweet potato fries, jazz musicians, and a flea market full of local and not so local pieces. Great place to wander and to find souvenirs.

Visited October 2012
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Anderson, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Colorful Vendors Great Place for Inexpensive Souvenirs”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Drug my husband down for a walk through this historic marketplace. We thoroughly enjoyed its flavor and atmosphere. Lots of different vendors, and yes, I'm sure, lots of cheap, made somewhere out of the country, stuff. On the other hand, some very talented artists and above average souvenirs to take home for the tourists. Purses, hats, wallets and jewelry abound. I loved the masquerade masks of all sorts with affordable prices. Nice spot to grab a quick bite as well.

Visited October 2012
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