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French Market

French Market

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
Great overview of the French Quarter
Peak was very knowledgeable about the history of the French Quarter and knew a lot of details. I walked away with a much better understanding of the history of the area.
Lori_F, Oct 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
Yummmm
Jennifer_W, Oct 2021
New Orleans Small-Group French Quarter Food Tour
Great way to try out new foods. Was stuffed by the time we were done and it was very informative. Our guide Kim was great about background information. Great way to start our first time trip to New Orleans.
star-5
French Quarter Horse Carriage tour
Daniel_S, Oct 2021
French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride
Mike or driver had a lot of interesting history about NOLA. Beautiful French Quarter tour is a must!
star-5
Take this tour!
Lisa_C, Oct 2021
French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride
Our guide, Mike R., was so friendly and incredibly knowledgeable. We finished the tour feeling like we acquired a little education, without it ever being boring or filled with cheesey jokes.
star-5
Honeymoon Adventures
Megan_J, Oct 2021
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
My husband and I had a great time with Eliot. We were thrilled that he incorporated items of interest to us and made sure to keep us in the shade when possible due to the increased heat throughout the walking experience.
star-5
Defining the eats.
Shawn_S, Oct 2021
New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option
Kristi explained the history and production of the sampled cuisine. Very interesting AND tasty. The group was small enough where everyone could hear what she was saying. Very personable.
star-5
Wonderful tour!
Geraldine_S, Oct 2021
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
Libby was a wonderful tour guide and very knowledgeable. Thoroughly enjoyed her and the others on the tour!
star-5
Best tour yet.
scarter, Oct 2021
New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option
Food at places I had not been before. Excellent and knowledgeable guide, Kristi was a pleasure. Answered many questions about the city and it’s history.
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
Relaxing ride through the city!
Rachelle_B, Oct 2021
French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride
Jonathan and Ginger are the best tour guides, I learned so much and the ride was relaxing. Jonathan is full of a lot of historical knowledge and Ginger( the mule) was a safe driver lol. I 100% recommend this tour to anyone visiting Nola.

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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