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French Market Tours

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French Market
Located in the heart of New Orleans’ vibrant French Quarter, the French Market is a grand bazaar that serves as much as a cultural meeting place as it does a market space. In addition to hosting stall after stall of vendors hawking handmade goods and artisanal foods, the market doubles as a venue for a daily flea market and a twice-weekly farmers market. The French Market boasts the superlative as the oldest continuously operating open-air market in the United States, making it a part of living Louisiana history.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
Address: 1008 N Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Hours: Open Daily 9am - 6pm
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City Sightseeing New Orleans Hop-On Hop-Off Bus TourBus Tours

City Sightseeing New Orleans Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Discover historic New Orleans in an open‐top double‐decker bus on this hop‐on hop‐off sightseeing tour. With either your 1‐or 3-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with several stops, including the French Market, Jackson Square, and the Garden District, plus available walking tours, depending on the option you buy. Enjoy unobstructed views and fun onboard commentary as you soak up ‘The Big Easy’.
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Cemetery and French Quarter Horse and Carriage Ride City Packages

Cemetery and French Quarter Horse and Carriage Ride

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Opt for an alternative sightseeing experience of New Orleans during a horse and carriage tour of the French Quarter, undoubtedly the city’s most captivating enclave. While your guide provides entertaining narration, canter past landmarks such as Jackson Square, Napoleon House, and St. Louis Cathedral. Plus, stop at St. Louis Cemetery—home to the tomb of Voodoo priestess Marie Laveau—for a short walking tour.
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New Orleans Small-Group French Quarter Food Tour City Packages

New Orleans Small-Group French Quarter Food Tour

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Eat and drink your way through the French Quarter on a culinary walking tour designed to highlight New Orleans’ rich gastronomic heritage. Visit local institutions and holes-in-the-wall, taste a range of dishes and buy culinary souvenirs, like hot sauce and decadent pralines. Enjoy food samples at eat that stop, which add up to the equivalent of a full meal.
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French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking TourCity Packages

French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour

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Delve into the stories behind the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans during a French Quarter walking tour. Take in famous landmarks including Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, and the Mississippi River, along with lesser-known places of interest. Hear from your guide about the architecture and heritage of the district, and get the inside scoop on recommended places for shopping and dining as well.
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New Orleans French Quarter Walking TourCity Packages

New Orleans French Quarter Walking Tour

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Explore New Orleans' history, culture and architecture with a 2-hour walking tour through the French Quarter’s atmospheric streets. Stroll alongside a local guide as you hear about the multicultural heritage of the Vieux Carre, and spot the distinctive architectural styles that tell the city’s stories. Learn about the slaves that found community in Congo Square. Finish your walk with tips on how to eat, drink and live it up like a local — or yat — in New Orleans.
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New Orleans French Quarter Walking and History TourCity Packages

New Orleans French Quarter Walking and History Tour

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Immerse yourself in the best of the French Quarter on this 2.5‐hour historical walking tour. An entertaining local guide will lead you through the Vieux Carré, along the mighty Mississippi River, and to Louis Armstrong Park and Jackson Square, describing the city’s cultural history and diverse colonial heritage. See notable literary and cinematic landmarks, bustling scenes of local life, and architectural gems including some of the nation’s oldest buildings.
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French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride City Packages

French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride

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Explore the French Quarter and Marigny aboard a relaxing horse and carriage during this small-group tour in New Orleans. Discover the history, culture, and legends that surround this historic city as you see landmarks including the St. Louis Cathedral, Napoleon House, and French Market. You also get insider tips from your guide about the best places to eat, drink, and explore in New Orleans.
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New Orleans Food TourCity Packages

New Orleans Food Tour

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From grits to gumbo, food in New Orleans is packed with flavor. This food walking tour of the French Quarter takes you to time-tested, hole-in-the-wall establishments that you’re likely to overlook on your own. Try authentic Cajun and Creole cooking, and learn about New Orleans history and culture between bites.
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New Orleans French Quarter Kids and Family TourCity Packages

New Orleans French Quarter Kids and Family Tour

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Get your kids marching to the tune of New Orleans on a family-friendly romp through the French Quarter. Explore the city’s history with pictures and stories, from pirates and voodoo to jazz and Cajun culture, and treat young tastes buds to some local snacks. An entertaining guide tailors games and activities to kids’ ages on this small-group tour that has the whole family wearing Mardi Gras beads and stomping in a second-line parade, just like locals.
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New Orleans Small-Group Historical Sightseeing TourHalf-day Tours

New Orleans Small-Group Historical Sightseeing Tour

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Total New Orleans Tour: Food, Cocktails & JazzAdults-only Shows

Total New Orleans Tour: Food, Cocktails & Jazz

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Discover the best of ‘The Big Easy’ on this full-day tour through New Orleans. Sample some of the city’s world-famous food like beignets and gumbo, sip on cocktails in the French Quarter, and end the tour listening to a bit of jazz. Learn about the history of the Mardi Gras city and how the city came to be the cultural melting pot that it is today.
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Saints and Sinners Walking Tour in New Orleans

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Private Carriage Tour of French Quarter in New Orleans

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Private French Quarter Pedicab Tour

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A Locals' French Quarter Tour Mountain Bike Tours

A Locals' French Quarter Tour

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We will be touring all around the Historic French Quarter and 2 historic surrounding neighborhoods of the Marigny and Treme. We will talk about the rich cultures, people and traditions of these neighborhoods that date back to the 1700's. From our beginnings as a Native American trading post to a raughty French penal colony to the rich African culture of music and Mardi Gras revelry, we will cover it all! 300 years of Creole history from a 6th generation New Orleanian! We start at the Mississippi river and take our time strolling through the French Quarter and chronologically move from the Quarter to the Treme and Marigny. Stops such as Jackson square, Congo square, St. Augustine Church and Frenchmen street and on to the French Market. Mid tour we will grab a bite to eat at a local restaurant and continue on to the most historically significant stops in the French quarter and surrounding neighborhoods.
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From French Quarter Food to Garden District Tour

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From eye-catching architecture to palate-pleasing local foods, this half-day tour packs a serious punch when it comes to getting to know New Orleans. Join a local guide for a deep dive into the city’s culinary scene (trying everything from beignets to gumbo) in the French Quarter, then spend some time exploring the historic Garden District, before finishing your epic day with a refreshing local beer.
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An elegant excursion crafted with your safety and comfort in mind, this tour takes you through the National Register Historic Landmark District French Quarter into the Creole faubourgs of Marigny and Treme and the exquisite beauty of often unseen New Orleans. This is a fully-comprehensive introduction to The City that Care Forgot led by a native historian and bon vivant recommended by Frommer’s, American Airlines Advantage and hundreds of happy, satisfied guests!
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French Quarter Sights & Stories Tour ♥City Packages

French Quarter Sights & Stories Tour ♥

Our goal is to provide a higher quality tour experience than you will get elsewhere, with small groups, full costumes, and fun extras! We take pride in our guests' experience and will work hard to ensure you have an amazing trip to New Orleans! We love our guests and our city. Our group size maxes at 12 guests <3
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Among the best ways to get a feel for New Orleans is to get out and walk it, but the standard self-guided tours can get a bit dull. Take one of these 3-hour smartphone-guided scavenger hunts and a three-hour window of your day will suddenly turn into adventure. Solve puzzles, study clues and celebrate at the finish, all while navigating the historic streets and taking in the sights of the Big Easy.   
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A Locals' Eat Dat! Food Tour

This local food tour is guided by a local with over 200 years of family history with a family that's been in the food industry since the early 1800s! We will go to all the local favorite hot spots for amazing dishes (4-5) that have proven the test of time and the local taste buds you could try the muffuletta, Po-Boys, chargrilled oysters, crawfish, gumbo, beignets, pralines and many many more!
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Maximize your time in New Orleans with a private full-day tour tour made for you! Kick off your 3 hour city tour with highlights of the Big Easy. City Tour includes a cemetery and stop in city park. You will have enough time for a 1 hour lunch at a local seafood restaurant. Then you will spend 2 hours at the oldest recorded plantation, Destrehan Plantation. Best of all, your private tour includes hotel pick-up and transport by air-conditioned vehicle.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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New Orleans Brothels Bordellos And Ladies Of The Night Walking TourCity Packages

New Orleans Brothels Bordellos And Ladies Of The Night Walking Tour

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Brothels. Bordellos. Ladies of the Night. This 2-hour walking tour takes in some of the lesser-known history of New Orleans' French Quarter. Avoid the tourist-only locales as you learn about the area, and stop for classic New Orleans adult refreshments in to-go cups. Starting near the river and concluding near the back of town, this small-group tour highlights the plight of women working in the world's oldest profession.
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New Orleans French Quarter StrollCity Packages

New Orleans French Quarter Stroll

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Take a stroll through New Orleans history on a walking tour of the French Quarter’s most important sites. Enjoy views of the broad Mississippi River as you hear about the city’s past and browse the best of the neighborhood’s distinctive boutiques. Get a glimpse of New Orleans’ multicultural roots in the French Market and Old Ursuline Convent then trace the elegant ironwork along Royal Street. Hear about the Big Easy’s most iconic writers and immerse yourself in the city’s culture while exploring the city at a relaxed pace.
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are French Market hours of operation?
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French Market hours of operation: Open Daily 9am - 6pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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