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French Market

French Market

star-4.5
7,064 Reviews
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
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I really liked when she...
I really liked when she told us about a man turning a whole apartment complex into his own house. It looked so nice and cool when we glanced inside. The tour was really fun and informative. We went back to a couple of the places during the rest of our trip. Libby is the best tour guide I've ever had. Thank you!
Joy_B, Aug 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
Great tour, very interesting history
Bahiyyah_J, Apr 2021
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
Tour guide was very informative and thorough! As we walked she was also concerned with our safety and answered any questions we had.
star-4
Great way to learn the city history
stephryan61, Sep 2021
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
This was my second time visiting the city. This tour was a great way to see things and hear stories I missed the first time around. Would recommend for families.
star-5
Perfect low key tour.
WendyG_D, Aug 2021
French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride
Great tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about her job. Our mule was de orator beautifully and both took pride in their city. Very friendly service.
star-5
Awesome tour guide
Monica_J, Aug 2021
New Orleans Small-Group French Quarter Food Tour
Angela was amazing. Went to celebrate a birthday and received sooo much information about the city. Introduced us to the ceremonious tradition of pinning money for your birthday. Southern hospitality finest
star-4
Carriage Ride
Rachel_C, Aug 2021
French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride
Had a great experience. Booking with Viator was quick and easy will definitely use again. I received reminders about my tour that was very helpful.
star-4
Great Portions!
VanThompson_T, Sep 2021
New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option
The only reason why I put 4 stars is due to Hurricane Ida many of the restaurants were closed or damaged so we didn't get to experience it fully, understandably. Tour operator made the necessary adjustments and the food portions were HUGE! One of the restaurants gave us free Iced Coffee and a coupon for a free appetizer upon return. SUSAN, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable with the history of the French Quarter and her restaurant recommendations were fantastic!
star-5
Kristi was a wonderful...
Catherine_A, Sep 2021
New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option
Kristi was a wonderful guide. Very knowledgeable about the history of New Orleans and was a lot of fun. Would definitely do the tour again.
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
Wonderful experience in the French quarter
John_Y, Aug 2021
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
We enjoyed the engaging stories told by our guide, Eliot. He was very well spoken, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and fun. He genuinely enjoyed his work.

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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