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French Market

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4.0 out of 5
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  • French MarketPro 2014
    Eric Brink
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    3 Mar 27, 2014

    The French Market is a market and series of commercial buildings spanning 6 blocks in the French Quarter. It was founded in 1791 as a Native American trading post, and the market is the oldest of its kind in the US. It began where "Cafe du Monde" currently stands and has been rebuilt and renovated multiple times since its original "meat market" purposes.

    I had the chance to walk through the French Market on a recent Sunday field trip to NOLA. There's both nice stuff and flea market choices here, which made me wonder about rents and what sort of lagniappe it takes to do business here. I particular liked the a couple of the photo vendors and one that sold stationary and journals. It was also a nice stroll on a beautiful day, a neat chance to watch some interesting people, and a chance have a cool commercial experience that was not too over-the-top.

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  • French MarketPro 2014
    John Abdou
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    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Loads of local art and fresh seafood. The shopping is eclectic and vast. The local artists are very friendly and willing to haggle with you and personalize your purchases.

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    5 Feb 13, 2014
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    4 May 09, 2013

    Site of many Bastille Day celebrations, including a waiters' race which sees real NOLA waiters competing to see who's the fastest with a full tray, the French Market hosts free and fun events year round.

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  • French MarketPro 2014
    Alea G.
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    3 Jul 05, 2012

    I am such a sucker for markets. I absolutely love them. I have mixed thoughts about the French Market. I'm sure at some point, the stands were not lined with masks, beads, and sketchy shirts about Bourbon Street, but that's what I was bombarded with the last time I was there. I'm not saying that you won't find some cute stuff interspersed with the souvenirs. There are quite a lot of them actually. And, actually, if you're in the market for souvenirs (pun intended, or is that actually a pun?), it's not a bad place to shop. I thought the prices were a little better than you'll find in other parts of the French market. In any case, you're more prone to find touristy souvenirs than unique crafts in the market. It's still fun to look around, but like I said, I'm a sucker for markets.

    The other charm of the French Market, of course, is its food. As soon as you enter, you will pass stand after stand of delicious local cuisine. Having tried food and drink at a couple of the stand, I have to say that it holds up. And while I'm not sure what the going rate for oysters is in the New Orleans, but the prices at the oyster bar were cheap by my California standards.

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  • French MarketPro 2014
    Frances Nguyen
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    5 Feb 12, 2014

    The French Market serves a unique variety of Cajun specialties like raw oysters, gator burgers and super hot Cajun sauces. They also serve wonderful souvenirs such as jewelry, home decor, and assorted masks. I highly recommend going there, particularly for foodies who want to try Cajun food! Bonus tip: try the fresh strawberry lemonade near the front of the French Market. It's so refreshing especially in the August heat!

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    4 Jan 25, 2014

    Boasting “3 centuries of history and 6 blocks of shopping,” the French Market has a lot going on, pretty much all the time. Situated right off the Riverfront street car line, it’s a combined Farmer’s Market and Flea Market filled out with local artists and craftsmen selling their wares, all mixed in together and under one roof. And every Saturday in August and September, the organizers invite brass bands to come play for the crowd;s enjoyment. Just remember that browsing is always free, but odds are good that you’ll find something you want to take home with you.

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    4 Oct 18, 2013

    The place to go for hokey junk, hotsauce, alligator jaws, leather goods, fake sunglasses and watches, and a fair amount of nummy food, the French Market is an essential part of the experience of being in the Quarter. It's touristy, to be sure, but some things are popular for a reason.

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    Samantha M
    5 Sep 03, 2013

    When New Orleans and Louisiana were the crown jewel of Thomas Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase, the market hosted vendors from all over the world. African Americans sold Calas (rice fritters), coffee and pralines. Choctaw from north of Lake Ponchartrain sold herbs, spices and crafts. Now the market is a fascinating mix of great food vendors, craftsmen, and sellers of products from all over the world. It is a delightful place to find inexpensive souvenirs or treasures. It's been open on the same site for over 200 years. Don't miss one of our fascinating pieces of history.

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    5 Aug 31, 2013

    Great place to meet local artists and craftsman. Also the ideal place to buy fresh local grown food and cook cajun style. Gator meat, crawfish, their own mix of various hot sauces, fruits and vegetables galore.

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Description:

The French Market is a unique district in downtown New Orleans that covers six blocks in the Lower French Quarter. The area bustles with activity with the over 30 unique retail shops, cafes, a flea market and indoor and outdoor performance venues. There is also a farmer's market with lots of fresh produce stands and many different food vendors. The district houses historical monuments, like New Place de France, which is where the Joan of Arc statue is, Washington Artillery Park, scenic walkways and public art. There are also quite a few annual events and festivals hosted by the French Market.
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