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French Market
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 afternoon with Josh
Josh was awesome. Nice walk and just the right level of history, architecture and city tales. Big, big thumbs up.
timothy_b, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in New Orleans

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Stories and food
Cheri_M, Aug 2022
New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option
Jonn was very knowledgeable about all things New Orleans. He was caring and had great stories. Do not take the bet he can walk 2 blocks without talking, it wouldn’t happen. Every corner has a story and he shares them all.
star-5
True History
Carrie_D, Aug 2022
New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option
The tour guide, Nate, did an excellent job of acknowledging African American historical contributions to the various historical sites. This was an appreciated benefit to the tour.
star-5
Good time!!
Cynthia_W, Aug 2022
French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride
Great tour with plenty of info about the Quarter and the Maringy. Loved it. Artie was polite, punctual and informative. Thanks!
star-5
Great tour
Mariana_G, Aug 2022
New Orleans Culinary Tour: French Quarter Food Adventure Includes 5 Food Samples
Bonnie was amazing , she shared a lot of knowledge about local life and the food places we went we’re awesome
star-5
Yummy and educational
Vanessa_N, Aug 2022
New Orleans Culinary Tour: French Quarter Food Adventure Includes 5 Food Samples
Awesome food, the gumbo from the Gumbo Shop was amazing. The beignets at Loretta’s were fantastic as well. We had such a great time and Neil was a wonderful tour guide.
star-5
A wonderful tour
Claudia_B, Aug 2022
French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride
Great experience, very knowledgeable Driver! We would highly recommend! We learned so much about New Orleans and the history! Gratefully, Doug & Trish
star-5
Great way to view the French Quarter
Amber_R, Aug 2022
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
Yvonne was a great tour guide. I learned a lot about the history of the city. We were able to cover a lot within the French Quarter.
star-5
Fun way to explore the culinary culture of NOLA
Leticia_L, Aug 2022
New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option
We had an awesome time with Nate enjoying historical details about the French Quarter while enjoying some truly delicious food! This is a fun way to learn about the food and culture of New Orleans.
star-4
1st time, not my last!!!!
Niekel_A, Aug 2022
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
Learning why the Mississippi River is muddy & more. Also, the history of Louisiana, New Orleans, based on the French, Spain & America history.
star-5
10 out of 10 would recommend even in the blistering July heat!
Megan_Y, Jul 2022
French Quarter History Tour with Cafe Du Monde Option in New Orleans
Jack is one of THE most knowledgable tour guides I’ve ever met. He doesn’t just go by a script, he truly knows his history and is always learning more to help him make your tours better each time
star-5
Fun event to see and taste the french quarter
Carrie_W, Aug 2022
New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option
Despite a hot day, the tour was quite good. Great tastings and history provided by our guide Jonn. Included butter cookie with praline, boutin, po boy, alligator sausage, gumbo and jumbalaya, and praline brittle. Drinks were easily purchasable.
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Informative and Delicious!
Kayla_J, Aug 2022
New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option
All the food was delicious and Jonn had a lot of great stories! We especially liked the descriptions of all the foods.
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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