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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
Fab French Quarter
Learning the history of the French Quarter and New Orleans. Josh was a great guide. Very informative
Robyn_S, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in New Orleans

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We had great time .....
nimisha_w, Dec 2021
A Locals' French Quarter Tour
We had great time .. hugely recommended .:: best part of French market .. and vampire stories. , would love to come back and explore more. Guide was very knowledgeable .:::
star-5
Great way to start your trip in NOLA
Andrea_R, Nov 2021
New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option
Kristi did a great job. The food stops were good, she had good recommendations on where to go beyond that and how to get there. The anecdotes about the history of the state and the locations we were going to was good. I also appreciated that she enforced the covid requirements and wasn’t pushed around by the people that thought they could bully their way around it.
star-5
It was perfect.
maryjo_k, Jan 2022
New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option
Our guide, Kristi and the history of NOLA she explained to us. Not too much walking and we saw alot.
star-5
Great Location, knowledgeable guide, perfect introduction to the Quarter
Michael_C, Jan 2022
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
The guide, Josh, was excellent, knowledgeable, and hit the high points in our two hour stroll through the French Quarter. Maybe a bit too much time on Katrina but we had heard a lot about it the day before on our paddle boat cruise on the Creole boat. Particularly enjoyed the history of the Ursuline nuns as well as the focus on architecture and some of the unique structures in the Quarter. A must see/do for anyone seeing New Orleans for the first time.
star-5
Great Time!
Darion_S, Jan 2022
New Orleans Small-Group or Private French Quarter Food Tour
Lauren was super awesome! She was accommodating and very knowledgeable. The upbeat energy made it an even better experience and the food was phenomenal! I’d definitely suggest this to anyone who comes to NOLA
star-5
Pleasant and informative way to see the French Quarter.
Elaine_J, Jan 2022
French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride
Highly recommend the carriage ride as a pleasant way to get an overview of the French Quarter. You’ll see a larger area than you would by walking; Hear some interesting stories and history of the city and it’s inhabitants; and discover what places you’ll want to walk to after the tour. Brook was an entertaining, knowledgeable friendly tour guide, with some very good recommendations. Highly recommend her.
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John our guide was...
Kimberly_C, Jan 2022
French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride
John our guide was wonderful. He was so down to earth and had a colorful way of narrating our trip. He had a good working knowledge of the French quarter and it’s history.
star-4
Great tour
Sara_J, Jan 2022
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
A very interesting and informative tour of the French quarter. The small group size was great and made it more fun.
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Food Tour January 13 @ 1030
Jeremy_W, Jan 2022
New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option
This was a great experience for us as we had never been to NOLA and had no idea where to go or what to do. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and not only took us to taste some local foods but was also able to give us a history of the area we toured and things to do and try in this area.
star-5
The food was delicious,...
Carol_K, Jan 2022
New Orleans Small-Group or Private French Quarter Food Tour
The food was delicious, the guide was Holly, she was wonderful. We now know a few more restaurants to add to our list for our next visit
star-5
History in a fantasy world.
Robert_S, Jan 2022
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
Learning local history we never would have known. Learning of the futures which continue to impact New Orleans. Renee was excellent!
star-5
So much fun!
Jennifer_M, Jan 2022
New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option
Kristi was an amazing tour guide who gave us the history of New Orleans in words and food. We got to try the cuisines NOLA is famous for, and were given tips on how to navigate the city. All in all, it was a fabulous experience and I can’t wait to come back for another tour!

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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