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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
Excellent tour
Our tour guide Elliot was fun and very knowledgeable. The tour exceeded our expectations. Every question was answered and we had more ideas of what we were interested in visiting for the next couple of days. Tour groups were small enabling us to hear everything and interact with our guide. I would definitely recommend this tour.
Linda_C, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in New Orleans

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-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-5
Great Carriage Ride
cynthia_h, Dec 2021
French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride
The facilitator was great and he knew the history of the city. The ride was nice and the drivers were respectful of the carriage ride. My daughter and I truly enjoyed. She was able to remember a lot of this from her AP History class
star-5
Restaurants to enjoy again!
Funfun, Nov 2021
New Orleans Small-Group French Quarter Food Tour
Great food at all 4 restaurants! We found it hard to decide which was our favorite! Lauren was a great guide, and we enjoyed hearing about the history of New Orleans In between restaurants!
star-5
Amazing!!!
Allison_G, Nov 2021
French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride
Our tour guide was amazing! She taught us a lot about the French Quarters. I absolutely loved the tour because it gave us such an appreciation for the area. Getting our reservation through Viator made the process super simple. 10 out of 10 and I will definitely be doing it again!
star-5
Great Guide and great food!
Luinda_L, Dec 2021
New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option
This was the highlight of our trip. We had the best guide. Kristi was so informative with the culture and history of new Orleans it made it such a fun tour. We highly recommend that you add it to your list of things to do.
star-5
Great little walking tour in FQ!
Saswato_R, Nov 2021
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
Josh was a great tour guide who told fun stories and history about the French Quarter. Nice little tour and recommended for people first time visiting FQ. Josh also mentioned food spots/bars from his local experience, so always great to get insights from a local. Pleasant day in late November so weather was perfect. Probably wouldn't do a walking tour if it was too humid / muggy outside. thank you Josh!
star-5
Bringing the French Quarter to life
Kenneth_V, Nov 2021
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
Eliot did a wonderful job bringing the city to life. He was knowledgeable, funny and interesting. Highly recommended.
star-5
We had a great food tour...
Elizabeth_L, Dec 2021
New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option
We had a great food tour throughout the French quarter with Susie (I think?). Great information about the background of the development of NOLA cuisine....and a surprising amount of food! Come hungry; we had sausage, jambalaya, gumbo, fried clams, and bread pudding, and the serving sizes were definitely not samples!
star-5
Great experience!...
Alla_C, Nov 2021
French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride
Great experience! Knowledgeable guide, told us many interesting historical and personal stories. Highly recommended
star-5
History made fun
Michael_G, Nov 2021
French Quarter History Tour with Cafe Du Monde Option in New Orleans
Jack was awesome, articulate, knowledgeable and approachable. Highly recommended. For two hours he kept us entertained.

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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