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French Market Tours

French Market
Located in the heart of New Orleans’ vibrant French Quarter, the French Market is a grand bazaar that serves as much as a cultural meeting place as it does a market space. In addition to hosting stall after stall of vendors hawking handmade goods and artisanal foods, the market doubles as a venue for a daily flea market and a twice-weekly farmers market. The French Market boasts the superlative as the oldest continuously operating open-air market in the United States, making it a part of living Louisiana history.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
Address: 1008 N Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Hours: Open Daily 9am - 6pm
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New Orleans Small-Group French Quarter Food Tour

New Orleans Small-Group French Quarter Food Tour

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Eat and drink your way through the French Quarter on a culinary walking tour designed to highlight New Orleans’ rich gastronomic heritage. Visit local institutions and holes-in-the-wall, taste a range of dishes and buy culinary souvenirs, like hot sauce and decadent pralines. Enjoy food samples at eat that stop, which add up to the equivalent of a full meal.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$75.00
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New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter

New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter

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Get more from the city by exploring New Orleans’ food culture with a guide. Stop by some the French Quarter’s most famous restaurants for some of the area’s most delicious food. Enjoy tastings that could include seafood gumbo, Creole brisket, and beignets. You also learn fun facts from your guide as you walk along the city streets.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Carriage Tour of French Quarter in New Orleans

Private Carriage Tour of French Quarter in New Orleans

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Experience New Orleans from a perspective rare to visitors on a carriage ride through the French Quarter. In addition to navigating for you, your guide tells anecdotes about the historic landmarks from Jackson Square to Bourbon Street. Booking a private tour ensures the itinerary is customized to your own interests, whether it be a food–themed tour or a quiet, romantic ride.
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  • 1 hour
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$230.00
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French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour

French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour

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Delve into the stories behind the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans during a French Quarter walking tour. Take in famous landmarks including Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, and the Mississippi River, along with lesser-known places of interest. Hear from your guide about the architecture and heritage of the district, and get the inside scoop on recommended places for shopping and dining as well.
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  • 2 hours
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New Orleans French Quarter Kids and Family Tour

New Orleans French Quarter Kids and Family Tour

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Get your kids marching to the tune of New Orleans on a family-friendly romp through the French Quarter. Explore the city’s history with pictures and stories, from pirates and voodoo to jazz and Cajun culture, and treat young tastes buds to some local snacks. An entertaining guide tailors games and activities to kids’ ages on this small-group tour that has the whole family wearing Mardi Gras beads and stomping in a second-line parade, just like locals.
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  • 2 hours
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French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride

French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride

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Explore the French Quarter and Marigny aboard a relaxing horse and carriage during this small-group tour in New Orleans. Discover the history, culture, and legends that surround this historic city as you see landmarks including the St. Louis Cathedral, Napoleon House, and French Market. You also get insider tips from your guide about the best places to eat, drink, and explore in New Orleans.
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  • 1 hour
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Private New Orleans Food Tour of the French Quarter

Private New Orleans Food Tour of the French Quarter

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Find out what all the fuss is about on this private, half-day tour of some of the best food in New Orleans' famous French Quarter. Your knowledgeable, passionate guide will escort you and your group to famous restaurants in the French Quarter and River area, including a few commonly mentioned in cookbooks. Depending on your tour time, you may sample a variety of authentic tastings which may include, Seafood Gumbo at a Dickie Brennan's restaurant, Muffuletta, Jambalaya, Creole Brisket in a pre civil war Creole restaurant, Pralines, Boudin beignets and stroll pass the famous Cafe du Monde. Learn about the rich legacy of fine food in the French Quarter and which hotspots to check out on your own later; you can even work with your guide to customize the tour to your interests.
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  • 3 hours
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$875.00
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New Orleans Food Tour

New Orleans Food Tour

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From grits to gumbo, food in New Orleans is packed with flavor. This food walking tour of the French Quarter takes you to time-tested, hole-in-the-wall establishments that you’re likely to overlook on your own. Try authentic Cajun and Creole cooking, and learn about New Orleans history and culture between bites.
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  • 2 hours
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Highlights and Secrets of New Orleans’ French Quarter

Highlights and Secrets of New Orleans’ French Quarter

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Get to know the French Quarter in depth with the benefit of insightful commentary on this guided tour. You'll learn much more than you would simply exploring on your own; stroll the narrow streets and stop at some of the neighborhood's highlights such as Cafe du Monde, the Presbytere, and one of the neighborhood's most haunted houses.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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New Orleans Small-Group Historical Sightseeing Tour

New Orleans Small-Group Historical Sightseeing Tour

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Discover New Orleans’ vibrant history through its dynamic history on this sightseeing tour. Enjoy a small group van ride through the city, viewing the diverse architectural wonders of the French Quarter, the Garden District, Esplanade Avenue, and Bayou St John. You’ll disembark for small-group walking tours of the St. Louis Cemetery No 3, City Park, and the Longue Vue House and Gardens—a masterpiece of architectural and horticultural history.
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  • 4 hours
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Private French Quarter Pedicab Tour

Private French Quarter Pedicab Tour

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Get all the benefits of a bike tour without breaking a sweat on this private pedicab tour of New Orleans. Roll through the French Quarter at a leisurely pace aboard one of the city’s classic pedicabs—a three-to-one guest-to-guide ratio ensures personalized attention the entire time. Pass sights including Jackson Square, Cafe Du Monde, Bourbon Street, and more, easily snapping photos from the back of the cab.
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  • 1 hour
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$95.00
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Oak Alley Plantation and 3-Hour New Orleans City Tour

Oak Alley Plantation and 3-Hour New Orleans City Tour

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Spend three hours getting an insider's look at this historic city. Rout the famous cemeteries, iconic plantation homes and Hurricane Katrina landmarks with you professional guide. Learn about Creole history and tradition as you explore the city during this tour that's perfect for first-time visitors, families and history lovers.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Saints and Sinners Walking Tour in New Orleans

Saints and Sinners Walking Tour in New Orleans

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The Saints and Sinners Walking Tour of New Orleans is not your typical tourist expedition. Lose yourself and a part of your innocence on this adults-only trip through the best and worst of the Big Easy. It's a tour that shines a light on the lurid past, present and future of this historic city. Leave your kids at the hotel and channel your inner sinner for this voyage through the New Orleans' heart of darkness. 
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  • 2 hours
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Total New Orleans Tour: Food, Cocktails & Jazz

Total New Orleans Tour: Food, Cocktails & Jazz

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Discover the best of ‘The Big Easy’ on this full-day tour through New Orleans. Sample some of the city’s world-famous food like beignets and gumbo, sip on cocktails in the French Quarter, and end the tour listening to a bit of jazz. Learn about the history of the Mardi Gras city and how the city came to be the cultural melting pot that it is today.
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  • 9 hours
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New Orleans Scavenger Hunt Adventure

New Orleans Scavenger Hunt Adventure

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Among the best ways to get a feel for New Orleans is to get out and walk it, but the standard self-guided tours can get a bit dull. Take one of these 3-hour smartphone-guided scavenger hunts and a three-hour window of your day will suddenly turn into adventure. Solve puzzles, study clues and celebrate at the finish, all while navigating the historic streets and taking in the sights of the Big Easy.   
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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New Orleans Virtual Self-Paced Guided City Tour

New Orleans Virtual Self-Paced Guided City Tour

Learn about New Orleans before you visit or while you plan your trip! Watch from anywhere and make virtual stops at more than 25 videos around the city. Explore New Orleans' unique above-ground burial processes, learn how to make a Sazerac cocktail, and hear stories about New Orleans' haunted history. Plus, when you book an in-person tour with Southern Style Tours, your purchase will be discounted by the amount you paid for the virtual tour. New stops are added regularly, so don't pass up this chance to see New Orleans without the crowds
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  • 30 minutes to 1 hour
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One Hour French Quarter Stroll

One Hour French Quarter Stroll

Get to know New Orleans like a local, strolling through the French Quarter’s bar, restaurant, and history-lined streets on this short downtown walking tour. Led by a licensed tour guide, guests enjoy an eccentric journey through the colorful architecture and fascinating history of America’s south. Learn about The Louisiana Purchase, see St. Louis Cathedral, visit Jackson Square and more.
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  • 1 hour
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A Locals' Drink Dat! Cocktail Tour

A Locals' Drink Dat! Cocktail Tour

Come thirsty! We will talk about the rich cultures, people, traditions and the spirits we've been drinking that date back to the 1700's. I'll infuse the tour with my family history and take you to bars that my family has been going to for generations! From French royalty to Grand Terre pirates we will start the tour off classy and let the good times roll! We will be touring around the Historic French Quarter and surrounding neighborhoods like the Treme and Marigny sipping on traditional New Orleans favorites like the Sazerac, Mint Julep, Hurricanes, the Haunted Bloody, Voodoo daiquiris and Nola brews in the best places where the locals drink! We start the tour off at the river with a local cocktail. And yes we can drink and walk!!! Yep no open container laws here just 'le bon temps roulez' and drink up and take it easy!
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$120.00
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A Locals' Eat Dat! Food Tour

A Locals' Eat Dat! Food Tour

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This local food tour is guided by a local with over 200 years of family history with a family that's been in the food industry since the early 1800s! We will go to all the local favorite hot spots for amazing dishes (4-5) that have proven the test of time and the local taste buds you could try the muffuletta, Po-Boys, chargrilled oysters, crawfish, gumbo, beignets, pralines and many many more!
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of New Orleans Private Tour

Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of New Orleans Private Tour

Street performers on every corner, classic colonial architecture, and a resilient spirit; New Orleans is a magical place! On this private tour, get ready to discover the best highlights the city has to offer, as well as its unique hidden gems with your favorite local. Get ready to experience New Orleans the local way. Enjoy the city to the max and hear more about the origins, history, and culture of New Orleans. Hear about the city’s colonial roots as you wander around its heritage sites, visit the place said to be its oldest bar, and learn about ancient religion at the Home of the Voodoo Queen. Follow your local host through the streets of the French Quarter to see the famous French Market and meet local artists. Hit Bourbon Street’s quirky shops and walk along the grand Royal Street to see one of the city’s most photographed buildings. Need something to eat along the way? It has to be the city’s much-loved beignets!
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  • 3 hours
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Private Walking Tour of New Orleans with licensed tour guide

Private Walking Tour of New Orleans with licensed tour guide

When one thinks of New Orleans, one of the first things that pops into our head is Mardi-Gras and Jazz. But this is not only what New Orleans has to offer. This Private New Orleans Walking Tour has the secrets to what the city truly is! Let your guide indulge you in the secrets that the city holds. The city of New Orleans dazzles all the travellers that come across it. It has amazing architecture and of course one of the locations that stands out the most is the French Quarter. In the French Quarter you will find Caribbean, French, Spanish and of course American influences. Discover and explore the city with a local expert at your entire disposition during 2 or 3 hours!
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$227.24
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City Sightseeing New Orleans Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing New Orleans Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Discover historic New Orleans in an open‐top double‐decker bus on this hop‐on hop‐off sightseeing tour. With either your 1‐or 3-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with several stops, including the French Market, Jackson Square, and the Garden District, plus available walking tours, depending on the option you buy. Enjoy unobstructed views and fun onboard commentary as you soak up ‘The Big Easy’.
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  • 2 hours
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$39.00
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Discover New Orleans :

Discover New Orleans : "Introduction of The City" Tour with A Local

First time in New Orleans? Wondering where to go and what to see in this colorful city? See the main highlights of New Orleans and discover the best the city has to offer. Your local host will answer all of your travel questions and will provide you with local insights and recommendations according to your liking. ✔ Discover New Orleans in a nutshell ✔ See the main highlights of the city ✔ Get tips & tricks to kickstart your stay ✔ Can be 100% personalized to your wishes ✔ Receive local insights & recommendations ✔ Explore the famous French Quarter On this private tour, you’ll visit the must-see historical spots of New Orleans, but also see hidden places that will give an authentic feeling of the city.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$48.00
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Introduction to the French Quarter Walking Tour

Introduction to the French Quarter Walking Tour

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This New Orleans walking tour serves as a crash course in New Orleans history and culture. Walk with your guide to top historic sites such as Jackson Square and the Old Ursuline Convent and hear tales and trivia from the founding days of New Orleans through the present. This small-group tour is limited to just 15 people or fewer so you can ask plenty of questions.
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  • 2 hours
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What are French Market hours of operation?
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French Market hours of operation: Open Daily 9am - 6pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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