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French Market

French Market

star-4.5
6,166 Reviews
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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New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter

Traveler Favorite

New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter
$68.00 per adult
Loved it!
Very enjoyable tour. I had some delays and they were very willing to move me around and I was also able to meet the group! Every one is super nice. The food is really good also. 10/10 recommend.
Kp_, Jun 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in New Orleans

star-4
Great tour
NMU, May 2021
New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter
We were in New Orleans for only a short time, so thought a food tour would be the perfect way to quickly get a feel for the city. We were right! Kristi did a great job of explaining the city and history of the food. She was also very conscientious of COVID protocols, wearing a mask the whole time and putting on hand sanitizer before using personal phones to take pictures. Of course the food was delicious and just enough food. I didn't come away overly stuffed.
star-5
Great tour, very interesting history
Bahiyyah_J, Apr 2021
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
Tour guide was very informative and thorough! As we walked she was also concerned with our safety and answered any questions we had.
star-5
Tour was the best
James_N, Jan 2021
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
Libby was amazing! Very personal tour due to Covid protocols and she recounted personal stories (being a 10 generation New Orleans resident) as well as giving some great local food tips. The history tour was really enlightening amd Libby brought all to life with knowledge, excitement and humor. We will be back with family and friends.
star-5
Best tour ever!
Ruste_P, Jan 2021
New Orleans Small-Group French Quarter Food Tour
Ms. Angela was awesome. We were so lucky to have her as our tour guide. She is a native and loves her home town. She shared stories of old and new. She shared her family traditions as well as the traditions of the locals. She had recommendations and suggestions for everything we asked her about. I highly recommend this tour. We couldn’t even finish our food!! She also had contingency plans set in place if we needed to modify according to Covid closures.
star-5
Family Fun in New Orleans
Jessica_L, Dec 2020
New Orleans French Quarter Kids and Family Tour
We recently enjoyed a wonderful tour with Libby. She was outstanding at keeping our 9 year old son engaged on learning about the history of New Orleans. She made the experience fun and interesting! Snacks and activities were included during the tour and were COVID safe and interactive. Would highly recommend to families.
star-5
Best choice for a food tour!
Chris_T, Jun 2021
New Orleans Small-Group French Quarter Food Tour
Best decision we made! Angela was informative and attentive and made us all feel very welcome. She took us to different locations to sample a wide variety of food selections. We left with full stomachs and a better understanding of where to go on our own during our stay.
star-5
Carriage ride French Quarter
Maryjane_B, Jun 2021
French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride
Our tour guid Markus was great!! He knew everything about the French quarter!! I would highly recommend him for your carriage ride tour!!
star-4
Good experience
Mallory_D, Jun 2021
New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter
It was a fun time, good food. Learned a lot about the quarter. Different kinds of food. Susan was a great tour guide. Kept us in the shade as much as possible and was very personable and knowledgeable.
star-5
Great tour
BRIDGET_E, Jun 2021
French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride
The driver did an awesome job explaining about all the different spots and she even took pic of us all in all great tour
star-5
Great experience!!
Michelle_B, Jun 2021
New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter
This was a fantastic tour. Kristi was a great guide. Probably my favorite thing we did in New Orleans. I tried lots of food that I would never have on my own.
star-5
Great
Tameka_S, Jun 2021
French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride
I love the history of New Orleans. The ride was very nice. My daughter enjoyed every minute of it. Great experience
star-5
Yummy NOLA food options!
Jennifer_W, Jun 2021
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
We learned some great history on NOLA. We also got some great local insight for dining! We enjoyed our tour guides love for New Orleans.

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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