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French Market, New Orleans

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By visiting French Market you’re immersing yourself in a commercial history that stretches back to the 18th century. The market started as a Native American trading post, and today it covers six blocks. Shops selling everything from clothes to souvenirs are accompanied by the farmers' market and the flea market. You can also find a selection of handicrafts and artwork produced by the local artists. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit one of many cafes, restaurants, and eateries, and taste the famous Louisiana cuisine and its specialties, such as jambalaya or gumbo. If you feel adventurous, and want to give yourself a true New Orleans experience, a gator on a stick might be just the treat for you. Arrange to visit French Market and other attractions in New Orleans using our New Orleans trip planner.
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  • Such a neat area - definitely felt safer walking around in daylight. It gets rowdier at night. Lots of restaurants, bars, street performers and unfortunately, people begging for money. 
    Such a neat area - definitely felt safer walking around in daylight. It gets rowdier at night. Lots of restaurants, bars, street performers and unfortunately, people begging for money.  more »
  • Nice touristy open air market to check out while in New Orleans. We passed by this during our minibus tour and a hop on/hop off bus tour, so pretty easy to get there. It’s stop #2 if you take take... 
    Nice touristy open air market to check out while in New Orleans. We passed by this during our minibus tour and a hop on/hop off bus tour, so pretty easy to get there. It’s stop #2 if you take take...  more »
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  • This was recommended to me by friends and family who had previously visited New Orleans. This is located more towards the riverfront of the city and the outskirts of the French Quarter. It is a few blocks, it is open air but covered. There are many different vendors and restaurants that set up and take down every single day. There are a variety of goods from clothing to accessories to handmade crafts to art. It represents the variety of cultures that come together in New Orleans. We got pralines from Loretta’s authentic pralines. I got a T shirt from a shop that prints their own logos on the shirts. Although many stands take credit card through the square app, I would recommend cash. Many vendors prefer it and some require minimums to charge on the card. It probably takes 20-30 minutes to walk through the whole thing. All vendors were extremely friendly and were willing to answer any questions, and none were pushy or aggressive in any way.
  • Best place to shop. Try to wait until you look at everything before purchasing. Some shops have same items with big price differences. My favorite ones were the T-shirts by local artist who puts his painting print right on the T shirts (very reasonable cost) and the man who sits and makes jewelry with real crystal and stone and copper or silver wire. The jewelry is very well done and affordable. My mother also liked the jewelry from Oaxaca.

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