Explore New Orleans
Type: Farmers Markets, Public Markets, Shopping Districts
Originally a Choctaw trading post, the French Market dates back to 1791, one of the oldest documented farmer's markets in America. Organized like a giant swap meet, you can find inexpensive silver... Read More
Originally a Choctaw trading post, the French Market dates back to 1791, one of the oldest documented farmer's markets in America. Organized like a giant swap meet, you can find inexpensive silver jewelry, $10 sunglasses, stuffed animals for the kids and all kinds of tasteless items made from alligator hide. You can try your hand at bargaining, depending on the shop owner's mood and how much you're planning to buy, you might get a deal. Although many of the items for sale are imported, the prices are good and you'll find some local artists depending on the day. The food offerings are better than any mall food court.
- Daily 9am-6pm
- Christmas Shopping: "This can be a great place to pick up New Orleans gifts, from Mardi Gras beads to feathered masks, on a budget."
- Best Shopping: "There are tasty food stalls in the market, including an oyster bar with fresh local seafood."
- Shopping Malls and Centers: "This can be a great place to pick up an authentic Mardi Gras mask."
- Best for Christmas Shopping Because: You may see and hear carolers, marching bands and of course a brightly lit holiday tree when you visit the French Market during Christmas time.
- Recommended as Best Shopping Because: The French Market is a must-visit for souvenir shopping.
- Best for Shopping Malls and Centers Because: While not a mall, the French Market is a shopping mecca for ticky tacky souvenirs along with local hand-crafted goods.