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The French Market is a six-block-long bustling, open-air shopping center that can hold as many as 220 vendors on a busy day. You can shop for local art, t-shirts and hats and all things Mardi Gras... Read More
The French Market is a six-block-long bustling, open-air shopping center that can hold as many as 220 vendors on a busy day. You can shop for local art, t-shirts and hats and all things Mardi Gras while enjoying New Orleans street music and the aroma of fresh gumbo and jambalaya from the food stalls. The market has a ton of history, having existed on the same piece of land for more than 200 years. Some of the best items to find here are the drooping ladies hats to help keep the sun out, graphic print coasters and great shawls/sarongs. While there is certainly plenty of kitsch on hand - genuine gator head anybody? - the market does have authentic goods and decent prices. There are free walking tours on weekdays, special events ongoing, and a farmers' market Wednesdays (Oct.-June) and Saturdays.
- Daily 9am-6pm
- 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.
- Recommended as Best Shopping Because: The French Market is a must-visit for souvenir shopping.
- 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.