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French Market, New Orleans

French Market, New Orleans (must see)

Spanning the length of six blocks, the French Market technically begins at Café du Monde and stretches downriver from Jackson Square to the US Mint. Spread across its numerous tables and stands, you can find everything from souvenirs to clothing to street-food outlets of every conceivable kind, with some excellent fruits and veggies to boot. Often you can hear music as well, as the market makes for a great performance space.

The crepe stand is out of this world, but there's no shortage of other great-smelling food kiosks and restaurants throughout, with just about anything you could ask for, from crayfish to po' boys to beignets. Also, in addition to the tourist-focused NOLA and Mardi Gras masks, t-shirts, shot glasses, etc., you may find locals who make unique, colorful jewelry (pins, earrings) or will offer an assortment of handmade art items in clay, stone and wood. Their wares are reasonably priced and make great souvenirs; just don't forget to bring cash as not all of the booths accept cards.

While mostly a shopping center, this popular spot is surprisingly historic. The oldest of its kind in the US, it has been a gathering place for many different ethnic groups, starting with the Native Americans who came here to sell their baskets and beads and later including Creoles, Germans, Sicilian and Chinese, who once traded fragrant herbs, mysterious wild birds, and even alligators. Today, the market's graceful arcades have been mostly enclosed to protect from the sun, though still open at the sides to allow for a breeze.

Why You Should Visit:
If you're visiting New Orleans, it's worth taking one stroll through this market. Definitely designed for tourists (so don't buy everything in sight – you may find a cheaper item elsewhere!), but it's a beautiful sight at least. And if nothing else, a vendor or cafe may provide you with the perfect treat to make your taste buds happy.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 9am–6pm; Sat, Sun: 10am–6pm

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French Market on Map

Sight Name: French Market
Sight Location: New Orleans, USA
Sight Type: Shopping
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