French Market, New Orleans

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1001 Decatur St. 504-522-2621

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  • French Market Madness!

    by ckmclements Written Dec 23, 2005

    Okay, the French Market--at least the merchandise side of it--is a total tourist trap, but one that I visit with great enthusiasm every time I visit NOLA. You can find Mardi Gras essentials like awesome beads and feather boas, souvenirs for friends back home like T-shirts and shot glasses, useful items like sunglasses and backpacks, pretty items like handmade jewelry. The only real downside is most of these vendors don't ship, so you'll have to carry your items around with you. The food side of the French Market is AWESOME. If I lived in the Quarter, I'd use it for most of my fresh vegetable and fruit needs. There are also touristy things there, like decorative slate tiles, cookbooks, and cheesy potholders and aprons. It's definitely a must-do activity.

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    Farmer's Market

    by grandmaR Updated Nov 20, 2005

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    The Post Katrina opening date is November 22nd, 2005

    The French Market is purported to be the oldest City Market in America Included in the French Market is a Farmer's Market section which has food items. Unfortunately, this section of the market seems to get smaller each year.

    We did buy some pralines here. But Bob prefers to use a regular market with more reasonable prices when he actually shops for food.

    Some of the merchants in the Farmer's market (which is closer to Canal Street than the French Market area) are

    F & M Produce - Fresh produce, including garlic and pepper strings and unpackaged fresh and dry herbs.

    Mama San's - Asian cookbooks along with spices, sauces and marinades.

    John's Place - A variety of pumpkins will be on sale soon.

    A Tisket A Tasket - Cajun and Creole gift baskets filled with New Orleans products.

    Old New Orleans French Market Seafood Co. - fresh shrimp, oysters and fish, boiled shrimp, crayfish and crabs , the sale of packaged hot sauce, dry packaged pre-seasoned products such as fish fry and shrimp fry, dry packaged mixes containing beans and peas, and packaged spices.

    N'Awlins Cajun and Creole Spice - Cajun jambalaya, red beans, dirty rice and gumbo mix, along with plenty of spices

    Loretta's - pralines and muffins.

    Paradise Garden - plants and garden decorations

    Farmer's Market entrance hams and other non perishables - tourist store Street outside market Another view of the farmer's market Praline box
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    French Market

    by SFHulaGIrl Written May 26, 2005

    The French Market on Decatur is composed of two areas; the first being the "farmers' market" and the second being the "flea market." At the "farmers' market," you can pick up spicy nuts, cookbooks, crawfish, seasonings and, as the picture implies, gator on a stick, among other things!! The "flea market" is a great source for inexpensive T-shirts, hats, beads, posters, etc.

    Get Your Gator Here!
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  • French Market

    by CoAir13 Updated Mar 11, 2005

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    The French Market started in 1813 as a butcher shop. It still stands today and you can get anything from apples to gator- on- a- stick. Yep, pieces of alligator meat stuck on a skewer. Come here to get your authentic cajun and creole eats along with fresh fruits and vegetables.
    There is also a flea market here, which is interesting. Anybody can bring anything down here and try to sell it!
    The market is always open, but the flea market closes at dusk.

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  • Shopping!!

    by EyRe Updated Jun 5, 2004

    A good place to get all those souvenirs at a good rate as well! Anything and everything that represents New Orleans can be found here and after (they also sell suitcases for those of us that have burst the seams of the luggage that we brought from home with all those purchases from the French Market)

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  • French Market

    by peach93 Updated May 17, 2004

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    The French Market is an open-air market full of fresh produce and local foods as well as a flea market. It features items that can be found in many tourist shops for a fraction of the cost. Good deals can be found on jewelry, t-shirts, bags, and books among other things. A fun place to look around.

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    Community Flea Market

    by BLewJay Updated Feb 9, 2004

    For over 200 years, the historic French Market has been a symbol of pride and progress for New Orleans. The Market has existed on the same site since 1791 and each new decade has brought changes to the Market which helped secure it as a special place in the hearts of the people of New Orleans.

    What began as a Native American trading post on the banks of the Mississippi River has today become America's oldest public market. If you are looking for a place to shop for regional & international clothes, handcrafts and gifts, cajun and creole food (e.g., raspberry flavored pecans as well as chocolate covered almonds) as well as music, then this is the place to be.

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    Inside the French Market

    by keeweechic Updated Dec 22, 2003

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    One of the most popular sections of the Market is the Farmers Market which sells fresh produce, meat, seafood and an interesting array of hot sauces and Cajun and Creole spices and snacks. Try a 'gator on a stick'. Can't say I was too impressed with it but 'when in Rome'.. give it a try.

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    The French Market

    by keeweechic Updated Apr 6, 2003

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    This market is one of the oldest active Farmer's Markets in the country and is on a site used for the same purpose by the Choctaws and other local Indians 2 centuries before the arrival of the Europeans. There are seven buildings in the French Market: The Butcher's Market, the Bazaar, the Vegetable Market, the Red Stores, the Cuisine Market, the Farmer's Market, and the Flea Market.

    Opening hours: Daily 0700-1900.
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    Visit the French Market.

    by Paladin857 Written Aug 24, 2002

    Even if you are not buying anything this is a great place to see local produce and seafood. Where else can you get gator on a stick in three flavors? Across the street from the French Market is the Birthplace of the Muffalata, yet another place to visit as you make a pilgrimage of food in this culinary haven. Don't forget to check out the lobster sized (pardon the hyperbole) shrimp at the market, there's nothing shrimpy about their size.

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    by KristinaLMF Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The French Market is another place with many attractions. There are horse drawn buggy tours, Cafe du Monde, Brulatour Courtyard, and a variety of local artists waiting to paint or draw a portrait for you. In addition, the French Market is the ulitmate place to get New Orleans foods and spices you can take home to cook (for after your trip). I recommned bringing home the packaged red beans and rice. The spices are already mixed within the package and ready to cook.

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    French Market

    by windoweb Written Jun 20, 2010

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    The French Market, “America’s Oldest Public Market”, has existed on the same site since 1791.

    What began as a Native American trading post has become a cultural and entertainment destination.

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    French Market

    by karen75 Updated Mar 21, 2004

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    If you want to pick up some cheap souvenirs - masks, postcards, etc. drop by the French Market.

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    Flea Market - French Market

    by keeweechic Updated Jun 11, 2003

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    At the end of the French Market is the Flea Market which has a whole lot of strange bits and pieces as well as all the Mardi Gras beads and hats and lots of cheap souvenir t'shirts.
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    French Market

    by goingsolo Written Mar 24, 2003

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    Although this was formerly the dirtiest, deadliest block in the city, this area along North Peters street is quaint, relaxing and a great place to stroll along and listen to jazz.

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