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New Orleans Treme' Walking Tour
"Treme' (pronounced Tre-May) sits adjacent to the French Quarter and is the oldest African-American neighborhood in the United States. Treme' is a vibrant area steeped in music and culture. Come explore this iconic gem and revel in New Orleans Jazz histor the birthplace of such Jazz greats as Alphonse Picou and Trombone shorty.Treme' was originally settled by Free People of Color; often referred to as Creoles whose unique experience helped shape the civil rights movement. It is the hallmark of African-American history not to be missed. Today Treme' is home to artists musicians and craftsmen and is a living breathing
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Combo Oak Alley Plantation and New Orleans City Tour
"Go beyond the typical city tour experience and see New Orleans like a local. Relax in an enclosed air-conditioned minibus that runs every day rain or shine. You’ll pass through the French Quarter and travel past mansions along Esplanade Avenue on your way to a stop in City Park where you can visit the Morning Call Café for coffee and beignets. In addition you will see the Ninth Ward a neighborhood devastated by Hurricane Katrina. View the Garden District with its vast mansions that line pristine boulevards and Faubourg Treme — one of the oldest African American neighborhoods in the country dating back to the 1700s. Pass through the home of the internationally acclaimed World War II Museum and by the Contemporary Arts Center
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Three Hour City Tour of New Orleans
"Your tour begins when you pass through the French Quarter and travel past the mansions along Esplanade Avenue on your way to a stop in City Park where you can visit the Morning Call Cafe' for coffee and beignets or view the Besthoff Sculpture Garden. In addition you will see the Ninth Ward a neighborhood devastated by Hurricane Katrina. View the Garden District with it's vast mansions that line pristine boulevards the Warehouse District Faubourg Treme- one of the oldest African American neighborhoods in the country dating back to the 1700's pass through the area formerly known as the American Sector
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French Market Tips (27)

French Market: Souvenirs

The French market is a large open market full of souvenirs and fresh produce down by the river in the French quarter. the stalls here have about as cheap goods and you will find anywhere else in town and there are numerous restaurants nearby.

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Jim_Eliason
Dec 06, 2016

French Market, New Orleans by aussirose: Best Shopping in New Orleans

Of course just about every shop in New Orleans has the usual tourist gifts. Some of them, especially the T-Shirt shops are fantastic.

In Decatur Street we did some gift shopping. Bought a pipe for a friend from the Happy Hookah shop, got some funny T-Shirts in the t-shirt shop (best one said "I got Bourbon Faced on Sh*t Street") and a nice ornament for me of a guy leaning against a lamp, playing the Sax on Bourbon Street. Plus I also bought a mask the Halloween party VT meet in Orlando.

In fact New Orleans is a great place to buy masks and colourful beads. Beads are a Mardi Gras custom in New Orleans.

Anyway, I found the French Markets that run parallel to the river the best place for a wander. We walked through the French Markets all the way back from town to near our accommodation in Frenchmen Street. A nice way to pass a slow lazy hour :o)

The French Market also has sidewalk food that you can buy and sit and eat in the shade. Nice and cheap and a great way to enjoy people watching.

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aussirose
Dec 26, 2015

French Market: bogus Egyptian cotton sheets

There's a guy at this market selling sheets, branded "Sanders Collection" that are marked on the front of the package, in great big letters "1500 THREAD COUNT 100% EGYPTIAN COTTON". If you read the smaller print on the back, you'll find out that they are actually made from "micro fiber yarns... with the soft touch as a 1500 THREAD COUNT 100% Egyptian Cotton". If you research these sheets online, you'll find that they are banned in Europe. Multiple people have reported getting sick from these sheets. DO NOT BUY THEM! CALL OUT THE GUY AS SELLING DANGEROUS GOODS!

What to buy There's a guy at this market selling sheets, branded "Sanders Collection" that are marked on the front of the package, in great big letters "1500 THREAD COUNT 100% EGYPTIAN COTTON". If you read the smaller print on the back, you'll find out that they are actually made from "micro fiber yarns... with the soft touch as a 1500 THREAD COUNT 100% Egyptian Cotton". If you research these sheets online, you'll find that they are banned in Europe. Multiple people have reported getting sick from these sheets. DO NOT BUY THEM! CALL OUT THE GUY AS SELLING DANGEROUS GOODS!

What to pay Don't spend a dime.

WKT1
Jul 22, 2012

French Market: it's free to look

If you like city market places this one will not disappoint. It's busy and there are tons of vendors selling some fairly interesting junk. It's worth walking around even if you are not really looking to buy anything.

What to buy They had great colorful masks, surely a big number when the city's Mardi Gras is in swing.

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Apr 04, 2011
 
 
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French Market: Local tourist-centric merchandise

1. Designer-inspired purses, wallets, sunglasses.
2. Framed and/or matted New Orleans prints
3. "I've been to New Orleans" t-shirts and the like
4. Candles
5. Jazz CDs and cassettes
6. Feather Boas
7. Mardi Gras beads
8. Hot sauce
9. Postcards
10. African and African-inspired home decor
11. Oil and acrylic paintings
12. Bourbon Street street signs
13. Artists to draw a caricature of you and your friends
14. Other things "New Orleans" to hang on your wall.
15. Cookbooks

As of April 29, 2008 the Farmer's Market is under renovation but once it opens you'll find locally grown produce, prepared meats, sauces, etc.

What to pay Merchandise at the French Market tends to be fairly priced and the bottom line is you'll pay the money as long as you think there's value to you.

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maestrousmc
Apr 04, 2011

French Market: French Market

This is a large, open-air marketplace similar to flea markets and other public markets in other cities. It's a social as well as a business center. This market is lined with stalls hawking all kinds of goods--groceries, clothes, souvenirs, books, and you-name-it.

What to buy I purchased several hot sauces. One can buy all kinds of things here. It's a very safe, friendly place to shop. Even if you have no intention of buying anything, it's worthwhile to browse or just see the place. This is one of New Orleans' landmarks. You may recognize it from the Clint Eastwood movie "Tightrope."

What to pay Things tend to cost about what they do elsewhere.

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Tom_Fields
Apr 04, 2011

French Market: Best bet for souvenirs, bangles and baubles

The French Market is a tented bazaar just a block off the River Line Trolley stop. All sorts of things can be found here from "Cajun Garlic" to kitschy art... and many jewelry stands and printed t-shirt offerings. Throughout the city, there are many tourist-trap gift shops selling all manner of trinkets. The French Market is no different, except that most items are much less expensive than those from the shops, say, on Canal Street. Why? There is no air conditioning bill to pay since everyone is under a tent.

What to buy Consider purchasing any of those little gifts for the folks back at the home or the office.

What to pay Less than most other places.

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wayne0k
Apr 04, 2011

French Market: Saturday at the Market

When we had our orientation lecture, they told us that the French Market would be open every day, but the weekends - particularly Saturday - would be better.

I often go to the Big Pine Flea Market in the Florida Keys. They have everything from seconds on clothing to binoculars, antiques and jewelry to tomatoes. And I like to browse among the stands - it is interesting even if I don't buy anything. So I thought the French Market would be something like that. I was disappointed.

Even though the website says:

Vendors from all over the world bring their merchandise to this open-air shoppers' paradise in the French Market's Community Flea Market. Handmade clothing as well as fine silver and jewelry can be found in this eclectic setting open 7 days a week

I felt that what was for sale was all samey schlock - nothing of interest even if someone were to give it to me. All new stuff.

The Farmer's Market section was much more interesting where they have various kinds of food Unfortunately, this section of the market seems to get smaller each year.

We did buy some pralines here from the Evans stand which were excellent. But Bob prefers to use a regular market with more reasonable prices when he actually shops for food.

What to buy Some of the shops include
Crafts Market

African Art
1021 N. Peters
522-0722

African Art offers a divine atmosphere and feeling of being in Africa! Specializing in African artifacts, wonderful wood carvings, exotic oils, incense and more.

Art Attacks
(504) 524-1944

For over 16 years Art Attacks has featured posters, limited edition prints and one-of-a-kind items by local artists.

Latin's Hand
(504) 588-2662
www.latinshand.com

Authentic, primitive handcrafts from all over Latin America. Hammocks, Panama hats, leather handbags, cotton cloth and ceramic wall hangings.

Parker Pottery and Craft Gallery
1023 N. Peters
(504) 566-0181

See the original pottery workings of New Orleans artist Robert Parker. The gallery also includes jewelry, wind chimes, magnets, painting and prints. All handcrafted by local artists.

French Market Gift Shop
824 Decatur
(504) 522-6004 or (800) 433-6004

Postcards, figurines, charms, framed prints, candles, keychains, coffee mugs and other New Orleans souvenirs.

You can also get spices, seafood and cookbooks in the Farmer's Market section.

What to pay I understand that you can bargain here, but I didn't try it.

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Apr 04, 2011

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COOYON's Cajun Cooking: French Market Cajun Food and Products

COOYON's is a true Cajun Products and Food Store. They offer fresh, packaged and hot ready to eat Cajun Products. The Etouffee is second to none and must be tasted to be appreciated. Their Jambalaya is uniquely Cajun Brown or Blond. Their Gumbo is all about flavor and taste.

The Crawfish or Shrimp and Corn Bisque is served either in walk around containers or in a custom made French Bread Bowl.

Their Burgers and Poboys are filling and very tasty and can be Alligator, Duck, Chicken, Crawfish, Jalapeno, Cajun or Hot Sausage, plus more..

The Cajun Products are from New Iberia Louisiana and are also Certified Cajun and Louisiana products.

A must for all to at least taste the great food.

What to buy The food and the products there.

What to pay Less than $10 for a meal that sometimes is enough for two

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COOYON
Jan 26, 2011

French Market: Old French Market

The Old French Market is really old, actually the oldest public Market that still exists in USA as it stands there since 1791. I can imagine how important it should be in the old days as a grand trading spot.

In our days it is just a tourist trap, full of junk souvenirs for the tourists and not local flavor at all unless you like to see other tourists buying $5 tshirts, fake sunglasses, beads and purses

There are some cafes, and some stores with Cajun spices, crafts, candies, jewelery, cook books etc

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mindcrime
Dec 24, 2010

Forever New Orleans: French Quarter Gift Shop

The fleur de lis represents the French influence in New Orleans history. You'll find this symbol imprinted or rendered on many items throughout Forever New Orleans: Christmas ornaments (pic #3), napkins and notecards, mugs, tshirts, jewelry and even pillows.

Colorful women's purses, silky blouses and clever home decor accessories seem well chosen and attractive. Specialty coffees and other foods can be taken home to capture the flavor of this city, too!

I really wanted to revisit this shop before departing New Orleans (pic #2), but time would not permit. However, if you make it one of your first shopping stops, I don't think you will regret it.

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VeronicaG
Dec 07, 2008

French Market: Bric-à-brac heaven

Bric-à-brac refers to items of low value, which are typically sold in a street market style setting. This is the ultimate definition of what is available in the French Market outdoor shops in New Orleans. Mardi Gras masks and beads, t-shirts galore, knick knacks, trinkets, and other things are available. There are also some local artists' work, which appear to be much more valuable than the Bric-à-brac label I gave to the entire shop.

Your best bet is to just walk around for an hour or so and figure out if there is anything you can not live without.

What to buy Bric-à-brac

What to pay $3 to $500

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ATXtraveler
Nov 25, 2008

Things to Do Near New Orleans

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Our Lady of Guadalupe

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Wax Museum

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French Quarter Walking Tour

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Superdome

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1850 House - Louisiana State Museum

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Pharmacy Museum

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