Reminiscent of some European markets, this open-air mall features shopping, dining and music in a tradition that is uniquely New Orleans. From Café du Monde near Jackson Square to the market at the end of Esplanade Avenue, there are five blocks of specialty retail shops and a community flea market with locally-made jewelry, clothing and art.
A Historically Popular Shopping Area
Founded in 1791, New Orleans’ French Market is the oldest public market in the country and has played a historic role in the development of the city’s economy. From the Native Americans who brought herbs and spices to African-Americans who brought coffee and pralines, the market has always been a popular trading post. Spanish, French, Italian, German and Caribbean immigrants have all mixed and mingled here to give birth to New Orleans’ unique culture.
Cajun and Creole Cuisine
There’s a lot of great local cuisine to be had at the French Market. Locals and visitors alike often start the day off at the Café du Monde with a piping hot café au lait and an order of beignets. Indulge in fine Creole cuisine at Tujague’s and enjoy a po-boy at a number of other restaurants in the area. On the weekends, the open-air Gazebo Restaurant and Market Café feature live jazz.
Uniquely New Orleans
From the food and music to the arts and crafts, the French Market features a shopping experience that is uniquely New Orleans. Step into Aunt Sally’s Praline Shop or Evan’s Creole Candy Factory and sample freshly made pralines. Browse packaged Louisiana gift baskets, fleur de lis decorative items and artistic creations at such stores as WHATS NEW and Belle Louisiane and shop for art and paintings of the Crescent City at the Dutch Alley Artist's Co-Op.