These historic, open-air shops begin on Decatur Street across from Jackson Square; offerings include candy, housewares, fashion, crafts, toys, New Orleans memorabilia, and jewelry. Recent renovations added a stage for live music or cooking demos, and much-improved food booths include an oyster bar, a terrific fresh juice bar, and the tasty Meals from the Heart. The farmers’ market section has pretty fruit and veggies, and the stalls with foodstuffs—including local seafood, meats, and spices—can pack your purchases for travel or shipping; the flea market section (near Esplanade) has lots of low-end souvenirs (good buys, if not good quality) and a smattering of actual art and handmade goods. It’s a fun stroll.
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The French Market
Decatur Street across from Jackson Square
Our Rating Hours Open daily 10am to 6pm Web site The French Market