The Best Markets In New Orleans

Photo of Colin Hyde
28 April 2018

Markets are a great way to immerse yourself in the culture of a place. All over the world, markets continue to be the beating hearts of communities; many locals rely on markets to sustain their needs. This is just as true in New Orleans as anywhere else, with multiple markets all over the city, aiding in the revitalization of communities still struggling over 10 years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

Wednesday Crescent City Farmer’s Market is located inside French Market – MusikAnimal/Wikimedia Commons

Frenchmen Art Market

For some reason, Frenchmen Street remains an undiscovered gold mine to most first-time tourists, and even for many of the seasoned visitors; the Frenchmen Art Market is one of the gems of the city. If you are traveling with family or simply strive for more depth than the bars and nightclubs can provide, take a stroll under the lights illuminating the fantastic displays. This weekly nighttime market truly personifies the ambiance of this magnificent city. Afterwards, if you fancy some live music and a nightcap, walk across the street to the world-famous Café Negril.

Crescent City Farmers Market

This market is open four days a week; however, the location of the Crescent City Farmers Market varies. On Tuesdays, it opens at 200 Broadway Street in Uptown, on the bank of the Mississippi River. On Wednesday, it opens at 1235 N. Peters Street in The French Quarter, within the historic French Market. On Thursdays, it opens at 3700 Orleans Avenue in Mid-City; and, on Saturdays, it opens at 700 Magazine Street in Downtown, New Orleans. This series of weekly markets brings the different communities together, supporting the success of the locals in every section of the Crescent City.

The French Market – Diego Delso/Wikimedia Commons

Freret Market

In 2007, this market was launched in the hopes it would aid in the revitalization of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Opening on the first Saturday of the month, excluding July and August, the Freret Market exudes the spirit of New Orleans. Enjoy the company of great local artists showing off their pieces while you dine on some delicious finger food with the sounds of local musicians permeating your ears, heart, and soul.

Address & Telephone: Freret Market, 4421 Freret Street, New Orleans, LA, USA +1 504 638 2589

Algiers Mini Mart Flea Market

This market is not for everyone. Many people may look down at the ragged and battered setup of the Algiers Mini Mart Flea Market. They’d be missing the true beauty of a struggling community, supporting one another through the worst storms of life. The Latin American spirit thrives every weekend on the forgotten west bank; a multitude of favorite comfort foods, from various countries, are prepared for the feast.

The French Market (1910) – unknown/Wikimedia Commons

The French Market

The title for the best market in New Orleans is undisputed, it isn’t even a competition, the French Market has a history of more than 200 years and covers six blocks of real estate in the French Quarter. The market has rapidly expanded in recent years and now includes a variety of small cafes and food joints. Do not buy your souvenirs until you have walked this expansive establishment; if you want it, there is a good chance this market has it, and at a fair price.

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