French Market in New Orleans

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Seen from St. Philip Street © Infrogmation of New Orleans/cc-by-sa-3.0

Seen from St. Philip Street © Infrogmation of New Orleans/cc-by-sa-3.0

The French Market (French: Marché français) is a market and series of commercial buildings spanning six blocks in the French Quarter of New Orleans in Louisiana. Founded as a Native American trading post predating European colonization, the market is the oldest of its kind in the United States. It began where Café du Monde currently stands and has been rebuilt and renovated a number of times. The market is included on the Louisiana African American Heritage Trail.

Individual vendors purveyed many different fresh foods, including raw seafood, through the mid-20th century. The cafés and bars offer New Orleans crawfish and other seafood, Cajun food, Creole cooking, desserts, fruits, vegetables, and more. The French Market is also known for hosting some annual events including the French Quarter Festival and the French Market Creole Tomato Festival. The flea market is especially busy on weekends. Free musical events are often given in the French Market. The New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park office and visitor center is in the French Market.

Café du Monde © Infrogmation/cc-by-2.5 Ursuline Street from River Levee by the French Market © Infrogmation of New Orleans/cc-by-sa-3.0 © Infrogmation/cc-by-sa-3.0 © flickr.com - Infrogmation of New Orleans/cc-by-2.0 Creole Tomato Festival Archway © flickr.com - Reading Tom/cc-by-2.0 © MusikAnimal/cc-by-sa-4.0 © MusikAnimal/cc-by-sa-4.0 Seen from St. Philip Street © Infrogmation of New Orleans/cc-by-sa-3.0 Flea Market in French Market © Sumori/cc-by-sa-4.0
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Ursuline Street from River Levee by the French Market © Infrogmation of New Orleans/cc-by-sa-3.0
Part of the space has been dedicated as a market since 1791 in the colonial period, but the oldest extant structures date to about 1813. Major renovations were done by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s. Rebuilding and renovations have continued into the 21st century. Much of the area formerly housing arcades of roofed but wall-less merchant stands now houses shops and restaurants separated by doors and walls, catering to the tourism industry.

The original market, called “the Meat Shops” or “Meat Market,” was the only place within the French Quarter that could sell meat. Only after meat was being sold elsewhere did the name change to the “French Market.” The French Market stretches just inland from the Mississippi River in the section of the French Quarter downriver from Jackson Square, from the Café du Monde at the upriver end, to the flea market stalls across from the New Orleans Mint building.

Read more on French Market, New Orleans Online – French Market, French Quarter Shopping and Wikipedia French Market (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.










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