French Market – New Orleans Blog Series #9

Welcome to the French Market in downtown New Orleans. I could not even begin to describe or give a history of this incredible place. Here is a citation from Wiki:

The French Market is a market and series of commercial buildings spanning 6 blocks in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. 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 the “Cafe du Monde” currently stands and has been rebuilt and renovated a number of times.

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.

The cafés and bars here 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, the French Market Creole Tomato Festival, and the Seafood 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.

The market is included on the Louisiana African American Heritage Trail.

We started our journey by taking the RiverFront Line streetcar. We drove through the tailgate meyham downtown. There was a New Orleans Saints home game going on in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  I don’t have any pictures of the greatness going on because I had to navigate my patient husband in hopes of finding a parking place close to our streetcar.  God was on our side, and we parked in front of the cruise port. Another blessing, a coffee shop and bathroom before stepping out into the streets !

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