Even though the French Market is the oldest continually running market in the country (it opened in 1791), there’s always something new to see.
“We have all the things people come to expect when they come to New Orleans,” says Amy Kirk, the director of marketing at French Market. “We have street performers, locally produced art, and handmade goods of all kinds. You can really get everything from fresh produce to daiquiris and beignets.”
Stretching six blocks along the riverfront, the French Market is best explored in person – but first, watch the video.
French Market Video Transcript
Fresh Johnson: The French Market is one of those New Orleans experiences you just can’t miss. Actually, it’s a lot of different experiences rolled into one: six blocks of shopping and dining along the riverfront.
Amy Kirk: We have all the things people come to expect when they come to New Orleans. We have street performers, locally produced art, and handmade goods of all kinds. You can really get everything from fresh produce to daiquiris and beignets.
Fresh Johnson: When it comes to shopping, your options range from specialty boutiques to this huge market full of locally made jewelry, clothing, and art. One of the best things about coming to the French Market is being able to take home a piece of New Orleans with you. Whether it’s the classic coffee and beignets from Cafe du Monde or artisanal sandwiches from Continental Provisions, there are dozens of restaurants to choose from.
Leslie Ellis: We are one part butcher, one part cheese distributor, and one part bakery. I like to call us a happy marriage of three. The food scene is getting better every day: there’s a new restaurant popping up, there’s a new theme happening.
Fresh Johnson: And if you want something fresh and local to cook for yourself, the farmers market has got you covered.
Elisa Muñoz: We have a fantastic Crescent City Farmers Market out on Wednesdays. Great great local food: beautiful fresh produce and seafood. You can come and actually make groceries out here. And then we’ve also started a Saturday market.
Fresh Johnson: The French Market may be the oldest public market in the country but there’s always something new to see here. I’m Fresh Johnson for GoNOLA TV. We’ll see you next time.