Cafés and restaurants operate within the market, the most famous being the Café du Monde. The "original French market coffee stand," it's been in operation since the 1860s — for the full experience, order a Café Au Lait made with roasted and ground Chicory, which gives the coffee a chocolate-like flavor.
At the other end of the building is a flea market, open 7 days a week. It's busiest on weekends, when vendors fill the stalls with vintage clothing, art, jewelry, crafts, and fabrics. Although you'll find more knick knacks than furniture, it's a good place to look for vintage tablecloths, napkins, and patterned fabrics.
NEW ORLEANS FRENCH MARKET
• 1008 North Peters St.
• New Orleans, LA 70116
• (504) 522-2621
Photos: French Market, New Orleans
- Founded: 1770s
- Founded by: Native American traders
- Headquarters: New Orleans, Louisiana