The New Orleans French Market, “America’s Oldest Public Market”, has existed on the same site since 1791 and was the site of an Indian trading post for who knows how long before then. The famous farmer’s market was recently renovated and now offers a variety of prepared food as well as the traditional produce stands.
The French Market District is just six blocks along the Mississippi River, but has over twenty shops, restaurants, and other establishments, in addition to the covered flea market and a farmers market. Cafe Du Monde, with its famous cafe au lait and beignets, is in the French Market, right across the street from Jackson Square.
The area also includes French Quarter site such as the Washington Artillery Park across from Jackson Square (a great photo spot!) New Place de France with its Joan of Arc statute, and the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park in Dutch Alley, which offers free educational and music events. The red streetcars run along the riverfront in the French Market District and beyond.
Special events in the New Orleans French Market District include the French Market Annual Creole Tomato Festival, the French Market Mask Market, the French Market Christmas Tree Lighting and the Boo Carré Halloween and Harvest Festival.