Looking for must-see New Orleans activities? Enjoy a one-of-a-kind shopping experience at the New Orleans French Market during your stay at our historic bed and breakfast.
The French Market has been a fixture in New Orleans for over 210 years and is considered the oldest public market in the United States. What was once a Native American trading post on the Mississippi, the ‘French’ Market was established after the Spanish took control of New Orleans in 1779. Since then, it has survived several changes in nationality, corresponding to the citizens having control of the city, until it finally evolved into what is now a cultural, economic, shopping, and entertainment fixture in the French Quarter.
The open-air French Market itself is extensive and consists of a flea market which is open daily, a set of eateries and cafes, more than 30 specialty stores and crafters, and a daily farmers market which boasts everything from produce, seafood, confections, and specialty spices. All in all, the market extends over six city blocks, sees thousands of visitors daily, and is host to at least a half dozen city events each year. You will see public artwork displayed throughout the market, and the Market features the Jazz National Historical Park.
And if you want coffee, this is the place to be! Since the mid 1800s, the smoky brew has been a noted staple in the Market. In fact, the Cafe Du Monde is the oldest tenant in the Market since 1862, and is known for its New Orleans-style coffee blended with chicory, and their beignets.
The French Market is open 7 days a week from dawn to dusk. The Market is just 3 miles from Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast. While there is ample riverside parking, you can reach the French Market by way of the New Orleans Streetcar system which stops just outside the inn.
Check out our New Orleans vacation package specials to plan your visit. We look forward to hosting your stay!