Guide to the French Market this Holiday Season

Located in New Orleans’ historic French Quarter, the French Market is a walkable stretch that includes over 45 restaurants, shops and landmarks. Take a trip down to the French Market this holiday season to experience the magic. Whether you’re searching for the perfect holiday gift, or you’re just wanting to enjoy the festive atmosphere, the French Market is well worth the visit.

Café du Monde

Café du Monde, Paul Broussard

Start with coffee

The best way to begin your visit to the French Market is to fuel up with coffee. Known for its world-famous beignets and chicory coffee, Café du Monde is a must for anyone visiting the French Market. Warm up with a cup of hot cocoa or café au lait before you begin walking the district. If you’re in the mood for a fun seasonal beverage, PJ’s Coffee takes the cake every year with their inventive coffee drinks. This year, stop by for your choice of gingerbread, peppermint bark or buttered rum latte.

ackson Square

Jackson Square, Paul Broussard

Take in the décor

The French Market is one of the best spots to find seasonal décor in New Orleans come mid-November. Dressed with green wreaths and red bows, the holiday magic comes alive at Jackson Square. Lights illuminate the area come nighttime, so make sure to come back around once the sun sets.

Dutch Alley Artists Co-Op

Dutch Alley Artists Co-Op, Justen Williams

Get your shop on

With over 30 shops, you’re bound to find the perfect gift within the French Market. For New Orleans-inspired art, visit Gallery Cayenne and the Dutch Alley Artist’s Co-Op. For those with a sweet tooth, check out The Fudgery, Southern Candymakers and Aunt Sally’s Praline Shop. The Little Toy Shop is known for its classic and modern toys, and Baby One has the cutest gifts for expecting mothers. Browse more options here and get ready to shop till you drop in the French Market.

J’s Seafood Dock

J’s Seafood Dock, Paul Broussard

Relax with a meal

After all that walking and shopping, you’re going to want to rest your feet and indulge in a New Orleans meal. Luckily, you won’t have to search far to find delicious options in a range of cuisines. With oysters being in season in November and December, don’t miss your opportunity to have a dozen on the half shell at J’s Seafood Dock or Corner Oyster House. For a snack on the go, grab a crepe from Holy Crepes! or a smoothie from Organic Banana. For a classic New Orleans meal, check out Café Pontalba, The Market Cafe or The Gazebo Café. And for classic New Orleans cuisine, but make it vegan, visit Meals from the Heart Café.

Take a tour of the French Quarter

Take a tour of the French Quarter, Paul Broussard

Plan your next New Orleans activity

Now that you’ve seen a good bit of the French Quarter, adventure awaits in other areas of the city. Within the French Market you’ll find Gray Line New Orleans, ready to book a swamp tour, cemetery tour, craft cocktail tour or ghost tour for you.

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