The French Market
This stretch of units running parallel to the Mississippi River had its beginnings in commerce as a Native American trading post, and was dedicated as a market in 1791. It remains the oldest market in the United States, though the oldest remaining parts of the structure date to 1813. Walking west from Café Du Monde, the market offers produce stalls, a food court, and dozens of stalls making up a thriving flea market, rife with cheap sunglasses and t-shirts and local handicrafts. Buy fresh seafood, have your caricature painted, and pick up souvenirs for friends and family back home.