Thursday, November 14, 2013

Geopiece of the Day: French Market, New Orleans

3 centuries of history and 6 blocks of shopping open daily, that is the message the French Market in New Orleans lives by. It was founded in 1791 as a Native American trading post and remains the oldest market of its kind in the United States of America. 


The French Market then


The market´s oldest structures that are still used today were established in 1813 at a time the area was the only one in New Orleans that was allowed to sell meat giving it the name of "Meat Market". Only after this privilege was revoked it started to use the name French Market and turned into a major tourist attraction over time. Today more than five million visitors and tourist from all over the world dive into the French Market experience every year.


The French Market now

Over time the traditional market area was expanded and renovated to include cafes and restaurants serving creole food typical for the region and individual areas specialized to become a farmers market offering fresh produce and a flea market trading in all kinds of bargains.

Artists display their achievements in the area and specialty shops have sprung up that celebrate the rich past of the area.