Mark your calendars for area food, flea markets

Elka Cuttino, Contributing Writer

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On any given day there are dozens of activities and events to choose from in New Orleans. Whether you want to find that cool new piece of local art to hang above your bed or just want to eat good food and listen to funky music, there is definitely a market in New Orleans for you. Markets offer a cool and inexpensive way to explore the city and are fun to check out with a group of friends.

Freret Market

Just a short walk from campus, this market is held from 1-4 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month and offers a collection of music, food and local vendors on the corner of Freret and Napoleon. Try food from several local restaurants while listening to live jazz. The vendors range from fine woodwork, photography prints, potted plants and handmade jewelry. Best of all, meet the cutest dogs that are available for adoption running around the market. The Freret Market is the perfect place to enjoy a Saturday afternoon in the neighborhood!

Palmer Park Art Market

If you take the St. Charles streetcar to the end of the line on the last Saturday of the month, you will find the Arts Market New Orleans at the corner of S Carrollton and S Claiborne Avenues. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. you can find kids running around with snowballs and dogs sleeping lazily in the shade under stacks of paintings. With music playing in the background, you can wander around the winding sidewalks of vendors selling anything from food to plants to jewelry. 

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St. Roch Market

If you are hungry but not quite sure what to eat, St. Roch Market is the place for you. The specially curated food hall features food and drinks made by local chefs and offers 11 different dining options. Located on 2381 St. Claude Ave., the market is open 7-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and closes at 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The market features dishes from a variety of cultures including Haitian street food, Burmese and Malaysian comfort food, Mediterranean cuisine and fresh Mexican food. The ambiance of the market makes it a great place to grab a bite to eat and to hang with friends at events like Game Night every Monday. The market also features produce, dairy, baked goods, flowers and more at the Harvest Farmers Market every Thursday and Sunday from 2-7 p.m. The founders of St. Roch Market also opened a very similar market in the Warehouse District, Auction House Market.

Crescent City Farmers Market

The Crescent City Farmers Market is a rotating market that has multiple locations in New Orleans. Stock up on local and affordable fresh fruits and vegetables while enjoying delicious gourmet treats from local chefs. The location closest to Tulane’s campus is the Uptown location at Uptown Square on 
200 Broadway St at the River. Support local growers, producers, fishers and entrepreneurs every Tuesday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. right next to Audubon Park. 

French Market

The French Market is a unique and historic strip of shops, restaurants and cafes. Stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner or shop for fresh produce and seafood, local specialty foods, cheese and wine, sandwiches, salads and sweets. The French Market’s Flea Market is open every day of the year from approximately 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and offers traditional items such as clothing and antiques combined with art, jewelry, candles and crafts. The Farmers Market Pavilion is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and there are also two weekly fresh food markets. The French Market features local food, art and craft vendors. There are often live demonstrations of pottery, painting, printmaking and jewelry, and the market showcases a rotating group of more than fifty local artists. 

Palace Market 

If you are looking for new and local art to decorate your room with, Palace Market is the place to go. Open seven nights a week and a short walk from the French Quarter, the Palace Market on Frenchmen Street hosts a rotating collection of over 80 local illustrators, painters, jewelers, sculptors and more. Located on 619 Frenchmen St., the Palace Market boasts 38 nightly booths and is the largest daily art market in New Orleans. The nighttime market is open from Sunday to Wednesday, 7 p.m. to midnight, and closes at 1 a.m. from Thursday to Saturday.