The Market Cafe, a family owned and operated dining establishment since 1982, occupies the second oldest building in the French Market, which was first home to the Marcheaux Legumes, and previously known as the Old Vegetable Market and Fish Market. Dating back to 1823, the original cypress ceiling and 19th century columns remain.
Located in the heart of the French Market, The Market Cafe offers a unique dining experience. As you enjoy our haute New Orleans Cajun/Creole cuisine, revel to the beat of our 5-piece New Orleans jazz combo, and gaze upon the enchanting vistas of the French Quarter at Decatur and North Peters Streets, you will never forget spending a special evening The Market Cafe.
Our innovative recipes, exceptional service and al fresco dining combine to give you a dining experience that is truly rare to the New Orleans Vieux Carre scene. Relax and enjoy your evening at the Market Cafe, a true N’Awlins Original.
Please come be a part of our past, present and future in the United States most historic, beautiful and, some say haunted, city!
Our beautiful open-air patio, complete with a live jazz band, promises a relaxing and authentic taste of New Orleans in the French Quarter. As you arrive, stop to take pictures of the famous statue of Joan of Arc in her beautiful gold majesty. As you look behind this cherished local landmark you will see The Market Café. Follow the sounds of our live New Orleans band; playing Jazz, Cajun and Zydeco favorites; directly to our door. Whether you are visiting for a sporting event, conference or Mardi Gras, you will experience New Orleans culture at its finest when dining at The Market Cafe.
Since 1982 we have been offering visitors from around the world and locals alike a unique New Orleans dining experience. The best way to become a friend of our family is to dine at The Market Café with your family during your visit to our beautiful city. Don’t forget to try our Famous Market Mary Bloody Mary and our baked Mufaletta. Our bar is always open, the music is always playing and our food is Mardi Gras perfect all year round! Come relax and enjoy our traditional New Orleans restaurant – The Market Café – Welcome to New Orleans!