Vietnamese Farmers Market
Drive about 20 minutes northeast of the French Quarter and you'll find Versailles, an area with one of the most robust Vietnamese communities outside of Vietnam. Every Saturday morning, a neighborhood parking lot transforms into a farmers market, where predominantly Vietnamese vendors sell produce and herbs like lemongrass, daikon radishes, Thai eggplant, and pomelo grapefruit, as well as live poultry. There are some homemade foods too, like <em>banh tet</em> rice cakes wrapped in a banana leaf. The weekly market starts at 6am, and most stuff tends to be picked over by mid-morning so it goes without saying: get there early.