There are few things quite as lovely as an afternoon spent Shopping after a great New Orleans champagne brunch. Here in NOLA we’ve got some of the most unique boutiques around. Window shop your way down gorgeous two-hundred year old streets while pursuing boutiques filled with one of a kind dresses or antique jewelry. Better yet, take your gal’s down to The Shops at Canal Place to find some of New Orleans’ more luxury offerings. Whether you’re looking for deals or down to spend some serious dough, Versace or vintage — we’ve got it all. Check out our recommendations to find the hottest shops to suit everyone in your party.
Magazine St. Shopping
Spend a day with your ladies strolling down the shopping corridor that is Magazine St. in New Orleans. For nearly six miles, the street is lined with boutique clothing shops, local art galleries, restaurants, bars, and jewelry stores — the perfect place for you and your girls to get your shop on. There’s certainty something to fit everyone’s taste: hand picked vintage collections, designer boutiques, antique home decor, and local art.
Where to find it: The shopping corridor of Magazine St. winds all the way from State St. in the Audubon neighborhood of New Orleans to Felicity St. in the Lower Garden District, running parallel to the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar Line.
French Quarter Shopping
Looking for something a little bit more on the wild side? You’ll definitely want to stick to the French Quarter for your shopping. Visit Voo-Doo shops and take a while exploring the Occult. Stroll down Royal St., where you’ll find everything from boutique clothes to antique jewelry and fine art. Walk around the famed Jackson Square and peruse the artist selling handmade goods and up-cycled art pieces. The French Quarter is a great place to window shop, grab some drinks, or a quick bite to eat.
Where to Find it: Shopping boutiques are just about as common as bars in the French Quarter. Steer clear of the concentrated tourist traps on Decauter St. near the Riverfront, and explore the shops on Royal and Chartres Streets.
The Shops at Canal Place
Located at the foot of Canal Street on the river front just on the edge of the French Quarter, the Shops at Canal Place house some of New Orleans’ most upscale shopping. Sak’s Fifth Avenue, Michael Kors, Armani, BCBG, and Tiffany Co. all intermingle with local jewelry boutiques, an upscale movie theater, and local artwork as well as a salon.
Where to Find it: The Shops at Canal Place are located at the foot of Canal Street near the riverfront. You’ll find them at the corner of South Peters and Canal Street.
The Outlet Collection at the Riverwalk
Find some of the best deals in town at the brand new Outlet Collection located in the New Orleans Riverwalk. Sprawling alongside the Mississippi River — with some epic views throughout the mall — you’ll find everything from Neiman Marcus to Crocs, all marked down considerably. The outlet mall also has a food court with everything from fresh, local pralines to Panda Express.
Where to Find it: Access The Riverwalk from Convention Center Blvd in the Warehouse District near the Riverfront. They offer validated parking, although the mall is easily accessibly by foot as well.
The French Market
This famous open-air market located at the far end of the French Quarter features a rotating roster of vendors. Bloody Mary in hand, take a stroll through to find the most eclectic collection of shops in this French Quarter neighborhood market. You’ll find everything from $5 sunglasses to handmade local art, discount leather bags to artisanally made natural soaps. You and your ladies can pick up a few snacks from one of the many vendors of local treats — including raw oysters, fresh smoothie cocktails, and local seafood plates. There’s live music most weekends, and there’s always something fun going on.
Where to Find it: The French Market can be found int he French Quarter near the Riverfront, stretching from the intersection Ursulines Ave. and Decauter to the border of the French Quarter at Esplanade Ave.