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The best places to go shopping in New Orleans

These eclectic neighborhoods, markets, shops and galleries are the best places to go shopping in New Orleans

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Gerrish Lopez
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Adriana Lopez
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Shopping is heaps of fun all over the world, but shopping in New Orleans? Now we’re talking. The Big Easy is a fun place for splurging, with everything from small boutiques to local markets waiting for your dollars and cents. You’ll also find large retail stores and high-end fashion, once again proving that New Orleans is a thrill-a-minute city for all tastes and desires.

Our list of the best places to shop in New Orleans runs the gamut, covering as much of everything as possible. This most magical of cities will enrapture you in all sorts of ways, with charming restaurants and a truly iconic nightlife top of the tree, but there is a comforting quality to perusing goods and picking up something new (or vintage) that shouldn't be overlooked. Happy shopping, and remember to support local when you can.

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Best places to go shopping in New Orleans

Magazine Street is hands-down the best street for shopping in the city. The walkable street stretches about 6 miles from Canal at the edge of the French Quarter all the way Uptown to Audubon Park and Zoo with oak trees, houses and character the whole way. Shop artists and galleries of all types like New Orleans Glassworks, Alex Beard Studio, Esom Art, Zele and Carol Robinson Gallery. Find locally-made home goods, quirky gifts, and t-shirts at shops like Home Malone, Fleurty Girl, and Dirty Coast. For vintage and vintage-inspired clothing, shop Trashy Diva or Miss Claudia's, and check out Funky Monkey for costumes. You’ll find a unique reminder of New Orleans at Mignon Faget — her jewelry that reflects the art, architecture, wildlife and style of the city. You can find everything you might need on Magazine Street, plus plenty of restaurants and bars along the way.

2. Music Shops

You can’t visit New Orleans without listening to fabulous music, whether in the clubs or just drifting through the air. You can usually buy music directly from the bands at their performances, but shopping the city’s local music shops is an experience in itself, and you can discover new (and old) local music that you’ll love. Louisiana Music Factory in the Marigny is the longtime source for local music (and knowledge), respected among aficionados worldwide. Peaches Records on Magazine Street has been family-owned since 1975. Find music, gear and local gifts plus occasional performances by local musicians. Indie-owned Euclid Records in the Bywater is as hip and happening as its neighborhood. Find new and used vinyl and more. Domino Sound, on Bayou Road, carries music from local to global. It’s also a label. See live New Orleans music then bring it home with you!

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  • Attractions
  • Historic buildings and sites
  • Vieux Carre

The city’s top attraction for visitors is a destination for shopping in addition to food, music and nightlife. While Decatur Street has big-name stores like Urban Outfitters and H&M, the shops further into the Quarter are much more unique. Head to Royal Street to browse antique stores like the elegant, cavernous M.S. Rau and visit eclectic and high-end art galleries. Even if you’re not in the market for a lamp, browse gorgeous, timeless gas lighting and more at Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights. Fifi Mahoney’s will get you set up with an amazing wig for your next costume. For stylish specs made in New Orleans, check out Krewe. Find your perfect scent at Bourbon French Parfums. Of course, you can’t miss the historic French Market, spanning six blocks of flea market vendors, local craftspeople, eateries, and produce. As you walk up and down the historic streets of the Quarter, you’re sure to find something unique or downright weird.

4. Bookstores

For bookworms, history lovers or casual readers, the city’s small, independent bookstores offer both excellent reading options and only-in-New-Orleans experiences. Many authors, like William Faulkner, Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams, were inspired by New Orleans. On the bottom floor of the house where Faulkner lived is Faulkner House Books, specializing in rare works alongside the works of Faulkner. Cozy Octavia Books, tucked away Uptown, encourages browsing to find your perfect read. Crescent City Books in the Quarter carries rare, antique and out-of-print books plus antique maps and prints. Blue Cypress Books on Oak Street carries quality secondhand books and has a loyal following from local readers. Pick up a book and enjoy it at one of the coffee shops on Oak.

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5. Art Markets

New Orleans hosts several art markets where you can find local artists and craftspeople selling everything from photography and paintings to ceramics and festive Carnival-style decor. The Arts Market of New Orleans, presented by the Arts Council, takes place every second Saturday in City Park and every last Saturday in Marsalis Harmony Park. The Freret Market (temporarily closed due to COVID-19), with more than 70 vendors, draws shoppers to Freret Street on the first Saturday of each month. Piety Market in Exile is held the second Saturday of the month at the Healing Center in the Marigny; the eclectic art and other offerings reflect the vibe of the neighborhood. Check out these art markets for local art, straight from the source.

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