The Best Shopping in New Orleans
Collected by Wayne Curtis , AFAR Local Expert
You, too, can shop like a local, whether it's for elegant antiques in the French Quarter's Royal Street, original art at the French Market, or at a funky boutique on Magazine Street.
5631 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115, USA
BE A NEW ORLEANIAN. WHEREVER YOU ARE. read the ubiquitous bumper sticker in the years after Hurricane Katrina. It was a simple, direct, and on-target message—the sort that’s been perfected by this T-shirt shop, with stores uptown on...
934 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Well, of course New Orleans has a shop devoted to outrageous wigs in the middle of the French Quarter. (Mardi Gras doesn’t just happen, you know.) Fifi Mahony’s can be packed to the gills and short on stock as the big day approaches,...
5525 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115, USA
This uptown boutique, co-owned by Mad Men's Bryan Batt (Salvatore Romano) and actor-turned-Bally of Switzerland buyer Tom Cianfichi, is a well-curated collection of decoupage serving plates, beaded clutches, and toile throw pillows. When I visited...
Julia St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Contemporary art sometimes seems to take a back seat in a city enamored of its ornate and storied past. Scratch the surface, though, and you’ll find a strong and growing creative scene in New Orleans, teeming with makers as well as...
421 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Louisiana Music Factory, an essential stop at both the beginning and the end of every trip to New Orleans, is an old-fashioned music store with a heavy emphasis on local acts. Come by early during your visit to sample the work of New Orleans...
610 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Located in the French Quarter for nearly three decades, Lucullus stocks what it terms "culinary antiques": objects that glorify gastronomy. You can browse finds from the 17th through 19th centuries—everything from handblown-glass rolling...
120 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
LARGEST HAT STORE IN THE SOUTH proclaims the sign in front of Meyer the Hatter, just off Canal Street on St. Charles Avenue. In truth, it actually doesn’t feel all that big inside. That’s in part because it’s so packed with hats,...
411 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
There's no shortage of antique shops in the French Quarter, but this Royal Street spot is a local go-to for French and English antiques, including period jewelry, oyster plates, and crystal chandeliers (for hanging in your Garden district mansion,...
3926 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115, USA
Magazine Street stretches from Canal Street through the Garden District and all the way up to Audubon Park. Missed by visitors who don't venture out of the French Quarter, the street offers an array of great restaurants, boutiques, art galleries...
5521 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115, USA
The front of this gallery-like shop is dedicated to luxurious linens, Diptyque candles, and hand-blown glassware. In the back, the closet-size collection of items from labels like Dosa, Trelise Cooper, and Emma Hope is a fashionable find.
511 N Solomon St, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
Ricca's is heaven to lovers of antiques and those who value the true preservation of old homes. It's filled with a myriad of architectural items like barn doors, door knobs, weather vanes, claw-foot tubs, sinks, old Coca Cola signs, stained-glass...
612 Dumaine St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
New Orleans is noted for two kinds of voodoo: the historic kind and the trashy, touristy kind. The latter variety isn’t hard to find; look for kitschy dolls imported from China. But the historic voodoo—an expression of the city’s...
1115 St Mary St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
The first thing you need to know: It’s pronounced chop, and it’s named after Tchoupitoulas Street. The next thing you need to know: This maker of backpacks, bike bags, canvas wallets, and much more uses materials that it can source...