New Orleans shopping is an activity nobody will suffer through. Around each corner and in every neighborhood are unique boutiques and shops ranging from kitschy to upmarket luxury. For rainy days, shopping centers provide welcome entertainment combined with great views and, of course, plenty of the food for which the city is famous.
Located in the heart of the French Quarter, right on the Mississippi River, the Brewery dates back to 1891 and now houses four floors of modern shops and a convenient food court. It is the perfect place to enjoy casual shopping before a dinner reservation, or before or after a Mississippi River cruise onboard the Natchez Steamboat. 600 Decatur Street.
The Shops at Canal Place
Whether Saks Fifth Avenue, Adrienne Vittadini, Banana Republic, BCBG Max Azria, Coach, Tiffany, Armani or Gucci are your style, or you wish to find the ultimate New Orleans souvenir, The Shops at Canal Place offers all of the fashionable and well-known brands you love. Start your day at the wonderful Aquarium of the Americas, visit The Shops at Canal Place for lunch and browsing, then slip into your just-purchased cocktail wear for an evening of Hurricanes, dinner and, perhaps, Preservation Hall Jazz. 333 Canal Street.
The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk Marketplace
Over $70 million was recently infused into this well known shopping center to revamp it as an upscale retail outlet center with over 70 tenants in the mix, like Last Call Studio by Neiman Marcus, Coach Factory Store, Café du Monde, Kenneth Cole Company Store, LOFT Outlet, Chico’s Outlet, Clarks/Bostonian Outlet, Gap Outlet, Guess Factory Store, Kay Jewelers, Raising Cane’s, Sunglass Hut Outlet and The Fudgery. Of course, shops local to New Orleans also call the Riverwalk home, providing a great mix of national, international and local finds for both visitors and residents. 1 Poydras Street.
A uniquely New Orleanian experience and great place to find treasured items to enjoy for years to come, eclectic and trendy boutiques abound for six miles along this famed and quaint street. There are dozens upon dozens of antique, clothing, gourmet food, jewelry, home furnishings, decor and other shops within this one area. It is particularly convenient to combine a morning of shopping and browsing on Magazine with an afternoon at Audubon Nature Institute (the zoo) or in a cemetery tour. The Magazine Street Merchants Association offers a block-by-block shop map, so do research prior to departure for Nola and develop that shopping plan of attack. While shopping or sitting for lunch at a sidewalk cafe, visitors enjoy the historic architecture of New Orleans all around.
Royal Street and French Quarter Boutiques, Galleries and Shops
If staying in the Hotel Monteleone or Royal Sonesta, you’re basically already there! Royal Street is aptly named as so many treasures, antiques, galleries, original garments and adorable boutiques are located on these famed blocks that the shopping is fit for royalty. Despite its royally vast selection, prices aren’t necessarily only for blue bloods. While going to and from Quarter restaurants, tours, hotels, museums and other places, shops will catch your eye for a later return for extended browsing and buying. For a leisurely day during which to catch your breath and rest for additional combat-sightseeing on days to come, incorporate a Royal Carriage Tour or Good Old Days Tour by horse drawn carriage and some culture-laden cuisine along your route.