For the Best Shopping in New Orleans, Try These 8 Special Spots
Antiques, voodoo novelty items, Mardi Gras party supplies, art pieces—you name it, New Orleans has got it! Check out these eight amazing shopping spots in NOLA.
Whether you’re a mall rat who can’t go a day without dropping by your favorite mall or a bargain hunter who loves discovering quirky finds from unusual and unexpected places, you know that shopping is one of the best ways to have fun and enjoy. After all, it wouldn’t be called retail therapy for nothing. New Orleans is known as the most unique city in the US. It is the birthplace of jazz music and is home to some of the best spring break destinations. New Orleans also has some of the most interesting places to shop in the US. Here are the 8 best shopping spots in New Orleans.
1. The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk
The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk recently reopened after going through a massive redo and it is now one of the most beautiful spots to shop at in New Orleans. It is home to over seventy-five of the most popular stores and brands, including Neiman Marcus Last Call, Forever 21, and Kenneth Cole. Aside from the stores, though, the thing that you should really see at the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk is the view.
The whole outlet is very airy and relaxing and is filled with natural light and views of the river that can be seen from every corner—a truly refreshing sight that you won’t usually get from highly commercialized establishments like malls, especially ones like this that are located in the heart of downtown. This spot is definitely a must-visit for any brand junkie in New Orleans.
The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk
500 Port of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA 70130, United States
Open daily from 10:00 am to 08:00 pm
2. The Shops at Canal Place
The One Canal Place is one of the most frequently visited tourist spots in New Orleans. It is a 32-storey skyscraper that is home to The Westin New Orleans, The Theaters at Canal Place, and, of course, The Shops at Canal Place. The Shops at Canal Place is a three-storey shopping center where one can find a total of thirty stores.
These stores are a nice mix of fashion, beauty, and jewelry stores as well as some cafés, a steakhouse, and a gym. You will also find a Saks Fifth Avenue store at The Shops at Canal Place. If you’re lucky you might even catch a runway show from one of the brands at The Shops at Canal Palace.
The Shops at Canal Place
333 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130, United States
Open Mondays to Fridays, 10:00 am to 07:00 pm
3. French Market
If you enjoy interacting with people from all walks of life and finding all sorts of unique and interesting buys, the French Market is a must-visit place for you should you happen to be in New Orleans. Here, you will find everything from the typical New Orleans postcards and t-shirts to more unique finds like oil paintings by local artists, a wide selection of chili sauces with varying flavors that make each one of them more interesting than the ones you can get from any supermarket or grocery store, and even some festive Mardi Gras stuff like feather boas, Mardi Gras beads, and full sets of costumes.
The French Market is a huge, open-air space where over 200 vendors come to sell their goods. There are also restaurants and cafes here where you can get local specialty food and drinks that you can either savor right then and there or take home with you to enjoy with friends and family. There are also souvenir shops here, as well as some clothing and jewelry shops that you can visit for trinkets and baubles to bring back home.
One tip to remember when visiting the French Market is to bring cash. Much of the stuff sold here is inexpensive so most stores / vendors only do cash transactions.
The French Market
1235 N Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70116, United States
Open daily from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
4. Rev. Zombie’s Voodoo Shop
This shop is definitely not for everyone but if you like weird, unique and even scary stuff, you should definitely check it out. Rev. Zombie’s Voodoo shop is a one-of-a-kind shop in New Orleans that sells things that are occult-, spiritual-, and voodoo-related. Some say the stuff they sell here is legit and authentic and can be used for actual voodoo practices, while others believe they’re mere novelties that can be bought by tourists as unique souvenirs. Rev. Zombie’s Voodoo Shop also offers psychic readings for anyone interested.
The shop has a unique and almost eerie spiritual atmosphere to it. You’ll definitely feel a certain aura as you step inside. The décor is rather eclectic and, honestly, it can be a little overwhelming. Most of the items on display are for sale so if you happen to see something you like, there’s a great chance that you can take it home, as long as you are willing to pay the right price.
Rev. Zombie Voodoo Shop
723 St Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70116, United States
Open daily from 10:00 am to 11:30 pm
Shop hours are extended up to 1:30 am every Friday and Saturday
5. The Antique Shops in Lower Decatur Area
The Lower Decatur area is a hotspot for all things antique. This is the spot to go to if you’re a vintage collector / antique lover who is looking for stuff from all over the world. There are more commercialized stores all over the city where you can buy replicas, but if you want the real deal, it’s the Lower Decatur area you should be visiting.
This spot is considered to be an antique haven for collectors and treasure hunters. It is brimming with everything from small little trinkets and baubles to full scale furniture from different eras. You will also find vintage clothing stores that you can peruse for totally unique pieces to add to your wardrobe, as well as some jewelry and accessory stores that carry elegant pieces from the Victorian era to more eclectic knickknacks from the Art Deco period.
Many of the shops here are considered small scale businesses so haggling is accepted. Just remember to bring enough cash to pay for your purchase.
6. Bourbon Street
One of the more touristy shopping spots in the city, Bourbon street is filled with lots of different shops that sell everything and anything you could ever want to take home as a remembrance of your trip to New Orleans. This is where you’ll find Marie Laveau’s House of Voodoo—the sister shop of the famous Rev. Zombie's Voodoo Shop—as well as some gift shops and specialty shops where you will find cute and quirky stuff to bring back home.
Some of the items you’ll find from the specialty shops here include cigars and tobaccos, hot sauces, Mardi Gras stuff, cookbooks, jazz CDs, pralines and other sweets, and more. There are also a few cafes and eateries scattered around the area. The only thing about Bourbon Street is that because it is located in the heart of downtown New Orleans, the stuff sold here can be a little pricey. Still, if you’re looking for a convenient shopping spot that has it all, this is the place to hit up.
7. Central Grocery
Aside from little trinkets and memorabilia, you can also take home a piece of New Orleans by buying a few grocery items that you will only find here and Central Grocery is the place to go for that. Central Grocery has flavorful seasonings that you won’t find anywhere else. These make a perfect gift for your friend back home who loves to cook and try out new flavors from all over the world.
There are other items unique to this grocery store including beer, chips, pasta, salad dressings and sauces, and other locally-produced goodies, but the real star here is the muffuletta sandwich—a popular Italian sandwich drenched in olive oil and stuffed with marinated olives, Italian cured meats and mozzarella, and/or provolone in several layers.
You can also enjoy other meals and snacks from Central Grocery. They have indoor seating for those who want to munch on their food while it is fresh and warm but you can also have yours to-go if you’d rather enjoy it somewhere else. Brace yourself for a long line of customers, locals and tourists alike, waiting for their muffulettas if you’re coming by at lunch time. Everyone loves this sandwich so much, they form a long line that goes outside the store façade.
923 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116, United States
Open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
8. Jamie Hayes Gallery
For all the art lovers out there who love bringing home a piece of art from places they’ve visited, the Jamie Hayes Gallery is a stop you shouldn’t miss on your trip to New Orleans. Get yourself a nice, artsy souvenir shirt or grab a painting or two to hang in your home. There are tons of other eclectic collectibles that you can pick up from the gallery like jewelry, voodoo dolls, and even a coloring book that Jamie Hayes himself published. You could even have your purchase personalized by Jamie.
The staff is helpful and very friendly, the place is just bursting with bright and vibrant colors, and the prices on the amazing stuff you’ll find here are beyond reasonable, making you want to come back for more.
Jamie Hayes Gallery
617 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130, United States
Open daily from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Whatever it is that you’re looking for—whether it’s an “I Love New Orleans” shirt, a voodoo doll, or a cookbook that contains recipes for New Orleans’ tastiest dishes—I’m sure you’ll find something from these places to help you take a piece of New Orleans back home.
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