Shopping in New Orleans

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The New Orleans shopping experience is very diverse. New Orleans is the city where Jazz was born--a multicultural city and a melting pot of different cultures. It is also one of the oldest cities in the United States, and because of this, it has a great ethnic diversity. New Orleans is one of the biggest cities in the state of Louisiana.

French Market – America’s Oldest City Market

The French Market began as a Native American trading post on the banks of the Mississippi River. Established in 1791, the French Market offers a plethora of shopping options. Open 7 days a week, merchants from all over the world bring with them traditional merchandise to be sold at the Community Flea Market. There are a lot more shops to check-out at the French Market. The French Market is situated at 1008 North Peters.


Be sure to check out 912 N. Peters, where D’Alley is found. This is a non-profit artist’s cooperative, which features the works of New Orleans based artists.

Pop City

New Orleans shopping is also made up of local stores that sell hand made art and apparel. People who are looking for locally produced merchandise for men, women and children should go to 940 Decatur Street and visit Pop City. Tourists can find a wide array of art that is locally made. People can buy wooden pieces in the shape of a fleur de lys or a flaming heart. People can also find hand-made shoes that are less expensive than those found in department stores.

The Shops at Canal Place

These shops are located at the foot of Canal Street, near the Aquarium of America’s, on the edge of the French Quarter. Tourists who are looking for a more upscale shopping experience should visit The Shops at Canal Place. Kenneth Cole, Saks Fifth Avenue, Blue Alligator Designs, Ann Taylor and BCBGMAXAZRIA are a few of the stores located here. This place is just a short walk from most downtown hotels, the Central Business District and the Historic French Quarter.

Plantation Homes

The Plantation Homes offer gift stores selling antiques, dolls and other interesting souvenirs. Destrehan Plantation and Ormond Plantation are two historic Antebellum Plantation homes that are near New Orleans. These are found at the lower Mississippi Valley and were built in the late 1700’s. Both offer some rooms for tourists to experience living in old plantation homes.


New Orleans is one of the most unique cities in the world and the shopping scene reflects this uniqueness. Sure, you will find plenty of high-end fashion designer boutiques and retail chains here, but you will also find so many galleries, antique stores, thrift stores, accessories shops, and kitschy mom and pop shops that you will always come home with a handful of items that no one else in the world will have! New Orleans' best shopping areas for off-the-wall items or unique finds include the French Quarters antique stores and art galleries, Magazine Street, and Maple Street/Riverbend. For high-end (designer) merchandise visit the CBD & Warehouse District (Canal Place and Riverwalk Marketplace). Continue reading through the listings to learn more about New Orleans' best places to treasure hunt and shop. 

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Canal Place

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Located near the Aquarium of the Americas, Canal Place  is an excellent place to shop upscale designer fashions such as BCBG, Coach, Kenneth Cole, and Ann Taylor as well as unique arts and crafts by local artists at Rhino Gallery. This shopping destination is also home to Canal Place Cinema, the Southern Repertory Theater, the Wyndham New Orleans at Canal Place and Saks Fifth Avenue. Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

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address:333 Canal Street, New Orleans LA, 70130

Keil’s Antiques

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Keil’s Antiques

If you find something amazing at this fantastic French Quarter antique shop -- which is pretty much a guarantee, don't worry -- you can always have it shipped home. Whatever you purchase on any of the three floors of this antique lover's paradise will be well worth the cost to FedEx it right to your door. The types of items for sale at this 1899 antique shop are limitless. You will find everything from art and estate jewelry to 18th-19th century furniture, chandeliers, lights, and more. Even if you don’t plan to make a purchase, visit stop by anyway. more..

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address:325 Royal Street

Community Flea Market

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Even if it's a little stick outside, you will soon forget about the humidity after visiting one or two vendors' tables at this open-air market. Open daily from 7:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., Community Flea Market sells everything from art, jewelry, handbags, vintage clothing and other items to T-shirts, collectibles, and tons of new items.

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address:1200 Block of North Peters, French Quarter

Garden District Book Shop

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This is one of Anne Rice's favorite bookstores, so it must be awesome. Garden District Book Shop is small, but it's packed with books of all kinds such as cookbooks, fiction titles, non-fiction titles, history titles, and more by national, regional, and local authors. Also on the menu -- limited editions of Anne Rice's work along with autographed copies of some of her books. Garden District Book Shop is located in the historic property called the Rink.

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address:2727 Prytania Street

Funky Monkey

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The name of this kitschy cool consignment shop isn't the only thing that super fun about Funky Monkey. Besides vintage gear and one of a kind Couture, Funky Monkey also sells custom tees, handmade costumes, and wacky accessories. Funky Monkey is open Monday-Saturday 11:00 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

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address:3127 Magazine Street


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I like LOCALLY OWNED stores. Concord did a study a while back that cldocuned that something like 90% of money spent at local farms and purchases direct from the manufacturer STAYED LOCAL. And 40% of money spent at locally owned shops stayed local. And only a frightening 15% of money spent at national franchises stayed local.Of special note: * The Chinese Grocer. Why do I like it? It's the real deal. Check out the black fungus . Best deal in town! One little box grows to like a sinkful of mushroom!* That fabulous kitchen store at Rt2A and 27. That place is AWESOME!* more..

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