Come on down and experience shopping in New Orleans! My wife is a shopping expert and she will tell you that it is the shopping opportunities in the French Quarter, at Jackson Square, the Outlet Collection along the Riverwalk, the French Market, Jackson Brewery, Shops at Canal Street, and the mom and pop shops along Magazine Street that make New Orleans a shopping Mecca. Whatever you are looking to buy and even things you are not you will find while shopping in New Orleans. The Crescent City offers visiting shoppers antiques, collectibles, arts, crafts, souvenirs and an unlimited choice of specialty items. Additionally there are a couple of very nice shopping malls just a short drive from the French Quarter.
The Shops at Jackson Brewery * Across from Jackson Square
The Shops at Jackson Brewery, commonly known as Jax Brewery by locals, was once the brewing and bottling house of Jax Beer. But in the 1970s, the company owning the brewery went bankrupt, and in the 1980s the building was purchased and turned into retail space for French Quarter Shopping and restaurants. Today the converted brewery includes exclusive and distinctive New Orleans shops as well as nationally known stores. Jackson Brewery is located in the French Quarter at600 Decatur St and offers four full floors of stores, attractions, kiosks, restaurants, bars, and cafes. Visit the Shops at Jackson Brewery for a taste of New Orleans shopping and history and be sure to visit the Promenade Balcony for a breathtaking view of the Mississippi River.
Shops in the Pontalba Buildings on Jackson Square
Jackson Square was originally centered on what was then called the Place d' Armes. After the Battle of New Orleans, in 1815, the Place d' Armes was renamed Jackson Square after the victorious U.S. general Andrew Jackson. But for those of you coming to New Orleans to shop the most important part of Jackson Square will be the Lower and Upper Pontalba Apartments. The Pontalba Buildings are matching red-brick, block-long, 4 story buildings that line the north and south sides of Jackson Square. These historic buildings built in the 1840s offer a unique shopping experience with retail shops, museums, galleries and restaurants that fill the ground level; their second and third floors still house a selection of prestigious apartments.
French Market New Orleans
The New Orleans French Market is the oldest public market in the nation and includes six historic blocks consisting of an open-air Farmers and Flea Market with over 200 Vendors, fresh produce and seafood, souvenirs and gifts, arts and crafts, cafés and restaurants, live music, special events and festivals. These six blocks offer some of the best New Orleans shopping. The French Market is located in the French Quarter between Decatur St and the Mississippi River, starting at Café Du Monde and ending six blocks down river at the Flea Market. While shopping at the French Market you will find an array of merchandise including fine art, clothing & apparel, confections, and specialty retail shops. In the Flea Market you will find that merchants from all over the world bring their wares to this open-air shopper’s paradise. Traditional items such as clothing and antiques combine with art, jewelry and crafts to make this a market of diversity, a community of culture. The Farmers’ Market at Ursulines and North Peters has full-service eateries serving breakfast, lunch and dinner PLUS a variety of fresh produce, fresh baked goods and fresh squeezed juices available from counter-top vendors! So don't pass up a visit to the French Market New Orleans!
Magazine Street is a collection of mostly “Mom and Pop” specialty shops and neighborhood restaurants which offers its patrons a unique New Orleans shopping and dinning experience. Magazine Street is just minutes from downtown New Orleans. This 6-mile Mecca for shoppers runs from Canal Street to the Audubon Zoo. Magazine Street shops include antiques, furniture, art galleries, clothing, shoes, jewelry, Oriental rugs, books, home décor, gifts, and much more. For more information on Magazine St shopping visit my Magazine Street page.
French Quarter Shops
You could easily spend days visiting each of the French Quarter shops, which make up this small working historic town within New Orleans. While you shop in the French Quarter you will find souvenir shops, unique boutiques, gift shops, art galleries, jewelry shops, antique shops, mask shops, collectable shops and much, much more. You will find shopping opportunities through out the French Quarter but the greatest concentration of shopping will be found on Royal Street, Chartres Street and Decatur Street. New Orleans shopping in the French Quarter is a shoppers dream.
Royal Street Shops * In the French Quarter
The 13 blocks of Royal Street in the French Quarter is known to locals as one of the best streets for shopping and dining in New Orleans. Along Royal Street you will find world-class galleries, antique shops, jewelry shops, clothing shops, collectable shops, boutiques, souvenir shops, and a vast array of specialty shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. For the convenience of the shoppers and shop keepers several blocks of Royal Street are closed to traffic every afternoon to create a pedestrian mall. During this time, numerous street performers set up in the street. Though the quality of performers ranges widely, some of the best up and coming jazz bands in New Orleans can be seen here regularly.
The Shops at Canal Place * On the edge of the French Quarter
Experience upscale New Orleans shopping by visiting the Shops at Canal Place. Canal Place is home to many exclusive stores, notable designer boutiques, and anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue. Located at the foot of Canal Street on the edge of the French Quarter, Canal Place offers three floors of sophisticated shopping in a lush atrium environment with festive seasonal decorations. A food court, a movie theater; the Theatres at Canal Place and a live theater; the Southern Repertory Theatre are located on the third floor. On-site parking is covered and available at hourly and daily rates.
Outlet Collection Riverwalk New Orleans *** upscale outlet center
Explore New Orleans upscale shopping at the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk; the nation’s first outlet center in a downtown setting. This river front mall features over 75 retailers and restaurants on the bank of the Mississippi River. At this outlet mall guests can experience a guilt-free shopping trip through unbelievable discounts of 25% to 65% every day off local and major national brands. Besides shopping the Outlet Collection offers shoppers and diners an experience like no other. While enjoying breath taking views of the Mississippi river visitors can dine at the food court on the river front terrace. The food court offers a variety of food tenants that reflect the unique flavor of New Orleans cuisine. International visitors are able to shop tax free with the convenient location of the Louisiana Tax Free Shopping refund center inside the Riverwalk. The Outlet Collection also conveniently offers a New Orleans Visitor Center for your city sightseeing needs.
Oakwood Center Shopping Mall * Across the bridge on the Westbank
Do you want to do some New Orleans shopping at a good old shopping mall? Oakwood Center Shopping Mall is located at 197 Westbank expressway in Gretna, just minutes from downtown New Orleans. You just cross the bridge and take the Terry Parkway Exit. Anchored by Dillard’s, Sears and JC Penney, it features 360,000 square feet of regional and specialty shops. Oakwood Center offers real shopping choices for the whole family! Visit the Food Court, Forever XXI, Old Navy, Café DuMonde and over 100 specialty shops and kiosks. No matter “What Brings You Today,” you will find it at Oakwood Center!
Lakeside Shopping Mall * Metairie
Make a day of shopping in New Orleans at the Lakeside Shopping Mall. Lakeside Shopping Center is New Orleans most exciting retail mall featuring over 120 stores and boutiques, a variety of restaurants and much more! Just a sampling of the over 120 stores in the mall are Dillard’s, Apple Store, Brookstone, Dick’s Sporting Goods, JC Penny, Macy’s, Pottery Barn, and William Sonoma. They also have a huge food court, several restaurants including a Red Lobster in the parking lot. Lakeside Shopping Mall is located at 3301 Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Metairie just nine miles from the French Quarter. Lakeside Shopping Center is open 10am-9pm Monday–Saturday and 12pm-6pm on Sunday. You will also find numerous strip malls, fast food restaurants and dine in restaurants in the immediate area around Lakeside Mall.
The Arts Market * On the St. Charles Streetcar line
If you are visiting the Crescent City on the LAST Saturday of the month then hop aboard a St. Charles Street car and head to the Arts Market. You will find it at Palmer Park which is the last stop on the St Charles Street car line. The Arts Market is presented by the Arts Council of New Orleans, is held the LAST Saturday of every month from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Arts Market features handmade, affordable art and crafts from local and regional artists and artisans. Styles of art include Painting, Photography, Ceramics, Glass, Jewelry, Wood, and Printmaking, plus handmade clothing, soap, candles, and other delights. Between 50 and 100 artists display and sell their wares each month. The Arts Market also features live entertainment, food and beverage booths, and a children's activities area.