Shopping in the French Quarter
Whether you're searching for the perfect memorabilia, some lovely Mardi Gras beads to remember your trip, or you're hunting down an original painting or the perfect antiques, the French Quarter has plenty of options. The Quarter provides an interesting mix of shops designed for the tourist, the connoisseur, the casual shopper, and everyone in between.
While there are many individual treasures you can find on side streets, shopping in the French Quarter is centered around a few hubs.
If you're looking for antique shopping in New Orleans, you need to get over to Royal Street in the French Quarter. With over 25 antique shops on this street alone, Royal Street is known around the country for excellent shops and great finds.
You can also find several art galleries showcasing many diverse styles of work.
French Market District
At the open-air Farmer's Market, you can purchase fresh produce and seafood to take home, or you can grab something to eat while you shop. Enjoy some down-home Cajun dishes like boudin, jambalaya, Cajun dirty rice, gumbo, andouille po-boys, and pralines. Once you’ve picked your supply of tasty foods, visit the Flea Market for handmade or discount items. With merchants from around the world selling products at their stands, you can count on a diverse selection of items, including handmade jewelry, apparel, home decorations, and more. The French Market District also features retail shopping from more established venues, including bookstores, art galleries, candymakers, sports stores, clothing and more.
The French Market District is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is located at the 1200 block of North Peters.
The Shops at Jax Brewery
As the name implies, the facility of this shopping center was once a brewhouse--in fact, it was one of the largest breweries in the country at the time it was built. Today, the building houses clothing stores, gift stores, a food court for quick dining, and event space for private parties. Stop by the Shops at Jax Brewery for some shopping and a great view of the mighty Mississippi.
The Shops at Jax Brewery are located at the corner of Decatur Street and Toulouse Street.
The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk
Following the 1984 World’s Fair in New Orleans, the Riverwalk Marketplace was built on this magnificent river property. Today, the half-mile mall is the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk, a first-to-market outlet center with more than 75 retailers and restaurants. Major national brands include Nordstrom Rack, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Coach and Forever 21. Regardless of your shopping preferences, the Riverwalk features a wonderful view of the Mississippi River.
Go for a Shopping Adventure
The locations listed above barely scratch the surface of the possible shopping locations in New Orleans. Get your start with any of the above-listed properties, and try out surrounding shops and streets. Most importantly, have fun!
If you are traveling to New Orleans internationally, be sure to check out tax breaks you can receive from Louisiana Tax Free Shopping.