New Orleans is a shopper’s paradise. And with the holidays coming up, you can take advantage of its world-class malls, boutiques, and historic districts to kick your holiday gift giving into high gear. To help you map out a game plan, here are the best places to shop in the Crescent City.
Royal Street Boutiques
Find fabulous gift-worthy antiques along the historic shopping district of Royal Street. You’ll find vintage jewelry, antique toys, original artwork, and much more along one of locals’ favorite shopping destinations. Every treasure imaginable, from Degas sculptures to steampunk telescopes, can be found in massive M.S. Rau Antiques. Listen for street musicians while boutique-hopping, and toss a few dollars in the hat if you like what you hear. And when you’re shopped out, stop for New Orleans-style chicory coffee and beignets (square donuts with powdered sugar pronounced ben-yay) at Café Beignet‘s cozy courtyard. Best of all, Royal Street is an easy stroll from your room at French Quarter Homewood Suites.
Canal Place Designers
The Shops at Canal Place is one of the most exclusive malls on the Gulf Coast, with everything from high-end jewelers like Tiffany & Co. to the sprawling Saks Fifth Avenue department store. A trip to Canal Place is a feast for the senses, from the pianist playing jazz in the soaring lobby to scents wafting from perfume counters. Dazzle your loved ones with holiday gifts of jewelry, from golden fleur-de-lis pendants to silver streetcars, by local jeweler Mignon Faget. You can book a room nearby at The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel New Orleans on Canal Street for a comfortable home base to count your treasures.
Funky French Market
Stroll six blocks worth of shopping in the charming open-air French Market along Decatur Street and Esplanade Avenue. Local artisans sell their one-of-a-kind wares ranging from framed photos of jazz musicians to original fashions like knitted hats and gloves, perfect for gifts with holiday magic. You’ll also find t-shirts and rows of hot sauce for a souvenir of your own. Watch the market’s calendar for live music at the adjacent New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park. The French Market hosts special events from caroling to visits by Santa over the holiday season, so keep an eye peeled for jolliness.
The Frenchmen Art Market
What started as a small display has turned into the bustling Frenchmen Art Market. Stop by from dusk to 1 am to see overhead lights glistening while you browse through original arts and crafts from up-and-coming local creatives. It’s a uniquely New Orleans holiday shopping experience, with brass bands marching by at all hours of the night. Pick up some original photo prints to take the experience home with you.
Magazine Street Fashion
Uptown’s tree-lined Magazine Street has one of the friendliest stretches of holiday shopping in New Orleans. Visit Alex Beard‘s studio for splashy nature-inspired prints, while Belladonna Day Spa offers not only a chance to be pampered but high-end leisure-wear for the folks back home. Dirty Coast offers witty New Orleans-centric tee shirts and gear, and you can make your own baubles for gifting at The Bead Shop. Stop by Kendra Scott to grab the perfect holiday gift for her, from a beautiful necklace, to the perfect jewlry box.
Riverwalk Outlet Bargains
Holiday shopping at The Outlet Connection at Riverwalk offers the best of both worlds, with high-end shops and lower-priced stores to help your gift-giving dollar go further. Many popular designers have outlets in The Riverwalk so you’re sure to find the perfect gift while also giving your own wardrobe a vacation bump. Once you’ve shopped ’til your heart’s content, pick up some local delicacies from Café Du Monde (for more beignets) and Mike Anderson’s Seafood, and enjoy the food court’s terrace views over the Mississippi River. Holiday shopping at The Riverwalk couldn’t be handier, because it’s adjacent to the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.
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