Unique Retail Experiences Abound in New Orleans

Expansions in New Orleans retail options have made it even easier to find just what we need (or maybe just what we want!). Shopping is quickly becoming one of our biggest assets, from high-end department stores in the Central Business District to one-of-a-kind antiques shops along Magazine and Royal streets.

Newly opened, The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk entices visitors with incredible holiday bargains. (Photo courtesy Paul Broussard on Flickr)

The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk entices visitors with incredible holiday bargains and a beautiful waterfront location. (Photo courtesy Paul Broussard on Flickr)

For those looking for something unique, Magazine Street encapsulates the quirky, artsy feel of New Orleans. The street extends for miles, and studded between restaurants, bars, and homes are plenty of shops to find a perfect gift for a loved one — or perhaps just a treat for yourself. Stop in at Fleurty Girl, Dirty Coast, or Defend New Orleans for city-specific finds, or paw through vintage photos at Magazine Antique Mall. What’s more, these shops are all locally owned and operated, contributing directly to our economy while also contributing to the path of a tourism dollar: after all, many visitors want to bring home souvenirs to remind them of New Orleans’ one-of-a-kind flair.

We love how even our malls create a custom, only-in-New Orleans experience. The Shops at Canal Place entices visitors with Saks Fifth Avenue, J.Crew, Anthropologie, and Lululemon alongside local offerings like Mignon Faget and Jean Therapy. Lakeside Mall features national stores in addition to local spa and shop EarthSavers and even a Café du Monde.

The French Quarter is our historic epicenter, and yet it’s also a retail destination. However, it offers more than just plenty of shops. During the holidays, the cobblestone streets and gas lamp-lit storefronts are even more magical: decorations such as lights and greenery create a festive atmosphere and memorable experience. Nearby, The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk lets visitors and locals alike experience another thrill: awesome deals at outlet stores like Gap, Neiman Marcus, and Coach.

No matter where you choose to shop in New Orleans, you can expect a mix of local shops and big-name brands, often all in the same spot. The retail industry provides jobs for locals, supports entrepreneurship, and stimulates our economy – and keeps us all looking sharp!