Royal Street is one of the oldest streets in the city, well known for its businesses that deal in antiques and artwork from all over the world. This impressive street is surrounded by French and Spanish colonial architecture on all sides and emanates a distinct old-worldly look. The shops dotting this street are filled with consumers having an eye for quality, authenticity and detail. The quality of the merchandise is unmatched and sometimes, just talking to the shop owners can be an educative experience. Make this street your next shopping destination for all that is antique and unique.
New Orleans' Lower Garden District boasts many homes that are true architectural beauties, as well as a burgeoning arts scene. At the center of the neighborhood is Coliseum Square, noted for its collection of especially stunning homes, as well as vibrant tropical gardens. Stroll along Magazine street and find a slew of new boutiques and shops with a younger bent. Restaurants and bars are sprinkled throughout the neighborhood, making Lower Garden District area the perfect destination for a fun afternoon or evening of shopping and dining.
If you are on Chartres Street, then you are among more than a dozen divine,ittle dress shops to wander through. This one has made a name for itself as a provider of unique styles with cutting edge taste. The clothes found here are sure to make a statement and catch the eye of passersby. This is a boutique with just the right outfit for a bold night out!
The Shops at Canal Place is New Orleans' answer to a shopaholic's paradise, with huge names like Saks Fifth Avenue, Brooks Brothers, Ann Taylor, Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma and Kenneth Cole. Lose yourself here, but make sure you have the money to do so. Located just a stones throw away from major hotels, this place is frequented by luxury travelers and the upscale folk.
In a city overflowing with inspiration, it's no wonder hundreds of artists call this country's most European city home. On the last Saturday of each month dozens of artists gather in Palmer Park at the Arts Market of New Orleans to sell some of the most unique art in America. Shoppers can peruse paintings, jewelry, woodworking, photography, ceramics, sculpture, and handcrafted paper products. With such a variety of styles and products, there is something for everyone at any budget. And because it's New Orleans, there's also live music, food and drinks from local restaurants, and a children's tent with hands on activities for the kids that turn this monthly market into a full day's entertainment.
Elegant French decor isn't limited to those lucky enough to reside in the French countryside. Maison de Provence gives everyone in search of French-styling interesting options that generally don't saturate the marketplace. For instance, Maison de Provence's owner, Terri Goldsmith, carefully selects and imports 18th and 19th-century pieces from France, Italy and Sweden to give her clients access to truly unique items. Other things they happen to carry are tables and chairs, painted chests and wardrobes, and accessories along with custom upholstered furniture.
Since 1924, Rubensteins has been serving New Orleans with the best in apparel and accessories. This men's apparel store is rated one of the top ten in the United States specializing in formal and casual apparel and various accessories. A person coming into Rubensteins can buy everything from hats to shoes. The service is unrivaled with a staff that waits on you hand and foot. There is also a full alteration service on the premises and free valet parking.
In the days of online music, this super-sized French Quarter record store is one of only a few record stores remaining in New Orleans. Peaches Records offers patrons a wide variety of jazz, soul, gospel and blues music in addition to the large collection of rap and hip-hop albums. Those looking for local flavor will find a variety of albums by local and regional artists. DJs, collectors and music-lovers are sure to enjoy the wide array of 12-inch vinyl and cassette tapes that Peaches has to offer. - Bethany Culp
The only riverfront shopping and dining experience in the French Quarter, Jackson Brewery or JAX, as it is affectionately called, boasts of more than 100 shops and restaurants offering regional and international food and merchandise. JAX also has many great places to stop for a quick lunch while touring the quarter. This is a great place to bring visitors because of its pristine beauty.
Radiant window displays of jewels and fine metals lure Royal Street shoppers through the door of Currents Fine Jewelry. This French Quarter jewelry shop specializes in original, high-quality pieces. Cases are stocked with traditional pieces in addition to more modern and creative works. Currents Fine Jewelry sets itself apart from other Royal Street jewelry shops with a large collection of Art Deco inspired designs. -Bethany Culp