This building was home to the great William Faulkner while he wrote Mosquitoes and Soldiers Pay. Every shelf at Faulkner House Books is occupied by a great work that is a collectible as well as a literary landmark. This book shop boasts a large collection of first editions by Faulkner himself as well as many other first-rate authors.
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.
From the famed beignets of Cafe Du Monde to the fabulous farmer's/flea market going strong since 1812, this shopping experience incorporates buying, dining and entertainment all within a five block radius of the famous French Quarter. The French Market boundary begins on Decatur Street across from Jackson Square. While you stroll through you may see any number of items, including candy, cookware, spices and mixes, clothes, fresh produce, crafts and toys, memorabilia and even gator-on-a-stick. The Market is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is free for browsing.
Located in the heart of the French Quarter, Cigar Factory is a cigar-lover's dream. Here, you can watch master cigarmakers at work. Among the specialty styles made here are the Plantation Reserve, Tres Hermanos and Vieux Carre. There are tables along the wall so you can sit and smoke or just watch the masters do their work. This is also the only cigar factory in New Orleans, boasting 100% hand-rolled cigars. Cigarmakers are available for special events.
This modern day indoor marketplace is conveniently located close to the Ernest M. Morial Convention Center and the Aquarium of the Americas. This strategic positioning makes it easily accessible to families touring the museum and to businesspersons hoping to quickly pick up some souvenirs during lunch. Riverwalk Market Place is located on the Mississippi River at the junction of Poydras, Canal, and Julia Streets. It is home to 120 stores and restaurants filled with the best gifts, tastes, and styles in New Orleans.
In the heart of the French Quarter, this voodoo shop doubles as a shrine to the famous Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau of New Orleans. Psychic readings, voodoo dolls, statues and altars are the real thing, not found in other touristy spots. Whether you come to the Big Easy for business or pleasure, you can find an original souvenir and even learn a little something of the black arts from around the world at Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo.
Those looking for a bit of flare for the place they call home can find it at Abode. This Metairie home décor and furniture shop carries a variety of pieces, large and small, designed to bring beauty to the home. Abode stocks original artwork, picture frames, home accessories, and gifts. Moreover, they have lines of furniture and draperies that can be custom ordered in the fabric of the buyer's choice. Furniture and accessories are also available at a variety of price points. - Bethany Culp
Staying in line with each season's trends is easy to do for young women who shop at Bella Bella. This Old Metairie boutique stays stocked with each season's most fashionable dresses, skirts, tops and shoes. Whether you're looking for a new wardrobe or a few trendy pieces to bring your styles up to date, this shop has a solution. In stock items range from casual sundresses to sexy cocktail dresses with shoes and accessories to coordinate with any outfit. Bella Bella has three additional boutique locations in Baton Rouge. -Bethany Culp
For more than forty years, Puglia’s Sporting Goods has been outfitting Louisiana’s sportsmen and women with all of the necessary gear for all of the region’s favorite outdoor pastimes. Puglia’s offers a variety of rods, reels and bait for the fishermen; guns, archery gear and attire for the hunter; and boating accessories, boat trailers and life jackets for the boater. Not sure what you need? Don’t hesitate to ask one of Puglia’s trained and knowledgeable staff members for help with selecting the best gear for your next outdoor adventure in sportsman’s paradise. -Bethany Culp
Let your inner artist—and your favorite wine—flow with a class at Metairie’s Cork N Canvas. This educational studio allows budding artists to join a class that will teach them all of the necessary steps and techniques to paint a work of art. Patrons are encouraged to bring their favorite wine or beverage to enjoy while a talented instructor provides the paint, brushes, canvas and step-by-step instructions necessary to complete a painting that can be taken home at the end of the evening. Two-hour classes, three-hour classes and private parties are available. - Bethany Culp