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.
The Louisiana Music Factory, which specializes in regional southern music, has a wide selection of all kinds of music. The music factory is particularly well-known for its selection of local music like Cajun and zydeco. Come check out the largest collection of New Orleans music in the world during their annual Jazz Festival.
Whenever you are in New Orleans, for business or pleasure, a must stop is Magazine Street. This is the street that has it all no matter what your shopping needs are. Whatever you're looking for, be it fashion, vintage clothing, children's clothing, shoes, or accessories, Magazine Street is the place to be. When you start to work up an appetite, try seafood, French cuisine, farmer's markets, chocolates, or stop into one of the many bars for a pick-me-up.
No Fleas Market helps shoppers do good with their dollars by donating proceeds from this resale shop's sales to the local area animal shelters. The shop is stocked with secondhand clothing and accessories for the entire family, home décor items, toys and games, pet supplies, furniture and a variety of kitchenware. At the end of each quarter, No Fleas Market donates a portion of the shop's proceeds designated shelters and animal welfare groups. No Fleas Market accepts donations of quality items for resale at the shop during store hours or at Canine Connection and Canine Culture seven days a week. - Bethany Culp
Stand out with a few threads from this unisex shop, which houses vintage clothes with a twist. It's easy to get carried away at Funky Monkey, especially when you dig the vintage look. Sort through heaps of garments; you are bound to wind up with an enviable ensemble if you know how to mix and match. Concert tees share shelf space with a few original designs, glittery '50s tops, flowery '60s skirts and '80s rock-styled rags. A few cheerful Hawaiian shirts and retro swimwear will appeal to the free-spirited. The store is always populated by peppy tourists and locals monkeying around with other stuff on display like wigs, handbags, stockings and shoes. If you should find yourself with a load of duds you are hesitant to wear in public, fear not—there's always Halloween!
Designer styles don't have to break the bank. Designer Discount gives shoppers the opportunity to grab the latest fashions by famous name designers at discounted prices. Additionally, this Metairie shop stocks clothing, shoes, jewelry, and accessories by designers like Diane von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs, Cavalli, and Tory Burch at prices half of those of area competitors. In addition to designer items, Designer Discount shoppers will find black and gold accessories. - Bethany Culp
CVS Pharmacy is a one-stop shop for all your medical needs. Apart from offering prescription medication, the pharmacy also stocks a variety of over the counter medicines, bandages, vitamins, nutrition supplements, skin care and beauty products. The CVS Pharmacy at 800 Canal Street also boasts a photo lab and offers immunizations without the hassle of visiting a hospital or clinic. Although the store is usually open until midnight, the pharmacy closes by 8p on weekdays and 6p on weekends so be sure to plan your visit accordingly.
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
Jewelry, furniture, knick knacks, time pieces and other artifacts from a bygone era are available for sale in this haven for art dealers and connoisseurs. If you're a collector or would simply like that perfect boudoir set, then this is where you need to look. The helpful staff will make your treasure hunt easy and exciting.
Literary treasures line the shelves and stacks at Librairie Book Shop. From its French Quarter location, just steps from St. Louis Cathedral, this book shop stocks a large collection of secondhand books. While the collection at Librairie Book Shop is vast, the shop specializes in rare and hard to find collectibles in addition to fiction and non-fiction works with a spotlight on New Orleans and the region. Knowledgeable staff is always standing by to help you find just what you’re looking for. -Bethany Culp
Opened since 2001, this candy and and chocolate shop sells great items, often with a regional flair. There is a wide variety of candy, including Praline Pecans, Toffee, Rocky River Road, Caramel Pecan Tortues and much more. Whether you want to find a treat for yourself or a gift for a friend, Southern Candymaker offers a southern spin to desserts.