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.
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.
This large book emporium offers shelves upon shelves of rare, antique and second hand books. There are literally thousands of selections to choose from. If you are a collector of the written word, (regardless of genre) Beckham's Bookshop is a must-stop shop for you. Both dealers and the casual book lover will be delighted at the assortment of first editions and paperback bargains. The large comfortable armchairs will invite you to sit and enjoy a good read. This is not a place that hurries its customers.
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.
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!
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
Fat Tuesdays, is a store where you can get frozen drinks and some snacks to go with it. Frozen drinks can be alcoholic or non-alcoholic, depending on what you like. It's a fine establishment, from where one can take away frozen drinks of many flavors. They cater to parties as well. So brace yourself as you are bound to get a brain freeze.