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 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.
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
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.
Twenty-four hours a day, Verti Marte caters to the needs of hungry revelers on a budget. This French Quarter market and deli stocks a variety of grocery items in addition to operating a kitchen that never closes. Step up to the counter to order an affordable breakfast plate, daily special or signature Po-Boy. Po-Boy purists can select from traditional varieties like hot roast beef or fried shrimp, while the adventurous, and hungry, can order the All that Jazz - a French bread loaf stuffed with fried shrimp, turkey, ham, mushrooms, tomatoes and several types of cheese. If you can't make your way to Verti Marte, take advantage of the market's free delivery. -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.
Every Saturday morning the Crescent City Farmers Market opens up at New Orleans' historic Warehouse District. Here you will the best in fresh local produce, seafood, baked goodies and lots more. Come to shop and stay back and enjoy the music performances by local musicians, cooking demonstrations, or just chat with the local farmers, chefs and fishermen present here. During the rains, the market shifts inside the building adjacent to the parking lot.