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.
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.
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.
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.
This unique shop, run by the Sutton family, offers a wide variety of celebrity memorabilia. The objects presented range from presidential autographs to items belonging to celebrities. Vintage 329 has countless items from great names, such as Julia Roberts and Sting. You never know quite what you'll come across as you peruse the selection at Vintage 329.
This one's for the new age Humphrey Bogarts and Don Juans of the world. This small specialty store has been around since 1974 and is the eccentric smokers' ultimate stop. From collectors pipes, premium cigars and fine tobaccos to lighters and accessories, Payless Pipes stocks it all with passion and pride. Take home a Meerschaum masterpiece, go all out with a collector's dream like the Charatan's seven day set, or Dupont and Colibri lighters for company!
This French antique shop began in Paris, but relocated to New Orleans more than a century ago. A family-owned gallery, French Antique Shop has an international reputation for collecting and selling quality antiques. Its extensive inventory of lighting, furniture, chairs, mirrors and objects of beauty are drawn from both the 18th and 19th Centuries. Pieces are taken from such periods as those of Louis XV, Louis XVI, the Third Empire and Napoleon III. Gold leaf mirrors hang over marble tables that display marble statues. All are lit by bronze and crystal chandeliers fit for a king's castle!
Rothschild's is known as a fourth generation furniture merchandiser and is also a full service jeweler. Items that may be of more interest than the furniture are the antique and custom-made jewelry. They boast over ten thousand square feet to display the English and French furnishings as well as marble mantles and porcelain.
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.
Tarot cards, crystal balls, astrology, numerology and psychic wisdom is what you'll find on the menu here. A New Orleans charm for more than 75 years, Bottom of the Cup Tearoom is no ordinary experience. Esoteric books, hard-to-find metaphysical items, rare crystals, fine jewelery and hand-made gifts crowd their shelves and world-renowned psychics offer their readings here. So be prepared for a soul trip!