New Orleans is always ranked high among travelers as one of the “Best Cities for Shopping.” This is no surprise, considering the city’s wide-ranging inventory of places to shop. Plus, there are several shopping districts that are colorful attractions in themselves. All of these qualities and more make New Orleans the ideal place to do your holiday shopping.
And even if you can’t visit every place on your list, we’ve got online options to have New Orleans gifts come to you!
Official New Orleans Ornaments, Merchandise and Apparel
Whether you’re in New Orleans or across the country, you can order a little piece of Nola to have with you this Christmas. Visit our online store for Christmas New Orleans Style ornaments, as well as the Official New Orleans merchandise and apparel.
To view this year’s holiday ornaments and other New Orleans merchandise, visit the New Orleans Official Tourism Store’s website.
Window shop (or step inside) as you walk the scenic, historic streets of the Vieux Carre. You will be amazed at the wide selection of art galleries, antique shops, clothing boutiques, souvenirs and other unique French Quarter mercantile establishments and the gift items they carry in their inventories. Bring home Christmas gifts you’re unlikely to find anywhere else.
For a list of suggested shopping destinations in the French Quarter click here.
Also, on the edge of the French Quarter, you’ll find another holiday shopping destination with a little bit of history behind it: the French Market.
Founded in 1791, the French Market is one of the oldest public markets in the country. Within its five blocks of specialty retail shops there is also a community flea market with locally-crafted jewelry, clothing and art. Merchants at small booths, kiosks and tables offer everything under the sun. Plus, you’ll find a number of food vendors within the market in case you need a little extra fuel while you shop.
To learn more about the French Market go to www.frenchmarket.org.
Shops at Canal Place
Adjacent to the French Quarter, The Shops at Canal Place are located in the heart of downtown New Orleans. Here you’ll find wonderful holiday shopping opportunities in a fully enclosed, festive atmosphere, surrounded by Christmas trees and colorful decorations.
Canal Place houses a wide variety of exclusive stores, featuring upscale clothing, jewelry and household items. It’s a one-stop shop for all of your Holiday shopping needs.
Click here for a list of stores in Canal Place or visit their website at www.theshopsatcanalplace.com.
Outlet Collection at Riverwalk
Within walking distance of The Shops at Canal Place, you’ll find the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk, the nation’s first downtown outlet center. With over 75 retailers and restaurants along the Mississippi River you can find your favorite brands, get all your holiday gifts and save money while doing it!
For a full list of stores click here, or visit www.riverwalkmarketplace.com.
There is more to New Orleans’ than just the French Quarter and Canal Street. For holiday shopping, no place outside the French Quarter beats Magazine Street. A six-mile-long stretch of this Garden District and Uptown thoroughfare features some of the best antique stores, art galleries and boutiques to be found anywhere in the city.
South Market District
One of the more recent additions to the New Orleans shopping scene, the South Market District is brimming with cute boutiques, larger retail stores and hip restaurants. Located in the heart of the Central Business District, it has everything you need from fashion-forward finds at Hattie Sparks to lux décor items at Arhaus. Got a sweet tooth? Swing by the bakery counter at Willa Jean and pick up some extra treats to sweeten up your holiday shopping.
Jax Brewery, another iconic New Orleans landmark in the French Quarter, was once the brewing and bottling house of Jax Beer. It is exactly 100 years younger than the French Market, dating from 1891 and operating until the mid 1970s.
Today the converted brewery holds exclusive and distinctive New Orleans shops, as well as nationally known stores. Holiday shoppers will find a wealth of choices on several floors of the beautifully renovated facility, with dozens of shops including ladies ready-to-wear New Orleans art and apparel (look for the crawfish shirts!), Louisiana food products, handcrafted jewelry stores and more.
To find out more about the Jax Brewery visit www.jacksonbrewery.com.
Regardless of where in New Orleans you choose to do your holiday gift shopping, you can’t help but find something for all the special people in your life in this top-ranked city for the shopping experience.