Enjoying a dose of nostalgia is easy in New Orleans with its many historic buildings, museums, and the streetcar. The city is also notable for its numerous antique shops, which are especially prolific in the French Quarter along Royal Street and Magazine Street. The quality of these shops and galleries is evident in that customers often feel like they have been transported in both time and place — either to an eighteenth century French palace or to their grandmother’s house. Whether you are a window shopper, an antiques novice, or a learned collector, antiquing makes for a fun day out in the city. Get started by visiting some of the places on our list.
Royal Street (and nearby)
Antiques de Provence — This quaint antique shop transports those who enter into an alternate time period. Antiques de Provence specializes in seventeenth and eighteenth century French antiques. The shop is well known for its olive jars, fountains, mirrors and trumeaux, and beautiful furniture fit for a palace. Prices vary, but are on the higher end. 623 Royal St.
M.S. Rau — You might mistake this well-curated antique gallery for a museum— but the pieces are for sale. Recognized internationally, M.S. Rau features select antiques originally produced by names such as Tiffany & Co., sixteenth through twenty-first century paintings and sculptures by artists like Monet, and rare and high-end jewelry. Though the items in this fine gallery cost a pretty penny, visitors can admire the shop at no charge and even request to visit the secret room where all the best items are on display. 630 Royal St.
Keil’s Antiques — First opened in 1899, Keil’s Antiques features exquisite eighteenth and nineteenth century English and French antiques. Its floors are covered in high-quality furniture including heavy wooden armoires, secretaries, and sideboards with intricate carving details. Its ceilings are clustered with bronze, brass, and iron chandeliers. Prices range, though these fine items are not cheap. 325 Royal St.
Secondline Art & Antiques — This 8,000 square foot shop is open late and makes for a fun evening adventure after dinner or drinks in the Quarter. Secondline’s items rotate, but they generally carry furniture (and currently feature Mid Century Modern), stained glass windows, and vintage clothes. Prices range, but there is something for everyone. 1209 Decatur St.
Balzac Antiques — Emphasizing European antiques, Balzac curates various decorative objects, beautiful exotic light fixtures, and hand-painted furniture. Styles include Rococo, Neoclassical, Empire, Decoupage, Louis XVI and many more. Prices at Balzac, while typically steep, reflect the high-quality items sold. 3506 Magazine St.
British Antiques — Though chock-full of gorgeous antiques, British Antiques is a bit of a less formal environment. Smaller pieces abound such as vintage frames, silver pieces (including baby spoons), china, canes, and books, but larger pieces, including furniture, are also for sale. Prices vary. 5415 Magazine St.
Empire Antiques — The collection at Empire Antiques focuses on seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth century antiques with styles ranging from form to provincial. On offer is brilliant emerald and diamond jewelry, painted tables, and armchair pairs covered in rich fabrics with price tags to match.
3617 Magazine St.
Magazine Antique Mall — A casual environment to browse antique and vintage items, Magazine Antique Mall has been a stalwart of the Magazine antiques scene for years. Its selection is eclectic, and while this is not the place to necessarily find a seventeenth century sideboard, it does boast smaller antiques and knickknacks such as antique keys, vintage jewelry, artwork, stained glass windows, ceramic figurines, and more. This is the place where everyone can find something to take home. 3017 Magazine St.