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GoNOLA Tops: Magazine Street Specialty Shops

Magazine Street is a shopper's paradise (Photo: Zack Smith)

New Orleans is known for many things – unique restaurants, unique residents, unique architecture, and unique food. Specialized shops are no exception to that rule, particularly on Magazine Street.

Always filled with both locals and visitors alike, Magazine Street contains six miles of shopping, dining, and historical architecture. Among the businesses found along the stretch are a few specialty shops – stores that have a specific focus, yet don’t fit into other shopping categories. We’ve picked a few of our favorites, offering unique toys, products, and more that you can only find on Magazine Street. 

Verdure has a selection of olive oils, balsamic vinegars, and seasonings from all over the world (Photo: Adriana Lopez)

Verdure Olive Oil Company

3634 Magazine St.

At first, you may wonder what olive oil exists beyond the grocery store brand EVOO. However, if you dream it, it can be found at Verdure Olive Oil Co. The Magazine Street shotgun offers a variety of olive oils with unique and authentic flavors from around the world, as well as balsamic vinegars straight from Italy. You can also find specialty seasonings and flavored pastas on their shelves. Then, put those gourmet purchases to use in a delicious recipe.

The French Library

3811 Magazine St.

The French Library is a French bookstore catered to children. However, beyond just books, the beautifully decorated shop has become a place for children and parents to spend time gathering, reading, and making new friends. The communal space has nooks for reading, hanging benches for lounging, and tables for gathering or studying. The French Library also offers events such as tea parties, study halls, and story time, as well as birthday parties. Be sure to check out the most beautiful collection of French toys, gifts, and decor for sale.

Nadeau Furniture With Soul (Photo: Adriana Lopez)

Nadeau Furniture with a Soul

2728 Magazine St.

Nadeau Furniture features two floors of handcrafted wood furniture from India and Indonesia. Each piece is unique and inventory is constantly changing, so don’t pass up the opportunity to make a purchase because it could be gone the next day. The store offers a variety of pieces from coffee tables and credenzas that range in a variety of different colors and fits any design aesthetic.

Magic Box Toys

5508 Magazine St.

Small, locally-owned toys stores like Magic Box Toys are hard to find these days. With the convenience of online shopping, people often sacrifice the experience of seeing their children scour the shelves of books, dolls, and blocks, or even testing out a race car before committing to it. Magic Box offers a variety of toys that range from unique to the most popular games of the moment. There’s always a great selection of dolls, books, arts and craft kits, trains, and dress up outfits, just to name a few.

The Bead Shop has the largest selection of beads and beading supplies in the city, complete with a place for visitors to get crafty with their purchases (Photo courtesy of The Bead Shop)

The Bead Shop

4612 Magazine St.

The Bead Shop has the best selection of jewelry making supplies and beads in the New Orleans area. Their bead selection ranges from charms to sterling to glass and more. Besides just offering the supplies to create new jewelry, their specialists are available to help you create or even fix a necklace you already own. The Bead Shop also offers a space to create, as well as jewelry making classes for adults and children throughout the week. Classes are announced on social media weekly.

Potsalot Pottery

3818 Magazine St.

Potsalot sells functional and beautiful pieces made by award-winning potters Alex and Cindy Williams. The store has a variety of pieces that range from kitchen items to bigger works, such as sinks and sculptures. Owning one of these pieces guarantees that you have an item that is functional, unique, and beautiful.

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