Locals and tourists alike are drawn to the French Quarter of New Orleans for its charm, beautiful architecture and highly eclectic retail stores. It’s worth venturing downtown to do some shopping in the French Quarter, as you’ll discover many unique finds, from jewelry to gift items to great deals on clothes. During the spring, New Orleans is abuzz with excitement, and this is no exception when it comes to the vibrant French Quarter. With French Quarter Fest just a few weeks away, we’ve put together a comprehensive French Quarter shopping guide to help you get started exploring our beloved Vieux Carre!
For one stop shopping, the French Quarter offers a variety of shopping centers and malls. For a mix of upscale shops and restaurants, stop by The Shops at Canal Place, which features Anthropologie, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Jeantherapy, lululemon athletica, Michael Kors, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany & Co. and many more retailers.
New Orleans gets one more upscale shopping experience downtown when The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk opens May 22, just steps from the French Quarter. For local art, flea market finds and fresh produce daily, head to the French Market.
Fashion for Everyone
Indulge your designer desire at a fraction of the cost at UAL (United Apparel Liquidators). This boutique has been around for over 20 years and has developed quite the loyal following. Style bloggers and avid shoppers alike enjoy the selection of name brands at this fantastic institution.
What’s old is new again at Revival Outpost, which features a carefully curated selection of hip vintage and gently used clothing for men and women. Meanwhile, Prima Donna’s Closet & Lagniappe for Men offer pre-loved designer clothing on consignment.
H&M – 418 North Peters Street
John Fluevog Shoes – 321 Chartres Street
Italy Direct – 631 Royal Street
Perlis – 600 Decatur Street #104
Pop City – 940 Decatur Street
Prima Donna’s Closet & Lagniappe for Men – 927 Royal Street
Red Lantern – 824 Royal Street
Revival Outpost – 234 Chartres Street
UAL United Apparel Liquidators – 518 Chartres Street
Urban Outfitters – 400 N Peters Street
One of the most popular boutiques in the city (and along the Southeast region), Hemline was started in New Orleans over a decade ago and it’s still going strong with over 15 locations between here and Nashville. Hemline carries everything from Free People and French Connection to Show Me Your Mumu and a stellar shoe collection featuring staples from Sam Edelman and more.
For retro loving ladies, Trashy Diva is your one-stop shop for vintage inspired fashions. What began in 1996 as a vintage clothing shop in the French Quarter has expanded to seven New Orleans locations offering locally-designed clothing, plus shoes, corsets, lingerie, jewelry and accessories.
California Drawstrings – 812 Royal Street
Feet First – 526 Royal Street
Fifi Mahony’s – 934 Royal Street
Fleur de Paris – 523 Royal Street
Hemline – 609 Chartres Street
Hoi Polloi – 330 Chartres Street
Lost and Found – 323 Chartres Street
Queork – 607 Dumaine Street
Sweet Pea & Tulip Boutique – 618 Chartres Street
Trashy Diva Clothing – 537 Royal Street
Trashy Diva Corsets & Lingerie – 831 Chartres Street
Trashy Diva Shoes – 839 Chartres Street
Violet’s – 818 Chatres Street
The Voluptuous Vixen – 818 Chartres Street
Just steps from the French Quarter lies classic men’s clothier Jos. A. Bank. What better to pair with your new seersucker suit than a fine fedora? Meyer the Hatter has been offering a huge selection of fine quality hats and caps since 1894, while Goorin Bros. Hat Shop is a recent addition to the menswear scene in the French Quarter.
Bevolo Gas & Electric Lighting has been a French Quarter institution since 1945; you can’t walk through the Quarter without seeing their iconic copper lamps lighting up the streets. For unique collectibles and home decor, visit Cameron Jones and Nadine Blake.
The French Quarter and surrounding areas offer a bounty of locally handcrafted goods. Dutch Alley Artist’s Co-Op and Rhino Contemporary Crafts Co. feature a variety of artists under one roof, while Fleurty Girl carries the work of many local artists in addition to their own New Orleans inspired line of t-shirts. On weekend evenings, head over to Frenchmen Street for the Frenchmen Art Market, where you can meet the artists themselves.
Blue Alligator Designs – 528 St. Peter Street
Dutch Alley Artist’s Co-Op – 912 N. Peters
Fleurty Girl – 632 St Peter Street
Frenchmen Art Market – 619 Frenchmen Street
Rhino Contemporary Crafts Co. – 333 Canal Street, Canal Place, 2nd Floor
The Copper Goat – 1132 Decatur Street
The Green Eyed Gator Gallery – 901 Chartres Street
Milk Studio – 1309 Decatur Street
Antiques, Jewelry & Vintage
For upscale antique shopping, fine jewelry and art galleries, Royal Street is the place to be. M.S. Rau Antiques is world renowned for its American and European antiques and objets de’art. The epitome of style and luxury meet at Wellington & Company. This one-of-a-kind jewelry retailer features everything from Tacori to vintage and heirloom pieces to Rolex watches.
Flea market fans will enjoy perusing the weird and wonderful finds at David’s Found Objects, Greg’s Antiques, and Le Garage, all on Decatur Street near the French Market. For retro jewelry straight out of your grandma’s closet, check out The Bakelite Lady and Trashy Diva Vintage & Accessories.
Antiques De Provence – 623 Royal Street
The Bakelite Lady – 818 Royal Street
Bijou NOLA – 635 St. Peter Street
David’s Found Objects– 1319 Decatur Street
Greg’s Antiques – 1209 Decatur Street
La Petit Fleur – 534 Royal Street
Le Garage Antiques and Clothing – 1234 Decatur Street
Lucullus – 610 Chartres Street
M.S. Rau Antiques – 630 Royal Street
Sterling Silvia – 41 French Market Place
Trashy Diva Vintage & Accessories – 829 Chartres Street
Wellington & Company – 505 Royal Street
Gifts, Flowers, Stationery, Etc.
Artist Market & Bead Shop is a total hidden gem near the French Market side of the French Quarter. They have everything an artist could want from beading and art supplies to already crafted gift items. Crafters should also visit The Quarter Stitch for knitting and needlework accoutrement.
For a personalized gift idea, have Bourbon French Parfums create a custom fragrance blend just for you. They’ve been doing so for over 170 years.
Artist Market & Bead Shop – 85 French Market Place; 1228 Decatur Street
Aunt Sally’s – 810 Decatur Street
Bourbon French Parfums – 805 Royal Street
Earth Odyssey – 306 Chartres Street
Flora Savage – 1301 Royal Street
Forever New Orleans – 700 Royal Street
French Quarter Gem & Lapidary – 527 St. Phillip Street
Hove Parfumeur, Ltd. – 434 Chartres Street
Papier Plume – 842 Royal Street
The Quarter Stitch – 629 Chartres Street
Santa’s Quarters – 1025 Decatur Street
Southern Candymakers – 1010 Decatur Street
Tommy’s Flowers – 533 St Louis St
The French Quarter offers an abundance of quaint little bookshops. Faulkner House Books, which specializes in fine literature and rare editions, has been called by some “America’s most charming book store”. Kitchen Witch is a gem featuring food-centric rare, hard to find, out of print and pre-owned books and cookbooks.
New Orleans is home to a variety of locally owned record stores. (We’re a music loving town, after all.) Independently owned and operated for over 30 years, Louisiana Music Factory specializes in traditional Jazz, Cajun, Zydeco and blues from South Louisiana. Peaches Records and Skully’z Recordz also offer a wide assortment of music in an indie setting.
Children’s Clothes & Toys
Those in search of funkier fashions should venture past Jackson Square, and head to Lower Decatur (so called because this end of the French Quarter is further down-river). You’ll find goth and rock n’ roll styles at Kulture Vulture, Roadkill and Wicked Orleans.
Hex Old World Witchery – 1219 Decatur Street
Kruz, An Ethnic Boutique – 423 Barracks Street
Kulture Vulture – 523 Dumaine Street
Roadkill – 903 Decatur Street
Voodoo Authentica – 612 Dumaine Street
Wicked Orleans – 1201 Decatur Street