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New Orleans Shopping Guide - where and what to shop and buy

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Shopping in New Orleans - much like exploring its bouncing nightlife and head-spinning live music venues - is a truly unique experience, infused with the city’s vintage charm and wonder. Dotted throughout New Orleans you’ll discover tiny family-run antique and jewelry stores, as well as hip independent art sellers. Fashion lovers can enjoy a range of cool retro boutiques and glitzy designer stores, in both the flea markets and the modern malls.
The French Market

 

 

The French Market spans several blocks alongside the mighty, deep-blue Mississippi River, in the Lower French Quarter. The first thing to see is the vast open-air flea market. Open all year round, the flea market boasts a welcoming community vibe, and its quirky stalls sell everything from art, candles and crafts to Venetian masks and taxidermy. Just around the corner, you’ll stumble onto the farmer’s market. Here, dozens of lively eateries dish up spicy seafood, sugary baked goods, and rejuvenating freshly squeezed juices. With a music stage adding some home-spun charm, you’ll not want to leave.

 

Royal Street

 

 

Situated a block from the buzzing excitement of Bourbon Street’s dizzying live music bars and pitch-perfect buskers, Royal Street is one of the oldest areas of New Orleans, as the Colonial architecture reminds you. Running through the French Quarter, and in keeping with its historic nature, the street is full of large antique stores, overhung by 19th century iron-lace balconies. Inside discover glittery chandeliers, centuries-old silverware, and sparkling accessories - some of the items having once belonged to New Orleans’ most wealthy estates. If antique shopping isn’t your thing, but you’re still seeking something flashy, Royal Street is also home to many fine jewelry stores.

 

Lakeside Shopping Center

 

 

After the mad hustle and bustle of New Orleans’ busy markets and endless store-lined streets, you’ll want a calmer, more conventional shopping experience. Head to the Lakeside Shopping Center, in the north side of town, near the banks of Lake Pontchartrain. Enjoy the wide, spacious walkways, sleek marble floors, and palm-stippled squares, where natural light floods in through the large glass ceilings. There's a wealth of designer stores to browse, or you can ogle sleek electronic gadgets and gizmos. International shoppers also have the pleasant surprise of not having to pay tax.