Lake Charles has a variety of shopping plazas and malls to pick up groceries, browse specialty and department stores, catch a movie, or grab a bite to eat. You can make a trip to the grocery store to stock your hotel kitchenette or pick up snacks and sandwiches for a picnic at a local park.

    Department and specialty retailers offer clothing, books, gifts, travel necessities, and much more. There are also several cinemas to enjoy a movie on a cold or rainy day. Here are the 10 best places to go shopping in Lake Charles.


    Prien Lake Plaza

    Shop for necessities at well-known retailers or grab a bite to eat

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    Prien Lake Plaza offers big-name shopping, dining options, and a nail spa. You can find the plaza located just east of the Contraband Bayou Gold Club. You can shop from well-known retailers including Target, Ross Dress for Less, and Bed Bath and Beyond.

    Whether you are searching for necessities you’ve forgotten to pack, groceries, or just passing time, you are sure to find something. If you’re looking for a bite to eat, there are several options to choose from including Chinese, BBQ, Pho, and fast food.

    Location: Lake Charles, LA 70601, USA

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 8 pm


    Charlestown Farmers Market

    Purchase local goods while enjoying live music

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    Charlestown Farmers Market is a wonderful spot to wander around while enjoying locally produced items and live music. The market is located behind the Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center on Bilbo Street and is moved to the first floor of the building in the case of rain.

    You can find a wide variety of locally sourced goods, such as fruits, vegetables, and herbs, meat and eggs, local honey, arts and crafts, and prepared food like gumbo and baked items.

    Location: 1001 Ryan St, Lake Charles, LA 70601

    Open: 24/7

    Phone: +1 337-526-9482


    Hodges Street

    Shop at locally-owned cottage shops and restaurants

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    Hodges Street features a collection of small cottage shops with eclectic locally-owned stores and restaurants. The shops run down Hodges Street from 12th Street to Alamo Street. You can find locally-crafted items at stores like The Little Pearl or Yayi Beads, Gems, and Gallery.

    You can sit down for lunch at Agave Tamale or Crave or stop for a sweet treat at A Piece of Cake. As you stroll through the neighborhood, you are sure to find something that you love.

    Location: Hodges St, Lake Charles, LA, USA


    Lake Charles Power Centre

    Shop from big-name stores and catch a movie

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    Lake Charles Power Centre houses popular stores, a movie theater, and dining, and is a great spot to shop for necessities or pass some time. You can find the center located in southeast Lake Charles just south of Interstate I-210.

    You can shop from a variety of stores including Old Navy, Bath and Body Works, Shoe Carnival, and Wal-Mart Supercenter. You can catch a movie at the United Artists 10 Movie Theater or grab dinner at Outback Steakhouse or Copeland’s Restaurant.

    Location: South of East Prien Lake Drive 3407 Derek Dr, Lake Charles, LA 70607, USA


    Country Club Plaza Shopping Center

    Pick up groceries at a family-owned store and enjoy a restaurant meal

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    Country Club Plaza Shopping Center highlights a family-owned grocery store, nail salon, and several dining options. You can find the plaza located in central Lake Charles on W McNeese Street. Market Basket offers a great bakery and deli to purchase a light meal or snacks from.

    If you are looking for a restaurant to enjoy lunch, you can find pizza, Pho, and Chinese in the center. You can also treat yourself to a manicure or pedicure at Exotic Nails.

    Location: 4429 Nelson Rd, Lake Charles, LA 70605

    Open: Sunday from noon to 6 pm, Monday–Thursday, and Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm, Friday from 9 am to 8 pm


    Southgate Shopping Center

    Shop at specialty stores and pick up groceries

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    Southgate Shopping Center features a grocery store, specialty retailers, nail salon, and several dining options. The center is nestled between Grays Park and Rosedale park on Ryan Street in Lake Charles. Retailers include the family-owned Market Basket grocery, Books-A-Million, Plato’s Closet, Accessory Zone, and Sally Beauty Supply.

    The center also offers a nail salon and several restaurant options. If you are looking for lunch or dinner, you can enjoy pizza, burgers, or wings at the center’s restaurants.

    Location: 2710 Ryan St, Lake Charles, LA 70601

    Open: Tuesday–Thursday from 10 am to 2 pm, Friday from 9 am to 2 pm (closed Saturday–Monday)


    Prien Lake Mall

    Shop from a wide variety of mall retailers, watch a movie, or grab a bite to eat

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    Prien Lake Mall features over 80 stores including fashion apparel, jewelry, and home decor, as well as a cinema and a wide variety of dining options. You will find the mall located on West Prien Lake Road near interstate 210. You can shop at department stores like Dillards and JCPenny as well as specialty stores including Bath and Body Works and the Buckle.

    Cinema 14 is a great place to catch a movie on a rainy day and if you are looking for lunch or dinner, you are sure to find something with numerous Chinese, pizza, and fast-food restaurants.

    Location: 496 W Prien Lake Rd, Lake Charles, LA 7060, USA

    Open: Sunday from noon to 6 pm, Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +1 337-477-7411


    The Corner Gallery Antiques

    Shop and chat about rare antiques with a knowledgeable proprietor

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    The Corner Gallery Antiques is filled with treasures including French antiques, gifts, and fine jewelry. You will find the store located at the intersection of Ryan and Louie Streets. You are sure to be charmed by the owner, Nancy’s friendly smile, and expertise in the many items you will come across including festive lamps, extraordinary rugs, and oil paintings to name a few.

    The store has a separate section dedicated to fine jewelry, and Nancy also offers jewelry design services.

    Location: 2220 Ryan St #7318, Lake Charles, LA 7060, USA

    Open: Wednesday–Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm (closed Sunday–Tuesday)

    Phone: +1 337-436-6444


    Cedar Chest Antiques

    Browse a wide selection of vendor spaces filled with antiques

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    Cedar Chest Antiques is a large store featuring art, furniture, gifts, jewelry, collectibles, crafts, and much more. You will find the store located east of the lake on the corner of Division Street and Ryan Street.

    The 7,000 square foot space is filled with treasures such as charming home decor, fine jewelry, unique gifts, and Rick’s Sign Corner. As you browse the space, you will come across a wide variety of vendor spaces featuring an eclectic mix of antiques.

    Location: 210 Division St, Lake Charles, LA 70601, USA

    Open: Sunday from 11 am to 3.30 pm, Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 337-564-5646


    Gulfway Shopping Center

    Shop for groceries or pick up food to go

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    Gulfway Shopping Center is a great place to stop to restock groceries, grab a quick bite to eat or treat yourself to a manicure or pedicure. You can find the shopping center located on McNeese Street just past the Sheridan Street intersection.

    You can shop at Kroger for snacks and lite bites to stock your studio kitchenette or grab lunch from Subway or Little Caesars to enjoy at a local park. You can also find Rite Aid and Pretty Nails onsite.

    Location: 115 W McNeese St, Lake Charles, LA 70605

    Open: Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm, Monday–Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 337-310-8000


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