Tis the season! Ditch the big malls and chain stores this holiday season and get a gift for everyone on your list at New Orleans' local boutiques and shops. New Orleans is always ranked high among travelers as one of the “Best Cities for Shopping.” This is no surprise, and the city's local shops are sure to have everything you are looking for! Shop local with our guide to New Orleans shopping:
On Magazine Street, stop by Hemline or Jean Therapy for the fashionista in your life. Head to Dirty Coast for a “not-so-touristy” t-shirt, or discover the iconic Mignon Faget. A few blocks away lies Peony, offering a mix of clothing, gifts and curiosities for women.
For the bookworms in your life, head to the Riverbend neighborhood. Home to many eclectic bookstores and home decor shops, Oak Street and the surrounding Riverbend neighborhood is an off-the-beaten path area that locals love and tourists love to discover.
Located near Tulane and Loyola universities, Maple Street Book Shop specializes in new, used and rare books and is a New Orleans institution. A few blocks away, jewelry and accessory designer Sarah Ott serves up locally made, New Orleans-inspired T-shirts, purses, jewelry, scarves and hats.
On Oak Street, be sure to stop by the gallery of world-famous New Orleans artist Frenchy, known for his New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest posters. New and noteworthy, Lionheart Prints opened on Oak Street earlier this year, specializing in hand-lettered greeting cards, cute gifts, stationery and accessories.
For music lovers and record collectors, head over to Domino Sound Record Shack. The Mid-City shop houses an eclectic mix of new and used records including jazz, rock, reggae, punk and world music.
New Orleans is known for its markets, and the best way to get great local goods is to meet the vendors themselves. From farmer's markets to art markets, you can find one open any day of the week. Open seven days a week, the world-famous French Market should be on everyone's list.
The non-traditional Frenchmen Art Market is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. The market opens only at night, every Thursday through Monday on Frenchmen Street and is filled with NOLA-inspired art.