New Orleans is the home of incredible arts, music, antiques, and other cultural memorabilia. There are tons of places to shop all within walking distance of your hotel. Here are a few places you might want to check out:
For shopping, dining or just a casual stroll, no place in New Orleans is quite like Magazine Street. This six-mile-long stretch from the Garden District to Uptown features some of the best antique stores, art galleries, craft shops and boutiques to be found anywhere in the city.
For generations Magazine Street has attracted business and visitors for many different purposes. It was originally named for a “magazin,” a warehouse that was built in the late 1700s to house products awaiting export. Today Magazine Street features a range of historic architecture – from the large columned Greek Revival style of the mid-19th century, to the colorful Victorian cottages trimmed in quirky gingerbread millwork. Its variation of architectural styles, in addition to the endless amount of shops and dining venues, has made Magazine Street is a hot spot for locals and visitors alike.
Specialty coffee shops on Magazine offer free wifi and outdoor tables for people-watching and casual conversation. Within easy walking distance, you’ll find everything from tiny espresso bars to some of New Orleans most popular coffee brands.
Restaurants feature cuisines ranging from traditional Creole to Vietnamese, Indian, or Columbian, and everything in between. Visitors can choose between some of the city’s finest restaurants or opt for a more casual dining experience, with selections like gourmet hotdog stands and food trucks. There are also a number of bars and nightclubs along the stretch, offering a wide variety of live music, from traditional jazz and brass bands to indie rock and hip hop.
As locals will tell you, it is the antiques and artwork that draw aficionados to Magazine Street. Whether you are looking for fine China, used and new books, jewelry, ornate furniture, or other 19th and early 20th century home furnishings – you’ll find it on Magazine Street. And if you’re looking for art pieces to take home with you, a wide selection of galleries are open for business, offering paintings, sculptures and other artistic media.
One block over from Bourbon Street is the French Quarter’s more refined and elegant epicenter of local art. Royal Street is an eye-pleasing mix of classy antique shops, boutiques, fine jewelry stores, colorful art galleries and world-class hotels and restaurants.
It is no wonder tourists and locals alike flock to Royal Street when they want a real New Orleans experience. Some of the most picturesque and frequently photographed buildings and iron lace balconies – many of which date back to the 18th and 19th centuries – are along the 13-block stretch of Royal between Canal Street and Esplanade Avenue. World-class restaurants with scenic courtyards – containing bubbling sculptured fountains and colorful gardens – offer a pleasant, shady getaway from the excitement of Bourbon Street. These beautiful courtyards are an important part of the architecture that gives the French Quarter its iconic charm and they can be found at every turn on Royal Street.
Art galleries on Royal Street contain sculptures, paintings and mixed media from artists who are on par with the best of New York, San Francisco and other art meccas, including the late George Rodrigue and his internationally renowned “Blue Dog” paintings. For antiques, it would be hard to find a better place to shop anywhere in this country. Many of the contents of New Orleans’ most elegant estates of the 19th and 20th centuries are for sale there. Exquisite crystal chandeliers, ornate hand-carved furniture, fine silver, jewelry, other table settings and so much more are there for the collector or those looking to decorate their homes or businesses.
Restaurants – Brennan’s, Mr. B’s, Court of the Two Sisters, Pere Antoine’s and more – are internationally renowned for their creative Old World and New Orleans-flavored cuisine. At certain hours of the day, street musicians and performers are on hand to entertain you, while fine artists exhibit samples of their work in public view.
Experience a world of wonderful shopping opportunities at The Shops at Canal Place, located at the foot of Canal Street. Canal Place is home to many exclusive stores, featuring upscale clothing and home items. See below for a list of stores. Located in the center is a four-star hotel, The Westin New Orleans Canal Place, with one of the most magnificent views of the Mississippi River, an elegant restaurant, and exquisite banquet and ballrooms.
On-site parking is covered and available at hourly and daily rates. A food court is located on the third floor for quick dining. The Theatres at Canal Place, also located on the third floor, showcases current movies. Visit The Shops at Canal Place and wander through its lush atrium with festive seasonal decorations, and experience New Orleans most exclusive shopping destination.