Explore New Orleans

10 Stores You Have to Step Into in New Orleans

Hot shops and cool buys

New Orleans has long served as a Southern shopping mecca. You’ll find dozens and dozens—and dozens—of great stores to explore around the city. Here are 10 of our favorites to get you started.

Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights

The shop: Bevolo has four French Quarter locations. You’ll see its handcrafted copper lanterns being made at 316 Royal Street, and find equally elegant home accessories just next door.
The get: Can’t fit a gas light in the overhead bin? Take home a New Orleans map-embossed oyster-shell ornament instead.

Emma's Oysters Bevolo New Orleans
Bevolo’s oyster ornaments are rimmed in gold leaf and inlaid with a map of the city. (©Emma's Oysters)

The Cajun Hatter

The shop: The cypress-tree knees rising from the floor and depictions of small-town New Iberia dotting the walls hint at self-made milliner Colby Hébert’s Cajun country roots.
The get: Custom-made “swamp chic” headwear, incorporating natural elements such as alligator skin, beaver felt and rabbit fur.

The Cajun Hatter New Orleans
Each of Hebért’s custom creations is purposely aged and distressed. (©The Cajun Hatter)

Dirty Coast

The shop: This popular T-shirt shop serves as a keeper of Crescent City culture. NOLA-centric books, greeting cards, soaps (Spanish moss, seersucker), candles and enamel pins (Sazeracs, po’boys) make easy-to-pack souvenirs.
The get: Select T-shirt designs are also available on canvas.

Dirty Coast New Orleans
Dirty Coast’s T-shirt designs also double as wall art. (©Shawn Fink)

Krewe

The shop: Its plain white walls and minimalist décor provide the perfect backdrop for designer Stirling Barrett’s way-cool eyewear. Chill with complimentary “frosé,” while choosing which style best fits your face.
The get: Barrett’s signature St. Louis collection was inspired by the city’s wrought-iron balconies.

Krewe New Orleans
Cool, clean and contemporary, Krewe’s store is reflective of Barrett’s eyewear. (©Krewe)

M.S. Rau

The shop: One of the city’s oldest antiques dealers also ranks as one of the nation’s largest. At 25,000 square feet, it’s easy to spend hours exploring the stellar collection of 18th- and 19th-century art, jewelry and collectibles.
The get: Searching for a circa-1820, English mahogany dining table that seats 32? You’ll find it here.

M.S. Rau Antiques New Orleans
Tiffany silver tennis trophy? Check. Concealed-dagger walking sticks? Sure thing. A rutilated quartz rhinoceros and a 6.47-carat emerald ring? Right this way. Opulent and over-the-top? Look no further than M.S. Rau. (©M.S. Rau Antiques)

Madame Aucoin Perfume

The shop: The legacy of Madame Mamie O. Aucoin, “the oldest perfumer in the South,” lingers on, thanks to her great-grandnephew, Joseph Caillouet, who recently reopened the shop in her former French Quarter residence.
The get: Artisanal fragrances for both sexes, such as Ormonde Jayne and Eight & Bob.

Madame Aucoin Perfume New Orleans
Caillouet is working on reformulating Aucion’s original collection of fragrances from century-old bottles. (©Doug Brantley)

NOLA Boards

The shop: This small space overflows with “functional art”—i.e, handcrafted cutting and serving boards fashioned from local woods—along with hand-carved spoons, wine-bottle holders and regionally sourced edible items (honey, bitters, etc.).
The get: The Wild CHOP-itoulas board, made from sinker cypress walnut, maple and cherry.

NOLA Boards New Orleans
Rachel Ray named NOLA Boards her most-wanted holiday gift item in 2015. (©NOLA Boards)

Peaches Records

The shop: Located in a former Woolworth’s still with its original luncheonette counter, this long-popular vinyl vendor also offers cassettes, CDs and occasional in-store performances.
The get: Records, of course, both new and vintage, along with offbeat gift items like Big Freedia prayer candles.

Peaches Records New Orleans
Musician Devon Allman (son of Gregg) visits with Peaches proprietor Shirani Rea. (©Peaches Records)

Queork

The shop: What started with the purchase of a dog collar while on vacation in Portugal has morphed into an eco-conscious industry, now with offshoots in Florida and New Mexico.
The get: Anything fashioned from cork—bags, shoes, aprons, umbrellas, jewelry…and, yes, even dog collars.

Queork
What to get someone who has everything? Anything from Queork. (©Shawn Fink)

Tasc

The shop: Seersucker may be synonymous with Southern summer style, but this local, family-owned company is fast redefining the idea of Crescent City cool with its line of bamboo-blend “elevated essentials for everyday comfort.”
The get: Easygoing active wear “for every day, every shape and every activity.”

Tasc New Orleans
Tasc gear is both innovative and environmentally friendly, with 90 percent of energy used to produce the sustainable apparel derived from renewable sources. (©Tasc)