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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”