Why not minimize your Christmas to-do list by working in some holiday shopping during your visit to New Orleans?

Our French Quarter neighborhood abounds with unique locally-owned boutiques, art galleries, and antique shops. Want to venture out? There are plenty of boutiques, gift shops, and specialty stores in neighborhoods across the Crescent City. The best part? A large majority of the shops in each neighborhood are located near each other, so you can knock out a huge chunk of your holiday shopping in one fell swoop.

Take a look at our New Orleans shopping guide to find the best gifts to bring back home.

Take a stroll along Royal Street where you'll find some of the most interesting shops the French Quarter has to offer. (Photo: La Citta Vita via Flickr)

Take a stroll along Royal Street where you’ll find some of the most interesting shops the French Quarter has to offer. (Photo by La Citta Vita via Flickr)

French Quarter Shopping

Our location in the French Quarter provides our guests with prime access to incredible holiday shopping opportunities. On foot, you’ll be able to visit several of the most sought-after shops in the city, all while admiring the beautiful architecture and festive holiday décor of the French Quarter.

Step out of our front doors and you’ll be on Royal Street, which is lined with upscale antique shops, interesting art galleries, and funky clothing boutiques.

Locally owned clothing boutique Trashy Diva specializes in retro-inspired looks for women. Head to their dress shop (537 Royal St.) or lingerie shop (712 Royal St.) to find a vintage inspired look perfect to wear while sipping classic cocktails at The Carousel Bar & Lounge. If you’re looking for locally-designed New Orleans gifts, check out Fleurty Girl at 632 St. Peter St. Fleurty Girl has an assortment of fun, New Orleans-themed apparel and home accessory options for everyone in your family. Or check out the quirky New Orleans graphic tees, hats, and enamel pins at Dirty Coast Press (713 Royal St.). There is also Krewe du Optic (809 Royal St.), a New Orleans influenced high-end eyewear brand with a very diverse collection of styles.

There are plenty of big box options in the French Quarter as well. Head to H&M (418 N Peters St.) for clothing and accessories for men, women, and children plus housewares. Their N. Peters Street neighbors? Vans, Urban Outfitters,and Sephora. Looking for an incredible deal? Check out United Apparel Liquidators (UAL) at 518 Chartres St. for brand-new designer pieces at unbelievable discounts.

Bring home a new pair of New Orleans shades at Krewe du Optic. (Photo by Krewe du Optic via Facebook)

Downtown & CBD Shopping

The nearby downtown and CBD neighborhoods offer plenty of shopping opportunities. Head to The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk to browse outlets from Nordstrom Rack, Gap, Coach, Neiman Marcus Last Call, and more.

Downtown also houses The Shops at Canal Place. You’ll find a mix of national stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, J.Crew, and Anthropologie alongside local New Orleans shops like Mignon Faget and Jean Therapy. Canal Place also features a movie theater with in-seat meal service — who needs dinner and a movie when you can have dinner in a movie?

Looking for an only-in-New-Orleans shopping experience? Stop by Meyer The Hatter (120 St. Charles Ave.) to get outfitted by one of the oldest and largest hat stores in the country. This expansive store has been in business since 1894.

While you’re exploring this downtown neighborhood, pay a visit to the new South Market District where you’ll find independently owned gift shops like Hattie Sparks alongside hip restaurants such as Willa Jean.

Uptown and Magazine Street Shopping

The Uptown neighborhood of New Orleans features lots of ways to shop for unique souvenirs and gifts. As you explore the extensive variety of shopping along Magazine Street, you’ll have the chance to pop into neighboring women’s’ boutiques, Monomin (2104 Magazine St.) and Grandmother’s Buttons (2105 Magazine St.), or head a few blocks down to Lionheart Prints (3312 Magazine St.) and peruse their humourous gift card section and art print offerings.

Continue down Magazine and check out the upscale women’s clothing store, Pilot / Powell (3901 Magazine St.), in case you’re looking to spoil the ladies in your life. There’s also the locally-owned fitness apparel brand, tasc Performance (4308 Magazine St.), which specializes in bamboo-based workout clothes.

Treat the men on your list to New Orleans’ favorite locally-owned fitness line. (Photo by tasc Performance via Facebook)

 

Venture further uptown towards the Riverbend area and explore the locally owned shops along Maple Street.This off-the-beaten-path area features original Louisiana-inspired jewelry from Sarah Ott (7808 Maple St.) and stylish women’s looks at Gae-Tana’s (7732 Maple St.).

How about a little New Orleans-inspired arm candy from Sarah Ott? (Photo via SarahOtt.com)

Where To Stay While You Shop

Once you’re finished shopping, head back to our hotel for a relaxing evening. Whether you experience live jazz music at The Carousel Bar & Lounge or try a classic Reveillon dinner at our on-property restaurant, Criollo, you can count on a festive holiday at Hotel Monteleone.