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

No matter which part of the Crescent City you choose, you’ll find a mix of local shops and national brands – usually in the same spot!

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.

Head to H&M (418 N Peters St.) for clothing and accessories for men, women, and children plus housewares. Looking for an incredible deal? Check out United Apparel Liquidators (UAL) at 518 Chartres St. for brand-new designer pieces at unbelievable discounts.

Meyer The Hatter on St. Charles Avenue in downtown New Orleans has been locally owned since 1894. (Photo: Dave Coon via Flickr)

Meyer The Hatter on St. Charles Avenue in downtown New Orleans has been locally owned since 1894. (Photo by Dave Coon via Flickr)

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.

New Orleans offers plenty of opportunities to help you finish up Christmas shopping. (Photo by el_ave via Flickr)

New Orleans offers plenty of opportunities to help you finish up Christmas shopping. (Photo by el_ave via Flickr)

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 in to shops like Fleurty Girl (New Orleans-centric t-shirts and gifts) and Mimi (contemporary women’s clothing and accessories). In addition to clothing, you’ll find plenty of shops for house and home, from West Elm and Discoveries to Perch and Magazine Antique Mall. Replenish your shopping energy with a stop at Sucre for coffee and gelato.

Venture further uptown towards the Riverbend area and explore the locally owned shops along Maple Street and Oak Street. This off-the-beaten path area features cute book shops (Maple Street Book Shop and Blue Cypress Books are both favorites among locals) as well as original Louisiana-inspired jewelry designs at Sarah Ott (7808 Maple St.) and gifts and clever greeting cards at Lionheart Prints (8723 Oak St.).

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 or try a classic Reveillon dinner at our on-site restaurant, Criollo, you can count on a festive holiday at Hotel Monteleone.