For many, shopping is one of the chief aspects of travel. Various major cities have specific strips that are especially conducive to shopping, and New Orleans is no different. In this city, it’s Magazine St that is lined with shops with a wide range of goods and souvenirs that visitors can bring home with them.
Magazine St sets itself apart from Canal St and even parts of the French Quarter, which are lined with many tourist trap-type shops that sell typical New Orleans merchandise like graphic T-shirts, shot glasses and refrigerator magnets. While there are some other streets in the city that may rival Magazine, such as Royal St in the French Quarter which is famous for its shops and galleries, Magazine St Uptown truly stands on its own in terms of some of the finer aspects of local shopping.
Magazine St starts at the end of Audubon Park Uptown and curves and stretches all the way downtown to Canal St, where it turns into Decatur St. Decatur is another popular street for shopping, though as mentioned earlier, many of these shops are more for tourists looking for your typical travel souvenirs.
One type of good that Magazine St is known for is its antiques and furniture. With more than 40 shops selling antiques of various types and time periods on or around Magazine, you can find just about anything you’re looking for hopping from store to store. The majority of these shops are located within the 3000 blocks between Washington Ave and Napoleon Ave.
There are more than 50 home décor and gifts shops lining the streets, though that number includes some food and antiques shops. Fleurty Girl (3117 Magazine St) is one of the most popular stores of late, and they sell many locally-inspired T-shirts, fleur de lis jewelry, gifts and home décor. Blue Frog Chocolates (5707 Magazine St) is known for their artisan chocolates and confections, including Mardi Gras and wedding favors.
Clothing, shoes and accessories are another popular Magazine St attraction. You can find anything from funky and trendy fashions to vintage-inspired clothes and accessories, as well as a few upscale thrift stores for those on a budget. You’ll find many local designers featured in these shops as well as other boutiques selling both local and national designers.
And don’t forget that while you’re shopping you can take advantage of the dozens of eateries and bars dotting the strip—some of which are some of the best and most famous in the city. You can find anything from casual gourmet salads and café food to fine dining restaurants with award-winning chefs.
If there are any shoppers—or foodies—in your traveling party, be sure to spend a morning, afternoon or entire day browsing the shops of Magazine St.