New Orleans travel for many includes shopping at the latest and greatest that a city has to offer. New Orleans is no exception.
If you like small shops, antiques, and the like, consider Magazine Street, or Royal Street, or many of the shops in the French Quarter.
If Mall or big-store shopping is more your style, then, when downtown consider these:
Adlers (722 Canal Street New Orleans, (504) 523-5292) is right on Canal Street, near the French Quarter and offers many floors of unique New Orleans items including high-end jewelry, housewares, and other fine items. It is definitely worth a look for the upscale shopper with a modest budget.
New Orleans Travel Tip: Try Adlers for some cool New Orleans-themed items. You will find that it is not that all expensive and the choices are great!
The Shops at Canal Place (333 Canal Street, New Orleans, (504) 522-9200) is perhaps the most vibrant downtown mall at this time. The Riverwalk and The New Orleans Centre were damaged by Katrina and are making a comeback.
New Orleans Travel Tip: Take the elevators to the lobby of the Westin Hotel atop the Shops at Canal Place. Its a great stop for a refreshment and the view of the river and the French Quarter is excellent.
A smaller, but growing, French Quarter Mall is the Jackson Brewery (600 Decatur St # 300, New Orleans, (504) 566-7245.) Most of downtown and the French Quarter is smaller specialty shops. Many in the French Quarter cater to tourists. For local small shops, travel out Magazine Street.
New Orleans Travel Tip: Sit out back of the third floor of the Jackson Brewery for a cool view of the Mississippi River.
If you have transportation consider Lakeside Shopping Center (3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, LA 70002-8447) several miles from downtown.
Further out, consider Esplanade Mall, (1401 W Esplanade Ave Kenner, LA 70065,