10 Best Spots for Yuletide Shopping in New Orleans

Christmas time is a great time to be in the city of New Orleans, where shopping opps abound and a thriving artists' community creates truly one of a kind gifts. 

Whether you are venturing down Royal, strolling the Garden District or have taken the streetcar Uptown, there is a shop on this list that will have the perfect gift. Buying jewelry for that special someone? Need a Mardi Gras mask for face or wall? How about a culinary antique that will delight the cocktail lover? There are art markets held just about every weekend, as well as two permanent markets, The French Market and the Frenchmen Art Market open year-round for savvy shoppers. 

It's all here and more, as New Orleans gets into the holiday spirit with a festive groove on. T'is the season for carolers to sing in the Square and trees and windows asparkle with seasonal bling.  Whether you're shopping for gifts or presents for yourself, these 10 stores deliver the goods.

New Orleans is great for Christmas shopping because so many local artists create wonderful crafts and artwork that you couldn't find anywhere else in the world.  Oyster earrings, New Orleans street tiles, water meter replicas and hand-stitched hats and tutus await as you head for the indy stores.

French Quarter

Faulkner House Books is a full service new and used book store located in the French Quarter in a property where William Faulkner himself penned his first novel. The store specializes in literature unique to the city and by authors who lived or...  Read More

Owned and operated by glass and metal artist Arden Stewart, Nuance offers handmade Louisiana crafts in the Riverbend section of uptown. Pottery, blown glass, unique jewelry and fleur de lys mementos line the inside of the cute little shop....  Read More

French Quarter
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This fascinating shop specializes in culinary antiques, from antique china and silver settings to rustic farmhouse implements and accoutrements for the ritualistic serving of absinthe. There is vintage barware galore, cookbooks of all kinds,...  Read More

French Market

Originally a Choctaw trading post, the French Market dates back to 1791, one of the oldest documented farmer's market in America. Organized like a giant swap meet, you can find inexpensive silver jewelry, $5 sunglasses, stuffed animals for the...  Read More

Fleurty Girl is an popular clothing store with many locations in New Orleans (Magazine St. and the French Quarter among others). Their main specialty is screen printed tees that feature New Orleans witticisms, cliches and pop culture references...  Read More

Razzle Dazzle is located on famed shopping street Royal in the French Quarter, bling central and home to all kinds of New Orleans-centric eye candy.. The storefront is known for the elaborate vignettes that fill the windows, beckoning passersby...  Read More

Southern Food and Beverage Museum
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Come to this long awaited museum along Central City's Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard and find a cavernous new 16,000-square-foot space with an ambitious mission. The museum is home to an exhibition kitchen in the rear, a soon to open restaurant,...  Read More

Frenchmen Art Market
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A beacon of locally made art and jewelry on Frenchmen Street since 2013, this evening market is open from Thursday through Sunday from 7 pm to midnight or 1, depending on the crowds. Right next door to the Spotted Cat and in the heart of the...  Read More

Historic New Orleans Collection
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A must for lovers of the city and for history buffs, the Historic New Orleans Collection connects the dots in more than three centuries of New Orleans lore. Don't miss a stop at The Shop at the Collection, the perfect spot to get unique, local...  Read More

Bon Castor
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Bon Castor, which means "by hand," is the funky vision of Amy Knoll, who opened her New Orleans shop in the Bywater in March 2012. Situated in the 3200 block, along a hopping stretch of Burgundy, next to the wonderful Webb's Music, restaurant...  Read More


Meet Beth D'Addono

Beth D'Addono is a food and travel writer obsessed with flavor, exploring cultures, street music and the city of New Orleans.

After spending years flying in regularly to research stories,...  More About Beth

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