When it comes to shopping, New Orleans is most known for its specialty boutiques, galleries and artisan nooks. That doesn't mean the city doesn't have a respectable collection of shopping malls and store conglomerates.
Most malls could be anywhere, lacking a sense of place or connection to community. In New Orleans, besides being home to A-list retailers, our collections of shops deliver riverfront views, local art and cultural relevance.
Heading just a few miles outside the city, you can find traditional malls; the kinds with anchor department stores, food courts and movie theaters. Each has their own perks, which you can read about below.
Shopping is an important part of any New Orleans trip. Going store to store, block to block is one way to do it. Other times, you want to be completely immersed inside a store that is filled with other stores, something we contemporaries like to call, a mall.
For international visitors, shopping in New Orleans is a real deal, not only delivering a wide array of treasures at a favorable exchange rate, but tax free shopping at well known retail stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and H&M and hundreds of smaller specialty stores. Just show your passport or current ID, and collect your refund at the airport before you fly home.