10 New Orleans Specialty Boutiques Where You Can Find That Perfect Something

Shopping and travel are a perfect partnership. For travelers, shopping is a way to connect to the local culture, meet “real” people, access hand crafted art and cultural tradition. 

But shopping is more than just that.

For admitted fashionistas, shopping is retail therapy. It soothes jangled nerves, stimulates the senses and gives us a fresh take on how we look and feel in the moment.

Even still, shopping is more than that.

In New Orleans, a hotbed of self-expression since the U.S. shopped Louisiana out from under France for $15 million in 1803, shopping oils our city’s economy, creates jobs and deepens the visitor experience in a profound fashion.  When we shop, we spark growth, of community, culture, and individuals. Whether it’s buying a one of a kind painting from a street artist or picking out a precious gem from an upmarket jewelry store,  retail therapy keeps our economy vital.

The funny thing is, ask a visitor why they come to New Orleans, and food and music usually tops the list.  History, architecture, culture, we have it all here. But shopping? The riches of these assets are less apparent at first blush.  But for those of us in the know,  our shopping opportunities are diverse and vast.



I can't imagine having a BF who wears stylish clothes effortlessly. My guys tend to be more jeans and t-shirts, but perusing the racks of Friend's classic resort meets surf/skate sensibility, I am tempted. The look is clean and aesthetic, but...  Read More



There isn't one way you're supposed to dress in New Orleans, at least if you're a free spirited fashionista. I forget that other cities don't follow this mode, and several times have wound up in places like Philadelphia with a suitcase full of...  Read More



There are plenty of crafty jewelry designers in New Orleans selling fleur-de-lis pendants - which I love, and I have several. But for the times you want to make a right-now statement, there's the groovily named Gogo Borgerding, a designer who...  Read More



Buffalo Exchange is not just your average consignment store. The New Orleans location also has a costume section, outrageous shoe options and consigned sparkly numbers that feel like playing dress up any day of the week. First opened in Tucson...  Read More



Some women can effortlessly throw on jeans along with a lacy chiffon blouse and certain je ne sais quoi accessories and look as put-together as a model on the cover of French Vogue. I am not one of those women. Thankfully, the stylish lassies at...  Read More

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Art should be for everyone. While there's no shortage of amazing art and artists in New Orleans, navigating the many neighborhood sub-cultures and connecting directly with artists can be a challenge. That's the idea behind Where Y'Art Gallery...  Read More

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Fifi Mahony's


You won't know just how fab you'll feel in a cobalt pageboy until you try one on at Fifi Mahoney's on Royal Street. Home to towering pepto-pink bouffant wigs, glittery false eyelashes that put Tammy Faye to shame and bright peacock feather...  Read More

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A standout among New Orleans boutiques and clothing stores, Trashy Diva had its start selling vintage 1940s and '50s fashion, with owner Candice Gwinn adding her own line of reimagined retro classics, outfits you won't see at the local mall,...  Read More



If you're searching for boutiques in New Orleans, Magazine Street should be your first destination, and of the many options you'll find there, Hemline should be at the top of your list. Lines like Trina Turk, Kensie and Nanette Lepore are all...  Read More

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United Apparel Liquidators (U.A.L.) on Chartres is the local location of the original store founded in Hattiesburg, Mississippi back in 1980. Now in three states with multiple locations, including this one in the French Quarter U.A.L. is a...  Read More


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