10Best New Orleans malls for brand name retail therapy

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 most of us 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.  

French Market


The French Market is six-block-long bustling, open air shopping center that can hold as many as 220 vendors on a busy day. You can shop for local art, t-shirts and hats and all things Mardi Gras while enjoying New Orleans street music and the...  Read More



The Oakwood Shopping Center is in Gretna, a quick drive over the Crescent City Connection, the bridge that takes you to the West Bank of the Mississippi. It's not as big as some of the other malls on this list, but that can be a blessing in...  Read More



New Orleans isn't littered with malls directly in the city center. To get to the North Shore Square Mall, you have to take a drive over beautiful Lake Pontchartrain into nearby Slidell. This mall has more than 600,000 sq. ft. of retail space,...  Read More



Clearview Mall is in Metairie, a 20-minute drive from the French Quarter depending on traffic. A traditional mall that has undergone some major renovations, Clearview boasts an extra large Target (with cart escalator), Sears and Bed Bath &...  Read More

Lakeside Shopping Center


Visitors seeking the best malls in Greater New Orleans must only venture slightly north of the city to find Lakeside Shopping Center. This expansive retail hub is one of the area's most popular malls with more than 120 well-known stores...  Read More



Elmwood isn't an enclosed mall, but a sprawling outdoor collection of department stores, boutiques, big box retailers and more. Some of the big names holding court are Best Buy, Big Lots, World Market, Old Navy, Ulta and Marshall's. As you walk...  Read More

The Esplanade Mall


An easy drive from downtown New Orleans, this shopping mall in Kenner is not far from the airport. Esplanade offers a mix of popular anchor and specialty stores that makes for a great day of shopping. The mall offers two stories of shops,...  Read More

French Quarter
Shops at Jax Brewery


The Shops at Jax Brewery are located in an architecturally striking 19th century former beer brewing facility - opened in 1891, the Brewery was the largest independent brewery in the south. The property has four floors of shops, cafes and...  Read More



A premier destination in New Orleans, this upscale shopping mall's wide spectrum of boutiques, specialty shops and high-end brand chains offers something for everyone. Browse top shelf retailers like Saks 5th Ave, Brooks Brothers, Tiffany and...  Read More

The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk
Photo courtesy of The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk


A year under wraps, the $70 million redo of the circa 1984 Riverwalk Mall opened in the spring of 2014, the first Outlet Collection in any downtown in America. The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk is gorgeous, airy, filled with natural light and...  Read More


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