10Best places for voodoo spells, stories, souvenirs and tours

Voodoo is not a lost art in the city of New Orleans.  Where else could you find items like House Blessing Spray and Away All Evil Spirits furniture cleaner at the local grocery or drug store?  Voodoo, with its litany of spells, gris-gris, candles and charms, is an exotic gumbo of traditional African spiritual beliefs with Catholicism.   Brought to New Orleans by enslaved Africans from West Africa and the Dominican Republic in the 1700s, the practice of voodoo was at its zenith in the 1830s, during the reign of celebrated mulatto priestess Marie Laveau, whose life is the stuff of legend and whose grave in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is one of the city's most visited.   Voodoo is a religion long misunderstood, according to Priestess Miriam, who presides over the modern day Voodoo Spiritual Temple on the edge of the French Quarter in the city’s Treme section. Voodoo incorporates both white and black magic, with intense spirituality at its center.

French Quarter


Mystic Tea Room is the domain of priestess Catherina, a practitioner of the psychic arts for close to five decades. Need a little something something from the other side? She can help, offering sessions in everything from tarot cards and tea...  Read More



Rev. Zombie's Voodoo shop shares ownership with Marie Laveaux's and is a little more on the novelty side, walking the fine line between authentic voodoo shop (with dolls, masks, lucky charms, etc.) and selling kitschy souvenirs. People...  Read More



F & F Botanica Spiritual Supply is located on 801 North Broad St. in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans. The store is on the corner of St. Ann street and Broad, across from the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club headquarters. Intriguing...  Read More



Walking into Erzulie's on Royal Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans will freak some people out, and mystify others. Erzulie's has live working voodoo altars set up throughout the shop. The voodoo practitioners on hand are always ready to...  Read More



Voodoo Authentica is ran by practitioners of the art of Voodoo. Located in the heart of the French Quarter, Voodoo Authentica sells voodoo dolls, potion oils and gris gris bags (a type of voodoo amulet). Since they are skilled in the practice,...  Read More



New Orleans' voodoo is one of the oldest and most distinct centerpieces of its culture, and the Island of Salvation Botanica offers a unique window into the history and ideology behind the practice. The proprietor of this vibrant establishment,...  Read More



If you're searching for truly authentic voodoo shops in New Orleans, pay a visit to the Voodoo Spiritual Temple, which was established by Priestess Miriam Chamani in 1990. In addition to perusing the cultural gifts center for oddball items,...  Read More



Harry Potter would be right at home in this teeny tiny French Quarter landmark with its oddball displays of gris-gris (voodoo charms), potions and all kinds of memorabilia pertaining to Voodoo queen Marie Laveau, a 19th century priestess and one...  Read More

Marie Laveau House of Voodoo


There's more to voodoo than pin cushions and dolls. Learn about the historical and spiritual significance of the religion–and the woman who helped revive it in the city–at this store that triples as a museum and shrine. You'll find a mix of...  Read More



You'll hit most of the city's popular voodoo spots if you take a tour with The Voodoo Bone Lady, a self described psychic, voodoo priestess, holistic healer, medium and success/life coach. Born with a veil over her face, and hailing from a long...  Read More


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