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 leaves reading to a dive into the voodoo arts. And that's not all. A veritable laundry list of clairvoyant arts is available: Vedic astrology, aura/chakra, Creole bone reading, crystal ball gazing and a personal favorite: pet readings. Explore one on one or book a party. What's for sure is this is just another real surreal experience in New Orleans.
Recommended for Voodoo Shops because: It's worth a stop if your interest leans to the occult.
Beth's expert tip: Ask about their tea/charka spa/Reiki cleansing parties.
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 interested in both demographics can find what they are looking for while falling under the spell of the shop's particular brand of spiritual aura. If you're looking for something beyond the typical souvenir, this is the place for dolls,potions, amulets, books and all matter of spiritual supplies. There are also displays of gris-gris (voodoo charms), potions and memorabilia pertaining to Voodoo queen Marie Laveau,
Recommended for Voodoo Shops because: Central location, long established and it's got the good.
Beth's expert tip: There is usually a psychic in the back if you're looking for some voodoo insight.
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 collection of books, herbs and candles, traditional unique New Orleans Voodoo Hoodoo items, Vodou, Santeria and much more. You'll also find candles, essential oils, herbs, books on all matters spiritual and even mardi gras beads and other carnival doodads. While you're in the neighborhood, consider paying a visit to the Zulu shop, home to branded t-shirts and other gifts.
Recommended for Voodoo Shops because: This diverse little shop is a fine stop if you're venturing out of the French Quarter.
Beth's expert tip: Besides the religious items, this shop also carries herbs and spices.
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 offer you their spiritual assistance on any number of problems. Whether you are down on your luck romantically or financially, someone here can jab a few pins in a doll and remove the evil hex that previously existed on your mortal being. They sell dolls, potions, soaps and spells and do readings and consultations as well. All of their products are handcrafted, including their revolutionary voodoo app which is now available for iPhone and Android products.
Recommended for Voodoo Shops because: In the central Quarter on Royal Street, Erzulie's appeals to the voodoo curious.
Beth's expert tip: You can get psychic readings and consults here if you prefer privacy to Jackson Square.
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, they also offer rituals, readings and consultations. Whether or not you believe in this ancient sorcery, the entertainment value of one of these readings is unquestionable. The shop itself is like a temple, offering private Rituals, consultations, special events services, a variety of voodoo dolls, Gris Gris Bags, spells and potions, you get the idea. A fixture in the Quarter since 1996.
Recommended for Voodoo Shops because: Central location in the French Quarter makes this an easy stop for the curious.
Beth's expert tip: You'll find some interesting gift options here.
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, Manbo Sallie Ann Glassman, is an initiated priestess of the Haitian Vodou order. A wide variety of voodoo novelties are available here, many of which have been hand crafted by Glassman herself. The shop carries a small but thorough amount of spiritual supplies, plus a good selection of books, including works by Sallie herself. She'll make a believer out of you.
Recommended for Voodoo Shops because: This voodoo shop is also a cultural stop at the Healing Center just across from the St. Roch Market.
Beth's expert tip: Priestess Sallie Ann offers highly personalized tarot readings.
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, visitors regularly have an opportunity to hear a short message from Priestess Miriam herself and take a tour of the temple grounds.Located near Congo Square, featured on PBS, commercial TV and in movies. Services offered include consultations, rituals, potions, tours, and lectures with a focus on traditional West African spiritual and herbal healing practices. Priestess Miriam sells her own line of healing oils.
Recommended for Voodoo Shops because: This temple claims to be the only "formally" established spot focused on traditional West African spiritual and herbal healing practices currently existing in New Orleans.
Beth's expert tip: Priestess Miriam offers special wedding blessings, certainly a novel bachelorette present.
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 of New Orleans' most colorful characters. Ask about scheduled rituals and guided tours to spiritually charged haunts. And yes, love potions, spells and voodoo dolls are for sale. Marie Laveau's tomb is said to be in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, but you'll need a guide to get in because Laveau's fans had a habit of regularly defacing her grave.
Recommended for Voodoo Shops because: Part museum part gift shop, this is a good place to visit for voodoo-related souvenirs.
Beth's expert tip: The New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum aims to preserve voodoo through education and entertainment.
There's more to voodoo than pin cushions and dolls. Learn about the historical and spiritual significance of the religion¬‚Äďand the woman who helped revive it in the city¬‚Äďat this store that triples as a museum and shrine. You'll find a mix of kitschy souvenirs up front and a spiritual advisor in the back, who performs readings just by feeling your pressure points. Whether you're a believer or not, Marie Laveau's is a spot that's uniquely New Orleans. Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo and Reverend Zombie's Voodoo Shop are centrally located in the French Quarter. Locals, tourists and the strangely curious have enjoyed the stores since Marie Laveau's first opened in 1988.
Recommended for Voodoo Shops because: Marie is the real deal, first lady of New Orleans voodoo.
Beth's expert tip: You'll need a guide to visit Marie Laveau's (purported) grave at St. Louis Cemetery No. 1.
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 line of people with pronounced supernatural intuitive abilities, this animated guide will entertain and inform on voodoo and city history. You can also bundle other tours options (haunted, ghost, cemetery) if you need more info into the New Orleans supernatural. This delving into the history and lore of voodoo routinely earns rave reviews on social media sites.
Recommended for Voodoo Shops because: This voodoo themed tour stops at many of the city's shops and occult sites.
Beth's expert tip: Of course this popular guide is available for private consultation.