One of the best ways to spend a day in New Orleans is shopping for antiques on Magazine Street. There are six miles of shops, restaurants, and bars in which to browse, eat or stop for a libation.
Given the city's rich and varied history, New Orleans is a great place to antique shop. Magazine Street doesn't have shops with costly, elegant French and English antiques. Go to Royal Street in the French Quarter for that. On Magazine Street, you'll find affordable antiques and collectibles to purchase in over 40 antique shops.
You can purchase a Jazzy Pass from the Magazine Street bus driver that will allow you to get on and off a Magazine Street bus all day, so you can visit as many shops as you wish without worrying about paying for parking.
The Magazine Antique Mall at 3017 Magazine St.is the largest of the Magazine Street antique shops. In this mall, 40 dealers offer every period of antiques, collectibles and vintage furniture, art, estate, fine and costume jewelry, New Orleans art, toys, pottery, books, prints, china, linens, silver and more.
Ann Koerner Antiques at 4021 Magazine St. carries a wide selection of antiques. There are furniture and accessories all arranged in a way that makes it pleasant to browse through. This is one of the more upscale shops on Magazine Street but is still inviting to visitors, and often hosts benefits and local fundraisers. There are some good bargains to be found here, courtesy of Ann Koerner's attention to detail and eye for valuable pieces.
Antiques-Magazine is owner-operated and offers hours by appointment. The inventory includes everything from Victorian lamps and furniture to the pier and over-mantel mirrors, oyster plates to piano babies and costume jewelry. It's located at 2028 Magazine St.
Aux Belles Choses is a fun shop to browse in. If you love your garden, this is the place for you. There are vintage garden pieces collected from the countrysides of France and England, which gives it a nicely eclectic feel. This shop also has a lovely selection of French soaps, enamelware, santons, baskets, vintage linens, Provencal tablecloths and vintage silver.
The shop was opened in 1991 by sisters Bettye Barrios and Anne Barrios Gauthier after the two ran out of space at home to store their vast collection of treasures from trips to Europe.
Specializing mainly in English furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries, Balzac Antiques has a charming mix of decorative arts, including drawings, antique frames, tables, lighting and mirrors among others. It's located at 3506 Magazine Street.
As the name suggests, British Antiques specializes in antiques from the British Empire, with an emphasis on home decor. Located at 5415 Magazine St., this cozy shop is the ideal place for Anglophile visitors who appreciate older works of art.
Proprietor Terri Goldsmith was looking for furniture for her French-style home in New Orleans and discovered she had a knack for finding distinct pieces. While she has an obvious love for the Provence region of France, you'll find antique pieces from Italy and Sweden here as well. Maison de Provence is at 3434 Magazine St.
At Wirthmore Antiques, you'll find 18th and 19th-century objets d'art from the provinces of France, Italy and Sweden, and vintage costume jjewelry. Wirthmore is located at 3727 Magazine St.