If you love to get away from the national chains and shop for clothes, shoes, accessories, and gifts in locally-owned boutiques that offer unique items from pottery to beads to antiques, Magazine Street is the place to go in New Orleans. There are six miles of stores, restaurants, and more. It's a great way to spend a day in Louisiana.
Perlis has been a New Orleans institution since 1939. As boutiques go, it's large and contains men’s, women's, and children's departments, a formal wear rental area, and even gifts from candles to knife sets. This is the place to get Crawfish logo sportswear and Mardi Gras shirts. Even though it is a bigger store, it still has the impeccable service you find in the small boutiques. In New Orleans, you'll find Perlis not only on Magazine Street but on Decatur Street as well.
Weinstein's on Magazine Street is an upscale ladies' boutique established in 1971 with European styles. Carrying designers like Dries Van Noten, Studio Nicholson, Dusan, Alberta Ferretti, and more, the store also offers free alterations.
For good quality, comfortable clothes that are easy to pack for a trip, try Ballin’s LTD & New Orleans Knitwear. This is the place for classic clothing styles, including local knitwear made of Peruvian cotton, turtlenecks, skinny pants, skirts, and additional pieces. Select shoes are on sale as well. If you can't make it into the shop, you can also order online or use their catalog for mail order.
Azby’s is a nice boutique with a variety of styles for all occasions. Whether it's casual or more dressy shoes, shirts, pants, or purses you seek, among other things, you'll find what you need at a reasonable price at Azby's, including items by designers Rebecca Taylor, Milly, and Vince.
Around since 1977, Feet First is a great boutique and frequently voted “Best Shoe Store in New Orleans." It is the city's biggest independent shoe and accessory shop, offering over 50 lines of women's designer shoes, jewelry, accessories, and handbags, along with gifts for babies. Some of the brands on sale include popular local companies Feelgoodz, Kismet Cosmetics, Sarah Ott, Citizen Nola, and others.
Visitors can enjoy supporting a local business called The Bead Shop, one of the country's best such stores for bead lovers. You can choose whatever you like from the huge inventory on Magazine Street, create your own jewelry, or have the employees custom make you something to fit a particular occasion like the Mardi Gras or a wedding. The Bead Shop also offers fun classes in jewelry making, including everything from creating earrings and pendants to necklaces and crystal tiaras.
Hemline was started by a Brazilian who moved to New Orleans when she was a teenager, the business evolved to the point of having nearly 30 locations around the U.S. Products ranging from purses, shoes, and jewelry to flirty cocktail dresses and denim fill its shelves. Some designers sold at Hemine include Paige, Rachel Pally, Camilla, Winston White, and many more.
Lovers of collectibles and antiques should head to Magazine Antique Mall, the oldest, and one of the biggest, New Orleans malls filled with vintage treasures. Visitors can explore a fun range of things, including art, furniture, costume jewelry, pottery, toys, and beyond.
Armoire Boutique is a friendly shop with women's clothes such as dresses, jumpsuits, party attire, handbags, shoes, accessories, and a notable collection of things for curvy women to wear. Visitors can find items on discount and also shop online.
One of the many fine women's clothing stores on Magazine Street, SOSUSU stands out with a global collection of modern fashion influenced by the owner's worldly travels. Think silk hand-drawn scarves made in Turkey and Hawaiian shirts with bold colors and designs.
For those seeking gifts for loved ones or themselves, NOLA Girl is the go-to spot on Magazine Street for locally-created art, books, crafts, jewelry, and other handmade goods. The shop is also a fun place to find workshops and events like the Champagne Stroll in May featuring sales and live music, or jewelry pop-ups where you can also sip while you shop.
Locally owned and operated since 1997, Funky Monkey on Magazine Street is a good place to find vintage clothing spanning decades from the 1920s to the '90s, jewelry, and accessories, as well as modern styles and costumes. Visitors and locals also can sell, buy, or trade their clothes.