Here are the top shopping malls in New Orleans and its suburbs. Although there are plenty of street-front shopping areas in New Orleans—Magazine Street, Royal Street, Oak Street, Metairie Road, and more—sometimes you just need to shop in a mall for the department stores, the specialty shops, the food courts, or just the air-conditioning.
The Shops at Canal Place
In addition to its three floors of posh shops, Canal Place houses a first-class hotel on its upper floors, an inside public parking garage, movies theater and more, all on New Orleans historic main drag, Canal Street, near the river.
Saks Fifth Avenue is the anchor department stores. There's a food court, coffee shop, and Morton's Steakhouse. Plus a luxury movie theater with seat service of food and drink. And it guarantees no crying babies; you have to be over 18 to buy a ticket even for PG movies.
Riverwalk Marketplace is a mall that's also a tourist attraction and downtown outing for locals. It's a great place to find unique gifts and New Orleans decorative items.
Riverwalk is the site of the 1982 World's Fair in New Orleans and it borders the Mississippi River with a long balcony spanning the large food court which features Louisiana food and drinks. You can eat out on the balcony and enjoy the river and its traffic, as well as its breeze. There are also has information plaques about the river. Riverwalk is on the edge of the Warehouse District and its museums and restaurants.
The mall itself has lots of specialty shops with unique gifts as well as fashion boutiques. It's a great place to find New Orleans theme items and unique gifts.
Plus, one of New Orleans museums is inside the Riverwalk Mall: the Southern Museum of Food and Beverages, aka SOFAB.
And right outside the mall is Spanish Plaza and its fountain. Riverwalk Marketplace hosts several special events on the river throughout the year.
The Shops at Jax Brewery
This downtown New Orleans mall is indeed the old Jax (and Faubacher) Brewery. It attracts tourists and locals. There are clothes, jewelry, and gift shops as well as a food court. You can also get a foot massage or sign up for a city tour at this mall.
Jax Brewery is located right on the Mississippi River just a stone's throw from the French Market District. The mall boasts great outdoor spots to enjoy the scenery and river breezes while eating your food court purchase.
Jax Brewery has rooms for private events and has become a popular New Year's Eve venue in New Orleans. It's a great location to watch the fireworks over the river.
Oakwood Center Mall
Oakwood Mall is right off the Mississippi River Bridge on the West Bank Expressway. It's easy and fast to get to from uptown and downtown New Orleans neighborhoods, as well as those on the West Bank.
This Gretna mall was a victim of post-Hurricane Katrina looting and arson. But, it's back with a modern colorful interior style. Big stores include Dillard's, JC Penney's, and Forever 21. There are jewelers, fashion and shoe stores, and more. Eye services are available at Eye Masters and Sears, which also has hearing aids, a portrait studio, and a notary public.
Lakeside Shopping Center Mall has everything you would expect in a mall and more. Like beignets. Macy's and JC Penney's are the anchors. There are loads of clothing and shoe store, plus unique gift shops. Services including banking, hair styling, and more.
There's a big bustling food court, as well as sit-down restaurants in outside buildings. It's right on the corner of Causeway Blvd. and Veterans Blvd. in Metairie—you can't miss the massive Macy's parking garage along Veterans. It's ugly but did help with the long-time parking issues, especially during the holidays.
Esplanade Mall must be the biggest mall in metro New Orleans. It's a double-decker with over 100 stores, including Dillard's and Target.
This Jefferson Parish, Kenner mall is part of the Simon group that boasts its Rejuvenation Stations for shopping breaks with soft seats, free wifi, cell phone charging stations and things to read. It also has its own mobile app.
On the Northshore from New Orleans, this mall in Slidell has Dillard's, JC Penney's, Foot Locker, as well as jewelers, gift shops, children stores, electronic shops, a food court, and an Olive Garden restaurant. It's a short drive over the Twin Span from New Orleans East to Slidell. A visit to this mall could be part of a pleasant day trip "across the Lake."