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New Orleans shopping

Though New Orleans has its share of shopping malls and upscale chain stores, the shopping scene is still dominated by the distinctive small stores scattered throughout the city. The French Quarter is filled with family-run specialty shops—European antique showrooms, jewelry stores, antiquarian book shops—that have survived for generations. On a leisurely walk through the old city's backstreets, you're likely to happen upon shopkeepers tending collections of elaborately painted toy soldiers, culinary antiques, or pocket watches. (During the warmer months, you'll likely duck inside, both to satisfy mild curiosity and indulge in a little air-conditioned coolness.)

Over the past decade, Magazine Street has become a small-scale paradise for shoppers. Three separate clusters of homegrown retail—one in the Lower Garden District, one near Louisiana Avenue, and a third Uptown near Napoleon Avenue—line the street, offering plenty of options for clothing, hand-crafted jewelry, and home design items with a distinct sense of place.

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Royal Street Galleries, New Orleans

Art lovers could kill a weekend browsing the upper part of the French Quarter, where art galleries outnumber gaudy T-shirt shops. Whatever your taste, you'll...more

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Plum, New Orleans

The city's initial recovery phase has been good to the Uptown stretch of Magazine Street, a former workaday commercial strip turned boutique row. This relative...more

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Mignon Faget, New Orleans

Local jewelry designer Mignon Faget built her reputation on whimsical collections of Louisiana-themed rings, bracelets, necklaces, and other playful baubles....more

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Kitchen Witch, New Orleans

A visit to the Kitchen Witch is like raiding your grandmother's prized cookbook collection. After Katrina, owner Philipe LaMancusa moved his funky culinary...more

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Faulkner House Books, New Orleans

Any other shop this size might be considered cramped, but Faulkner House does a lot with a tiny space. Shelves packed with Southern literature, rare first...more

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Dirty Coast, New Orleans

If you've been wandering New Orleans's streets and have caught a glimpse of a local's clever, well-designed T-shirt, odds are it came from Dirty Coast, an...more

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Chartres Street Antiquing, New Orleans

Forget your first-semester Parisian French—the locals pronounce this curio-seeker's dreamland as "CHART-erz." It's an odd collection of shops, peddling...more

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