In recent years, the small-town street, which was built during the late 18th century and named after a ‘magasin,’ (a warehouse built to house products awaiting export), has not only transformed into a thriving place of commerce, but also into one of the South’s most recognized thoroughfares. Whether you are looking for a one-of-a kind shopping experience or just a casual stroll, Magazine Street sits just minutes away from the French Quarter’s bustling scene, providing visitors with an easily accessible chance to catch a glimpse at another side of New Orleans. Here, a guide to shopping on Magazine Street:
Running through some of New Orleans’ most treasured neighborhoods, Magazine Street is a six-mile-long stretch adorned with an eclectic mix of specialty boutiques, historic architectural styles, art galleries, unique pubs and restaurants where locals and tourists alike gather to enjoy the spirit of NOLA.
Mixing new, used and vintage clothing for women and men, Funky Monkey is a locally owned and operated boutique open since 1997, which prides itself on building a business fueled by culture, art, music and fashion. Located in the heart of New Orleans on Magazine Street, the store is popular among locals because it carries unique hipster couture trends, custom-made T-shirts, handmade costumes, indie labels, trends for every day and accessories, all at affordable prices.
First opened in Tucson, Arizona, Buffalo Exchange is a unique retail store that buys, sells and trades both clothing and accessories with store customers. The store, which holds ground inside 18 states and has blossomed into 48 shops since its 1974 inception, not only offers visitors the option to shop among an array of one-of-a-kind designer labels, vintage, jeans, leather and current basics, but also encourages them to bring in former favorites for trade or cash on the spot.
Located at 3927 Magazine Street, Billy Reid is a luxury American retail business named after the store’s creator. Offering high-end products for both women and men, this retail shop, which sells to lavish boutiques worldwide and operates 13 retail shops domestically, features a wide variety of sophisticated apparel, footwear, leather goods, accessories and bags, with an emphasis on U.S. manufacturing, proprietary textiles development and high-quality construction.
Step back in time with a small but elegant selection of vintage specialty and designer women’s fashion and accessories. Each piece in the shop is hand curated and the result is a shop full of beautiful, unique treasures from around the world. Word of adorable warning, Century Girl has a shop dog as charming as the fashions around the store.
Nestled in the Lower Garden District, Aidan Gill is a true barbershop, located at 2026 Magazine Street. The grooming spot prides itself on fostering an ambiance that evokes the barbershops of yesteryear, while giving it a twist of today’s technology-driven grooming techniques. After receiving a luxury grooming experience, customers are handed a taster of the shop’s unique collection of Irish whiskeys and sent off with a fresh haircut.
Opened on 2011, Embodyment Salon & Spa is a beauty-enhancement retreat designed for relaxation and rejuvenation. Delivering high-quality salon and spa services inside a sleek and creative environment, this belle-boutique offers a full range of hair, skin, nails and spa treatments provided by master-level stylists.
Wearable art for your eyes is all around you at this unique eyewear boutique that boasts a handpicked selection of specialty frames for any style and any budget. Armed with a new set of glasses, you’re likely to find a selection of other pieces of wearable art and accessories you’re unlikely to “see” anywhere else.
Founded in 1895 by Cassel Goorin, Goorin Bros. is an authentic hat-making craftsmanship with over 30 shops across the U.S. and Canada. Inspired by street styles and the art of the present, this hat shop offers both men and women unique creations that range from fedoras and flat-caps to cadets and top hats.
A go-to spot for tourists and locals alike, Hazelnut offers one of a kind gifts, housewares, furnishings and accessories. If your tastes lean toward eye-catching or uncommon goods – think New Orleans’ flair – this is the place for you. Featuring local and regional artists, this charming shop also happens to be co-owned by famed actor Bryan Batt.
Just off Magazine Street, Octavia Books is the ideal neighborhood store featuring a wide range of local and national titles of all genres. Stop in and explore its diverse section of books or visit one of its many book signings, readings and talks that are presented by the stores friendly staffers.