The good thing about shopping while vacationing in New Orleans is that the city offers visiting travelers many choices to fit their retail style. From affordable, one-stop shops and outlet stores to luxury brand retailers and specialty boutiques, the Port City has it all. No matter what you prefer, if you plan on doing some NOLA recreational investments, here’s where do it.
The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk
Known as the nation’s first downtown outlet center, The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk is a mall located in downtown New Orleans that borders the majestic Mississippi River banks. This Central Business District plaza, once site of the 1984 Louisiana World’s Fair, features over 75 retailers, a riverfront food court and two restaurants based inside the Spanish Plaza — The Crazy Lobster and Poppy’s Time Out Sports Bar & Grill. Major national brands at the Riverwalk outlets open daily at 10 a.m. and include Neiman Marcus Last Call Studio, Forever 21, Coach, PUMA, Gap, Kenneth Cole and Steve Madden.
The Shops at Canal Place is an upscale, three story shopping mall located at the foot of Canal Street, near the French Quarter. This downtown megamall, based inside a four-star hotel, is residence to many exclusive stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Anthropologie, Brooks Brothers, Michael Kors, Tiffany & Co. and approximately 45 more high-end retailers. Canal Place also houses a third-floor movie theater, which features an in-seat ordering system for Mediterranean plates, wine and cocktails, as well as upscale restaurants such as Morton’s Steakhouse, offering visitors the opportunity to shop, eat and be entertained under one roof.
With tax free shopping for international travelers, Lakeside Shopping Center is a retail destination located in New Orleans’ metro area. Opened in 1960 as the first regional shopping center in the Crescent City, this suburban mall is the largest and one of the busiest in the city. Inside, visitors are able to shop at over 120 stores, including major retailers such as Dillard’s, Macy’s and J.C. Penny, and can enjoy delicious food at their restaurant of choice, or catch a movie inside one of their 12 stadium-style movie theaters. Lakeside is open to the public everyday of the week starting 10 a.m., except for Sundays, when business starts running at noon.
For those who wish to indulge in a little retail therapy but want to stay near the Quarter’s hustle and bustle, The Shops at Jax Brewery is the place for you. This New Orleans landmark was a brewing and bottling house for Jax Beer from 1891 until the mid 1970s, and is now a multi-story shopping center showcasing women’s and men’s apparel, authentic NOLA art, Louisiana food products, specialty souvenirs, Saints sportswear and many jewelry stores. Aside from the retail, customers can take a tour around the free Jax Brewery museum, grab a bite to eat at the mall’s food court, or enjoy the majestic Mississippi River view from the building’s patio. The shops are open for daily business from 10 in the morning until 7 p.m. By Rebeca Trejo