New Orleans isn't a city. It's a Petrarchan sonnet. There's no other place on the planet like it. I think it was sawed loose from South America and blown by trade winds across the Caribbean until it affixed itself to the southern rim of the United States.
– James Lee Burke
Look beyond the beads — there's antique curiosities, wooden toys, and local art for the taking.
Gents can shop for fancy razors, toiletries, and bow ties while waiting for a hot-towel shave and haircut in the old school barbershop chairs at the back of the shop.
A beautifully curated collection of rustic housewares, shabby chic antiques, and 19th-century furniture.
A rotating cast of the city's best local artisans and contemporary artists display their work (drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media) at this pioneering gallery.
A sunlit shop — filled with salvaged woods, metals, and mirrors — stands alone on this quiet street in the gallery district. A small collection of very special, hard-to-find French perfumes and artisanal colognes are available for the spritzing (onto feathers), sniffing, wafting, and collecting.
Rare first editions of Southern literature along with a nice selection of contemporary fiction are stacked floor-to-15-foot ceiling. Pick up a little Tennessee Williams or Walker Percy for the ride home.
A home design shop with vintage and contemporary furniture, art, antiques, and awesome tabletop pieces.
Lovely sweets shop is very generous with samples. Pick up pralines and chicory coffee gelato for immediate consumption. Take back souvenirs in gorgeous packaging.