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New Orleans has long been home to some of the world's best restaurants, art galleries, and music venues, but over the past couple of years, the city has (somewhat surprisingly) become a prime shopping destination, too — if you know where to look.

Steer clear of Bourbon Street and leave the cheesy Mardi Gras beads and trinkets in the souvenir shops. Instead, head to the French Quarter's new crop of indie boutiques; the area's "old world" feel means these stores are just as jaw-droppingly beautiful on the outside as the local goods are within.

There you'll find every local vintage shopper's best-kept secret, Bambi DeVille, the best spot to shop affordable dresses and jewelry from the 1920s through the ‘50s. Just a few doors down is the hometown flagship for New Orleans native Stirling Barrett's cool sunglass brand, Krewe du Optic, where you can cool off with a cold brew in the shop's courtyard after picking up some handmade eyewear.

But the shopping doesn't end at the French Quarter. Don't leave before checking out the rest of the retail scene Crescent City has to offer, from the bohemian-inspired Stone Free in the Central Business District to accessories and homeware hotspot Neon Heart Uptown, and the trio of great stores all located right next to the new Ace Hotel. There's also a cluster of stores in the Lower Garden District that has something for both minimalist and maximalist shoppers.—Nia Porter

This story was originally published on September 6th, 2016. Additional reporting has been contributed by Ellen Kincaid.

For more on fashion and shopping in New Orleans, see our guide.

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1. Krewe du Optic

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809 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 407-2925
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New Orleans native Stirling Barrett is already making a name for himself in the fashion world with his three-year-old eyewear brand Krewe du Optic. The company opened its flagship store on Royal Street in the French Quarter next to some of the city’s most vibrant art and photo galleries. Here, you’ll find Krewe’s curated selection of colorful, handmade eyewear served alongside a dose of New Orleans hospitality — a built-in coffee bar, a reading room, and complimentary access to the shaded courtyard.
Photo: Whitney Mitchell

2. United Apparel Liquidators

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518 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 301-4437
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United Apparel Liquidators has locations in Texas, Tennessee, and Mississippi, but the New Orleans outpost has a stellar selection of legit fashion at unbelievably low prices. All of the items within are purchased from brands with an excess in inventory — it’s where the locals go to get Gucci, Jacquemus, and Alexander Wang. You’ll also find expensive brands like Rosie Assoulin and Zimmermann here for around $100 to $300.
Photo: Whitney Mitchell

3. Neon Heart

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1022 Lowerline St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 202-7983
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Located in New Orleans’ Uptown neighborhood, Neon Heart is a women’s and men’s boutique that carries a host of small brands you’ve probably never heard of, like jewelry lines Heathcock and Hunt + Moon. Husband and wife duo Chris and Ali have curated a perfect selection of eyewear, swimwear, and apothecary goods from brands like Malin + Goetz, Obeah NYC, and Minnow Bathers.
Photo: Whitney Mitchell

4. Defend New Orleans

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600 Carondelet St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 900-1180
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In addition to carrying local brands like Smoke (an artisan perfume and candle company), locally-made 'zines, and other Louisiana brands such as Pottery by Osa, T-shirt and hat maker Defend New Orleans hosts frequent pop-ups and collaborations and donates a portion of proceeds to community initiatives. There's a second location in the Garden District, but the downtown outpost, housed under the Ace Hotel roof, brings you right next to other cool shops like Friend and Freda.
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5. Bambi Deville's Vintage Clothing

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818 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 491-0824
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Walking into Bambi Deville's Vintage is an experience even seasoned vintage shoppers won’t be quite prepared for. Not only is its location like a secret hideaway from the French Quarter hotspots, but the interior and vintage selection are truly impressive: We’re talking gauzy gowns and pastel slip dresses, furs, silk blouses, and pants from the ‘20s and ‘50s showcased in a shotgun-style home that seems like it was frozen in time. (And as an added bonus, the prices aren’t crazy high, either.)
Photo: Whitney Mitchell

6. Re: Fresh

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223 N Peters St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 592-3303
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Streetwear-inspired labels like Born x Raised can be found alongside high-fashion menswear clothing from Hood By Air and John Elliott at Re:Fresh. You’ll often find cool New Orleans skate kids hanging out front, and if you’re lucky, you could run into a rapper stopping in for a quick pre-show shopping session.
Photo: Whitney Mitchell

7. Friend

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600 Carondelet St #120
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 900-1180
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Friend is located in the Warehouse District, right next door to the Ace Hotel, and carries a variety of resort-inspired styles (like lightweight Hawaiian-inspired shirts and shorts) that are perfect for New Orleans’ tropical temps. Check out the shop’s collaborations with local artists and makers while you’re there, and don’t forget to take a peek at the amazing record and piano console — piano playing is encouraged.
Photo: Whitney Mitchell

8. Stonefree

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611 O'Keefe Ave
New Orleans, LA
(504) 304-5485
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If you like Free People and Anthropologie, you’ll love Stonefree. The shop is situated in the heart of the Central Business District next to some of the city’s new, hip restaurants (John Besh’s Willa Jean is a few doors down). The clothing and accessories here are a little on the bohemian side, but you can find everything from Flynn Skye dresses to Blue Life bikinis.
Photo: Whitney Mitchell

9. Tchoup Industries, DVRA, Disko Obscura

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1113 Saint Mary St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 872-0726
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Three separate New Orleans-based brands share the space at 1113 St. Mary Street in the Lower Garden District. Tchoup Industries sells satchels made from resourced materials, while DVRA makes colorful guava and pineapple pouches. Rounding it out is Disko Obscura, a curated record-shop-within-a-shop that sells an amazing selection of records from underground artists.
Photo: Whitney Mitchell

10. Freda

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600 Carondelet St #130
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 309-7515
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Freda is another great Ace Hotel neighbor. The Marfa, Texas-based lifestyle boutique brings a little bit of the high desert life to the Big Easy with handcrafted jewelry from brands like Saint Claude and Mondo Mondo, and clothing and accessories from Brother Vellies and Ace & Jig. There’s also an extensive apothecary selection here, including perfume from Musc et Madame and Marfa Brands soaps.
Photo: Whitney Mitchell

11. Fifi Mahony's

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934 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 525-4343
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If you want to feel the essence of New Orleans, one of the most direct routes runs through Fifi Mahony’s. This funky wig shop on Royal Street in the French Quarter offers a large selection of colorful wigs and provides top-notch wig styling. Once you've determined that purple is the hair color you were always meant to have, the makeup and accessory offerings will take your new look to the next level. —Ellen Kincaid
Photo: Fifi Mahony's

12. Porter Lyons

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631 Toulouse St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 518-4945
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Local jewelry designer Ashley Porter draws heavily on the mysticism of New Orleans and the bayou to create cohesive collections featuring agate, precious metals, and gems. Voodoo-inspired earrings and fine jewelry based on the zodiac are on display alongside Porter’s dream catcher wall hangings. The French Quarter store also has a space that features local makers as well as kombucha on tap. —Ellen Kincaid
Photo: Porter Lyons

13. Saint Claude Social Club

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1933 Sophie B. Wright Place
New Orleans, LA
(504) 218-8987
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Saint Claude Social Club hits all the right notes with its glittering collection of vintage clothing, colorful head wraps, and dangly earrings. This accessory-driven shop is a purveyor of the sequins and fringe that are the mainstays of festive New Orleans fashion. The Lower Garden District store also features its own jewelry line, Saint Claude, as well as clothing and accessory labels by women from all over the world. —Ellen Kincaid
Photo: Saint Claude Social Club

14. Sunday Shop

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2025 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 342-2087
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Opened by the pair of designers behind Logan Killen Interiors, this bright and airy lifestyle shop in the Lower Garden District is stocked with one-of-a-kind homewares, local pottery, and cult beauty products like Byredo fragrances. Intriguing lighting and unique textiles sourced by the owners sit alongside a build-your-own-bouquet flower bar. —Ellen Kincaid
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15. Monomin

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2104 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 827-1269
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This minimalist storefront carries on-trend, neutral clothing that gives off a cool and restrained vibe. Monomin sits on one end of Magazine Street, the six-mile stretch that houses some of the city’s best locally-owned antique shops, restaurants, and clothing boutiques. Monomin features brands like Just Female of Denmark, Third Form of Australia, and AG Jeans, as well as personal care products from Grown Alchemist. —Ellen Kincaid
Photo: Augusta Sagnelli

16. Pilot & Powell

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3901 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 827-1727
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Pilot & Powell offers luxury clothing that pushes the boundaries of Southern fashion. This Magazine Street shop caters to the influx of fashion-forward New Orleans residents who moved to the city in the years following Hurricane Katrina. The storefront is filled with upscale brands like Marni and Tabitha Simmons while also featuring emerging designers from all over the world. —Ellen Kincaid
Photo: Pilot & Powell

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1. Krewe du Optic

809 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Photo: Whitney Mitchell
New Orleans native Stirling Barrett is already making a name for himself in the fashion world with his three-year-old eyewear brand Krewe du Optic. The company opened its flagship store on Royal Street in the French Quarter next to some of the city’s most vibrant art and photo galleries. Here, you’ll find Krewe’s curated selection of colorful, handmade eyewear served alongside a dose of New Orleans hospitality — a built-in coffee bar, a reading room, and complimentary access to the shaded courtyard.
809 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70116

2. United Apparel Liquidators

518 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Photo: Whitney Mitchell
United Apparel Liquidators has locations in Texas, Tennessee, and Mississippi, but the New Orleans outpost has a stellar selection of legit fashion at unbelievably low prices. All of the items within are purchased from brands with an excess in inventory — it’s where the locals go to get Gucci, Jacquemus, and Alexander Wang. You’ll also find expensive brands like Rosie Assoulin and Zimmermann here for around $100 to $300.
518 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130

3. Neon Heart

1022 Lowerline St, New Orleans, LA 70118
Photo: Whitney Mitchell
Located in New Orleans’ Uptown neighborhood, Neon Heart is a women’s and men’s boutique that carries a host of small brands you’ve probably never heard of, like jewelry lines Heathcock and Hunt + Moon. Husband and wife duo Chris and Ali have curated a perfect selection of eyewear, swimwear, and apothecary goods from brands like Malin + Goetz, Obeah NYC, and Minnow Bathers.
1022 Lowerline St
New Orleans, LA 70118

4. Defend New Orleans

600 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Photo: Defend New Orleans
In addition to carrying local brands like Smoke (an artisan perfume and candle company), locally-made 'zines, and other Louisiana brands such as Pottery by Osa, T-shirt and hat maker Defend New Orleans hosts frequent pop-ups and collaborations and donates a portion of proceeds to community initiatives. There's a second location in the Garden District, but the downtown outpost, housed under the Ace Hotel roof, brings you right next to other cool shops like Friend and Freda.
600 Carondelet St
New Orleans, LA 70130

5. Bambi Deville's Vintage Clothing

818 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Photo: Whitney Mitchell
Walking into Bambi Deville's Vintage is an experience even seasoned vintage shoppers won’t be quite prepared for. Not only is its location like a secret hideaway from the French Quarter hotspots, but the interior and vintage selection are truly impressive: We’re talking gauzy gowns and pastel slip dresses, furs, silk blouses, and pants from the ‘20s and ‘50s showcased in a shotgun-style home that seems like it was frozen in time. (And as an added bonus, the prices aren’t crazy high, either.)
818 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70116

6. Re: Fresh

223 N Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Photo: Whitney Mitchell
Streetwear-inspired labels like Born x Raised can be found alongside high-fashion menswear clothing from Hood By Air and John Elliott at Re:Fresh. You’ll often find cool New Orleans skate kids hanging out front, and if you’re lucky, you could run into a rapper stopping in for a quick pre-show shopping session.
223 N Peters St
New Orleans, LA 70130

7. Friend

600 Carondelet St #120, New Orleans, LA 70130
Photo: Whitney Mitchell
Friend is located in the Warehouse District, right next door to the Ace Hotel, and carries a variety of resort-inspired styles (like lightweight Hawaiian-inspired shirts and shorts) that are perfect for New Orleans’ tropical temps. Check out the shop’s collaborations with local artists and makers while you’re there, and don’t forget to take a peek at the amazing record and piano console — piano playing is encouraged.
600 Carondelet St #120
New Orleans, LA 70130

8. Stonefree

611 O'Keefe Ave, New Orleans, LA
Photo: Whitney Mitchell
If you like Free People and Anthropologie, you’ll love Stonefree. The shop is situated in the heart of the Central Business District next to some of the city’s new, hip restaurants (John Besh’s Willa Jean is a few doors down). The clothing and accessories here are a little on the bohemian side, but you can find everything from Flynn Skye dresses to Blue Life bikinis.
611 O'Keefe Ave
New Orleans, LA

9. Tchoup Industries, DVRA, Disko Obscura

1113 Saint Mary St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Photo: Whitney Mitchell
Three separate New Orleans-based brands share the space at 1113 St. Mary Street in the Lower Garden District. Tchoup Industries sells satchels made from resourced materials, while DVRA makes colorful guava and pineapple pouches. Rounding it out is Disko Obscura, a curated record-shop-within-a-shop that sells an amazing selection of records from underground artists.
1113 Saint Mary St
New Orleans, LA 70130

10. Freda

600 Carondelet St #130, New Orleans, LA 70130
Photo: Whitney Mitchell
Freda is another great Ace Hotel neighbor. The Marfa, Texas-based lifestyle boutique brings a little bit of the high desert life to the Big Easy with handcrafted jewelry from brands like Saint Claude and Mondo Mondo, and clothing and accessories from Brother Vellies and Ace & Jig. There’s also an extensive apothecary selection here, including perfume from Musc et Madame and Marfa Brands soaps.
600 Carondelet St #130
New Orleans, LA 70130

11. Fifi Mahony's

934 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Photo: Fifi Mahony's
If you want to feel the essence of New Orleans, one of the most direct routes runs through Fifi Mahony’s. This funky wig shop on Royal Street in the French Quarter offers a large selection of colorful wigs and provides top-notch wig styling. Once you've determined that purple is the hair color you were always meant to have, the makeup and accessory offerings will take your new look to the next level. —Ellen Kincaid
934 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70116

12. Porter Lyons

631 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Photo: Porter Lyons
Local jewelry designer Ashley Porter draws heavily on the mysticism of New Orleans and the bayou to create cohesive collections featuring agate, precious metals, and gems. Voodoo-inspired earrings and fine jewelry based on the zodiac are on display alongside Porter’s dream catcher wall hangings. The French Quarter store also has a space that features local makers as well as kombucha on tap. —Ellen Kincaid
631 Toulouse St
New Orleans, LA 70130

13. Saint Claude Social Club

1933 Sophie B. Wright Place, New Orleans, LA
Photo: Saint Claude Social Club
Saint Claude Social Club hits all the right notes with its glittering collection of vintage clothing, colorful head wraps, and dangly earrings. This accessory-driven shop is a purveyor of the sequins and fringe that are the mainstays of festive New Orleans fashion. The Lower Garden District store also features its own jewelry line, Saint Claude, as well as clothing and accessory labels by women from all over the world. —Ellen Kincaid
1933 Sophie B. Wright Place
New Orleans, LA

14. Sunday Shop

2025 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Photo: Sunday Shop
Opened by the pair of designers behind Logan Killen Interiors, this bright and airy lifestyle shop in the Lower Garden District is stocked with one-of-a-kind homewares, local pottery, and cult beauty products like Byredo fragrances. Intriguing lighting and unique textiles sourced by the owners sit alongside a build-your-own-bouquet flower bar. —Ellen Kincaid
2025 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

15. Monomin

2104 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Photo: Augusta Sagnelli
This minimalist storefront carries on-trend, neutral clothing that gives off a cool and restrained vibe. Monomin sits on one end of Magazine Street, the six-mile stretch that houses some of the city’s best locally-owned antique shops, restaurants, and clothing boutiques. Monomin features brands like Just Female of Denmark, Third Form of Australia, and AG Jeans, as well as personal care products from Grown Alchemist. —Ellen Kincaid
2104 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

16. Pilot & Powell

3901 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Photo: Pilot & Powell
Pilot & Powell offers luxury clothing that pushes the boundaries of Southern fashion. This Magazine Street shop caters to the influx of fashion-forward New Orleans residents who moved to the city in the years following Hurricane Katrina. The storefront is filled with upscale brands like Marni and Tabitha Simmons while also featuring emerging designers from all over the world. —Ellen Kincaid
3901 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115