The shopping scene in New Orleans is as eclectic as the city’s music, food, and culture, and in local boutiques and specialty stores you’ll find everything from rare antiques to novelty T-shirts, artwork, jewelry, fashion, and foods that represent the city's varied flavors. Up and down Magazine Street and throughout the French Quarter you spot old-world influences intersecting with modern trends, making it easy for even the pickiest shopper to find something.
New Orleanians have a deep love for the Crescent City and its various cultural components. For shoppers, this translates into pride-centric merchandise, from jewelry and clothing bearing city emblems, such as the fleur-de-lis—a French symbol associated with New Orleans since its early days—to Mardi Gras masks, black-and-gold Saints symbols, and humorous statements about political issues and local personalities. Residents strongly support local entrepreneurs, which means they favor homegrown stores selling locally made goods.
Make sure to pay attention to some of the city's artwork. Posters, for example, designed around Jazz Fest and other special events, often become collector's items. In the thriving arts districts you'll find contemporary works by local artists alongside renowned names in the art world. The sounds of New Orleans—Dixieland to contemporary jazz, rhythm and blues, Cajun, zydeco, rap, hip-hop, and the unique bounce beat—are available in music stores, such as Louisiana Music Factory and Peaches Records, and at live-music venues including Preservation Hall, Snug Harbor, and House of Blues. Independent bookstores and major chains stock a plethora of local books on photography, history, cooking, and lore. Clothing stores focus on items that wear well in New Orleans's often intense heat and humidity, with styles ranging from the latest runway fashions to vintage frocks and styles by local designers.