Shopping: Browse the Big Easy

February 1, 2005

Whether you're in the mood for a big, bustling mall or you simply want to stroll the streets for antique shops and boutiques, be sure to allow time to browse the quaint, charming, and sometimes even unusual, stores the Big Easy offers.

French Market Shopping Located in the heart of the historic French Quarter, the French Market includes five blocks of specialty retail shops, a community flea market carrying clothing, jewelry, crafts and an open-air farmers market carrying only the freshest fruits, vegetables and Creole cooking herbs and spices. Specialty stores include: All that Jazz, Evans Creole Candy Factory, International Art Gallery, Jazz n Things and The Little Toy Shop. Stop at Cafe Du Monde when you're finished shopping for world famous cafe au lait and beignets.

Riverwalk Once the site of the 1984 Louisiana World's Fair, the Riverwalk is now a shopping destination for locals and visitors. Find more than 140 shops, restaurants and services all along a half-mile stretch on the Mississippi River. Riverwalk is located about two blocks from the historic French Quarter.

Voodoo shops Several Voodoo shops dot the city. For those interested or just plain curious, check out The Anne Rice Collection, 2727 Prytania St., Garden District; The Bottom of the Cup Tearoom, 732 Royal St. and 327 Chartres St.; and Marie LaVeau's House of Voodoo, 739 Bourbon St.