The busiest time of year is preparing for the holidays. You shop all across the state looking for the perfect gifts for the ones you love. We’re here to help you out. From antique villages to sprawling shopping centers, get in the spirit of the season and check out these 14 awesome holiday shopping destinations in Louisiana.
This miniature metropolis is located off Bluebonnet and Perkins Road in Baton Rouge. There are tons of shops. From big retail stores like Barnes & Noble and Urban Outfitters to small, hip boutiques like Yipsy. This place truly has it all in one convenient shopping area. Make a day out of it with the kids and visit the many restaurants in the same shopping center. After a day of shopping visitors can relax and watch a movie at the Cinemark Theatre. It is the perfect place for a holiday shopping spree in Baton Rouge!
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This district in the tiny town of Denham Springs has antiques of all shapes, sizes, and variety. Located in the heart of the city on North Range Avenue between Centerville Street and Railroad Avenue, this row of shops provides a convenient setting where patrons can peruse the entire area at their leisure. Heritage House Antiques provides two stories of unique shopping along with an old boarding house upstairs, while Rusty Rooster sells repurposed vintage furniture and household items. Some arts and craft stores such as Brushfire Studio and Mothers & Daughters also sell a variety of unique craft items. Though those are just some of the many antique shops on the street, as there are over 28 dealers in over 3,000 square-feet of area. Denham Springs has all the antiques and craft items one could need.
This street is known in the New Orleans area as one of the premier shopping districts. Though it runs for six miles through several neighborhoods spanning from the Lower Garden District till Uptown hits the Mississippi River, Magazine Street has remained a go-to for Crescent City shoppers. Especially during the holidays, local shops like Funky Monkey, Bywater Clothing, and Pop City are the perfect place for fresh NOLA fashions and clothing. Petcetera has the perfect gift for your little furry companion and antique stores such as Kevin Stone Antiques and British Antiques have all the historic items one may need. Other stores include Hazelnut, a fine gifts and home furnishings store as well as many chic boutiques like Je T’aime Nola. Magazine Street constantly flows with traffic from tourists and residents alike. On a nice, crisp day it is perfect for a stroll and has tons of public transportation options.
As Acadiana’s premier lifestyle center, Parc Lafayette is the place to go for luxury and style. This European-style mix-use development combines elegant shopping, dining, lodging and entertainment all in walking distance. Currently, 22 businesses operate in the center that is decorated with grand French architecture, beautiful open spaces, and towering oaks. Paper Doll that is one of many boutiques though they specialize in baby and infant clothing as well as accessories. Sky Blue Clothing Studio carries eclectic varieties of new, vintage as well as reconstructive styles and Indulge carries vintage clothes though they also have a kids’ nook with a full chalkboard for the little ones entertainment! Parc prides itself on having most of their businesses be locally owned and operated, supporting the business develop of the greater Acadiana region.
As New Orleans’ oldest neighborhood, the French Quarter has been a hub of life, culture, and business for the city for centuries. Being a blend of French, Spanish, Creole, and American architecture this iconic part of the city holds treasured shops, boutiques, and clothing stores that have truly stood the test of time. Local spots like Bon Castor, who makes handmade crafts, jewelry, clothing, furniture and more along with Roux Royale provide locals and visitors with endless amounts of sopping experience. Skully’z Recordz is located on Bourbon Street itself, Santa’s Quarters on Decatur has been family owned and operated for over 30 years. The French Quarter is rather big, though it’s way easier to navigate on foot or by a local pedi cab. The shops, restaurants, bars, and history are endless. Take your time to explore!
This group of retail businesses in Lake Charles strives to provide culture, togetherness, and business in this cultural district. The Louisiana Market provides great gifts for everything Louisiana, while Catina Couture has the latest in-fashion trends. Several spas and hair dressers can give you that holiday hair-do while shoppers are out and about. Odyssey Salon, Just For looks Salon, and Twisted Scissors are just a few to name. Agave Tamale and A Piece of Cake have the food energy you may need, and Sassy Suzy’s has the women apparel to really strut some stuff. A unique present may come from Acme Sign Company, LLC. This shop designs, manufactures, and installs all kinds signs for all occasions.
As the original French Colony in Louisiana, the downtown area of Natchitoches has always had a rich history of bustling streets and fun shops. Today, the city has dubbed this area the Natchitoches Historic Landmark District for its 33 blocks of historic shops, buildings, and landmarks. In the heart of this district is Front Street where the shops truly come alive during the holiday season. Families can take in the beauty of the Cane River Lake all while strolling the many shops for their favorite gifts. One of the many shops is Louisiana Purchase, a Louisiana themed shop full of clothing, fudge, and pralines. Others include Merci Beaucoup Gifts, Cane River Kitchenware, Georgia’s Gift shop, and more!
Since being established in 1835, Main Street in Minden has been a place of community and business in the heart of the city. It is paved from bricks from 1917 and has an old town charm that will delight shoppers. Having its first shop opened by the founder of the city, Charles Veeder, this place has always harnessed activity. The Minden Main Street program officially became active in 1987 with a mission to preserve its history by promoting economic revitalization and rehabilitation of the old buildings lining the street. It is recognized as a Louisiana Main Street Community, a Louisiana Cultural Products District, and even has a spot on the National Registry of Historic Places.
Located in the Cotton Port Historic District in downtown West Monroe, this shopping area sits right next to the Ouachita River. The area has a history of being a port since 1859, though it wasn’t until 1883 that it was officially called West Monroe. Then, in 1987 some business owners came together to pool their resources for advertising their stores. Today, this vibrant shopping area in north Louisiana provides for over 40 businesses all located in the downtown area. From women’s boutiques, such as Bent Oaks Boutiques, to gun stores like Old Town Guns & Gifts, this area has all the variety you need to stuff all the stockings. Antique stores such as Rialto Antique Market, Cotton Port Antique Mall, and The Vintage Market also provide for old-school presents that have all the charm of the city center.
This luxurious outdoor lifestyle center offers an array of shops, restaurants, spas, and more. They have easy-access parking and is known for being navigated in relaxed fashion. The Louisiana chain, Vertage Clothing, is one of the most popular shops around specializing in seasonal trends and hip styles. Looking for a perk up or a sweet treat? SB Magazine named Buttercups Cupcake and Coffee Bar for “Best Sweet Treats in 2015,” and Spa Concepts was named “Best Spa” if you’re looking to relax after a hard day of shopping! Having over 20 stores in this small, convenient area a day of holiday shopping couldn’t be more enjoyable in the Shreveport-Bossier area.
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Throughout the downtown area of the quiet town of Covington, the “Christmas in the Country” celebration continues weekly from Nov. 25-Dec. 24. Occurring every day of the week except for Sundays, this annual event is put on to inspire business in the charming, historic downtown area. Shops, boutiques, and antique stores are dressed up in holiday décor with special carolers, strolling musicians, and refreshments provided throughout the street. Most shops are open from 9am-5pm, and some of the best local art around is sold at this location tax-free! Come support the vibrant downtown Covington area this holiday season.
Also known as Tiger Town, this shopping, dining, and nightlife area is located right outside the north gates of Louisiana State University. It all started when Tony Losavio purchased the land in 1917, and by the late 1920s after LSU relocated from its downtown residency the area started to boom with business. Through the many decades over 450 businesses have called this area home. Though today it is largely known as a place for entertainment, food, spas, and boutiques. For Tiger fans, Bengals and Bandits has all of your LSU accessories and gear. Masseys Outfitters is a national retail outlet specializing in all outdoor gear and clothing to really test the elements. The Chimes is an iconic Baton Rouge restaurant that not only is a great place to grab a bite, but also has cool t-shirts for college students to wear around campus. Spa’s such as Eutopia spa and Studio 126 Salon make for great gift certificate gifts and The Bicycle Shop can take care of all anyone’s biking needs. The north gates of LSU have been a retail hot spot for decades with so much still to offer.
This shopping center has many national retailers like Chico’s, Sunglass Hut, Talbots, Hemline, and more! All conveniently located in one center this place makes for a one-stop shop for all holiday gifts. Learning Express Toys have tons of gadgets and play things for kids, while Martin Wine Cellar has the perfect selection of adult beverages that make for great gifts to of-age friends.
Open daily from 10a.m.-6 p.m. rain or shine, this market is said to have three centuries of history with six blocks of shopping. For over 200 years, the French Market has been serving New Orleans as a place of community and commerce. Today, with many shops like Aerosoles that specializes in making shoes and Muse Inspired Fashion, this area is hopping with contemporary flair and historic allure. However, one of the most interesting things about the French Market is its very own Flea Market. Vendors from around the globe flock here showing off their items in this open-air shopping paradise. From jewelry to instruments, clothing, antiques, and more, anything can be found at the French Market.
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