You'll adore the French Market in the French Quarter. It's a funky, eclectic mix of local cuisine and cheap souvenirs. Nathalie especially loved getting a pair of duck-shaped sunglasses. For her, a trip to New Orleans without a stop at the French Market is unthinkable!
What to buy: Don't buy postcards until you can get yourself to this neighborhood. The cards for sale in most shops along Bourbon Street pale in comparison to the class of souvenirs you can get along the strip between the French Market and Jackson Square. Trust me on this; I did lots of comparison shopping!
Along Decatur Street, you'll find the French Market, the Farmer's Market and lastly the Flea Market. Each is a good option for buying various souvenirs. The flea market is stocked with cheap tee shirts and crafts and is worth a look.
The French Market is really cool because it has so many different things. From jewelry, to paintings, to wallets, to sculptures, to drums, etc., etc., the French Market has the variety you need. Prices can be a little high, but then you can also find some steals. Don't be afraid to beargain with the sellers there. Everytime I have gone with someone who bought something, the price was argued and we got them to lower the prices. The entire place is underneath a big tent and it can get real hot at some times during the year.
What to buy: Jewelry is the main item, but there is just way too much to list here.
What to pay: How much you got?
Cool little place---thought there would be more vintage stuff, but mostly new reproductions...I love toy shops, wish this weren't so touristy.......
What to buy: New Orleans writer's books---
What to pay: tourist prices
This shop was like many on the tourist shopping strip. I bought some local hot sauce, coffee and postcards. The hot sauce was good. The coffee was with chickory and it is on the strong side.
Food, t shirts, junk, watches. art, etc....
What to buy: Everything you'll need to bring home , for those demanding stuff, you can find here.
A cross between a Farmers Market and a Flea Market.
What to buy: I bought a piece of jewelry and some Cajun spices.
What to buy: Walk up and down the five blocks of specialty retail shops, a community flea market carrying clothing, jewelry, crafts and an open-air farmers market
the French Market has lots of touristy shops with the usual kitsch, plus some shops featuring local arts and crafts.
What to buy: Get some pralines. They are fantastic!