Some New Orleans souvenirs come in pretty little bottles. (Photo: Svetlana Foote/Shutterstock)
Skip the T-shirts, feather boas, beads and Mardi Gras coins when shopping for New Orleans souvenirs. If you want to bring home something special to remember your time in the Big Easy, get off Bourbon Street and make your way to these charming, one-of-a-kind shops for distinctive NOLA keepsakes.
How about an unforgettable scent for an unforgettable city? Bourbon French Parfums, the first parfumeur in New Orleans, was established in 1843. The Royal Street shop still mixes natural ingredients by band in small batches to create the finest fragrances. This commitment to tradition and excellence has won the Bourbon French Parfum Company a lasting place in New Orleans. The fragrance lines include bath products and lotions, and everything in between. Pick up a little “Voodoo Love” or create a custom scent.
The fleur-de-lis has long been a symbol for the city of New Orleans. It was emblazoned on the city flag at its founding in 1717. Fleur d’Orleans caters to those who want to show their New Orleans pride by wearing the symbol, and those who want to show their pride in a great visit to the city. This Magazine Street shop sells custom designed silver fleur-de-lis jewelry for men and women. Find necklaces, bracelets, brooches, earrings and cufflinks alongside ornaments, money clips and paperweights. Fleur d’Orleans designs are available at a variety of price points to satisfy any budget.
Antique aficionados are sure to find treasures at Greg’s Antiques. This sprawling, warehouse-like store in the French Quarter is full of one-of-a-kind pieces from countries across Europe. Every 30 days, Second Line Antiques brings in new shipments of furniture, chandeliers and art to be sold at wholesale prices for anyone to peruse and purchase. More importantly, Second Line Antiques sells a variety of New Orleans salvage pieces and architectural details like windows, doors, mantles and iron railings, so that you can always have a little bit of the Crescent City at home.
Yvette Porter is a native New Orleanian and a Navigator at the Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette Hotel in the French Quarter.