New Orleans never lacks creativity, and that even extends to shopping. Skip the crowd, and turn to these local art markets for help with your holiday shopping. These are great spots to find unique gifts for those special folks on your list.
Art Market of New Orleans
This art market located in Palmer Park near the intersection of S. Carrollton Avenue and S. Claiborne Ave features more than 80 local artists with handmade works including paintings, glasswork, jewelry, ceramics, clothing and much more. Entertainment and food vendors also have a place at this fun market. This free art market is typically open the last Saturday of every month between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. However, just for the holidays, organizers have added a couple of extra days, so you can get in some last minute Christmas shopping. Photo courtesy: Arts Council New Orleans
The Freret Market
What started out as a revitalization project after Hurricane Katrina has now turned into a large event with more than 90 vendors. Held the first Saturday of every month (except June, July and August), the Freret Market combines shopping and live music in a quaint uptown neighborhood and offers food, art and flea market items to curious shoppers. Stop by the intersection of Freret Street and Napoleon Avenue. Photo courtesy: The Freret Market via Facebook
Magazine Street Art Market
Grab a “Crawfish Etouffee Dog” from Dat Dog, then hop over to the Magazine Street Art Market. Check out the beautiful handmade goods set up right next to the restaurant near Louisiana Avenue. Find everything from jewelry to paintings. The art market opens Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. Photo courtesy: Magazine Street Art Market via Facebook
The nation’s oldest public market started as a Native American trading post in 1791. Today, it combines an open-air flea market with eclectic shops featuring art, clothing, jewelry, handbags, New Orleans themed gifts, and entertainment. Specifically, the flea market is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The French Market District is open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Photo courtesy: French Market District