A Stroll Down Canal Street: Three Historic Downtown Shopping Landmarks

Here's why locals have visited these landmark downtown destinations for years.

Many locals make a tradition of coming downtown for the holidays for gift shopping, socializing and exploring. Along Canal Street, the heart of downtown, sits some historic retailers and businesses who have stood the test of time.

We took a stroll down Canal Street to talk with three landmark downtown merchants who have a deep-rooted history and special holiday experience that has attracted locals for years. For more information about the Downtown Development District’s holiday events, visit their website.


Since 1924, the family-owned menswear store, Rubenstiens, has been the high-end shopping destination for men on Canal Street. During the 1950s and 60s Rubensteins expanded to a total of six buildings on Canal Street and St. Charles Avenue. Rubensteins even keeps memorabilia around the store as a nod to its deep-rooted history.

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Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans

Each holiday season, the Roosevelt Hotel’s Waldorf Wonderland Lobby comes to dazzling life. Since the 1930s, the annual holiday tradition has attracted locals and visitors out for the perfect photo op. The lobby display features 44 Birch trees, more than 22,000 twinkling lights, and scores of festively dressed Christmas trees.

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Fischer’s Jewelry

At age 65 when most of his friends were retiring, Eugene Fischer, Sr. opened a downtown jewelry store. Today, Fischer’s Jewelry is in its third generation of management.

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