New Orleans is full of beautifully crafted, artistic shops offering tasteful souvenirs and reminders of the Crescent City. Sometimes it can be tricky in the Quarter to find these more subtle places among the plethora of gift shops, but when you do, it’s like discovering a secret gem. Aside from those prepared to part with several thousand dollars for a gallery painting, it may seem challenging to find a well-crafted piece with clear ties to New Orleans’ traditions and culture.
Fortunately, there are standouts in the Quarter, shops not only linked to our city’s identity but whose very shops and decor showcase New Orleans architecture and history. Here are four of the locals’ favorites.
Housed in a 19th century building and opening onto a verdant example of an original interior courtyard, Lucullus specializes in an unusual sort of antiques: culinary pieces from the last three centuries. Proprietor and author Patrick Dunne purveys glassware, silver, porcelain, dining furniture and decorative decor. As Dunne notes, Lucullus’s very location on Chartres continues in the street’s longstanding tradition of offering luxury goods.
610 Chartres St.
First launched in the French Market, Papier Plume now has an elegant, light-filled store on Royal Street. High quality and American and European handmade items include French stationary and inks, wax seals, office accessories, journals, pens, many with fleur de lis insignia.
842 Royal St.
Hove Parfumeur, Ltd.
Since 1931, Hove Parfumeur has been mixing and selling original fragrances, soaps and lotions for both men and women. Many fragrances, such as Carnaval and Rue Royale, are linked to New Orleans and Louisiana by name and often evoke traditional Southern scents, including magnolia and gardenia. The diminutive shop with its pink walls, framed prints and old fashioned display cases is a delightful step back in time to French-inspired New Orleans decor.
434 Chartres Street
Faulkner House Books
Just steps from Jackson square and located in the same building where William Faulkner wrote his first novel, this charming and petite bookstore has the gently accumulated feel of Southern gentleman’s personal library. Lovely arched French doors and high ceilings prevent the small space from feeling claustrophobic as does the hint of a view of the buildings tiny interior courtyard. Specialties include New Orleans, Louisiana and Southern books, including rare and signed copies.
624 Pirate’s Alley