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10 Best New Orleans Malls worth a Visit

New Orleans is mostly known for the boutique, gallery, and artisan shopping, but those who desire some brand name retail therapy are in luck here too. In addition to having all the favorite and known brands, malls here also offer great views, riverfront locations, and local flavors.
Malls are located a few miles away from the city and invite with traditional shopping, food courts and entertainment venues, supplemented with unique local touches. While shopping at little boutiques is an amazing experience for all NO visitors, there is nothing wrong with the desire to be immersed in endless shopping opportunities under one roof.
International visitors can be especially joyful about shopping here - not only they can get something well known back home for a lot better price, but also tax free. All they need to do is show their passports and will collect their refund at the airport before hopping on a plane. So let the great shopping begin!

1. French Market

French Market is an open air 6 block shopping city under the open sky. There can be as many as 220 vendors during good shopping weekends. Visitors can sample local delicacies, such as gumbo and jambalaya, support local artists by buying local t-shirts, art, and hats while listening to live music. All of this provides for a great shopping experience.
French Market New Orlean The mall has a long history and has been located on the same 200-acre land for 200 years. Shoppers are often looking for droopy women's sun hats, unique coasters, and shawls/sarongs. Just like everywhere else, there are plenty of kitschy items, but enough meaningful products to offset the former.
There are walking tours, plenty of special events, and even Farmer's Market to have a really great shopping experience.

2. Oakwood Shopping Center New Orleans

This shopping center is located just outside of New Orleans, across the Mississippi River in Gretna. This is one of the smaller malls around New Orleans, but that has some benefits. Shoppers don't have to deal with crowds and parking is readily available.
Oakwood Center The biggest department stores in this mall are Dillard's, Sears, and jcpenny. The mall is known for a great collection of footwear stores, like Finish Line, ALDO, Footlocker, Journeys and Footaction. Young trendy shoppers can enjoy Forever 21 and New York & Company. The food court contains usual suspects, but also features a few local eateries, like Cafe du Monde.

3. North Shore Square Mall

Just like most of the malls here, The North Shore Mall is outside of the city and across the Lake Pontchartrain in Slidell. The mall is situated on more than 600,000 sq. ft. and offers such staples as Dillard's, jcpenny, and Burlington Coat Factory. Women have plenty of choices for great apparel from Victoria's Secret, The Limited, Lane Bryant, and others. Men will also not be disappointed to find Express and Aeropostale in the house.
North Shore Square Mall The mall has some entertainment for the youngest shoppers too. Kids can pose for fun pictures in the picture booths, ride automated "kiddie rides", and even play a round of mini-golf.

4. Clearview Mall

This mall can be reached from French Quarter in about 20 minutes by car and is located in Metairie. It has been recently renovated and updated with a brand new giant Target, Sears, and Bed, Bath & Beyond.
Clearview Mall The Clearview Mall is usually busy, but spacious enough to always be easy to navigate. A very popular attraction here is a movie theatre showing tons of new releases. There is a trampoline jumping for the young shopping companions. Tired adults can get themselves reinvigorated with a flavorful local PJ's coffee cup.

5. Lakeside New Orleans Shopping Center

This shopping mall is just north of the city. It is one of the most popular and busy shopping locations in the Greater New Orleans. More than 120 well known stores find home here. Shoppers will be delighted with such staples as Dillard's, Lane Bryant, gap, Old Navy, and smaller boutiques like Ann Taylor Loft and a few others.
Lakeside Shopping Center Lakeside Shopping center will keep the entire family busy all day with countless retail destinations. There are some good eateries nearby. Veteran's Boulevard is right next door and offers some great dining opportunities for all.

6. Elmwood Center

This is another exciting shopping destination that is not enclosed in a giant building. Department stores, boutiques, beauty parlors, and retailers are spread out under the beautiful Louisiana sky.
Elmwood Center Shoppers will find Big Lots, Best Buy, World Market, ULTA, and many others for their retail pleasures. There are many great places to eat and enjoy the local flair. Kids are delighted with tasty pizza places and close by movie theaters, where parents can take them to reward their patience. And best of all, the Elmwood Center is very close to the New Orleans downtown.

7. The Esplanade New Orleans Mall

This shopping mall is easily accessible and located in Kenner. In fact, it could be your first stop right by the airport. The mall is a collection of popular retail and specialty stores. While visitors will find national brands like Dillard's Express, and Target, but they will also be delighted to enjoy some local merchandise and flavors at Bayou Riders and famed Cafe du Monde.
The Esplanade Mall at New Orlean There are about 80 retailers here to help you spend some money. The mall is never too crowded and offers plenty of parking for patrons.

8. Shops at Jax Brewery

As the name might suggest, this is not your usual mall location. The retail space is located in an architecturally unique 19th century building that was a brewery since 1891 and held the title of the biggest independent such establishment in the south. There are 4 floors of shopping to enjoy and restaurants to love. The top floor opens some spectacular city views to take in.
Jax Brewery at New Orleans In addition to usual department stores and box retailers, shoppers can enjoy picking up some New Orleans Saints memorabilia from Home Team Sportswear or jewelry form local artists. Lazy River Southern Fare and Spirits is a very popular spot to try some local delicacies, such as po-boys and gumbo after all the shopping goals are accomplished.

9. The Shops at Canal Place

This is a premier destination for all the upscale shopping needs. The mall is in close vicinity from the city and attracts with plenty of boutiques, specialty shopping, and high-end stores. Saks Fifth Avenue, Ann Taylor, and Tiffany await top-shelf shoppers.
Canal Place at New Orlean This three floor shopping mecca includes nationally known names and some local designers, such as jeweler Mignon Faget and local New Orleans Contemporary Crafts Company.
Family entertainment awaits shoppers and offers an upscale reserved-seating movie theatre, complete with dining and reclining seats. This mall is very close to the Aquarium and Mississippi River, so you can go right back to the tourist attractions once the shopping is done.

10. The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk

This is a unique place of retail. The mall was first opened in 1984 and reopened in 2014 after $70M renovation was complete. This Outlet Collection is the largest such establishment in any city downtown in America. Even if you don't have to do a lot of shopping, this is a beautiful place to be and marvel at the stunning river views, enjoy plenty of airy and natural light-filled spaces while window shopping. This center is right in the heart of New Orleans and next door to The Convention Center and Cruise Terminal on the river.
The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk The mall is known for the first in the state Neiman Marcus Last Call and such irresistible brands like Kenneth Cole, Coach, Nordstrom Rack, and Forever 21 all in one inviting place.