4940 Chef Menteur Hwy,
New Orleans, LA 70126
Phone: (504) 940-5550
Fax: (504) 945-5819
Since childhood, Pastry Chef Dawn Snead has been baking. Now, from her Bywater bakery, Snead is sharing her baked goods with hungry customers looking for a homemade treat made from natural ingredients. Shake Sugary sells breakfast pastries like Apple Cinnamon Sweet Rolls and Maple Bacon Sweet Potato Biscuits, in addition to pies, tarts and cakes from the St. Claude Avenue storefront. Those looking for a custom treat can place a special order for a specialty dessert or custom wedding cake. A variety of vegan items are available daily and by special order.
This is not Borders, Barnes and Noble, or anything vaguely resembling the autonomous corporate bookstores. At Iron Rail Book Collective there is no rush to get your products purchased—feel free to browse through alternative genres such as anarchism, gay and lesbian studies and social theory while relaxing in the reading room. Book prices may seem cheap on Amazon, but here you can borrow a book for free from the lending library. And if you can't afford the $10 membership fee, put in three hours of volunteer work instead.
Faubourg Marigny Bookstore better known as FAB is probably the oldest gay-owned bookshop. Run and owned by Otis Fennell, you will find artworks, literature, music and more at this charming store. It was opened in 1978 by Tom Horner, an American author. It is the also among best place to know about the local gay scene and find the top spots to hangout and more.
Whether you’re a long-time witch or simply curious about the craft, Witchy Living is sure to offer something to please. This Marigny boutique carries witchcrafted items and ritual supplies in addition to a collection of essential oils, organic teas, and herbs. Curious patrons can pop into the shop for a reading with one of the two resident tarot readers. In addition to the posted opening times, Witchy Living often opens early or stays open late, and accepts appointments for Mondays and Tuesdays. -Bethany Culp
Collectible Antiques is a hidden gem of French Quarter, located of Decatur Street. The quaint little shop has a bit of everything - collectibles, vintage pieces, hard-to-find antiques and lots more! The eclectic inventory boasts of a wealth of knickknacks, trinkets, furniture and such that will give you an impression that you're navigating through your Meemaw's belongings. Every little piece here has a story to tell, and if you like stories, Collectible Antiques is just the place for you. The prices are quite alright and the staff is pretty helpful to get you exactly what you want. This is also a fantastic place to go for present hunting. Drop in to acquire something charmingly vintage and unique!
Twenty-four hours a day, Verti Marte caters to the needs of hungry revelers on a budget. This French Quarter market and deli stocks a variety of grocery items in addition to operating a kitchen that never closes. Step up to the counter to order an affordable breakfast plate, daily special or signature Po-Boy. Po-Boy purists can select from traditional varieties like hot roast beef or fried shrimp, while the adventurous, and hungry, can order the All that Jazz - a French bread loaf stuffed with fried shrimp, turkey, ham, mushrooms, tomatoes and several types of cheese. If you can't make your way to Verti Marte, take advantage of the market's free delivery. -Bethany Culp
You don't have to be a wine connoisseur to feel like an aficionado at Swirl Sensational Wines. This dog-friendly, neighborhood shop stocks an assortment of affordable and fine wines, displaying them by variety. The knowledgeable staff is always on hand to help you make an educated decision. And if you need more than a recommendation to decide on your next purchase, attend one of the shop's many tastings. Every week, several nights are dedicated to themed tastings, giving customers an introduction to wines they may have never ventured to try. In addition to wine, the colorful shop also stocks select beers, a few choice liquors, and a variety of cheeses, pesto, and chocolates.
While large chain pharmacies may dominate the landscape these days, there are still a few family owned drug stores on the map that hold their own. Royal Pharmacy is among those final few. Located at the corner of Royal Street and Ursuline Avenue, this French Quarter pharmacy provides French Quarter residents and ailing visitors with all of their traditional drug store needs. Stop in Royal Pharmacy to pick up over the counter medications, basic drug store goods, prescription medications, or a treat from the soda fountain. -Bethany Culp
From the famed beignets of the "Cafe Du Monde" to the fabulous farmer's/flea market going strong since 1812, this shopping experience incorporates buying, dining and entertainment all within a five block radius of the famous French Quarter. The French Market boundary begins on Decatur Street across from Jackson Square. While you stroll through you may see any number of items, including candy, cookware, spices and mixes, clothes, fresh produce, crafts and toys, memorabilia and even gator-on-a-stick. The Market is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is free for browsing.
In 1985, Jimmy Buffet and his Parrot Head fans made this fictional Caribbean locale come to life in Key West. Now the tropics have come to New Orleans via the Margaritaville store. Like its Key West counterpart, the store offers a large inventory of clothing, CDs, tapes, books and gifts each with a unique Margaritaville twist. All the items in the store are colorful, fun and help bring Buffet's songs to life. This is a great place to find a fun little memento to remember your trip by.
Tucked away at Royal Street and Ursuline Avenue, Off the Beaten Way showcases a variety of sculptures, paintings and crafts from artists around the world. The French Quarter shop’s owners bring in contemporary paintings and sculpture from talented artists who create from remote locations. Off the Beaten Way’s collections include a series of wooden sculptures by Chantez, glass and wire sculptures by Iries Oliva, and oil paintings by Marco Antonio, in addition to collections of blown glass and colorful jewelry. -Bethany Culp
At times the French Quarter can appear to be a world within itself. So it only seems natural that it has its own alternative post office. Located on one of the most famous streets in New Orleans, is this stationer-emporium that offers all the services that the United States Post Office does. It is convenient to all hotels and shops in the Quarter, so it is easy to find that perfect post card and mail it all in one outing. Also offered are mailbox, packing and shipping services as well as a nice selection of cards and stationery.