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Local color and a relaxed atmosphere are key words for shopping in New Orleans. The whole French Quarter is like an intimate European market with lots of small shops, boutiques, galleries and cafés. Where else in the world can you hear a soulful saxophone played in the street, watch a juggler or mime, sip rich chickory-laced coffee, and admire ornate iron-trimmed balconies all in the course of a shopping trip?
What makes shopping such an exciting experience in The Big Easy is the great variety of small shops, local craftspeople, and colorful regional items available. This variety, coupled with a friendly chat with the salesperson, tends to bring the shopper back again and again. It has become almost de rigueur for visitors to take home a Mardi Gras mask or some beignet mix to try making those wonderful square French donuts at home as mementos of a very alluring city. Together with the distinctive culture and traditions of New Orleans, and natural Southern hospitality, all this makes for a truly memorable experience.