Shopping Near Alder Hotel Uptown
What sets a unique boutique apart from the rest of the big-box stores and chains? It’s simple: a strong point of view. Fortunately, New Orleans is a collection of bold, creative personalities, and while many of them find their niches in music, food or art, some express themselves by curating shops like none you’ve ever seen. Fortunately, Alder Hotel is just a short Uber ride (about a mile) from Magazine Street’s collection of shops, and nearby, bustling Freret Street is worth a visit as well. If you’re looking for the best places for shopping near Alder Hotel Uptown, check out these boutiques and find an excuse to leave with a fantastic, wearable souvenir–for a loved one or yourself.
Babe (5007 Freret St.) is one of very few retailers to open on the newly revitalized Freret Street corridor, which boasts a wealth of bars, restaurants and venues. While the nightlife is sparkling on the commercial stretch, the daytime shopping opportunities at this contemporary casual women’s boutique also are not to be missed. Find the perfect romper, chambray off-the-shoulder frock or statement jumpsuit at this bright new boutique (then wear it out on the town that night).
Magpie (4529 Magazine St.) is an absolute treasure trove of unique vintage items, from sparkling 1920s art deco engagement rings to hallucinogenically colorful 1960s caftans. Prices are surprisingly affordable for vintage and antique items in such good condition, and the cozy, wood-floored shop is as inviting as a friend’s living room. Out-of-towners who fall in love with Magpie can shop the store’s Etsy page once they return home– a visit to this boutique is only the beginning of a beautiful relationship.
Upscale, understated and home to luxury designer brands, Victoria (4858 Magazine St.) is the retail equivalent of Posh Spice. It’s the destination for New Orleans’ well-heeled crowd, boasting exclusive labels like Maliparmi, Majestic, Gary Graham and M. & Kyoko. Shop at this beautiful, airy boutique and you just may brush shoulders with a former Carnival queen. (You’ll definitely feel like royalty.)
Join pop artist Ashley’s Longshore’s legions of fans, which include 60,000-plus Instagram followers and clients like Blake Lively and Cher, when you visit her Uptown studio gallery (4537 Magazine St.). Longshore playfully skewers trophy wives, excess, designer labels and celebrity in her work: butterfly-bedecked silhouettes of women, champagne bottles, renditions of media personalities like Anna Wintour and sassy phrases like “Coochie for Gucci” are among her recurring motifs. All in all, Longshore’s large-scale acrylic paintings mirror her personality: glittery, hilarious and larger than life.
Turning Japanese? You really think so? You will after a visit to Kawaii NOLA (4826 Magazine St.), a tribute to all things cute and anime-inspired. Pastel wigs, Hello Kitty purses, giant fake eyelashes and other staples of Japanese street fashion line the walls. Many items are handcrafted by local artists.The newly expanded boutique has become a mecca for aficionados of Harajuku style, hosting meetups, tea parties and even a cherry blossom festival for costumed attendees. Kawaii NOLA a melding pot of New Orleans costuming culture and Japanese cute culture–definitely a must-see.