While shopping may be a tertiary concern to many New Orleans visitors, that doesn't mean it doesn't have some great spots to get some uniquely N'awlinean gear. Cruise these Crescent City spots to bring back some gifts or treat yourself to something other than another six fried oyster po'boys, fatty.
By Patrick Albertson
DOMINO SOUND RECORD SHACK
2557 Bayou Road
• If you want to bring some jazz home from Jazz Fest, or for that matter some Senegalese '70s soul, Afro-Caribbean beats, obscure '80s punk, or even zydeco records, this is your place. Simple put: Domino Sound is the best place in town to dig through the stacks and boost your vinyl collection.
5035 Freret St.
• While Ensign has only been around since 2009, they've curated a great collection of gear from brands like The HUNDREDS, MIGHTY HEALTHY, and Mishka so you can get some backups in case you sweat through all your clothes from too much skating between bars.
MARIE LAVEAU'S HOUSE OF VOODOO
739 Bourbon St.
• So maybe there aren't any magic potions and maybe the staff look more gutter-goth than voodoo priestess, but there's definitely someone you know who's going to want a satchel of gris gris or a voodoo doll and this is the place to get it.
FAULKNER HOUSE BOOKS
24 Pirates Alley
• Located in the house that Nobel Laureate William Faulkner called home while he penned his first novel, this bookstore has a great section on New Orleans that has everything from literature and history to hauntings and bayou folk tales, so get learned.
5414 Magazine St.
• New Orleans has loads of bizarre and beautiful ancient stuff, so you won't be surprised to hear that a vintage clothing and knicknack store there is a goldmine for garb. If you do it right you can come out looking like a cross between Lil' Jon and Dr. John.
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