New Orleans Outlet Malls
Outlet malls are a great place to shop for bargains among a selection of styles that reflect the local culture. For instance, if you're looking for authentic cowboy boots, you'll get the best prices and selection in areas where people wear cowboy boots as part of their daily wardrobe. (Think Texas, not Connecticut.)
Because New Orleans is not geographically central to a larger urban or suburban area, the selection of certain amenities - like outlet malls - is somewhat limited. Your search for that perfect sweater or swimsuit may take you to nearby Mississippi, but don't be alarmed. If you check your map, you'll notice that the border is quite close.
Tanger Outlets in Gonzales is 60 miles northwest of New Orleans, or about an hour's drive. I-10 West takes you there from New Orleans. Tanger is a national name in outlets, so if you have been to a Tanger Outlets mall before, you'll have a pretty good idea of what brands to expect to see:
- Tommy Hilfiger
- Liz Claiborne
- and about two dozen more popular names.
Mall of Louisiana in Baton Rouge is 78 miles northwest of New Orleans, or about an hour and a half in drive time. You will have passed through Gonzales to get here. Mall Of Louisiana is not an outlet mall, but certainly nothing short of spectacular, with two levels, 155 shops, full-service restaurants and an antique carousel. Again, it is not an outlet mall, but you're bound to find some great buys as well as a host of essential items you may need for the remainder of your trip.
Prime Outlets in Gulfport, Mississippi is 78 miles northeast of New Orleans and is also about an hour and a half in drive time. Prime Outlets and the Mall of Louisiana are an equal distance from New Orleans. However, the Gulfport area of Mississippi, in which Prime Outlets is located, is itself a tourist attraction. Not only does Prime Outlet house over 80 famous brand name outlet stores, but it is also located at the entrance to the Mississippi beaches and casinos. Not exactly what you expected to do on the trip to New Orleans, but it's nice to know that you can mix your shopping with some sunbathing or a few games of Video Poker.
Various New Orleans Shopping Options
Smaller shopping centers do exist much closer to New Orleans: New Orleans Shopping Center is on Poydras Street, near the Superdome. Shops at Trois Rues are on Chartres Street. Canal Place Mall is located on Canal Street in the French Quarter. Lastly, there's Lakeside Shopping Center in Metairie, about six miles outside of New Orleans. Most of these are upscale malls, catering to more expensive tastes in fashion and food and not your typical outlet mall fare.
After a day at the mall, think of something local that's fun and exciting to cap off the day, like the Entergy IMAX Theatre, or a night of dinner, music and dancing in the French Quarter. This would be a good excuse to show off that new outfit or that nice warm jacket you just bought.