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New Orleans Bookstores

New Orleans Bookstores

Cookbooks, history books, gothic novels, children’s bedtime stories, poetry collections and so much more. They are just a few of colorful reading matter available at New Orleans’ bookstores, many of which are in the French Quarter.

From chain stores to the small independently owned bookstores featuring old and new works, you can find nearly everything literary here or have it special-ordered for you. In a city that has spawned and encouraged some of the most renowned writers in American history, local bookstores take special pride in offering works of up-and-coming local authors.

For a comprehensive list of New Orleans bookstores see below for more details.

 
New Orleans Bookstores
A Tisket A Tasket
910 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 524-8482
www.frenchmarket.org

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Shopping Type/s: Books, Gift Baskets and Flowers, Gift Shops, Souvenirs, Cookware, Foods - Retail and Mail Order

Description: Specialty bookstore & gift shop featuring Louisiana cookbooks, children books and regional books. Gift baskets are filled with New Orleans food products & local snacks. Gifts include recipe potholders, aprons, seasonings and more.
Agora Galleries
2240 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 525-2240
www.agoragalleries.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Shopping Type/s: Antiques, Books, Home Furnishings & Decor, Jewelry, Antique Jewelry, Home and Garden Shops, Lighting Stores
Arcadian Books & Prints
714 Orleans Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118 [Map It]
(504) 523-4138

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Shopping Type/s: Books
Beckham's Bookshop
228 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 522-9875

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Shopping Type/s: Books
Blue Cypress Books
8126 Oak St., New Orleans, LA 70118 [Map It]
(504) 352-0096
www.bluecypressbooks.blogspot.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Shopping Type/s: Books

Description: Serving up quality secondhand books, local music, and good times on the historic, newly renovated Oak Street.
Community Book Center
2523 Bayou Rd. , New Orleans, LA 70119 [Map It]
(504) 948-7323
www.communitybookcenter.com

Neighborhood: Mid-City
Shopping Type/s: Books
Crescent City Books
204 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 524-4997

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Shopping Type/s: Books
deVille Books
736 Union St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 569-1016

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Shopping Type/s: Books
Dirty Coast
329 Julia St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 324-6549
www.dirtycoast.com

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Shopping Type/s: Books, Clothing and Accessories, Posters and Prints

Description: "Be a New Orleanian, Wherever You Are." is the mantra that drives this local brand to create merchandise that's part fashion, part social commentary, part inside joke for their fellow New Orleanians. Choose one of their super-comfy graphic tees as a way to show your love for NOLA, no matter where you are. Creative, witty sayings make each design miles away from a souvenir.
Faulkner House Books
624 Pirate's Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 524-2940
www.faulknerhousebooks.net

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Shopping Type/s: Books

Description: Located in a tucked away alley off Jackson Square in the French Quarter, Faulkner Books is a New Orleans hidden gem. Faulkner Books is considered a national literary landmark and a historic location in the city. In 1925, the famous American novelist, William Faulkner, rented rooms in the same building where the bookstore is housed today. Faulkner Books sells new and used books, including classic and rare edition books by Faulkner and other historic writers. Collectors, authors, and visitors who have entered the cozy, literary sanctuary have described Faulkner Books as America’s most charming bookstore.
Garden District Book Shop
2727 Prytania St., New Orleans, LA 70118 [Map It]
(504) 895-2266
www.gardendistrictbookshop.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Shopping Type/s: Books
The Iron Rail Bookstore & Library
511 Marigny St., New Orleans, LA 70118 [Map It]
(504) 944-0366
www.ironrail.org

Neighborhood: Faubourg Marigny/Bywater
Shopping Type/s: Books
Kaboom Books
901 Barracks St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 529-5780

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Shopping Type/s: Books
Kitchen Witch
631 Toulouse St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 528-8382

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Shopping Type/s: Books
Kitchen Witch Cookbooks
631 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 528-8382
kwcookbooks.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Shopping Type/s: Books, Cookware

Description: This city is all about food, and Kitchen Witch Cookbooks stays true to NOLA’s number one passion. This quaint bookstore located in the French Quarter specializes in carrying rare, out-of-print books on food and cooking. The store also carries books dedicated to Creole, Cajun, and Louisiana cooking that allows customers to bring home New Orleans eats after they leave the city.
Librarie Book Shop
823 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 525-4837

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Shopping Type/s: Books
Magazine Antique Mall
3017 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115 [Map It]
(504) 896-9994

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Shopping Type/s: Antiques, Artists/Art Galleries, Oriental Rugs, Books, Cigar, Pipes, or Tobacco, Clothing and Accessories, Coins - Rare/Gold, Home Furnishings & Decor, Jewelry, Memorabilia, Music & Videos, Silver Shops, Toy Stores, Luggage, Gift Shops, Souvenirs, Specialty Items, Posters and Prints, Antique Jewelry, Gowns, Dresses and Accessories, Hat Shops, Home and Garden Shops, Knives, Lighting Stores, Sunglasses/Eyewear, Masks, Perfumeries

Description: The Magazine Antique Mall is a vintage shop that sells an eclectic assortment of timeless, one-of-a-kind items. The store’s vintage antiques are unique and unusual. Customers claim that walking into the Antique Mall is like taking a step back in time to explore the history of New Orleans. The Antique Mall is a perfect place to visit before or after lunch on Magazine Street!
Maple Street Book Shop
7523 Maple St., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 866-4916
www.maplestreetbookshop.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Shopping Type/s: Books

Description: Dating back to 1965, Maple Street Book Shop was opened by two sisters with a passion for reading. The avant-garde set felt comfortable in the shop, and often ordered books and held meetings there. Today, the staff at Maple Street Book Shop is still highly involved and interested in curating the shop's selection.
Maple Street Children's Book Shop
7529 Maple St., New Orleans, LA 70115 [Map It]
(504) 861-2105
www.maplestreetbookshop.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Shopping Type/s: Books
Octavia Books
513 Octavia St, New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 899-7323
www.octaviabooks.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Shopping Type/s: Books
Red Rocket Comics
500 Port of New Orleans Pl., Riverwalk Marketplace, New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Shopping Type/s: Books
Roux Royale
600-604 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 565-5272

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Shopping Type/s: Books, Gift Shops, Souvenirs

Description: "Wine and Dine New Orleans' Style" from housewares, linens, barware, candies, speciality food items, cookbooks, and table top... Roux Royale offers an unique shopping experience in the heart of the French Quarter. Bon Appetit!
Scriptura
5423 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115 [Map It]
(504) 897-1555
www.scriptura.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Shopping Type/s: Books, Gift Shops

Description: This European-inspired paper and writing boutique is the perfect place to purchase beautiful, handcrafted papers, writing utensils, invitations and leather-bound journals. Scriptura, located on Magazine Street in Uptown, is a charming store with a unique selection of specialty paper products that are elegant and one-of-a-kind. Scriptura is known for its couture, upscale wedding and party invitations, which have been featured in national media publications. Many of the paper items in store are imported from around the world, but Scriptura also sells pieces designed by local artists.
Voluptuous Vixen
818 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 529-3588
www.thevoluptuousvixen.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Shopping Type/s: Books, Clothing and Accessories, Jewelry, Belt Shops
WhatsNew
824 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 586-2095
www.whatsnew-nola.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Shopping Type/s: Artists/Art Galleries, Books, Home Furnishings & Decor, Cookware
White Camellia
3937 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115 [Map It]
(504) 875-4170
www.whitecamelliagardenandgifts.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Shopping Type/s: Books, Gift Shops, Specialty Items, Foods - Retail and Mail Order, Hat Shops, Home and Garden Shops, Perfumeries
Zuka Baby
2122 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 596-6540
www.zukababy.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Shopping Type/s: Books, Clothing and Accessories, Toy Stores, Gift Shops, Specialty Items, Children's Shops
 
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