Here are the top shopping malls in New Orleans and its suburbs. Although there are plenty of street-front shopping areas in New Orleans - Magazine Street, Royal Street, Oak Street, Metairie Road and more - sometimes you just need to shop in a mall - for the department stores, the specialty shops, the food courts, or just the air-conditioning.
Saks Fifth Avenue is the anchor department stores. There's a food court,coffee shop, and Morton's Steakhouse. Plus a luxury movie theater with seat service of food and drink. And it guarantees no crying babies - You have to be over 18 to buy a ticket even for PG movies.
Riverwalk is the site of the 1982 World's Fair in New Orleans and it borders the Mississippi River with a long balcony spanning the large food court which features Louisiana food and drink. You can eat out on the balcony and enjoy the river and its traffic, as well as its breeze. There are also has information plaques about the river. Riverwalk is on the edge of the Warehouse District and it's museums and restaurants.
The mall itself has lots of specialty shops with unique gifts as well as fashion boutiques. It's a great place to find New Orleans theme items and unique gifts.
Plus, one of New Orleans museums is inside the Riverwalk Mall: the Southern Museum of Food and Beverages, aka SOFAB.
And right outside the mall is Spanish Plaze and its fountain. Riverwalk Marketplace hosts several special events on the river throughout the year.
Jax Brewery is located right on the Mississippi River just a stone's throw from the French Market District. The mall boasts great outdoor spots to enjoy the scenery and river breezes while eating your food court purchase.
Jax Brewery has rooms for private events and has become a popular New Year's Eve venue in New Orleans. It's a great location to watch the fireworks over the river.
This Gretna mall was a victim of post Hurricane Katrina looting and arson. But, it's back with a modern colorful interior style. Big stores include Dillard's, Sears, JC Penney's, and Forever 21. There are jewelers, fashion and shoe stores, and more. Eye services are available at Eye Masters and Sears, which also has hearing aids, a portrait studio, and a notary public.
Kids can have birthday parties at Build-a-Bear or Sucre.
There's a big bustling food court, as well as sit-down restaurants in outside buildings. It's right on the corner of Causeway Blvd. and Veterans Blvd. in Metairie - you can't miss the massive Macy's parking garage along Veterans. It's ugly but did help with the long-time parking issues, especially during the holidays.
This Jefferson Parish, Kenner mall is part of the Simon group that boasts about its Rejuvenation Stations for shopping breaks with soft seats, free wifi, cell phone charging stations and things to read. It also has it's own mobile "app".
day trips "across the Lake".