The Shops at Canal Place
Management: O’Connor Property Management
Location: New Orleans, LA
Type: Indoor (260,000 sq ft)
- The Fashion Savvy Shopper
Must Stop Shops:
- Saks Fifth Avenue
I decided to spend my first day of our New Orleans Thanksgiving weekend taking a peek into a mall I had always noticed but never dared to step inside (after all I’m a professional investigative blogger now). With shopfronts such as Tiffany’s, Brooks Brothers, and Saks Fifth Avenue, I wondered if a poor little shop girl like me would ever be allowed entry or even more so with it’s strange architecture if it was a mall or just a hotel lobby?
We had a moment of rest when our group dispersed into their hotel rooms after taking in the Black Friday bargains at Riverwalk and my husband escaped to drop my step son off at the airport. At first I found my way to my hotel room, looked out my window and thought, I’m in New Orleans, what on Earth am I doing in my hotel room at two in the afte
rnoon?! Just across from our hotel was the Shops at Canal Place, so I wandered in and I’m so incredibly glad I did!
Right upon entry of this grand and breathtaking mall I found myself immersed in the wonder and magic of a New Orleans Christmas. There stood before me a giant glistening gold and silver christmas tree, and beside it was a live jazz band. To my right was a table covered in a variety of bottled beers and select wines, compliments of the mall. Obviously, I was in New Orleans, so one partakes of free spirits. The atmosphere of this mall definitely made up for the lack of personality in the Riverwalk Mall.
The mall itself has been owned locally for 16 years until this past February when the mall was acquired by a New York investment company. Since their acquisition the mall has recently raised it’s occupancy to an amazing 96% after the recruitment of Vineyard Vines and the Charleston Shoe Co.
As far as entertainment, their food court (located on the third floor) left little to be desired, but beside it was a 9 theatre cinema which offers in seat food service and a happy hour. The Cinema offers a vast variety of genres from box office hits to independent and foreign flicks. The Mall also offers several opportunities to experience unique events. To keep up with the latest news check out there Instagram @theshopsatcanalplace or Facebook.
The stores they have in the modestly sized mall are select, but are of the highest quality. The Saks Fifth Avenue Climbs Two Stories high and wraps all the way around the mall. The Anthropologie has a gallery of two meticulously merchandised levels. And of course no one can pass up a selfie in front of Tiffany’s or a plunder through Brook’s Brothers.
I never once questioned my Security while shopping. There have been two recorded deaths this year in the parking lot, but it’s difficult to believe with the calm and affluent atmosphere the mall holds. Though you can never forget you are in New Orleans, and the mall sits against the canal and backs up to the very edge of the French Quarter. So Be safe, and remain alert. There were quite a large number of officials that stood attentively scattered around the mall, keeping an eye on the action, and as a woman shopper going at it solo, I appreciated their presence.
The mall itself is quite accessible internally and externally. As mentioned before the mall is conveniently located within walking distance from several hotels (including the Westin it is attached to) and Jackson square. The mall is not wide spread so completely manageable for those needing assistance, and provides elevators, escalators, and stairs.
Overall I would highly recommend this experience to any adult. This is not a child friendly mall, there are no play places, no children shops, and no stroller rentals.
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*Shopgirl’s overall rating is determined from an average of mall security, cleanliness, activities, family friendly, and accessibility.