- Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
- Website: royalantiques.com
Antiques and the city of New Orleans simply go together. A stroll down Royal Street in the French Quarter allows you to discover and browse in shop after shop filled with antiques, mainly from Europe and, for the most part, priced for serious collectors. Not that there aren't deals to be found…
Case in point, the impressive secretary shown in the final slide in the gallery above. It's rare, unusual, in great condition and the near twin of one in an Upper East Side NYC shop currently. The one in New Orleans? Less than half the cost...and you get to enjoy some beignets if you make the trip.
Royal Antiques was my favorite shop on the strip. It was spacious and I especially loved the high-ceilinged back rooms, which was once the carriage house for the shop. The unfinished brick and peeling bright wall paints made for a perfect setting to view the antiques. The selection is clearly lovingly curated - there is a definite aesthetic at work here. I met several of the buyer/owners, Nanette and her son and daughter, Neil and Leslee - they've been in business at this location for well over 100 years and are all in the family (4 generations worth) - which means that these goods are being chosen by folks who literally grew up in the business - in some cases in apartments above the shop!
When I stopped in last week, a shipment had just arrived bringing treasures from a recent buying trip to England and France, so the shop was flush with gorgeous items, but I have the feeling that whenever you are lucky enough to find yourself in the area, it would be worth a visit.
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Images: Janel Laban