Best Independent Book Stores to Visit in the French Quarter While on a New Orleans Staycation


Among the French Quarter’s wrought iron balconies and multicolored shutters lies New Orleans’ infamous used, new, and genre-focused bookstores. Book lovers can explore curated inventories without leaving the neighborhood during a staycation.

Faulkner House Books

Tucked between Preservation Hall and Jackson Square, Faulkner House Books harbors rare literary fiction, artistic poetry, and a deep historic past. In 1926, American novelist William Faulkner wrote his first book, “Soldier’s Pay,” while living in the building that is now Faulkner House Books. The shop claims to be “a sanctuary for fine literature,” which the store’s offerings, naturally-lit atmosphere, and illustrious past prove.

There is more to Faulkner House Books than meets the eye. The store’s specially curated book subscription service is what keeps customers returning. The store manager, Joanne Sealy, has a knack for talking to someone and recommending a fitting pick on the spot. A visit to Faulkner House Books will satisfy any visitor looking for a profoundly personalized experience.

Beckham’s Bookhop

Those looking for lived-in books and vinyl will enjoy the rustic, homey environment of Beckham’s Bookshop. The Decatur Street location has been operating since 1979 and offers various books of every genre. Cat lovers will enjoy watching Juniper, the shop cat, snooze among the stacks or cuddle up with her favorite readers.

Book enthusiasts are no strangers to visual arts. Many local and international artists display their prints throughout the shop. People on a staycation can also venture through Man Ray Records’ extensive vinyl collection on the third floor of the building.

Arcadian Books and Prints

The thrillingly eclectic Arcadian Books and Prints resides around the corner from Preservation Hall. After walking through the door, guests will find books stacked from floor to ceiling, allowing shoppers to explore biographies, fiction novels, and poetry. Store owner, Russell Desmond, builds awareness of French culture by offering a selection of French literary works. The shop often leaves books as lagniappe outside the front door for those wanting to learn without spending money.

Dauphine Street Books

Antiquarian, Steve Lacy, opened Dauphine Street Books to share his love of literature with the Crescent City. Readers can find collectibles alongside obscure pre-loved novels while strolling through the historic building reminiscent of New Orleans’ past.

“I don’t need to travel,” Lacy says. “I can find more than I can ever sell locally.”

Dauphine Street Books attracts authors and readers worldwide with its scheduled book signings in the courtyard. The bookstore is just a few minutes from St. Louis Cathedral, making it a perfect staycation stop.

Have a Staycation at the Jung Hotel & Residences

The best way to enjoy a staycation in New Orleans is by staying at a hotel in the middle of it all. The Jung Hotel & Residences is ideally situated near the Canal Streetcar line, allowing easy accessibility. Make a reservation at the Jung Hotel today and experience adventure, fun, and leisure.