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“Good Day Trip”

Historic District Shopping
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Reviewed 2 August 2014

I have visited the downtown shopping district three or four times over the years. Basically it's three to four good blocks long, together with a few attractions on two side streets.

Without a doubt the class act among the stores is the gift shop Merci Beaucoup, owned by the mother of the guy who runs the restaurant next door by the same name. My wife and I found four or five items in this very classy gift shop (the two golden pheasants are now sitting on a table in our entry foyer).

The other stores fronting Cane River Lake run the gamut from antiques to tourist items and general gifts and clothing, and, of course, a number of well known restaurants and the Louisiana Sports Museum.

When shopping is done, you can stroll across the street and savor the slow-placed beauty of the river.

While this is certainly not the largest shopping area in the country, it is what it needs to be for this historic and easy-going town.

This is a neat and relaxing way to spend two or three hours, and I'm pretty certain you'll have a great time.

J. Randolph Smith
Monroe, LA

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Reviewed 19 July 2014

There really is not that much shopping here in my opinion. It is worth the time to drive over and spend an hour or so in the area, just don't count on a lot of stores. A lot of the downtown is just business offices. Very pretty area facing the Cane river.

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Reviewed 13 July 2014 via mobile

We were passing through Louisiana and had planned to spend a few hours and some of our money here, but too many places were closed. I would have thought that a tourist destination would have more open, especially the Visitor Center.
Would love to see more stores with local items, a nice casual dining spot that isn't a bar, and more of interest to those who aren't clothes shopping.

Thank disneygirl62
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Reviewed 12 July 2014

Went to Natchitoches on our anniversary for an overnight stay. Never been before so planned our trip using tripadvisor. The historic district is the thing to do there and can be accomplished in half a day of walking around the shops. Mix match of antique stores, kitchen stores, trendy clothes mainly for women, a little historical stuff, etc. Most of the businesses were friendly, especially the lady who runs the kitchen store, one of my favorite shops mainly due to her hospitality. The general store was okay but a little higher on prices basically due to the tourist nature of it, but its neat to see and if you need something they may actually have it. The reviewer about the bathrooms was dead one and there is only ONE public bathroom at the very end of the street, so if you have to GO...its a long way from one end to the other. Now...a little secret if you dont ruin it...the kitchen shop lady is very kind and allows the public to use hers...just keep it clean please. I bought something from this store almost exclusively because of that. The rest were not. You can do this area in a few hours so dont plan days around it.

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Reviewed 8 July 2014

We love it in Natchitoches, most everyone you meet are very kind, great hospitality, the scenery is awesome all around Front Street, clean everywhere you go, we enjoyed the Fourth of July fireworks display this year, was better than any of the Christmas lights/fireworks we have gone to.

Thank rickcatla
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