The Best Nail Salons in New Orleans

We try to keep ourselves manicured when possible. After all,

life is too short for a bad manicure

Whether you’re looking for a classic pedi, a gel manicure, or nail art that makes you stand out, we’re sharing our favorite places for getting your nails and toes in tip-top shape this summer and all year round.

Nail Bar NOLA

601 Julia St

The newest addition to the downtown nail salon scene, Nail Bar NOLA never lets us down. We love the communal seating so you can chat or eavesdrop on the latest gossip while sipping champs. It’s in the perfect location to pop in during your lunch break if you work downtown. But, be sure to call ahead. Their popularity has been on the rise and they tend to be busy. They offer gel, dip and acrylic in tons of colors at Nail Bar NOLA.

Illume + Perch

519 Wilkinson St 

This gorgeous new beauty bar in the heart of the French Quarter is a place where you will really feel like you are getting the self car you need. In addition to manicures and pedicures, they offer waxing, lash and brow services, and amazing facials at reasonable prices. Illume + Perch is the perfect place to unwind from a day in the quarter.

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Mia Bella Beauty Lounge

745 Baronne St

We love the chic white and purple decor at this adorable little place in the CBD. Mia Bella also offers waxing and haircuts and coloring. Their space is available for special events as well – perfect for your next bachelorette, bridal shower or even just a girl’s day!

Lilly’s Nails & Spa

1817 Magazine St

Having a rough day? There’s literally no better combination to ale you then a fresh mani/pedi followed by pho at the salon’s neighboring Lilly’s Cafe. Lilly’s does a fantastic job. Their basic pedicures include massages and exfoliation with your choice of scented scrub, and are very reasonably priced. Plus, their pho is some of the best in town. You’ll truly have an un-pho-gettable experience 😜

Buff Beauty Bar

720 Carondelet St

Buff Beauty Bar, also in the CBD, is great for quick freshening up during lunch or after hours. If you’re in a real hurry, opt for a polish change for only $10. They also offer lots of other services like lashes, blow outs, waxing, spray tans, makeup and facial peels. Be sure to make an appointment because sometimes there’s a wait for walk-ins. If we are really looking to go all out for a big event, Buff is our go to for blow outs and make up. Just and a cute outfit, and voila!

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Blow outs + makeup by Buff

Others salons that don’t disappoint are Belladonna, Kathy’s Nails, Amy’s Nail Salon and Serenity Nail Spa.