Cafe du Monde, New Orleans

4 out of 5 stars 79 Reviews

800 Decatur Street, New Orleans (504) 581-2914

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    Cafe du Monde: a worthwhile messy stop

    by richiecdisc Written May 4, 2009

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    the messy little beignets and tasty coffee
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    One of New Orleans great institutions/tourist traps has to be Cafe du Monde. Everyone will tell you have to try their beignets and coffee. The place has been there since well New Orleans has been there. It is about as centrally located in the French Quarter as can be. In fact, maybe it's location is why it is the center of the French Quarter, it's THAT much a part of New Orleans lore. The lines are crazy for what amounts to coffee and donuts served in a rushing fashion to try and get as many people seated in a day as possible. And they are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week too! That said, it has to be done and if you like sweets and coffee you won't be disappointed unless you have ridiculously high hopes. If you want to save some money and time, get them as take out and sit in their less crowded self service outside eating area. It's faster, you get to eat them nice and hot, and you save on tipping for what amounts to less than stellar service.

    Favorite Dish: I don't think there is anything on the menu besides beignets and coffee. Beignets are fried dough covered in powdered sugar. They are a bit lighter than similar sweets like funnel cake. The coffee is very smooth if you get the chicory one which is their specialty. They have French Roast if you like a more robust version. Three beignets run about three dollars and is plenty for one person. The coffee wasn't exorbitant either. If you go self service, you are well under $10 for two. Just watch the powdered sugar, you will be covered in the stuff by the time you leave no matter where you eat them. It's probably safest to eat them standing up!

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    Cafe du Monde: Cafe au lait and Beignets!

    by TravellerMel Updated Feb 27, 2009

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    The only food served here are beignets (square French donuts generously covered in powdered sugar), and you can have cafe au lait with chickory, or soda, or milk. That's it - yet the place is always packed. And for good reason - the simple menu is just what you need, any time of day. Just walk to the first open table you see and sit down - the server will come, clean the table if needed, and take your order. They are open 24-7; it is a CHEAP place to rest your feet, use the bathroom, and just watch the people go by. DO NOT MISS!

    Favorite Dish: Have I mentioned the beignets? Three to an order, covered in powdered sugar... I'm salivating already!

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    Cafe du Monde: For the Beignets...Of Course!

    by VeronicaG Updated Dec 5, 2008

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    As I researched our trip to New Orleans, it seemed every guidebook or internet site mentioned a 'required' visit to Cafe du Monde. I'm so glad we did!

    Ideally located near lovely Jackson Square, the St. Louis Cathedral, Calbido and Presbytere, as well as, the French Market, the cafe is a 'must stop'. Find an unoccupied table as quickly as possible and prepare for a New Orlean experience: cafe au lait and beignets (pic #2).

    Cafe au lait (half chicory, half milk) and a plate of three beignets, dusted with powdered sugar (just think funnel cake) make for a satisfying breakfast or mid-afternoon pick me up. We had the pleasure of visiting Cafe du Monde twice and would have gone a third time if our schedule permitted.

    Due to its popularity, it may be challenging to get the attention of a waiter at times, but don't despair. You'll be enjoying your snack very soon. The cafe is open 24 hours.

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    Cafe du Monde: World Famous Beignets

    by HasTowelWillTravel Updated Aug 13, 2008

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    mmmm, delicious!

    This place is world famous for its beignets, large fried pieces of dough dusted in powdered sugar. They also serve amazing southern coffee, often with chickory added to give it a distinct flavor. And that is just about it. Talk about simplicity in menus! But what they do they do well. Don't expect to come away with a clean shirt; the powdered sugar gets everywhere. It dusts most of the tables and floor.

    This place is a "must see" in the French Quarter, and lines often form on weekends. But it is worth savoring the warm crunch of the beignet while people-watching and sipping coffee. Cafe du Monde is not to be missed.

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    Cafe Du Monde: beignets anyone?

    by Tom_In_Madison Written Jun 27, 2008

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    3 beignets

    Maybe the most famous eating spot in New Orleans. If you've ever had the Italian food 'zeppole', you know what these are. They're the same thing, dough fried, and smothered in powdered sugar. I had an order, 3 big ones for $2.50. They were good, but 3 is a big order, you may want to split an order with someone.

    They are also known for their chicory coffee, I don't drink coffee so can't comment.

    Favorite Dish: beignet

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    Cafe du Monde: Landmark Cafe in NOLA

    by maestrousmc Written Apr 27, 2008

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    This landmark eatery in the French Market has become one of the top three things to do for many visitors. There are many locations throughout NOLA: malls, shopping centers. Known for the beignets and cafe au lait (with chicory), the French Market location is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and as the site says, "it closes only on Christmas Day and on the day an occasional Hurricane passes too close to New Orleans." Should you choose to avoid the lines, visit later on in the evening -- it's usually the only I time go (after a night out) as the lines are pretty much non-existent. Besides, I think the ambience is more conducive to enjoying the offerings.

    Lines can be long but more often than not, local musicians are performing where the line forms. Once you're in, the efficient staff is quick as they are used to the volume.

    Favorite Dish: Cafe au lait; beignets.

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    Cafe du Monde: You Know You HAVE to Come Here...

    by msbrandysue Written Oct 20, 2007

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    The restaurant serves beignets (square donuts) and coffee.

    The ambience is very laid back. You can walk right up and grab a seat. Locals even bring their dogs! The waiters are very nice, although they have a lot of people to serve so they are pretty fast paced.

    You are right off of Jackson Square so you get to watch all of the action. It was hard to carry on a conversation because my friend and I were constantly watching New Orleans exist on its own.

    It is very authentic New Orleans. Don't pass this up!!

    Favorite Dish: The beignets (I could only eat 2) and CAFE AU LAIT!

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    Cafe du Monde: Reliably good!

    by cosmogypsy Written Sep 2, 2007

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    Cafe Du Monde offers a very limited menu of beignets and coffee, but both are delicious. I was suprise that the menu did not have any other options, but once they both arrived, I realized it was not necessary to put anything else on the menu. The were both of such high quality, they put chain coffee shops to shame.

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    Cafe du Monde: Cafe Du Monde

    by hackenbush Written Jun 18, 2007

    It's fried dough, powdered sugar , and cafe au lait. What could be bad? Any black clothing, that's what! Try and get there when there is a musician outside, and there almost always is.

    Favorite Dish: Beignets is bout all there is here. You do get to go around the back and see em' rise to the top.

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    Cafe du Monde: If you want soymilk, go to Starbucks. Otherwise...

    by babystrange Updated Jun 6, 2007

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    My first foray to Cafe du Monde was at about 1 AM, after finally arriving in New Orleans and getting settled into my hotel. It being the small hours of a Wednesday morning, the few customers who drifted in were drunks, students, and a couple of homeless people. When I came back again the next day, it was packed with tourists.

    The menu is very limited--cafe au lait (half strong coffee, half hot milk) and beignets are the backbone. You can also get your coffee black, or get iced or frozen vesions.

    For non-coffee drinkers, milk, orange juice, and hot chocolate are the only other things on the menu. In an older review posted here, someone mentioned ordering sandwiches and quiche for lunch, but they have mistaken the Cafe du Monde for somewhere else (probably the Cafe Beignet a couple of blocks further down Decatur).
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    If you want to eat at Cafe du Monde, you get beignets. That's all they do. Don't be like the tourist in line behind me one day who complained about that; if you want "real food" there are countless places in the Quarter to get it. Likewise, they use whole milk in the cafe au lait, so don't be like the three women in line in front of me (on the same day!) who tried to get theirs made with soymilk, and when that failed, skim milk. It will only earn you a "tourist, please" look from whoever is serving you, and with good reason.

    When it's busy (and it usually is during the day), service can be slow, whether at tables or the take-out window. The bathrooms are--well, I used them and didn't catch anything, but let's just say that if you're seriously germ-phobic you might not want to go in there.

    Favorite Dish: The beignets are fabulous, especially when served hot straight from the fryer. Their crispy exterior and slightly chewy, buttery-tasting interior places them several notches above your run-of-the-mill donut. They are served with heaps of powdered sugar, so attempting to eat them while wearing dark-colored clothes is not recommended.

    I was instantly hooked on the cafe au lait; I think it's better than any latte I've ever drunk here in Seattle. The chicory really brings out the flavor of the coffee and intensifies it, so even with all the hot milk the coffee is still flavorful. I was in New Orleans for nearly a week, and drank it every day. I miss it. I want some now...

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    Cafe du Monde: Breakfast Beignets & Chicory Coffee to Live Music

    by atufft Updated Apr 30, 2007

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    Cafe du Monde, off Jackson Square
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    The chicory flavored coffee with a beignet is not a healthy way to start the day, but it's tasty enough. People love to mingle at this corner of Jackson Square with their pets tied to the iron railings. A canopy top to this outdoor restaurant will keep heavy rains away. This place was open very quickly after Katrina. To go orders are available at a window. The restaurant is open 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week, except for Christmas Day and days when hurricane's sweep through. Just down Decatur street at Grandad's General Store, a Cafe du Monde Company Store, cans of chicory coffee, souvenir coffee mugs, beignet ingredients, and other items can be purchased at a slightly lower price an in fresher stock than the ubiquitous souvenir stands around the French Quarter.

    In 1942 Hubert Fernandez purchased Cafe du Monde from Fred Koeniger, who presummably is related to the creator of this tradition that began in 1862. The two story apartment building with balcony covered sidewalks across the street (shown in the photos) from the restaurant had already been owned by the Fernandez family and was the location of the Fernandez Wine Cellar, which is now closed. It is on the south end of this building where the souvenir shop is located.

    Favorite Dish: I like the beignets at lot. I know they aren't healthy, but I don't eat this kind of breakfast everyday. The coffee-chicory blend coffee is also a unique and excellent way to start the day. Typically, the coffee is mixed with milk in a 1/2 to 1/2 ratio.

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    Cafe du Monde: Sweets and coffee 24 hrs.

    by cromette Updated Mar 13, 2007

    Café du Monde is, of course, the place to go for beignets, coffee and hot chocolate. We enjoyed this stop as a cap off to our wonderful New Orleans trip. The waitresses here are usually a bit abrupt, but very efficient. We got 2 orders of beignets, and 3 café au laits and one hot chocolate. It was a good place to rest our feet, enjoy the sweet beignets and the music wafting over the iron railing from the sidewalk outside. The perfect end to a perfect trip.

    Favorite Dish: Beignets of course! Hot and sweet, perfect to dip into a hot cafe au lait.

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    Cafe du Monde: Beignets and Chicory Coffee - mmm...mmm...good

    by virtualpatrick Updated Feb 9, 2007
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    This is the place to go for a sugar rush and a quick pick me up. Just have a few of those beignets from that bag o' powdered sugar and several cups of the chicory coffee and you should be ready to continue on exploring Mardi Gras or not Mardi Gras.

    I loved walking the French Quarter still sleepy eyed through the early morning fog from the hotel, through an empty Decatur Street, to Jackson Square where I can get some fixin's of that fried sugary dough and chicory enhanced concoction running through my veins.

    The original Jackson Square location is open 24 hours a day except on Dec 25.

    Interesting fact: Chicory is from the root of the endive plant, a type of lettuce. The French used the chicory / coffee mixture during the French civil war to enhance the flavor and extend their supply of coffee.

    Favorite Dish: Coffee...powdered sugar...beignet...{repeat}

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    Cafe du Monde: The World's Most Famous Coffee Shop

    by Tom_Fields Written Dec 17, 2006

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    No visit to New Orleans is complete without stopping at the Cafe du Monde. This restaurant has been here since 1863, serving its trademark coffee and beignets (donuts). The coffee has chicory in it. OK, this is not exactly health food, but it's worth trying it once. It's one of the city's best-known landmarks. And it remains open ALL the time, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

    Favorite Dish: The coffee and beignets, of course.

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    Cafe du Monde: Beignets with Cafe au Lait

    by makiro Written Jun 27, 2006
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    This place is an icon in New Orleans. It's great to stop here late at night after being out on the town, or early in the morning to read the sunday paper. Open twenty four hours. And yes, open again after Katrina.

    Favorite Dish: The Beignets are the best. But eat them up as they are best while hot. And you must have a coffee to go with them. Some people might see them as just fried dough, but the combo with the great coffee with chicory is so much more. Beignets are served three to an order. The traditional way to drink the coffee is Cafe au Lait. Enjoy.

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