I hardly need to write a tip for Cafe du Monde as you're all going there anyway. But I thought I'd describe the scene at 6:30 am when most tourists are still sleeping off their hurricanes. 'Quiet' is the word I'd use, extremely quiet. All the chairs were still stacked on the tables and the only patrons were the all night staff. New Orleans doesn't have a shift that starts at 4 or 5 am. The early shift begins at 8 and anyone up before then has been up all night. Quite a change from the more teutonic bakers' hours where I live.
(Note: Several visitors have thought that this picture shows Cafe du Monde closed. Au contraire! Cafe du Monde is open around the clock. That's why I thought this picture was so funny. It's 6:30 am at the most popular coffee house in New Orleans. They are open for business but this is what it looks like from the outside.)
Favorite Dish: Coffee and beignets of course, with half a cup of powdered sugar avalanched on top. We can thank the French for introducing coffee to this country. From the Cafe du Monde web site:
"Coffee first came to North America by way of New Orleans back in the mid-1700's. It was successfully cultivated in Martinique about 1720, and the French brought coffee with them as they began to settle new colonies along the Mississippi."
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.
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!
One of the specialty and an experience you don't want to miss is seating in the morning at the terrace of Café du Monde, just off Jackson Square and order beignets and café au lait. Beignets are like donuts but crispier and tastier, sprinkled with confectioner's sugar and café au lait is a mix of coffee, chickory and milk. It's cheap, delicious and you are in one of the prettiest area in town. It's better to go in the morning for tourists are numerous and in the afternoon, the place is really hectic. Oh yeah, I almost forgot! Café du Monde is also known for not taking credit cards so, don't forget your cash.
Favorite Dish: The beignets are to die for. I just have to have another plate!
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!
One of New Orleans' iconic landmarks is the famous Cafe Du Monde. Known for its powder sugar laden decadent morning treat, the Beignet and its signature coffee with a taste of chickory, the Cafe is world famous.
It is open 24 hours, 7 days a week and only breaks for Christmas... or as the website states, when an occassional hurricane gets too close to Nawlins.
This place has been in business since 1862 and after one delicious bite, you will know that it will be open past 2062!
Favorite Dish: Beignets and a Cafe Au Lait.
When the drunk get drunker, their only salvation is coffee with chickory and some wonderful beignets at 3-4am. Thankfully, the people at Cafe du Monde are open 24 hours.
It's just something you have to do, it's a decent outdoor cafe, obviously crowded because they don't get too much time to clean up the tables (or the bathrooms for that matter) and when I was there, we felt a bit rushed. It's good, though.
Favorite Dish: Well, let's see. They serve coffee and beignets. I don't even know if there's anything else to choose from? I like the coffee and beignets
Of course you won't miss this place. I recall many a night studying for exams- we'd be falling asleep over our notes, when someone would say "Let's go to Cafe Du Monde!"....and the great thing is, this place is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. I never did understand why there were so many Chinese waiters/waitresses here, but that only seemed to add to its quirkiness. The service is fast, the place is messy, and the coffee is king. The beignets are a staple. Order your coffee "cafe au lait" style.
DEFINITELY casual if not often drunken, attire here.
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.
Still on our quest to sample most - or if possible all - of the local food available in New Orleans, we made the obligatory stop at Cafe du Monde. This little coffee place has been around since 1862, and they're mostly known for their "beignets". "Beignets" is the French translation of doughnuts, but I've never come across anything like it in French cuisine. In fact, the recipe was brought to New Orleans by Acadians (later to be known as Cajuns in the U.S.), and I'd describe it as fried dough sprinkled with powdered sugar (and in case you're wondering why they give you a small glass of water, it's actually so you can wash the sugar off your fingers once you're done eating!). I'd be scared to find out how much fat these little square pastries hold a piece, but this is definitely the kind of food you need to enjoy without thinking about calories. You can get an order (3) of beignets for $2.50, and to go with it Cafe du Monde serves fresh orange juice, regular or chocolate milk, or their famous cafe au lait. That's all there is on the menu but really, what else would you want?!
Cafe du Monde is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (except on Christmas Day).
Favorite Dish: We tried beignets at a couple more locations in New Orleans but quite honestly, my favourite ones were at Cafe du Monde.
I wouldn't consider a trip to New Orleans complete without a visit to the Cafe du Monde. It's open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, closed only on Christmas and during hurricanes, so it's a great place to get a late night snack.
I've heard that they sell sandwiches here, but I've never seen anyone order one! Everyone comes for the beignets and the cafe au lait, which is made with chicory coffee.
It's a great place to sit outside and people-watch at any time of the day.
Only two caveats:
1) Don't go on Sunday morning -- there's always a huge line,
2) Be prepared to leave with powdered sugar all over your clothes! The best way to avoid "leaving white" is by eating the beignets over the brick floor.
Related story: A young man I know, who grew up in a suburb of New Orleans, said that he and his buddies used to sneak out at night and go into the city to hang out. His mother, however, noticed the powdered sugar on his clothes the next day, and he was grounded. :) The moral of the story, as he told it: When you're sneaking out to go to the Cafe du Monde, don't wear dark clothing.
Favorite Dish: Cafe du Monde is famous for its beignets -- BEN-yays -- which are small rectangular pieces of fried dough, served warm and dusted with powdered sugar. They come three to a plate. Even those who are not fond of doughnuts like beignets.
most days I ended up here at some time or another usually in the morning before I'd start meandering around the french quarter or in the late evening after everything else had closed.
it's a great place to go to just people watch. there's almost always some kind of entertainment going on in the street next to the cafe. in the picture posted you might be able to make out a man playing the saxaphone on the corner of the street.
whether you have a frozen cafe au lait after a long hot day wondering around the quarter or start your day off with a couple of beingnets and some chickory coffee, you need to go here at least once if for anything, just to say you did:P it's been featured in so many books and movies that it's practically synonamous with the vieux carre.
Favorite Dish: the frozen cafe au lait after a long day in the sun. it really hit the spot.
If you have had Italian zeppole (fried dough balls with powdered sugar) , the beignets here will be no big deal. This place is open all the time, and it's amazing the people waiting around to get a curbside table. It's a huge tent with tiny tables, and you can have your coffee and a pile of beignets anytime!
I am personally not a big coffee drinker so it is tough for me to critique their offerings. However the beignets were delicious and the outdoor/tent atmosphere was a perfect break from all the walking we did.
No visit to New Orleans would be complete without a visit to this institution. It's open 24 hours a day.
Favorite Dish: This French Quarter Café is renowded for beignets, coffee with chicory, and café au lait - coffee with steamed milk.