Cafe du Monde, New Orleans

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

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    Cafe du Monde: Lunch

    by grandmaR Updated Oct 16, 2005

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    About the time my feet gave out from walking around the French Market and the Farmer's Market, it was noon, and I spotted the Cafe du Monde across the street - this is a famous place that Rachael Ray (Food Channel) ate breakfast in on $40/day - they do beignets 24/7. So we went in and had lunch which I didn't know was possible. We gave our order in at the counter and found a table to sit down. The service was a bit slow - fortunately we weren't in a hurry. Some people were annoyed.

    The French Market Cafe du Monde has reopened after Hurricane Katrina as of October 2005

    Favorite Dish: I had a spinach quiche ($5.99), and Bob had a Decatur club sandwich ($6.99) and we had cranberry juice to drink, plus I got three beignets for $1.50 as dessert. I thought they tasted like funnel cakes.

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    Cafe du Monde: Experience New Orleans with Au Lait and Beignets

    by aphrodyte Written Aug 18, 2003

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    This is mine...what are you gonna eat?

    This familar New Orleans landmark has been located in the French Market since the early 1860s. The unmistakable chicory flavor of Cafe Du Monde Coffee is the very best and cannot be duplicated anywhere else.

    You seat yourself, not unless it is busy, then you have to stand in line. I've seen the line go past Aunt Sally's Praline Shop. There is also a "To Go/Take Out" window for the poor souls who don't have time to leasurely whittle away the hours sipping a cup of au lait and people watch. There are two seating areas, the outdoor patio covered with a white and green awning (the smoking section) or the smaller interior area with fans and A/C. From the outdoor dining area you can see Jackson Square and the Cathedral.

    When you are seated, the waitstaff does not readily clear off the table for you. They kinda wait until you are all seated and have this bewildered looked of "what do we do now?" They come to clear the table off and ask you what you want. Beignets are served in an order of 3 and very reasonably priced. One order is usually good enough for one person, not unless you really really like them! The waiting time is not very long. The waiters get into a line for your dishes and follow along to get your beignets. There is a contraption with pulleys that blast the donuts with powdered (confectioners) sugar and the line follows along to the beverages and then to you. You pay your server and don't forget to tip!

    Beignet/Beignets --- Ben-yay/Ben-yays (rhymes with good day)

    Favorite Dish: Cafe Du Monde is a traditional coffee shop. Its menu consists of dark roasted coffee and chicory, beignets, white and chocolate milk, soda, bottled water, and fresh squeezed orange juice. The coffee is served black or au lait. They also serve French Roast and Decaf Coffee but I recommend the original flavor in au lait (with steamed milk).

    I usually order at least 2 orders of beignets and a regular cafe au lait for myself. (I really really like them!) Powdered sugar every where don't forget to dust yourself off!

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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: Don't wear black!

    by goodfish Updated Sep 30, 2005

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    Cafe du Monde is a tradition. It is a must do. It is heaven on a plate. The famous beignet shop has been a fixture in the French Market since 1862 and one bite of the warm, light-as-air, powdered sugar-buried French donuts explains why they're still the rage a century-and-a-half later. Deep fried and square, they're so light they almost float away (maybe that explains the pile of sugar - something has to hold them down!) and are really best straight out of the kitchen with a cup of chicory cafe au lait. Chicory is a plant that was imported to North America in the 1700's, is caffeine free, and was used as a substitute or an extender during hard times or when coffee was very expensive. It has a rich, roasted taste and blended with coffee, it enhances the coffee flavor. Order the traditional version (with milk - "au lait") or straight-up black.

    The Cafe is considered to be part of the French Market and is across from Jackson Square. Most of it is open air, covered patio but they do have a smaller indoor (air conditioned) seating area. Individuals or small groups blow lively, if often a bit ragged, dixieland almost all day right outside the entrance. They're very busy in the mornings so if you can't find a table (it's "seat yourself") get your order to go and grab a bench in Jackson Square. An order of beignets is 3 donuts for a couple of bucks. Tip? Don't wear black and, for heaven's sake, don't sneeze - we're talking serious powdered sugar fallout here!

    Favorite Dish: Beignets - it's the only thing they serve.

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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: Breakfast Everyday

    by nyceagle1633 Written Jun 24, 2009

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    It's just nice to have a european style cafe in the USA, the coffee was above average and the beignets were delicious, with heaps of powder sugar on them..which, some people shook off to the side of their table..so powder sugar is everywhere....but it was good, went every morning ..all 3 mornings.

    Favorite Dish: Must have the coffee and beignets ..A MUST

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    Café du Monde: Café du Monde

    by mindcrime Updated Dec 24, 2010

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    What a busy café, it seems all the visitors of New Orleans want to go to the famous Café du Monde. It was always busy there, every time we passed by, strange thing for a place that you can only drink coffee(café au lait) and have some beignets. Of course, it’s famous because it stands there so many years now and the location is great opposite Jackson Square.

    I think this place with the filthy tables is overrated, the coffee is just ok and the beignets good but nothing to die for, I still wonder if they are the same all over the city. We didn’t return as the other days we preferred other more peaceful cafes.

    The staff was quick but they seemed so tired of the tourists they could hardly give a smile. And they ask to be payed when they bring the coffee, come on, we wont go away, relax…
    Café du Monde is open 24h

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    Cafe du Monde: Famous beignets

    by PinkFloydActuary Written Jul 4, 2012

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    Right on the edge of the French Quarter rests this very famous little cafe. A great place to just sit and relax for dessert, or just to watch the world go by. Grab a table, and there are little menus there which discuss the offerings. Make sure you know what you want, because this place is bustling, and once your order is taken, you may not see a waitress again. The order of the day, of course is the beignets - for $2.50 you get three of the french donuts, doused in powdered sugar. They are light and delicious! I also noticed that the "to-go" window line was packed and much slower than just grabbing a table, so if you aren't in a hurry - table service is definitely your best bet.

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    by Tuesdaysraven Updated Apr 1, 2010

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    The Cafe du Monde's coffee and beignets are often referred to in James Lee Burke's crime thrillers.

    I loved the coffee and liked even more that there was often live music happening around the cafe and there are some lovely bright murals along one of the walls just outside. Limited menu (I'm veggie so I'm biased anyway!) but a nice place to stop for a coffee-fix after a long stroll through the quarter and stalls close to the waterfront.

    Favorite Dish: Coffee!

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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: 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: Cafe Du Monde for Beignets and coffee

    by yankeepeddler Written Nov 26, 2010

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    Cafe Du Monde is to the right in the picture

    My wife was dying to go to this place. Its conveniently located on Decatur St, just opposite the park infront of St Louis' Cathedral. We arrived at 9AM on a Saturday morning and had a short 10 minute wait. We went Sunday morning at the same time, and the wait must have been at least an hour and a half. To be honest, I don't get this place. The beignets are ok, the coffee is good ( a little expensive) and the service is terrible - the MOST unfriendly in New Orleans bar none. Why people stand in line is a mystery to me, but they do. My wife liked it.

    Worth a 10 minute wait? Sure, why not. Worth 60-90 minutes? nope.

    Favorite Dish: I guess its the beignets. Coffee was good. Beignets by the way are the french version of a donut, but you'd never know it by looking at them. There are 3 to a serving. Beignets and coffee for two were $15 with tip

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    Cafe du Monde: Being a tourist is fun!

    by travelingbunny Written Jun 14, 2005

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    Yes, it's touristy. No, they don't serve anything but beignets and cafe. BUT you don't want anything besides beignets and cafe au lait -they're delicious! This is a very NOLA kind of place and the people watching potential is terrific. I've also heard that there is another location along the riverwalk that is smaller, but you are right on the river's edge.

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    Cafe Du Monde: Three Beignets are Enough

    by ChrisSheena Written Apr 28, 2013

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    Everybody wants to try a beignet here and rightly so. Café Du Monde is large and open 24 hrs so there really is no excuse. But be warned - three beignets are enough for two - we bought three more to take home and eat later. Still good, but not the same. In April 2013, two café au laits and six beignets cost under $12.

    Great place to people watch - especially the "Leaving ritual" - stand up and proceed to rub yourself down, generating a cloud of powdered sugar that envelopes those around you. Wear white !

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    Cafe du Monde: Coffee and Beignets

    by Bilimari Written Jun 28, 2005

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    Take a seat at this open cafe, and enjoy the day with a cup of coffee and Beignets, watching people on the streets, birds, horse carriages, etc.

    Favorite Dish: Beignets: (See their website for photos and recipe.) 3 on a plate.

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