Cafe du Monde, New Orleans

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800 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116 +1 504-525-4544

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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: 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.

    The celebrated Cafe du Monde Patrons inside the Cafe du Monde Tables on the patio The Cafe du Monde at night

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    Cafe du Monde: Coffee & Beignets

    by MatthewMetcalfe Written Jun 10, 2009

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    OK, this place was recommended as THE place to go to try the Beignets. Apparently it IS the place to go because you can find a VERY long line of people waiting to be seated or queuing up for a to-go order.

    If you can get there when no line exists you simply walk up to a table and take a seat. For our visit we sat at a table that hadn't been cleaned from the previous diners because it was the only one available. After about 15 minutes, the waiter came by, cleaned it off, and took our order.

    This is a place that you may want to stop in just to say you did. It wasn't the momentous occasion I expected it to be based on what people said. It's an open air coffee house with beignets in a good location.

    Favorite Dish: Your selection is pretty limited, they've sold Coffee, Milk, and Beignets since the 1800's and added soft drinks a little over 100 years later.

    The Beignets come three to an order and are LOADED with Powdered Sugar. They have so much powdered sugar that they are virtually swimming in them. If you need a sugar rush to keep you going, this is the place to get it.

    I thought the Beignets were good but I don't think I would wait in a long line to get them. They just didn't seem to have anything extraordinary about them.

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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).
    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: A Must See

    by ErinInMD Written Apr 14, 2006

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    If you're going to New Orleans you have to go to Cafe du Monde. Everyone goes there. Seriously. The menu is limited. You have a couple choices of things to drink (milk, cafe au lait ... ) and beignets (think donuts minus the whole with tons of powdered sugar).

    An order of beignets gives you three beignets. Just don't wear dark clothes because you'll get the powdered sugar all over you. If you can eat a beignet without getting it all over you, please share your secret.

    No matter what time you go, it's always busy. I noticed that it was a lot easier to get a seat visiting post Katrina. The city doesn't have quite the number of tourists it usually does. There's usually a guy around the outside of Cafe du Monde having fun with balloons, which kids will find amusing.

    Favorite Dish: Beignets and a frozen cafe au lait are a wonderful way to start or end the day. I love to sit and listen to the music of whatever local musician is playing around Cafe du Monde.

    Camera phone picture of beignets! Cafe du Monde!

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    Cafe Du Monde: Du Monde: Chickory java jones

    by jelw Written Feb 21, 2012

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    A wonderful place to sit and sip while relaxing your aching toes from a day of touring or a night of debauching.

    The latte with it's chickory is a delight. The beignets are a soft sugared donut like creation.

    Favorite Dish: Latte

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    Cafe du Monde: The world's most famous doughnut shop

    by etfromnc Updated Apr 17, 2011

    ...and doughnuts are not even their specialty. Opened in the French Market (now more commonly known as the French Quarter) in 1862 this is America's oldest doughnut destination. On Decatur Street it is just steps from Jackson Square. Today the French Quarter is the heart of New Orleans entertainment and partying but in 1862 (the second year of the US Civil War) the French Market was the creme de la creme of New Orleans shopping centers.
    Cafe du Monde has a unique atmosphere of pandemonium and enjoying a relaxing homage to your sweet tooth. There are about 100 tables and it is not entirely unusual to feel that you are being hovered over as you eat your beignets. The noise level is probably the worst aspect of this place as it can get quite raucous but there will also be people reading papers while sipping their coffee and/or carrying on very deep conversations.
    Cafe du Monde is open 24 x 7, it is an official New Orleans Landmark (complete with Historical Marker), and the beignet was officially named the state doughnut of Louisiana in 1986.

    Favorite Dish: Their menu is basically coffee, milk, and beignets (pron. ben-YAYs). Beignets are square, puffy and very light fried dough, thus the reference to doughnuts. The word "beignet," though effectively co-opted by the beautiful French language was originally a Celtic word which meant "to raise" but in France it means "fritter." At Cafe du Monde, the standard order is three beignets with, or without, powdered sugar. Texans like to refer to beignets as "mini-funnel cakes." There is considerable controversy as to haw they came to be a New Orleans delicacy but the two most popular theories seem to be that they were either brought down the Mississippi River by French-Canadian traders or that they were brought by a group of Ursuline nuns who migrated from France in 1727.

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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: Beignets and Chicory Coffee - mmm...mmm...good

    by virtualpatrick Updated Feb 9, 2007

    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: 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: Great Beignets!

    by KARLPORTER56 Written Feb 5, 2006

    Great beignets... This sign was from another store which was in a mall directly across from the Superdome.. I am not sure it is at that location anymore but I am reasonably sure they are back in service at their main location in the French Quarter now.. In fact I heard recently that they are reopen for business.

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    Cafe du Monde: Beignets & Coffee

    by Fun4you Written Mar 29, 2006

    World renown for serving up great Beignets! These sugary tasty doughnuts come out hot and fresh under a mound of powdered sugar. Great for breakfast or late night munchies. Be careful about wearing black - the powdered sugar is unavoidable! A must catch treat in new Orleans. During peak hours tables are hard to come buy and there is often a line.

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  • Cafe du Monde: Cafe du Monde - Have the AU LAIT!!!!

    by tulajane Written Jun 18, 2006

    Cafe du Monde is a great place if you're a tourist -- conveniently located in the Quarter, good cafe au lait, classic beignets. It's also a pretty good place to go if you're local, although the tourists can get to you late at night when they are drunk and obnoxious.

    If you're a tourist, you MUST go there and you MUST get cafe au lait. Why waste at trip to NOLA and not have au lait?? I don't care if you don't take milk in your coffee!! Have the AU LAIT!!!!

    And don't forget -- DO NOT BREATHE when you bite into a beignet. You WILL be sorry!

    Favorite Dish: Cafe au lait and beignets. The cafe au lait is classic -- good hot french roast coffee and hot milk. It's better than hot chocolate, gets you going, and tastes good with lots of sugar or without.

    The Cafe du Monde's beignets are the best in the city. You may not think they are all that - they're just fried squares of dough with powdered sugar on them, but they go down well with cafe au lait and the ones here are usually light and fluffy. Often, beignets you get elsewhere are heavy ahd doughy. YUCK.

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    Cafe du Monde: Beignets with Cafe au Lait

    by makiro Written Jun 27, 2006

    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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  • Café du Monde: Great early morning stop!

    by bonitacw Updated Mar 18, 2011

    I've been to New Orleans several times and each time I have to make an early morning walk along the river with Café du Monde as my destination. The beignets are wonderful and always fresh and hot when you get them. I'm not a coffee drinker so what I do is get an order to go. I have never had to wait for my order that way. I just stand at the window, pay and am on my way. I find a bench in a nice spot and enjoy! It's a nice experience watching New Orleans wake up. Just make sure you take some napkins with you! Like others have said it's a must when visiting New Orleans.

    Favorite Dish: The beignets of course!!

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