Cafe Du Monde, New Orleans

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Decatur St. (Kitty corner to Jackson Square)

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    Two Hour cruise only costs $18.00
    cruise and lunch $27.50

    The ticket offices of the Steamboat NATCHEZ and Riverboat John James Audubon are located at:

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  • Cafe Du Monde: Consistently Delicious

    by destination360 Written Nov 19, 2011

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    I go here every time I'm in New Orleans for a cafe au lait (which does come iced in the summer) and beignets. The food is always deliciously messy, with powdered sugar everywhere and the pastries perfectly fried. They're not expensive and it's fun to look around the French Quarter from the patio we were sitting. My only caution is on one of our trips (we've been several times), there was a saxophonist on the sidewalk, serenading people sitting at the edge of the patio. The music was good, but it was one of those times where the diners felt like they were being asked for money while they were taking a break from their touristing, and it made some uncomfortable.

    That said, I wouldn't miss this place for the world & always buy a can of the chicory coffee and a bag of beignet mix to take back afterward.

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    Cruellers and Tea in the Early Years -1970

    by Viewz Written Apr 16, 2011

    As a young kid I remember going to Cafe Du Monde after school to get a cup of tea and a crueller. The weather perct sunny and the service was the perfect idea of southern hospitality. I have seen many changes since then and in the city.
    It is much easier now for me to sit there new than then. No questions but just the way it was. I still love the smell of the fresh coffee and the sweet smell of pastries blowing over your face.
    Sit a while and enjoy New Orleans, see the people walk by and have a laugh.

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    Do you like coffee and bignets?

    by olddude Updated Nov 3, 2010

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    Although it is a very touristy thing to do in New Orleans, you just have to go down to Cafe Du Monde on Decatur Street and get some coffee and bignets. The place is a landmark and must see. Word of warning is that it seems to be perpetually crowded and it is open 24/7. However, instead of having your coffee at a table, get it to go and enjoy the urban street performers on the stairs right next door. Additionally, across the street is where you an catch the mule drawn carriages for tours around the French Quarter.

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    Cafe du Monde

    by apbeaches Written Apr 3, 2010
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    The Original Cafe Du Monde Coffee Stand was established in 1862 in the New Orleans French Market. Yes, we waited in a long line that wrapped around the back of the Cafe. The cafe au lait was good and so were our beignets. I was expecting the beignets to be more special; they reminded me of Italian festival fried dough. We visited the second Cafe Du Monde in the Riverwalk Market Place for iced coffee that was good.

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  • Dog Friendly- Almost

    by greytpyrs Written Jul 14, 2008
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    Cafe Du Monde is written up on dog friendly sites and in books as being a place you can take your dog with you. Well, yes and no. Your dog can go but be aware that if they do they have to sit OUTSIDE of the black railing that goes around the cafe. You may sit inside, but the leash that holds your dog has to be outside so you can tie the dog to the railing and he can be on the other side of the railing. It worked for us and that was a good thing since we brought our dogs with us.

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    Biegnet Madness

    by TexasDave Written Apr 4, 2008

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    This is the perfect place to rest your feet, watch the passersby, and enjoy a cup of chicory roasted coffee and an order of beignets- the ones that have half a sack of powdered sugar poured on top of them. The cafe only closes on Christmas day and whenever a hurricane strikes.

    During the heaviest tourist season it can take a while to find a table. You just have to stand, watch for a group preparing to leave, and swoop down on it. Early mornings and later in the evenings the crowd tends to thin out.

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    Cafe du Monde

    by malianrob Updated Feb 23, 2008

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    If you are in New Orleans you have to try the begniets and cafe au lait. I am sure most people have heard of Cafe du Monde already, especially if you are planning a trip to New Orleans. The begniets are a square donut typr pastry covered in ridiculous amounts of powdered sugar. I know that they had other things on the menu but we came here to taste what they are famous for. You cannot leave New Orleans without trying one.
    When we came in the morning, this place was incredibly busy and we couldnt get a table so we decided to get in the to go line and eat our begniets outside. The to go line was very long also but the service is very fast so in no time we were up in the front ordering our food. So dont be put off by the lines.

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    Coffee and Beignetts (square doughnuts)

    by beanbag Updated Oct 21, 2007

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    A must see/do while in New Orleans if to stop in one of the old coffee and doughnut (beignet) stands. (Note: Cafe'du Monde and The Morning Call tips are combined here) They now have stands (coffee shops) in several areas of New Orleans. They are unique in that they still offer "coffee and chicory" as well as the beignets (ben-y'ays i.e. like day without the "d") which are square doughnuts with powdered sugar. BTW, the Cafe' du Monde website recommends using Louisiana cotton seed oil if you make it yourselves, I second this. I have made them before and could not get them to taste quite right. I asked what oil they used and was told, cottonseed oil.

    If you go, give the coffee and chicory a try - its is what the cafe' au lait (half hot milk and half coffee) is made with. I drink it black myself. Decaf is also availabble. If you ask for black, they will usually ask if you've had it before... I cringed when they began offering some other coffees, ice coffee, etc. I suppose that OK if you like it, but its not what the stands are all about. Give New Orleans history a try. After all when you are in Italy, you try grappa or in Greece, drink ouzzo…(this is non-alcoholic).

    The beignets are served is orders of 3. The Cafe' du Monde serves the beignets with the power sugar already on. At the Morning Call, you add it yourself. Both have been around since the 1800's. I can recall these being $0.15 an order, now they are about $1.50.

    Tips: go as you are. I've been there in a tuxedo and sat next to customers in shorts and visa versa. The cafe' du monde stand in the French Quarter on Decatur St. is great for people watching. Out in Metairie, its more local. When you eat your beignet, be sure not to breathe or either inhale slightly as you take a bite, else you will likely blow powdered sugar on the person sitting across from you. If you take beignets to go, be sure to ask for the sugar and beignets in separate bags (sugar melts when reheated :o))

    Ps. the ones available at the airport are not these.

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    The Legendary Cafe Du Monde

    by starship Updated Sep 22, 2006

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    The Legendary Cafe Du Monde

    If you haven't been to Cafe Du Monde, you haven't been to New Orleans!! Cafe Du Monde has been serving the best cafe au lait in the country since 1862!! A trip to New Orleans without stopping in Cafe Du Monde would be unthinkable. The cafe is perfect place to stop off for great cafe au lait at any time and a plate of powdered-sugar topped beignets or puffy French doughnuts for dessert. This combo isn't bad for a quick breakfast either, and judging by the lines of people there in the morning, a lot of people from New Orleans think the same thing!

    I think the secret to the superb cafe au lait is the restaurant's own blend of coffee and chicory, mixed half and half with hot milk. Chichory is made from the root of the endive plant which is then roasted and ground. Coffee with chicory seems to be mostly a Southern tradition and I remember my mother brewing coffee with it.

    You can't miss the green, stripped awning stretching over the large, outdoor table area. It's a great vantage point for some people watching too! A smaller, but quaint indoor seating area is where we always sit because we like to watch all the hub-bub inside and throng of people outside from the little bistro tables next to French doors! Cafe Du Monde seems to have an ambience all its own. We always leave with at least a little or alot of powdered sugar on us--a definite clue as to where we've just been.

    A plate of 3 beignets is $1.59 and cafe au lait in round, ceramic cups is a little less. This is quite an inexpensive way to sample a uniquely New Orleans treat!!

    There is also a Cafe du Monde with counter service in the Riverwalk Mall. You can purchase a nice selection of their coffee or beignet mix, mugs, T-shirts, caps, etc. at the Jackson Square location, or you can order online or by phone.

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    Tasty Treats!

    by cmarsek Written Dec 3, 2005

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    You can tell it's the place to go!

    This is another of those places in New Orleans that you just have to visit. You can order some traditional New Orleans pastries and watch all of the other tourists and people on the streets. I highly recommend the muffalatta (spelling?)

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    Chicory and Powdered Sugar

    by grandmaR Updated Nov 20, 2005

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    Cafe du Monde is open again after Hurricane Katrina (October 2005).
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    We decided to do the French Market on Saturday. About the time my feet gave out it was noon. I spotted the Original Cafe Du Monde Coffee Stand (established in 1862) across the street - this is the famous place in New Orleans where Rachael Ray ate breakfast the TV program (Food Channel) $40/day. I knew from the program that they did beignets 24/7.

    So we went in and had lunch including beignets.

    Beignets are a kind of a dessert pastry that were brought to Louisiana by the Acadians - fried fritters, sometimes filled with fruit. Today, the beignet is a square piece of dough, fried and covered with powdered sugar. They reminded me in taste of square pieces of funnel cakes. I didn't think we could come to Cafe du Monde which is famous for coffe and beignets, and not have at least one of them..

    The Cafe is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It closes only on Christmas Day and on the day an occasional Hurricane passes too close to New Orleans.

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  • Cafe Du Monde

    by CoAir13 Updated Mar 11, 2005

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    Mmmm Mmmm!!

    To get the whole Big Easy experience, you must stop by the Cafe Du Monde for beignets and coffee with chicory! Nothing gets you through your trip like a sugar high. There is usually a line here, but worth the wait. It was started as a coffee stand in 1862. It's open 24 hours a day....364 days a year. Closed only on Christmas!!

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    best beignets on the planet

    by rwlittle Written Feb 12, 2005

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    This is a can't-miss sight, just off of Jackson Square. Cafe du Monde is an open-air restaurant just off of Jackson Square, open 24 hours a day with free live music often playing nearby. The beignets are superb...don't let the cheap prices fool you.

    Often there is a long wait to get in...don't let that discourage you.

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    Sugar Rush to the Head

    by Jmill42 Updated Apr 2, 2004

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    Beignes!!!

    AAAhhhh, late night at Cafe du Monde. Beignes, coffee, and 20 people with the same idea as you. And then another 30 REALLY strange people doing God knows what, dressed in penguin outfits. You laugh, but just you wait and see! All in all, if you go out on Bourbon, there is no better place to quench the late-night munchies than Cafe du Monde.

    ****Word of Caution****
    Be careful when you are eating beignes! Do not breathe in when you eat them!!!!!! The powdered sugar will soon find itself all over your friend sitting across from you!!!!

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