Fodor's Expert Review Café du Monde

$ New Orleans Café Fodor's Choice

No visit to New Orleans is complete without a chicory-laced café au lait paired with the addictive, sugar-dusted beignets at this venerable institution. The tables under the green-and-white-stripe awning are jammed with locals and tourists at almost every hour, for very good reason. If there's a wait, head around back to the takeout window, get your coffee and beignets to go, and enjoy them overlooking the river right next door or in Jackson Square. The most magical time to go is just before dawn, before the bustle begins and can hear the birds in the crepe myrtles across the way. The metro-area satellite stores (there's even one at the airport now) typically lack the character of the original, although the newest addition in City Park is quite charming.

Café Breakfast Quick Bite $ Fodor's Choice Family

Quick Facts

800 Decatur St.
New Orleans, Louisiana  70116, USA


Known For:
  • World's most famous beignets
  • Local landmark status
  • Long waits and 24-hour service
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Reservations not accepted

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