Jumpstart Your Day at Cafe Du Monde

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by travelwisdom on October 8, 2004

Jumpstart your day at Café Du Monde, located at 800 Decatur Street since 1862. No visit to New Orleans would be complete without a visit to Cafe du Monde for beignets (ben-yays) and cafe au lait (cahfay-oh-lay). The beignets are small, square, French-style donuts nestled in a cloud of powdered sugar. Café Au Lait is a tantalizing mix of half-strong, chicory coffee and half-steamed milk - the perfect complement for the beignets.

During morning hours, Café Du Monde is crowded. Expect to wait in line. When you reach the front of the line, grab a table as soon as you see someone getting up. Don’t wait for it to be cleaned or you’ll lose out to more fleet-footed diners.

Don’t want to wait? It's open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except on Christmas and during hurricanes, so go for a late afternoon or midnight snack. It's a great place to sit outside and people-watch at any time of the day.

Hint: Don’t wear black. There’s no way to avoid dusting your face and clothes with powdered sugar as you dig in and delight in this New Orleans tradition!

Cafe Du Monde
800 Decatur Street
New Orleans, Louisiana, 70116
(504) 525-4544


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