Cafe du Monde New Orleans is located on Decatur Street, in the French Quarter across the street from Jackson Square. This exquisite cafe is not to be missed. Order up a cup of coffee. It has a slight flavor of chicory, which makes it such a special treat. Don’t forgo an order of French-style beignets and you will be set for the afternoon. (By the way, a beignet is a French doughnut, literally meaning “fritter”.)
This coffee shop is on any serious tourist’s list of places to go. A café seems like an unusual attraction, but once you step foot inside and have the treats that await, you will known why the Cafe du Monde is a New Orleans tourist attraction. There may be a lot of customers but there is rarely a very long wait because nearly everyone is ordering the same thing: coffee and beignets, a favorite of the New Orleans desserts. The turnover is quick, so a table isn’t too difficult to find. One of the fun things to do at Cafe du Monde is people watch, besides enjoying the delicious fare. People at a table near you will invariably end up having a powdered sugar fight. This is fun to see, as long as you don’t mind getting a little sugar spilled on you in the process!
New Orleans tourist and native staple, is where you can get one of the best café au laits around. If you arrive at 3 a.m. the place will be buzzing with people downing their chicory coffees and beignets, which are loaded with powdered sugar, which you’d better be careful not to inhale. Sugar up the nose is not a pleasant experience! Save it for your taste buds. Some people claim that the chicory in the coffee staves off a hangover.
This famous café is open 364 days a year, 24 hours a day. What is the one day the Cafe du Monde is closed? Why, Christmas Day, of course! The café closed on August 27, 2005 due to Hurricane Katrina. Fortunately, the shop suffered little damage, but it remained closed for two months in order to take advantage of the lack of tourism and to renovate the dining areas and kitchen. When it reopened on October 19th, it received attention from the national media.
The shop can get very noisy and raucous at times, but this is New Orleans, the party capital of the U.S. Get ready for a powdered sugar fight, bring lots of napkins, and come enjoy the food, coffee and the people watching. Built in 1862, Cafe du Monde New Orleans obligatory tourist stop, is known mainly for their beignets. This French-style doughnut was brought to New Orleans by the people we now call Cajuns. Beignets are fried dough sprinkled generously with powdered sugar. Don’t be surprised when you are served a small glass of water with your beignets; it’s to help wash down all of that sugar. The beignet, by the way, is the state doughnut of Louisiana.