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Cafe Du Monde

800 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116
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  • Cafe Du Monde
    Connie Pistilli
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    5 Sep 24, 2013

    Sure, it's touristy, but they make the best beignets your lips will ever touch. Made fresh, and at $2 for 3 you'll be tempted to order a dozen. Their cafe au lait is wonderful, and you'll want to take a can of their chicory coffee home with you. Open 24 hours a day!

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  • Cafe Du Monde
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    5 Aug 31, 2013

    This is a New Orleans MUST! Everyone should go here at least once when they visit. Beignets and Cafe Au Lait (or iced coffee if its too hot out) are the perfect snack for a day in the French Quarter. And, correct me if I'm wrong, one of the workers there told me it was the first business to re-open after Katrina hit.

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  • Cafe Du Monde
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    5 Aug 15, 2013

    Beignets covered with lots of powdered sugar and steaming café au lait are on my mind every time I think of New Orleans. There is no better place to have them than at Café du Monde. Every time I visited New Orleans I bought a box of beignet mix to make them at home. Of course, the ones I made were not even close to the real ones.

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  • Cafe Du Monde
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    5 Jun 25, 2013

    Light, puffy donut like concoctions sprinkled with sugar served with a cup of chickory coffee and hot milk - beignets and cafe au lait; they are world renown. Come anytime day or night... Find a table though it may be bustling, and that is part of the fun people from all over the world coming to sit at little tables surrounded by confectioner's sugar! Cafe Du Monde is right across the street from Jackson Square, center point of the city with the Cabildo (museum) and St Louis Cathedral. It is a social hub of the city with artsts, musicians, clowns, and fortune tellers usually present to add to the atmosphere. Cafe Du Monde is a true New Orleans Experience! Not to be missed...

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  • Cafe Du Monde
    Cynthia
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    5 Mar 10, 2013

    Open 24 hours and takes cash only (there is an ATM on site), during the day time street musicians will setup shop and play for those in the outside dining area. If keeping clean is your thing, don't eat anything with powdered sugar, you'll just lose the battle.

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    Diane Austin
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    5 Apr 23, 2014

    Great people watching spot across from Jackson Square. I'd advise going early the first day and grabbing an order of Beignets and a cup of cafe au lait (about $6 total cost). And if, like I did, you decide they make the perfect combo pick me up, you can swing by the to go line in the back of the place for several more classic Neworleanean experiences. Very, very messy - if you get a bag of 3 to go, you'll have a pound of powdered sugar in the bag that will get on everything. Fun though!

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    5 Sep 27, 2013

    Nom nom nom! A trip to New Orleans isn't complete until you've had at least one serving of Cafe Du Monde's legendary beignets. PRO TIP: The cafe is open 24/7, so you can avoid the crowds by stopping in later at night. Just try to be careful if you bring a bag back to the hotel, or you'll end up dusting the whole place with powdered sugar!

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    Sandra Waring
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    5 Feb 20, 2013

    Those freshly fried beignets (all that powdered sugar!) and that chicory coffee will be the perfect way to start the day for me in New Orleans. It's a must visit when in the French Quarter!

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  • Cafe Du Monde
    Jin Yoo-Kim
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    5 Dec 08, 2012

    came here twice in our stay. what's not to love? easy seating, no waiting (not when we were there anyway), affordable beignets, huge pieces, great coffee, in and out, free jazz music (pls tip them!)

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  • Cafe Du Monde
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    5 Jul 04, 2012

    The beignets here are really good and I like that there are no frills. Get here early in the morning if you are going on a weekend or during heavy tourist season -- the line can get crazy.

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  • Cafe Du Monde
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    5 Jun 18, 2014

    coffee!!!

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  • Cafe Du Monde
    Liz F
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    5 Apr 18, 2014

    Great beignets, coffee and people watching!

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    Lucy Swift Weber Youdovin
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    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Worth the wait!

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  • Cafe Du Monde
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    5 Mar 23, 2014
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  • Cafe Du MondePro 2014
    Hanae
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    4 Jul 15, 2014

    TIP: go here after midnight, don't wait in line during the day in the sun

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    Evvverrrryyone told us to go here. We went around midnight on a weekday. Found a table real quick and got fast service. Weekend night was a bit busy but we didn't have trouble looking for a table.

    I couldn't believe how ridiculous the line was saturday morning when we passed by it during brunch time.

    Beignets were great. Served fresh with powdered sugar. I can't remember if I got coffee here but people are raving about those too. We appreciated it more when we tried another beignet elsewhere. I bought their mix as a souvenir (it's cheaper to get it there than at the souvenir shop).

    I think its a best snack to eat after a busy night at the frenchman quarter or bourbon st.

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    4 Apr 16, 2013

    Yum!

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    Hiên Dương Văn
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    4 Jan 21, 2014
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    4 Jan 21, 2014
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    4 Jan 21, 2014
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    4 Jul 22, 2014

    When I mentioned I was heading to NOLA, everyone told me I should visit this place.

    My review amongst the 4k won't exactly convince you to go but in case you're reading, I highly recommend you do pencil this place in.

    Cafe Du Monde wasn't anything like I expected. Seating is mostly outdoors which isn't exactly my thing but I'll take what I can get especially with limited time on my hands.

    Bring cash. It's cash only and seat yourself and then order and enjoy. Your order will be brought quickly and once it is, have the appropriate amount of cash plus tip ready to go. There a lot of people and they need to hustle so don't make them wait.

    If you go during peak hours, you'll be waiting in a line. We actually got here late on a Friday night and found the place to be mostly empty which was great. I'm not a big fan of beignets but if you are, you'll love them here. They come smothered and covered with powered sugar so dress accordingly. What I did love however was the coffee - the cafe au lait. I could have endless cups of that and sadly there are no refills but it's cheap enough.

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4.5 out of 5
177 members' reviews
20,287 people visited Cafe Du Monde

Description

This 24/7 French cafe (only closed on Christmas and during hurricanes) serves its patrons a mean cup of dark roasted coffee. Compliment your cup of Joe with one of their famous beignets (a fancy word for doughnuts), gratuitously topped with powdered sugar and occasionally filled with fruit.

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