When is a restaurant more than a restaurant? When it becomes a destination in itself – and you never want to leave. Check out one such delicious find in New Orleans, Louisiana.
My family and I were on a trip through Louisiana, so it was only natural to spend some time exploring New Orleans. Although we had a ton of fun adventures in New Orleans, one experience stood out most. Weirdly enough it happened at an original French market coffee stand.
After trying one of the delicious beignets, there was no turning back. Those powdered-sugar-coated pieces of fried dough became the food of choice for my kids. We found ourselves eating them literally for breakfast, lunch and sometimes dinner. We did this for at least four out of the seven days we were in New Orleans. I must have gained around five pounds of beignet goodness.
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Our appetites were completely satisfied at Cafe Du Monde.
This famous restaurant/coffee shop became our second home for us.
Why Cafe Du Monde New Orleans Is the Place To Be
I am not lying when I say that we spent almost as much time here as we did at our hotel. We discovered the place through online reviews while looking for a great places to eat in New Orleans.
As soon as we tried the delicious food at Cafe Du Monde, we started going two to three times per day. We just loved it that much! It’s located right off of Jackson Square in the French area where the coolest street performers and artists display their talents. That is also one of the reasons why we loved going there. And yet another: they have wonderful outdoor seating.
But the part I loved the most was their menu. It is really basic, with things like beignets, cafe au lait, hot chocolate, orange juice, white milk and chocolate milk. That’s it – and what more do you need! And everything tasted amazing. Why can’t every restaurant be this easy?
Prices here also surprised me. Everything is so cheap! They charged me $2.49 for three beignets, which is enough to feed a child and still have some leftovers for mama. They are definitely worth the money. So add up a great price and amazing food and you have your perfect restaurant for travelers who don’t want to go broke but still want to experience local food. Who can beat a cafe like that?
I would have been the happiest mama in the world if only beignets weren’t so fattening. Unfortunately, they don’t classify as healthy food, so I would never allow this indulgence to happen at home. But let’s face it, they are a super taste of NOLA and I am more than happy to allow myself and my sons to enjoy tasty stuff while traveling.
Did You Know Cafe Du Monde is Full of History Too?
I learned these fun facts during our visits and from researching their site. You can find them in the Cafe du Monde website.
• The Original Cafe Du Monde Coffee was nothing more than a small stand.
• It was established back in 1862 in the New Orleans French Market.
• This place closes only on Christmas day. You can visit it any time of the day or night, every day of the week. This means that they are also open during mardi gras.
• The Original Cafe Du Monde menu consisted of dark roasted coffee and chicory, beignets, white and chocolate milk, and fresh squeezed orange juice.
More Cafe Du Monde Trivia
• The coffee is served black or au lait (French for with milk), perfect for those of us who get confused with tons of crazy options.
• In 1988 iced coffee joined the menu.
• The Fernandez Family opened a second Cafe Du Monde in 1985 in a suburban shopping mall, The Esplanade Mall.
• In 1986 a third Cafe Du Monde was opened in the Rouse Co.’s Riverwalk Marketplace.
• Now there are a total of eight Cafe Du Monde Coffee Stands in the Metropolitan area of New Orleans.
I definitely think that you should visit one of their locations in NOLA while exploring the United States. It is a must while exploring the French quarter and learning all about the Creole culture, whether it is on your own or with your family.