Cafe du Monde

Review by: Michael Stern

Café du Monde is the New Orleans coffee shop, and it has been since 1862. It is always open, and the characters you’ll meet here – any time of day, but especially at odd hours in the middle of the night – are among the Crescent City’s most colorful.

Seating is mostly outdoors, and chances are good that you will be serenaded as you sit under the awning by street musicians of the French Quarter. The menu is limited to chickory coffee, either black or au lait (with a lot of milk), white or chocolate milk, orange juice, and beignets. Beignets are wonderful: square, hole-less donuts, served hot from the fry kettle and heaped with powdered sugar.

After leisurely coffee-sipping and beignet-eating, you can stroll across Decatur Street to the place where fortune tellers, tarot card readers, and palmists set up shop every evening to reveal your future.

Directions & Hours

7:30am - 11pm
  • Monday: 7:30 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 7:30 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 7:30 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 7:30 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 7:30 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Saturday: 7:30 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Sunday: 7:30 AM – 11:00 PM

What To Eat


Cafe au Lait


Cafe du Monde Recipes


What do you think of Cafe du Monde?

One Response to “Cafe du Monde”

Sean Fluharty

November 8th, 2004

You would think that there’s nothing spectacular about fried wedges of dough dusted heavily with powedered sugar, and I thought the same thing 15 years ago when I moved to Louisiana from Pittsburgh. Yet every time I’m in the Crescent City, I feel compelled to make a trip to Cafe du Monde. There’s nothing better on a Saturday or Sunday morning than a plate of beignets and a cup of cafe’ au lait. The bustling crew of waiters and waitresses, the long line of customers, the spilled sprinkles of sugar on the ground, and the pigeons fighting for any morsels which might reach the ground. It’s a unique dining experience, not one to be missed.


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