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Café du Monde

Café, Donut Shop, and Coffee Shop$$$$
French Quarter, New Orleans
1,310 Tips and reviews
  • beignets
  • cafe au lait
  • coffee
  • lively
  • casual
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  • Camille V.
    Camille VerdierOctober 11, 2015
    ALWAYS crowded, but you will always find a seat. Great for a quick bite, but pretty noisy. You HAVE to try the beignets and Café au lait. It's a delicious little treat you have to try when visiting NO
    Upvoted Jul 28
  • Sabeen
    SabeenOctober 4, 2015
    The beignets were everything I expected and more - best eaten hot and fresh. Worth the wait, grab some of their beignet mix to take home because trust me, you're going to crave these one you're home
    Upvoted Jul 12
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyFebruary 2, 2015
    Best time to come is evenings and early nights, beautiful setting. Relax, grab a table, sip your coffee, and take in the scenery and music around you. Romantic spot after sunset.
  • Ashley G.
    Ashley Grider EdwardsAugust 22, 2015
    We went just for the beignets. Tip: if you don't care about sitting and getting coffee, order at the to go window and eat as you walk or rest at the river with your bag of goodies.
  • Natalia C.
    Natalia CruzApril 3, 2015
    There is not other cafe at New Orleans with beignets like this. Are really awesome. Try to take a table, or just take an order to go while you walk trough the French Market
  • Jon M.
    Jon MillerFebruary 26, 2015
    A NOLA must! Gotta keep your eyes peeled for an open table though, and the service is depressing (no one is happy to be working there). THE best coffee - take home a can!
  • Stefani
    StefaniApril 20
    There is always a line in the morning and afternoon... But no lines in the evening... Lines go fast so don't worry. Always a small band playing music on the street for you to enjoy!
  • Natalie
    NatalieSeptember 29, 2015
    Absolutely amazing and completely worth the wait. If the line seems too long for you now just come back when it's not breakfast hours, it will most likely be shorter.
  • Becky C.
    Becky CainJuly 30, 2014
    This is a must every trip to the French Quarter! Been there, done that, bought the hat! Btw... Their hats are 15 cents to buy. Great for kids or scrapbookers like myself!
  • Alyssa
    AlyssaNovember 22, 2015
    Must stop during your trip to New Orleans. If the line is long go around the side to the take out window and take your beignets across the street and sit in Jackson Square and take in the view.
  • Aye
    AyeJanuary 6, 2015
    When in Nawlins, a must visit! I have been to this city numerous times in the past 2 decads Just order, sit back, enjoy fried dough w a sip of coffee. enjoy people watching & street performances!
    Upvoted Jul 21
  • Paulina M.
    Beignets will be unlike any dessert you have ever tried. The moment you take a bite, it takes you back to your childhood, brings you eternal youth and makes you feel like youre sliding down a rainbow.
    Upvoted Jul 20
  • Shannon P.
    Shannon PrimeauxSeptember 22, 2015
    Their beignets and coffee are off the chain! You definitely want to drop by here before leaving New Orleans. Even if it's crowded and you have to wait for a table, the line moves quickly. Worth it!
  • Dariah T.
    Dariah TruesdellJuly 26, 2013
    No trip to New Orleans is complete till you visit cafe du monde. Beignets and cafe au lait are worth the wait. Use the powdered sugar from the beignet to sweeten the coffee.
  • Roderick B.
    Roderick BolosanSeptember 9, 2015
    If you find an open table, claim it. It's self seating and your server will come to you. The Beignets are yummy and a must try for the first time. 😋
  • Hoggie n.
    Hoggie nguyenJanuary 11, 2015
    Expect a wait...try to get one of the waiters and place a Take out order directly with him/her rather to wait to order at window. Make a mention you take care of them, and please do. They will behappy
  • John G.
    John GibbonsJuly 7, 2013
    Since 1862. Open 24/7. It's a NoLa institution. Go here and try the beignets once and then go try the beignets at Cafe Beignet. These aren't bad at all, but they aren't best. Cafe Beignet for the win.
  • Shannon M.
    Shannon MaeFebruary 7
    highly suggested by people before I came. In my personal opinion they are overrated. They remind me of funnel cakes and I'm not a funnel cake gyal. However, you must go for the experience. Worth it!
    Downvoted Aug 24
  • PureWow
    PureWowMarch 29
    Mardi Gras is just an excuse to chow down on beignets from the legendary Café du Monde. This Louisiana treat--fried dough covered in powdered sugar--is what every other doughnut dreams of becoming. Read more
    Upvoted Jul 12
  • JamieLynne W.
    JamieLynne WeissJuly 19, 2015
    The one place in your life where you can truly order everything on the menu! Lines can be long so be prepared or come during off peak hours.
  • Libby L.
    Libby LeeFebruary 20, 2014
    Stop by here for beignets and cafe au lait. Love that they have a frozen cafe au lait as well. If it is a busy day, go to the to go orders and enjoy your beignets by the river.
  • Rachel G.
    Rachel GApril 4, 2013
    We were there in April and even at 12 at night this place was busy! Excellent little cafe to grab a warm drink and a beignet! They come out warm, too. I miss this place already!
  • Constantin
    This is the place for awesome French donuts. Don't get it confused with "New Orleans Famous Beignets and Coffee" which is just down the street. It is not the same by far...Go only here! (cash only)
  • Bob C.
    Bob CareyMarch 12, 2015
    Classic New Orleans! Love the beignets and coffee. Can be crowded but take some time for the experience. I never miss stopping when I'm in NOLA
  • Kayla!
    Kayla!August 18, 2014
    Yes, it's cliché and a number one tourist spot, and yes, you should go. It's a classic not to be missed. Beignets are warm and coffee is good. Three (small) beignets per order, by the way.
  • Tracy V.
    Tracy Vaughn SchultzAugust 7, 2014
    Be patient&kind to the waitstaff. You look like an asshat snapping at them as they are run by with a tray full of dishes or food. Take a look around; you're not the only table waiting! Worth the wait!
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithMarch 25
    The to-go window is located around back, and it is cash only, but if you are interested in trying the world famous beignets, this is the quickest way to do it.
  • Richard R.
    Richard RevillaJuly 1, 2013
    The challenge is to not get the powdered sugar on you face. When in NOLA this is a must beignets (3) and the cafe au lait. Go really late at night or during the week. Wait can be very long.
  • Sirus O.
    Sirus OrndoffFebruary 12, 2015
    Patio and inside is self seating. Order everything when your server comes to your table the first time. Water, cafe a lait, beginetes. Pay with cash when they bring you everything at once.
  • Scott M.
    Scott MendellNovember 4, 2010
    Here is a tip from a local boy. There is a secret 2 eating beignets. It is easy to spot tourists, they r covered in powdered sugar and locals never are. Hint: don't breathe in or out as u take a bite!
  • Anamaria H.
    Anamaria HernandezNovember 19, 2015
    Come later in the day or early in the morning! And go for the hot Cafe au Lait once and then grab the frozen. It's a coffee slushie!
  • Katerina M.
    Katerina MatsaApril 22, 2014
    Usually there is a line, but be aware that no one is seating you, so you need to fight for a table. However, it is definitely worth the wait. Delicious beignets and great service!
  • Addie G.
    Addie GNovember 15, 2013
    Was here three times in our last visit to new orleans. Waitstaff is super friendly. Loved the coffee and beignets. Cant wait to go back! Only down side is that they r cash only.
  • Mirella B.
    Mirella BroylesOctober 18, 2013
    What can I say? The place speaks for itself! You are going for the beignets, the best coffee, and the NO experience- don't assume to get good service.
  • 99designs
    99designsJanuary 24, 2012
    "The BEST beignets EVER! It's also next to the French Market & in walking distance to all the famous streets like Bourbon. A great area and "must do" in Nola. :)" - Allison Stuart, Community Liason
  • Kelsey A.
    Kelsey AndersonNovember 29, 2014
    Waits are always long. If you just want to enjoy the beignets and coffee, go around to the back line and ask for take out. You'll pay extra, but it'll save you an hour.
  • Meloney Smith N.
    I like to come early in the mornings on weekdays before work and before it's overrun with tourists... And watch the city wake up with a stretch and a yawn as the sun rises over the Mississippi River.
  • This Is My South
    This Is My SouthSeptember 6, 2014
    There is nowhere as quintessentially New Orleans as Cafe du Monde. Don't be hesitant when it comes to grabbing a table. Order beignets and don't wear black. Read more
  • Matthew B.
    Matthew Bergholt2 weeks ago
    What can I say? This is an icon of New Orleans. While you may be able to get "better" beignets elsewhere, this is on the "must do" list if you want to experience the essence of NOLA.
  • Brendan R.
    Brendan RastetterAugust 15, 2014
    No trip to New Orleans would be complete without several visits here. Grab a table, order the best beignets you'll ever have and wash them down with some iced chicory cafe au lait.
  • Cortney E.
    Cortney E.November 5, 2014
    Go at night there are no lines, and we saw long lines every day! Also, our waiter Tom was the absolute best and worked harder than anyone else there! Delicious beignets!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsDecember 4, 2013
    The quintessential New Orleans beignet experience, especially if you hit up the French Quarter location. Try them with chocolate milk.
  • Lynda B.
    Lynda BurgosDecember 20, 2014
    Had beignets at both Cafe du Monde and Cafe Beignet to choose which one was truly "the best beignet" in NOLA and Cafe du Monde takes the cake or, rather, the pastry.
  • Dave S.
    Dave SawyerMarch 8, 2015
    Better on a cold day. Less crowded and more appetizing. But, a must while in town either way. Stick to the classic beignet and café au lait.
    Upvoted Aug 25
  • Martin W.
    Martin WatsonMarch 13, 2013
    The line for the take out is on the back side of the store. We stood in line without anyone telling us and then had to stand in another line. But it was delicious and worth it!!!'
  • Rebecca
    RebeccaMay 9, 2011
    Visit cafe du Monde in person! Next best thing is order their coffee online & brew at home! Visit the second life Cafe Du Monde in the virtual New Orleans French Quarter & listen to WWOZ online!
  • Courtney N.
    Courtney NesomJanuary 6, 2015
    Be patient & observant. A table will open up eventually. Don't wear dark clothes. Di not inhale when taking a bite of the beignet. Get a drink & some beignets and enjoy!
  • Justen
    JustenApril 16, 2012
    Café du Monde is open around the clock (except Christmas). Stop by a little after sunrise, before the crowds. A bit surreal when the Quarter is still misty from its overnight bath (aka power washing).
  • Natasha P.
    Natasha PennixFebruary 19, 2013
    Not only are the beignets to die for (literally), but the surrounding atmosphere couldn't be more joyous on a sunny day. If possible, leave a monetary tip for the hard-working musicians outside!
    Gorgeous, open air, very authentic. Can't beat the location ad the coffee is good.
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