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Café du Monde

Café, Donut Shop, and Coffee Shop · French Quarter
800 Decatur St (at The French Market), New Orleans, LA 70116, United States
Hours:
Open (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 24 Hours
Price:
$$$$
Reservations:
No
Menus:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards:
No
Wi-Fi:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
9.0/10

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    natalyn
    "Piping hot beignets are divine, and I LOVE the Cafe au Lait!"(602 Tips)
    Holly N.
    "Try the Begniet and Cafe Au Lait - Crispy and fluffy and sweet!"(133 Tips)
    Tom A.
    "Get the frozen cafe au lait, you won't regret it"(19 Tips)
    Chantell R. L.
    "Love this crowded messy place!"(23 Tips)
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  • Camille V.

    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

    Camille Verdier · October 11, 2015
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  • Hoggie n.

    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

    Hoggie nguyen · January 11, 2015
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  • Sabeen

    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

    Sabeen · October 4, 2015
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  • Shannon M.

    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!

    Shannon Mae · February 7
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  • PureWow

    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

    PureWow · March 29
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  • Ashley G.

    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.

    Ashley Grider Edwards · August 22, 2015
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  • 512 c.

    Nothing not to love about this place...Long line in the morning, but they move thru it really quick. The table line actually moved faster than the take out line when we were there. Also, CASH only.

    512 crew · February 27
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  • Troy T.

    Separate line for to-go orders. Don't get in that line if you want to sit. Seating is a free-for-all. Look for an open seat and go claim it. It's ridiculous, but that's just the way it is.

    Troy T · May 13, 2014
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  • Erik R.

    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.

    Erik Rowley · February 2, 2015
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  • Tulsi S.

    I thought that the beignets would be too sweet but the doughnuts had no sugar and it was just the frosting of sugar which is ok. "Eat slow cos you'll never get to taste your first beignets ever again"

    Tulsi Sv · September 6, 2015
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  • Dariah T.

    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.

    Dariah Truesdell · July 26, 2013
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  • Natalia C.

    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

    Natalia Cruz · April 3, 2015
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  • Jon M.

    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!

    Jon Miller · February 26, 2015
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  • Stefani

    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!

    Stefani · 1 week ago
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  • Becky C.

    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!

    Becky Cain · July 30, 2014
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  • Alyssa

    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.

    Alyssa · November 22, 2015
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  • Shannon P.

    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!

    Shannon Primeaux · September 22, 2015
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  • John G.

    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.

    John Gibbons · July 7, 2013
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  • Tracy V.

    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!

    Tracy Vaughn Schultz · August 7, 2014
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  • Kelsey A.

    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.

    Kelsey Anderson · November 29, 2014
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  • Natalie

    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.

    Natalie · September 29, 2015
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  • Aye

    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!

    Aye · January 6, 2015
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  • Laur L.

    The line outside the front (see photo) is misleading. That is just a line of people looking for tables to sit. Once seated a waiter will come to serve you. There's another line 4 takeout in back.

    Laur Lo Ski · February 18, 2015
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  • Scott M.

    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!

    Scott Mendell · November 4, 2010
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  • Andrew G.

    The location is iconic, and the beignets are not to be missed. The regular coffee is pretty good, but I especially like the frozen coffee. It's great on those hot New Orleans days! Cash only.

    Andrew Gregor · July 26, 2015
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  • Rachel G.

    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!

    Rachel G · April 4, 2013
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  • Richard R.

    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.

    Richard Revilla · July 1, 2013
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  • Libby L.

    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.

    Libby Lee · February 20, 2014
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  • Roderick B.

    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. 😋

    Roderick Bolosan · September 9, 2015
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  • Kayla!

    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.

    Kayla! · August 18, 2014
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  • 99designs

    "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

    99designs · January 24, 2012
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  • Angela E.

    if they're crowded, move quickly. Not a lot of time for your hem-hawing. They serve beignets, coffee, water, soda, OJ. that's it! Cash only. All come with water. 3 to order. Pay when beignets arrive.

    Angela Eldridge · June 6, 2013
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  • Justen

    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).

    Justen · April 16, 2012
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  • Natasha P.

    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!

    Natasha Pennix · February 19, 2013
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  • Sirus O.

    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.

    Sirus Orndoff · February 12, 2015
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  • 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.

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  • Bob C.

    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

    Bob Carey · March 12, 2015
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  • Adrian P.

    The Beignet Formula. 1 person = 1 serving of beignets. 2 people = 2 servings. 3 people = 4 servings. 4 people = 5 servings. Iced coffees all round, prepare the be stuffed full of doughy goodness.

    Adrian Phillips · August 30, 2015
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  • Shaina (CreoleChick)

    Go early during week or Sunday. Don't wear black. Grab 1st table you see even if dirty. If you never had beignets before, your 1st experience should be here & if you have you should eat here once.

    Shaina (CreoleChick) · March 19, 2012
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  • This Is My South

    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

    This Is My South · September 6, 2014
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  • Alexandria D.

    Having beignets here are a must! Very touristy and overly bustling during most hours so get them to-go and eat them messy things in white paper bags that they'll come in. Skip the coffee.

    Alexandria Dang · March 20, 2014
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  • Mirella B.

    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.

    Mirella Broyles · October 18, 2013
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  • Mrs J.

    I just went once and couldn't even order. We got a sit and no one came to ask our order, we tried to talk with some waitress but they were all so busy. I didn't have a good experience but I'll be back

    Mrs J · August 27, 2014
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  • Katerina M.

    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!

    Katerina Matsa · April 22, 2014
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  • Addie G.

    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.

    Addie G · November 15, 2013
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  • JamieLynne W.

    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.

    JamieLynne Weiss · July 19, 2015
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  • Damon G.

    I guess the definition of a *local institution* is when tourists and locals mesh happily under the same roof. When that roof stands above a floor covered in icing sugar, it's quite a beautiful thing.

    Damon Garrett · July 14, 2012
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  • Brendan R.

    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.

    Brendan Rastetter · August 15, 2014
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  • Joanne W.

    They sell doughnuts that are warm and drowned in icing sugar! Not bad but they are heavy and sickly after a couple of bites. The service is fast but all the coffee comes from big boilers! Not fresh.

    Joanne Wright · February 27, 2014
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  • Betty R.

    Tourist trap. Plenty of other places to eat beignets aka funnel cake. Lines are a waste of time when there are so many other things to do and eat! Cross the street and buy an art piece to take home!

    Betty Rube · June 7, 2015
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