Café du Monde is the most recognizable New Orleans establishment, serving hordes of hungry tourists and locals 24 hours a day. The humble coffee stand opened in 1862. The menu may be simple, consisting of two items, but they do both well.
Order a portion of beignets, French-style doughnuts topped with powdered sugar. Just don’t wear a white shirt! Your coffee, an ideal companion with the sweet treats, can be dark roasted or chicory, black or au lait.
If You Go
Cafe du Monde is located in the French Market at 800 Decatur Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70116. It’s open 24 hours a day, every day except for Christmas Day. From I-10 east, keep right and follow signs for Slidell. Take exit 235 A for Orleans Avenue towards Vieux Carre.
From there, merge onto Basin Street and take a sharp left to stay on it. Take the first right onto Toulouse Street and left onto Decatur Street, where the restaurant will be across from Jackson Square on your right.