The one place you have to visit in New Orleans is Cafe du Monde. I don't really know why, but it's the most famous spot in the city, and I don't think my trip would have been complete without it.
It's clear they are well trained to turn over tables as quickly as possible, as the whole experience was rushed even though there wasn't a line at 11 p.m.
The Original Cafe Du Monde Coffee Stand was established in 1862 in the New Orleans French Market. The Cafe is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It closes only on Christmas Day and on the day an occasional Hurricane passes too close to New Orleans.
The Original Cafe Du Monde is a traditional coffee shop. Its menu consists of dark roasted Coffee and Chicory, Beignets, White and Chocolate Milk, and fresh squeezed Orange Juice. The coffee is served Black or Au Lait. Au Lait means that it is mixed half and half with hot milk. Beignets are square French -style doughnuts, lavishly covered with powdered sugar. In 1988 Iced Coffee was introduced to the cafe. Soft drinks also made their debut that year.
We were seated and ordered cafe au lait and beignets. It came out very quickly afterward.
The coffee was good and bold. The beignets were good - but I'll be honest, it's not my typical dessert. So I enjoyed it for what it was and got the experience, but pralines are more my jam.
Have you been?