Cafe du Monde, New Orleans

Cafe du Monde, New Orleans (must see)

Open around the clock, the open-air Café du Monde (French for "Café of the World" or "the People's Café") holds a special place in the heart of New Orleans. Established in the 1860s, it has gained fame for its uniquely flavored café au lait (coffee with added hot milk) paired with the warm, sugar-dusted beignets. It’s the perfect spot to unwind at a table while enjoying the melodies of street musicians.

Coffee was introduced by the French settlers who began inhabiting the Gulf Coast and the Mississippi River region around 1700. During the American Civil War, due to a coffee shortage, New Orleans Creoles devised a blend of coffee and chicory, imparting a chocolate-like flavor to the café au lait. This version has since become a signature offering at Café du Monde and other New Orleans eateries.

In the 18th century, French settlers from Nova Scotia brought various traditions to Louisiana, including the beloved beignet. Unlike most doughnuts, these are square pieces of dough without a central hole, served with toppings like fruit, jam, maple syrup, or even savory fillings. At Café du Monde, the fried delights are served warm, generously dusted with powdered sugar and come in orders of three.

The café draws a diverse crowd, including late-night revelers, socialites, students, locals, tourists, and people from all corners of the globe, resulting in a lively atmosphere filled with a multitude of accents.

Tips:
Keep in mind that the café operates on a cash-only basis. If you find it too crowded, consider going around to the take-out window in the back and enjoying your treats along the picturesque Mississippi riverfront.

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Sight Name: Cafe du Monde
Sight Location: New Orleans, USA (See walking tours in New Orleans)
Sight Type: Food/Drink
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