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Beignets at Café du Monde

Beignets at Café du Monde

No trip to New Orleans would be complete without sinking your teeth into some piping hot beignets and sipping chicory coffee at the iconic and quintessentially French Café du Monde, recognizable by its green-and-white striped awning on Decatur Street. Here’s what you need to know about this favorite foodie experience.

What Is a Beignet?

A beignet, basically “fried dough” in French, is a doughnut-like pastry deep-fried to a golden brown in cottonseed oil and dusted with powdered sugar. Brought to Louisiana by the Acadians, the pastry is typically served warm in orders of three, alongside a cup of coffee made with chicory for the ultimate go-to New Orleans breakfast or afternoon snack. 

Café du Monde History

Café du Monde has a long history in the Big Easy dating back to 1862, when it opened its doors as a traditional coffee stand in the New Orleans French Market. The original menu featured only black chicory coffee, café au lait, beignets, milk, and orange juice; in 1988 iced coffee and soft drinks were added to the offerings. Today the French Quarter café near Jackson Square remains open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, except for on Christmas Day.

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New Orleans Food and History Walking Tour

New Orleans Food and History Walking Tour

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Go for the gastronomic gusto on a food‐filled walking tour of New Orleans! Journey with a savvy local guide to popular Creole eateries, markets, and artisanal shops to sample diverse foods that define Louisiana’s culinary landscape. Stopping at several locations, savor such classic bites as gumbo, muffulettas, po'boys, bananas foster, and pralines. Along the way, meet local chefs and learn about New Orleans’ rich culinary history.
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New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option

New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option

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Get more from the city by exploring New Orleans’ food culture with a guide. Stop by some of the French Quarter’s most famous restaurants for some of the area’s most delicious food. Enjoy tastings that could include seafood gumbo, Creole brisket, and beignets. Learn fun facts from your guide as you walk along the city streets, and if you choose, upgrade to a small-group tour with no more than 12 guests.
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French Quarter History Tour with Cafe Du Monde Option in New Orleans

French Quarter History Tour with Cafe Du Monde Option in New Orleans

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Discover the magic of the Vieux Carré in the morning on this historic walking tour. Accompany your friendly guide on a stroll through the French Quarter to view signature architecture and learn about the convergence of ethnic influence on this famous neighborhood, from cloistered courtyards and intricate ironwork to po’ boys and jambalaya. If option selected, end with a sugar-dusted beignet and café au lait at Cafe du Monde, a classic New Orleans institution.
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