Anyone who’s ever been to New Orleans knows there are certain must-see attractions. The French Quarter, Mardi Gras, jazz festivals, and Bourbon Street are the most common New Orleans references–but there’s one more that is sure to perk you up and keep your attention.
Café Du Monde®, a coffee shop located on Decatur Street in the French Quarter, is a staple in New Orleans cuisine and culture. Established in 1862, this original French Market New Orleans coffee shop has stood the test of time, and for good reason. This is no ordinary coffee. It’s impressive ancestry dates to coffee’s introduction to America in the mid-1700s. As the French (Acadians) settled in the New Orleans area and along the Mississippi River in 1720, they brought their coffee to help wake them up for long days of exploration. What made this coffee so special was the addition of chicory, the root of the endive plant, which was roasted and ground to help add body and flavor to the, then scarce, supply of coffee.
Nowadays, it’s this chicory that helps classify Café Du Monde as one of the best places to visit during a vacation in New Orleans. The addition of chicory adds a chocolaty flavor to the popular Café Au Lait–coffee and chicory mixed half and half with hot milk. Of course you can order the coffee any way you’d like, but it’d be a shame not to consider their recommendations.
But if you’ve been to New Orleans for vacation, you know that Café Du Monde is worth visiting for more than just the coffee. In fact, there’s a second bucket list menu item at Café Du Monde as well. If you’re going to Café Du Monde for the coffee, chances are you’re also going to try the beignets. Brought to Louisiana by the Acadians as well, beignets are little fried fritters covered with powdered sugar served in groups of three.
The combination of a Café Au Lait and a trio of beignets will make for a memorable visit to one of the essential tourist stops in New Orleans. Along with live jazz music and the anything-goes atmosphere of the French Quarter, Café Du Monde is an New Orleans experience no visitor should miss.