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.