Written by Sarina Fiero – LadyChowChow.com reporter from Syracuse:
If you have the opportunity to go to New Orleans, you must eat a beignet; and if you’re going to eat a beignet, you must order it from Café due Monde. Open since 1862, Café du Monde is an iconic coffee-stand landmark in the French Market area of New Orleans. You can’t miss the café while strolling around the historical area, as its lights are on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
My sister, a friend, and I visited Café du Monde late one evening after a full day of exploring the city. The majority, if not all, of the seating is off to the side of the kitchen on an open-air style patio. The ambiance is wonderful, as you are seated amongst tourist and locals alike, while simultaneously having the beautiful view of the city passing you by.
We had initially tried beignets at a shop around the corner from our hotel before visiting Café du Monde. The beignets of our first experience were small and dense, and served in a paper bag filled with powdered sugar. We should have skipped this first taste test and went straight to Café du Monde. The Café due Monde beignets were incredible. The Café du Monde fried, palm-sized beignets have a crispy outside and a soft cake-like inside, and are served covered in powdered sugar. They are served in orders of 3, and you’ll wish you could eat 100….okay, 99. Each member of our party devoured 3 beignets, which we partnered up with small cartons of cold milk. I’ve also heard that the Café du Monde coffee is very tasty.
Get off the plane, drop your bags at the hotel, and head straight to Café du Monde when next visiting New Orleans. You’ll thank yourself for starting your New Orleans experience off on the right foot. You’ll also thank me for reminding you not to wear black to Café du Monde. No matter how careful you are, you will find yourself sprinkled with powdered sugar while enjoying the beignets!