Are you going to New Orleans? Ok, are you going near New Orleans? Will you, at any time, be anywhere in southern Louisiana? Then you must go to Cafe du Monde.
The original Cafe Du Monde Coffee Stand was established in 1862. Today, Cafe du Monde is located in the heart of the French Quarter, right across from Jackson Square. This spot is open 24 hours a day, but be warned, they only accept cash.
There are two traditional items on the menu: beignets and coffee. (They also serve milk, juice, iced coffee, and sodas.)
Beignets are French doughnuts, brought to Louisiana by the Acadian immigrants. They are square pieces of dough, fried, and covered with a lot of powdered sugar and served in orders of three.
Did you know that coffee was introduced to North America by way of New Orleans? The French brought coffee with them as they settled along the Mississippi. Cafe du Monde traditionally serves coffee with chicory. This root of the endive plant is added to the coffee to take the edge off the bitter taste of the dark coffee. It adds an almost chocolate flavor to the Cafe Au Lait they serve.
This inexpensive, delicious stop should be a part of any trip to New Orleans.