Café du Monde is famous for coffee and beignets, and not much else. Its menu fits on the side of a napkin holder, listing several additional beverages to have in addition to coffee. You have Hobson’s choice for something to eat, beignets. I found it especially entertaining that their souvenir list is quite a lot longer, both listed on the window of the indoor enclosure, and as evidenced by their medium-sized gift shop across the street. I’m a sucker for coffee mugs, so I did buy my beverage in a ceramic mug to keep after I departed.
I guess if you do two things well, stick to them! The chickory-flavored coffee is delicious, as are the warm beignets topped with powdered sugar. I dined here in the mid-evening for a light supper, after eating a pretty filling lunch. Perhaps it’s because I was here mid-week and slightly off season, but this part of the French Quarter, right next to St Louis Park, was dead at 9 p.m. and even a bit creepy.
I enjoyed my visit, though you’d think an establishment open since 1862 could do better than their graffiti-covered, cramped bathroom, covered with slogans about poorly paid and treated staff.
Rating 3.5/5.0 – Liked it
Café du Monde
800 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116