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Our first visit to this landmark place..... Very large crowds but line went quickly... No table available at first that was clean... Little awkward standing around waiting on one to be cleared by one of the many waitresses running around. Once seated it went quickly.... No menu really as they only sell beignets in sets of three and coffee.... Low priced and very tasty. Heaps of powdered sugar will almost guarantee your shirt looking like you've picked up a drug habit..... A must visit on any New Orleans trip. Open 24/7.
Delicious fried dough with coffee for a very reasonable price. Cafe du Monde has that old world charm to it; where you can spend time with a loved one.
Unlike most other modern coffee shops, this is a sit-down service restaurant. One star deducted for slow service. In fact you can see a lot of the servers milling around, smoking or chatting. They will actively ignore you for the first 10 minutes or so after being seated, then someone will slowly saunter around to your table. That, and the inconvenience of being a "Cash-only" place.
Why would you go anywhere else? Go early, go often, enjoy. This is a landmark and staple of the French Quarter. The only complaint I have is that it is too conveniently located and low priced. That made not stopping out of the question. I miss those delicious morsels....
This place is historic and known for their great Beignets and Café au Lait!
I love that it's super quick service but you get the best of New Orleans in a powder sugar dusted donut and some coffee with milk! MIND BLOWING!
I remember coming here years ago with my grandfather and having a great time, nothing really changed and it took me back in time!
Classic stop in Nola. Everyone packs into Cafe Du Monde. Its one of those things that its cool because its a landmark.. but chickory coffee and beignets arent enough to keep my interest. It just a huge patio packed with little tables and people having the beignets and coffee.
Great food cash only, there's a line but you seat yourself. Very simple menu. Fast service. Great food. Bathrooms are cramped and old beware.
Go. Early. Can't emphasize that enough.ans on a weekday morning if possible. We went a Monday at 9:30am and the place was already popping. They do coffee, tea, juice etc and one food and that... Is their famous beignets. Totally delicious. Also I nicely lively place to sit out in the open air.
This was $9. What's not in the photo is the small carton of tru moo chocolate milk that was ordered. This was my first time here. It's a funnel cake. Each of the three items purchased was $2.73. It's out in the open, so the atmosphere is good. The floor is filthy. You just walk in and sit down. The wait staff will find you.
Hot café au laits, hot sweet powdery crunchy soft beignets. It could be humid and hot as hell, but I still wait in line for these hot tasty treats.
I suggest you go with cash. Goes faster. Easier on you and the café. Bon appetit!
Wow. I loved the movie "Chef" and being able to experience first hand what is so amazing about that movie was just great. Cafe du Monde does not disappoint. The beignets are exquisite and a perfect way to start your morning or end a wonderful weekend getaway like my girl and I did.
The wait looks long but goes quick. Service with a smile and an unbelievable aroma pours from the open environment of the cafe. This is true Paris.
What's to say really? Best beignets hands down. Hot coffee for dipping, frozen coffee for a refreshing twist. Shucks, have a nice cold glass of milk! Crispy and sugary and melt in your mouthy! Don't miss this spot. If your lucky you can sit outside while some incredible musicians play jazz on the street.
This place is a must if have never been. Expect long lines, and bring cash. No cards accepted. They also charge for refills on coffee. The beignet's are amazing, and so is the coffee. I believe it has chicory in it. I never would have thought to include it and coffee, but it works. It taste great.
Very busy place. Catch any open table type of system. Coffee was great. Cakes were great. Service is spotty but only because they are so busy. Cute decor inside. Open 24 hours!!
This place was very lovely and their Beignets were to die for and is also their main dish about 2.75 for three of these deep fried pastries Covered in powered sugar. Service was good although their waiters looked tired. The bathroom line was extremely long mostly being due to all the people coming from Bourbon Street to eat. It is a cash only facility so make sure you have CASH!! Overall was a great establishment but would not recommend going on a Sunday because the line was ridiculous like literally down the block to be seated and the to go line was about the same.
We went here in 2014. You have to stop because of the history and hype, but it's nothing special. Just coffee and milk and some powered-sugar donuts. It was not clean, and the whole area is a bit chaotic. Tip: There is no line. Just walk past those standing in line and find an open table. It is "seat yourself."
There is a take-out window, but the line for even that is very long and slow, which I suppose can't be helped, because it is a very famous place/landmark. The pastry is good, however, the woman at the counter was really rude. While I understand that the line was long and she was trying to serve a lot of people, it doesn't take much extra time to smile and say "How can I help you?" vs "What do you want?"
The take-out window is cash only, FYI.
World famous home of a delicious pastry covered in powered sugar that's sure to make a mess. Super cheap pricing and blazing fast service make this place a must-do in The Big Easy.
Bring cash as it's cash only but fear not as you won't need much. Pastries coffee and a tip and a few of us got out the door for around $20.
It was on my bucket list of places to visit in New Orleans. Arrived at 11am but was still quite busy.
The Beignets were sublime and 3 per portion were quite adequate. Loved the coffee as well. I will return again during the day to see how the atmosphere differs.
We didn't really plan to go here because we figured it was overrated. We were wrong! We both thought the coffee was excellent and really enjoyed the beignets. I am pretty particular about my coffee and was surprised to like it so much. Pretty good price, too.
Worth going if you're in the French Quarter. They basically serve beignets, coffee, hot chocolate. It's good. The waiters and waitresses didn't look too thrilled to be there though. There's a wait, but the line moves fairly fast.
Loved the experience and the food! While it seemed like we would have a long wait since the line was up the street, we actually got in quickly. The staff have mastered moving people and service. It is an experience and a taste you must try in New Orleans.
Pretty good donuts, but it definitely is a tourist trap. The service and food is really good, it's just really crowded anytime in the morning and the line to get a table stretches down the block. The wait is maybe an hour so definitely not the worst or you can go in the afternoon. Cash only
Everyone should visit for a classic experience. Simple coffee and fresh beignets. If you haven't done this type of Cafe before , come during a non rush time like the evening. Won't be nearly as crowded and will have more time to get the vibe of the place.
Beignets so light and fresh. Coffee was delicious. We enjoyed hanging and listening to live music. They won't rush you out so let your server know when your done.
AMAZING first-time beignets! Incredibly delicious, and piled high with powdered sugar. The hot chocolate and coffee drinks served here are also delicious. The service is quick and courteous.
Do note, however, that this place is cash-only.
Got there at 7. Took a seat outside. Waited for 20 minutes. No service. Went to get a seat inside. There were 3 other tables that also came inside because of no service. Waited 15 minutes and was told by the waitress that she had to ask her manager of she could serve me. Meanwhile 2 gentlemen at 2 different tables received immediate service.
Had high hopes for this place as it came recommended. Order their beignets and coffee. The coffee didn't have enough milk so we asked the waitress to add more milk. She comes back with less coffee then we sent her with and told us that they threw out a bit of the coffee in order to not give us more milk then we paid for. We were shocked and asked to speak to management. The owner's son John came over, was very unsympathetic and offered no solution. We would have happily paid for more milk but we were never given the option. We are appalled by their pettiness. The manager just didn't care. Nonetheless it was our first and last time here.
Whether it's the atmosphere of being in such an iconic place, the noise and movements of the masses of people there, or simply the good food. Whatever the reason, the cafe held up to the hype. The beignets were delicious, the coffee a great addition, and the environment fantastic. Sitting there enjoying my meal while big band jazz can be heard from the nearby square was an experience i will never forget.
If you're in New Orleans and haven't been, definitely go at least once in your lifetime.
Open late, 24/7 I believe. Super tasty and satisfies that sweet tooth. Everyone kept saying this was a must go place, I understand why now. Made fresh and covered in powdered sugar, they do not skimp. Great beignets.
I had to come here to try the beignets and they truly were as incredible as I had heard. I also had some hot chocolate which was super delicious. The place is cash only and there was a line, but it moved relatively quickly. If you are making a special order expect it to take extra time.
What can you say about Cafe Du Monde that hasn't already been said. Although it is always packed with tourists, it has maintained it's high quality and very low prices. Service is remarkably efficient! The line may look very long, but it moves much faster than you might think it would. Great place to start the day and people watch.
I have one word to say.
The best, and original. I come here every time I'm in New Orleans, and if you've ever been here you could understand why.
Donuts that melt in your mouth, I'll take two of em.
Service could be a tad bit slow at times, but that's understandable for it's location. Overall, love this place and can never get sick of these awesome donut-like creations.
Cafe Du Monde? Yes, it's a good obligatory stop on any NOLA trip, but then again, it's quite the tourist trap. The coffee was really good, but not really worth the line and wait for our order to be placed. If there isn't a line, by all means go for it. But it isn't worth waiting 45 minutes.
3 days for breakfast In NO and looking forward to being able to go back! The place was packed,but it didn't take too long to get good seating. Our kids loved the birds that just randomly walk through the patio are while your eating.
Always packed but the wait really isn't too bad. The beignets are just that. Hard to mess that up. I personally like chicory coffee and therefore find the coffee to very good. Service is not good. Certainly needs a thorough hosing down but it is hard to clean a place that never closes. Though I am only giving it 3 stars it is still a place you pretty much have to go to in New Orleans.
Great beignets and coffee! Don't let the line deter you, it moves fast. When you reach the front of the line search for an empty table and head in, when if the table hasn't been cleared. Don't be afraid, there is no hostess/ host, just grab a take as the staff will take care of you.
I love it! It's a nice little touristy stop. Go inside if you want to be seated quicker, the outside patio is usually very crowded. Be prepared to wear powdered sugar at some point!
Lived up to expectations! Great afternoon snack - no line-ups and the service was fast and friendly. Three beignets were enough for two! The hot chocolate is surprisingly yummy and a good alternative for dipping for those that don't drink coffee. Pick up some mixes while you're there, they're cheaper than the stores!
A required experience when visiting New Orleans. The line was, of course, down the block for a table. But, there is a line for take-out toward the back of the restaurant, which moves much faster. The steaming hot beignets were worth the 15 minute wait for sure, and there's a lot of scenic places to sit down and eat them nearby if you don't have an hour to wait for a table.
Visited towards the end of May and I think I'll never do that again! Way too hot. The smell of BO all around was overwhelming. Decided to get a table, turns out bad idea. Wait time is pretty long since it is a huge tourist spot. Take out order line was just as long but between the time waiting for a table, waiting for the order, waiting for the check and getting out...yeah it took a while. If your eating at a table make sure you bring cash. That I didn't expect so I was lucky we stayed within budget $10.50 and we just made it. Otherwise the food and drinks were good. It's the experience I guess. I still love New Orleans!
The most important stop when I come to NOLA! Cash only so be prepared for that, but $20 can comfortably appease two people. There is also a to go option which is awesome, because the wait can get long. I recommend going on off hours so you can sit and listen to the sounds of the city and enjoy some coffee and beignets.
Go for the experience and to say you tried it. Keep expectations in perspective. Before coming here so many people adamantly said to try beignets it's a must! And I tried it....it was very very good but it was not this mind blowing experience ....it was just really good and something nice to do! Do not set the bar to high and you will not get disappointed. Like tips mention be careful if you wear black.
I was told by numerous people to go here while visiting NOLA, so after a late night tour we decided to go to avoid the long morning lines we heard about. When we got there I waited in line for the bathroom and saw a cockroach climb down the wall. When I made it into the bathroom they were absolutely disgusting. The whole restaurant was gross. Tables were sticky, floors were filthy, and the place was just dirty. The benigets tasted like funnel cake and the coffee wasn't that great. I can't believe people give this place 5 stars... I feel like we wasted our time. Won't go back.
I loved this little eatery located on the river front. It is busy but fast! You seat yourself wherever there is an open table and the serve swarms on you to get your order (menu is conveniently located on the napkin dispenser). We ordered the infamous beignets and I had a hot chocolate as well. Both hot and amazing! A powdery burst of heaven and I had no shame indulging!!
Really disappointed. I should have looked at the menu before we visited Cafe Du Monde. A couple of friends told my son and I we had to go. We were expecting some cool French cafe where we could enjoy a great cup of coffee and hot chocolate and some French breakfast food. There was a long line to be seated at a dirty table to get a less than mediocre frozen coffee and enough powdered sugar to last 10 lifetimes. My son summed it up. It's like a funnel cake. Just beware before you go and realize where you are going.
As thousands of others reviews can attest to, this place is amazing. Fast and simple service, and a short menu filled with delights. You won't go wrong here, order one of everything! Bonus: It's Kosher... Look for the certificate near the cashier. Also, don't forget that it's cash only, or you're going to have to run across the street to the ATM with a $4 fee.
Great place and a must stop if in the area. Area is filled with fun things to do and see. Staff is great food is tasty. The kids love it!
Loved up to the hype! $3 for a bag of 3 which seemed surprisingly reasonable for such a tourist destination. Beverages were a bit overpriced. $3 for a tiny (maybe 6 oz?) Cup of coffee or hot chocolate. The line for the walk-by window moves quickly--it took maybe 10-15 minutes to be served even at peak hours. The seating area is much less crowded after midnight if you want a late-night snack after hitting the bars.
The Cafe Du Monde is a popular must-see spot when visiting New Orleans. Located across the street from Jackson Square it is easy to find in the French Quarter. Known for serving delicious chicory coffee and freshly made beignets in an open-air environment. Street musicians provide musical entertainment. It is usually crowded but tables turn over fast. I make a daily visit to Cafe Du Monde when visiting New Orleans.
Fits in nicely in it's surroundings. Food and coffee were good. You seat yourself so it can be a bit of a free-for-all trying to get a table and to attract the attention of the wait staff. You go there for the experience.
Great Historical Place. A must see in NOLA. Native tip just sit and an available table dirty or not; the server will clean and clear quick and service. DO NOT wait to be seated it may take awhile 😏 and the "take out" is always ridiculous. If it's in the summer time or a hot spring day try the frozen coffee it's actually pretty great. I'm still thinking about , a little sweet great coffee flavour.
Nice simple place for French donuts and coffee. Went twice on my trip to the Essence Festival. As a tourist, I would just advise... don't stand in the line the other tourist form waiting to be seated. You seat yourself, just find any empty table. The staff is quick to come and clean it down and take your order. This will be one of my go to place for future trips to New Orleans.
This was a nice place, good food, good coffee and good prices. The people that work there are super nice and patient. The only thing is that it is very crowded. Definitely be prepared to wait for a table of you want to sit down to eat.
Excellent beignets!! Great price (3 for $3 bucks). The service is quick and the servers are on top of the game! We went multiple times and highly recommend it.
It's not hype. This really is the best place around. Excellent coffee and beignets. Terrible bathroom so go elsewhere. Less crowded for dessert than fighting the lines in the am. Mug and coffee combo is a must.
My first day in New Orleans, I set out for Cafe Du Monde - which I remember from my last visit to N O back in 1976. The setting may have changed a bit but the tasty sugar-saturated bignets and lovely coffee haven't changed. I did it just like back 41 years ago, straight and simple. A really good choice for the morning of my first full day in town. Don't wear black!
If you don’t want to wait for a table (the lines are super long) walk through the entrance past all the tables and there’s a to-go window and moves extremely fast and he beignets come in a cute little bag filled with powdered sugar! You can also order your drinks there and then go sit at a variety of benches in back of the cafe. Just as good as waiting for a table but I found even better because we only waited about 5min.
Stopped by fairly early in the evening. Got table service. Took a while to get waited on but the service was OK until it was time to pay.
The waiter rounded the bill up to the next dollar. Not cool.
This place is cash only so make sure you have cash before you go.
So bottom line. Decent food and coffee. Not great service and watch your bill.
Great food! The red beans and rice was fantastic also I was told that the roast beef sandwich was also wonderful hover if you don't like spicy food, don't have the gravy put on the roast beef sandwhich. I added Tabasco to my red beans and rice so I am not really sure if it was spicy prior my adding the Tabasco.
Highly recommended if you want authentic Cajun food!
Finally after years of waiting to try this cafe’s famous “beignets” I had the privilege of visit Cafe Du Monde I all my expectations were satisfied. The coffee was great and the pastries out of this world. A must if you visit New Orleans. So happy I had the chance to visit this historical place.
Absolutely refreshing coffee and tasty beignets!! I'm a huge fan of coffee with chicory and this is one rare place in the US where you get such coffee. There is always a line that usually moves really fast. Totally worth the wait. Note that they accept only cash. Menu is limited but the amazing experience & the history is all that matters.
Perfect spot to grab some sugary beignets and coffee. You can pregame there to get your caffeine fix and party late, or you can grab a coffee after the bars to sober up. Or both. Love this joint. Tip: You're better off going to the take out window than sitting down when it's the most busy.
A great tourist spot to visit on your trip to New Orleans! I have been here several times and it never gets old. Be prepared to wait, as this is a very popular spot. The beignets are great, but only order the coffee if you like a lot of cream and sugar. A must-do if you have never been before!
The wait is worth the beignets! It's a cultural experience wrapped into food, music, and the history of the city. I come here every time I go to New Orleans (approximately 10 times now). A definite must go to! And the staff is fast and the line moves. Beware: cash only.
it's a main tourist attraction for a reason. Fresh beignets that taste oh so good. It's something everyone needs to go to at least once while visiting New Orleans. Remember to bring cash as they're cash only. They do have a patio, but if you've got dogs I recommend ordering from their to go line and then walking to the park right next to them.
We visited the shop at around 10 pm and still it was packed. They had a good system to maintain & handle the crowd though. Despite the large no of people being served, the waitress was sweet & prompt. Their coffee (doesn't matter which one you order) & the sugar drowned donut were delicious. It's also an excellent people watching spot as the seating area is open on all sides with a view into the colorful streets of New Orleans.
Nice street Cafe for getting some unique coffee. I like their French roast more than the chicory, but you only buy it in cans (that are sealed and require a can opener). They have a window for take-out purchases, and the entire place is cash-only with purchase prices calculated to be rounded to a quarter with taxes added. You can also sit down at a table if you want to get some coffee there (it'll be the one that has chicory mixed in), some fresh orange juice, or donuts. This is the only place that I've ever been to where I'd actually have the donuts — they're cooked fresh with decent ingredients and no glaze, completely different than all of the chain restaurants. They will have a mountain of sugar on them that you need to shake off. You probably only want one each, so be aware that they come in servings of 3. Worth trying at least once if you want to taste a real donut.
The only times I've been here a really late at night. Both times the donuts were good however I remember them being fluffier about 10 years ago. The cost has definitely risen but it's still very reasonable. You get three Beignets for $2.35. I recommend going here if you're visiting. Definitely go to the location near Jackson Square.
Like many famous places in New Orleans, be prepared for a long line! The beignets were great, with them being made to order. And the sugar gets everywhere! The hot chocolate and coffee was generic, so don't come expecting anything great. Service was nice and quick, with cash payments seemingly being preferred.
Absolutely delicious! Even though it’s very “touristy” it is definitely worth it.
The donuts were the perfect amount of crispy, oily and sweet. Don’t be polite and share the serving of three with your date, you for sure want the whole bag for yourself 😋
We barely had to wait in line and they came out piping hot.
There is literally so much powdered sugar on these Beignets that when there’s a breeze the air tastes of powdered sugar. It’s basically deep fried dough that could be found at any carnival or fair. Yet it’s one of those tourist destinations that if you’re in the city you’ve got to stop and try it. It does bill itself as the original French market and coffee stand after all. Prices are more than fair for what they’re serving and service is relatively fast and friendly. If you have a few minutes it’s worth stopping for.
I loved this place... a must experience cafe near saint Luis cathedral... the only thing I didn’t liked was the waiting but I can understand this cause this place is crowded 24/7... their coffee is extremely good and their beignets the best you can find... nice and kind service as well... we enjoyed the atmosphere there... so happy about that...
Anytime day or night, the fried pastry pillows, buried under a blizzard of powdered sugar, served here will hit the spot! Paired with cup of coffee (with chicory!), it's quick treat that is well worth the occasional wait in the fast moving line. The service was fast and efficient and the atmosphere is buzzing with conversation and excitement. Yes, it is popular with tourists, but Cafe Du Monde remains true to it's roots, so the crowd is filled with lots of locals as well. Highly recommended!!!
Highly recommend. One of the signature restaurants to visit in new Orleans. It is open 24 hours a day, but a warning that they only take cash. I'm rating 5 stars off of character and authenticity as much as anything for me. I went at approximately 2:30 in the morning and was surprised by the quality and freshness of the coffee and beignets. They do not have a wide menu, but what they do have they've perfected. Wonderful staff, wonderful service, and a wonderful New Orleans experience over all.
The beignets were tasty and fun. Glad we got them. This place was always hopping with crowds of people. Didn't matter what time we stopped by. There were long lines waiting for tables and long lines for carryout. Be sure to have "cash only" if you do carryout. The carryout line moved reasonably quickly, despite the length. However, the public bathroom line did not move fast. 20 to 30 minutes wait appeared to be the norm. (We hung out in Jackson Square several times for several hours each during the day, and every time I walked by, the bathroom line was out the door). During that time waiting in the bathroom line, I realized how many kitchen employees seemed stacked on top of each other working super fast/busy with not much space and it didn't feel very clean either.
The food was amazing and the vibe was great, but our waiter was awful. He very rudely refused to split our check, so I gave $15 for my bill and everyone else pitched in cash for theirs. One in my party needed change for a $20, so our waiter gave him change.....using my $15. So he ended up with $10, then turned to me for the rest and acted like I hadn't already paid him. We tried to explain what had happened and he promptly threw his hands up and told us to never go back there again.
Go at 6AM to avoid the lines. The pastries were pretty good! Options are only that pastry. Coffee, juice, milk, or water for drinks. It’s a staple. You have to come here. Once is enough for me though.
This place is amazing! The line may look long but it moves fast. It's cash only and super reasonably priced. You do seat yourself, the servers will come by and clear the table from the past guests and take your order. In a great location for people watching. The second time we came we were able to sit in front of a man playing music on the side. Great experience every time!
Don't be driven away by the long lines. This place is quick and efficient. My wife and I were in a long line of about 50 people, and we were able to get to a seat in about 10 minutes.
Also, you should know that there is a second line in the back for people that want to take their order to go. I didn't stand in that line, but it appeared to move very quickly.
There are only a couple items to order from the menu, and this helps get people in and out quickly. I really enjoyed the food and ambiance and would recommend it to my friends and family.
The line is always long but it moves quickly! Once you get to the inside of the covered dining area, just find an open seat and you'll be waited on. We enjoyed listening to the street musicians and laughing at the fluffy footed pigeons running around our feet looking for crumbs to eat while we waited. It was the first time we tried beignets, and they are delicious and messy, covered with an inch of powdered sugar. (Don't breathe in or out when you take a bite). On the way out, don't miss out on making a souvenir penny with one of the penny presses by the door!
Oh well, what else but a 5-star for this place. It's well worth the 30-40 minutes wait for me. The beignets were delightful and so was the hot chicory coffee that accompanied so well with it. They don't take credit cards so you better get that cash handy. The bathroom line is long but an experience since restrooms are past the kitchen where you get to see it all done.
There’s no reason not to visit Cafe Du Monde! The line might be long but it moves fast and the service is quick and efficient. It’s cash only but you pay immediately on receipt of your beignets and there’s no waiting for a check or flagging down a server. The chicory coffee was delicious and when I asked for cream, it was what they brought (unlike some other places which seem to think milk is an adequate substitute). My sister and I needed to dust off a little powdered sugar but my husband enjoyed every bit of his piled high...as you can see from the photo. I would highly recommend a visit.
I only stayed in New Orleans for 2 days, but I went to Cafe Du Monde 4 times. This place is absolutely awesome. Although you may think the lines for the pick and go are way too long, they actually move pretty fast and the wait is definitely worth it. You can also sit down and enjoy the table service, but getting a table may be difficult at some times. Since the place is open 24/7, If you want to sit there I would recommend to go when it's less crowded, like at 3 am after a night out on Bourbon St. Have a Beignet (or two) with a cup of hot chocolate and you will fall in love with this place.
Tourist trap. I have had better coffee and beignets in the French Quarter. Hostesses (there were 3) didn't actually point us to a free table; they just stood at different spots in the dining room and said "sit wherever you can find a table." Waiter asked us to pay once we received our order and said "there are a lot of people waiting," which made us feel like we were being rushed out. The tables and chairs were so close to each other that we didn't want to stay for long anyway.
A must in New Orleans. So delicious and inexpensive. I love the open environment. The workers were polite and helpful. The was a line but since the menu is small, it moved very quickly. I like that they have a few beverage options. I'm not much of a coffee drinker and their hot cocoa is great. I believe they also have orange juice and water available.
This Place is a classic. Delicious strong coffee to keep you going around the French Quarter. The place was a bit too crowed for my taste. The tables too small for a group of 5. We found a table near a the door, and had to wait for a waitress to come to pick up the table and clean it from previous customers, before we could be served. But once our table was clean and our order taken, the food came to us quickly. It was worth the wait!
This place takes cash only. No Credit or Debit cards.
$2.75 is a great deal for 3 beignets! Just a first timers tip you can sit anywhere that you find an open or dirty table and the waiter will come to you to clean it up and take your order. The first time that we were there we accidentally stood at the bathroom line for eternity until someone told us it was the line for the bathroom. They bring you out your food quickly and the food is wonderful. The whole restaurant is so nice and decorated and we even had live music playing right outside of the patio. You do not want to miss this place and the delicious treats.
Cafe Du Monde is always crowded, but it is so worth it. I recommend the iced coffee as well. The staff is okay, and they'll be sure to get your order right. For as good as the food and beverages are it's actually a suitable price. If you have kids and are in New Orleans, Cafe Du Monde is just right👌. When you arrive, it might take a second to find a table, but the times I've been there we got a pretty fast table, they just had to clean it. There is a line in the actual building but if you find a table outside you can go to it. And then eventually a waiter will find you😉. Anyways Care Du Monde is a great place to visit while in the New Orleans area.
Ridiculously expensive. I could have purchased a box of their mix for $4. A pint (aka a large) of Borden milk was $3+. First time in 12 years I was there and only because I was showing family around and someone wanted a picture at the cafe. You couldn't get a place to sit, nobody that works there is very friendly, and the sidewalk outside smells like pee. You can buy their products in the store (I don't like coffee with chicory anyway). It's a disappointing landmark. Bring cash to the takeout window.
This is a CASH ONLY ESTABLISHMENT! Come in and take a sit. This place is open 24 hours. The beignets are 3 for $3. They come out piping hot. They also arrive coffee and hot chocolate. If your in New Orleans in the French Market district it's definitely worth a stop. The area is near the river and it lots of cool buildings to see.
The classic, legendary Cafe Du Monde. Fantastic beignets and coffee! I highly recommend skipping the line to eat inside and just going to the to-go window. It’s on the river-side of the restaurant and cuts your waiting time in half. This is great, since there’s nothing served by the Cafe that you can’t easily eat while walking around or sitting on a nearby bench. Like all of Cafe Du Monde, they only take cash! Make sure you don’t show up with only cards. This is a must do if you are a visitor to New Orleans and the French Quarter.
Visited here several times! It’s great cafe, lots of people and tasty treats. If you visit NO you have to come here at least once. Hot chocolate for non-coffee drinkers and coffee of course. The beignets are so delicious. Not too sweet and freshly made. You may find a line when you arrive, but they move very quickly. And remember to bring cash. They do not take card payments.
A must-have experience for any visit to New Orleans. This was my first time so it took a little while to figure out that you just walk in and find yourself a seat. (The line at the back is for take out orders). The wait staff had years of experience and don't always move the quickest, but they are efficient. My boyfriend and I each got a beignet, we should have shared one. They were delicious. The coffee is amazing. I bought some to take home. Don't wear black, being covered with powdered sugar is part of the experience!
Great service!! I love this place and the history behind it. Would be helpful if they took debit or credit cards. I rarely have cash anymore and i know I'm not the only one. Delicious food and coffee. The restrooms could be bigger
Great spot that's a must for for any visit to New Orleans. The beignet was delicious. Very sweet so the sugar lovers are in for treat. The powered sugar can be messy but well worth it as it's a great treat. I would recommend adding a coffee or hot chocolate to get the full experience. Best of all the menu is very affordable. Cafe Du Monde is open 24 hours so feel free to avoid the rush and enjoy a delicious treat off hours if you wish.
What an overrated spot. We stood in line for about 45 minutes for what? Good coffee and over sugared french donuts. We sat at a dirty table and order a chocolate milk and an iced coffee. What came out was barely a double shot of chocolate milk and a lovely signature coffee. We told the slightly pushy server that we were waiting on friends, but we ordered our beignets since he indicated to us that hanging out wasn't acceptable even with the increasing number of empty dirty tables. These overrated donut squares came out with enough powdered sugar on them that one bite made you look like you were doing a Tony Montana being played by Charlie Sheen impression. It sticks to the roof of your mouth and the donut isn't that great. The server then rudely demanded our money and left never to go sit down with the other servers to chat. All around not a great place for the food, but if you can appreciate the historical value then maybe it can be redeemed. With all the great little cafe's around I don't think this one was worth the wait.
Best Square Donuts I've ever had! Plus it gave me "been there done that" bragging rights! I will return EVERY time I come back to the French Quarter. Great cup of coffee also btw.
Really tasty... my only complaint was that the coffee was so teeny and not refilled for me (it was really busy!) The beignet portions were large though :) Tables were pretty sticky/dirty but overall still a fun experience.
These beignets mimic funnel cake. But I love funnel cake so it's cool. The setting is different but they're open 24/7 and only accept cash. Everything is reasonably priced. Relatively cheap and good. It's good and it can get messy.
Wait wasn't great but it was busy so no big deal. Lined moved quickly. Definitely a place to visit for some great coffee.
Edit. Come in the morning, nice and cool and you can get right in. Love this place.
Just go visit it to be able to say you went there. Some people are going to like...Some may not. I'm not from N.O. but I was pretty much raised in La. I come here whenever I'm in this part of the state. I associate it with good memories and sweet treats. So it's a good place for me.
GREAT place for beignets! I always go to this one when I'm in Jackson Square. So tasty. The coffee is amazing as well. Big tourist attraction. I enjoy walking down Decatur and going by this place. Definitely would recommend to anyone visiting town with a sweet tooth. Wish they had one of these everywhere I went.
Absolutely delicious! The beignets were fabulous. Very flaky, soft in the center and the staff is not greedy with the powdered sugar. Oh and a plus is that the coffee is strong!! A few tips: don't wait to be seated...there will be a line of people...just skip them all and find a table. If it's dirty, just sit and wait. When the waitress or waiter come, order immediately! This is a CASH ONLY place so be prepared.
The cafe is incredible and itself, I definitely recommend going. I really enjoyed it, but the wait time is insane. It will take you a very long time at the walk-up window and an even longer time if you want to sit. I honestly think the experience is worth the wait though if you have the time.
It was a rainy day when I was sitting in the Cafe. We ordered the famous Beignet with Coffee Milk. Expectation was high after hearing the recommendation from a friend, and even higher when I saw a long line of people waiting to be seated. Even though it's not bad, it's not special too. I don't know why people are flocking into the Cafe. Maybe they are buying the ambience or buying the memory of sweet golden old history when this Cafe took important role in people's life.
Good coffee and pastries. Great service. Fun to visit such an iconic place in the French quarter. And as an added bonus, it was one of those rare day that is really cold and raw in New Orleans, and we were very grateful for a place to warm our hand and get some sustenance. Over all, I would say while not my absolute favorite coffee, it was a very fun place to stop in.
Nice experience. Must visit when in Nola. Long waiting time but worth every second. Great coffee as well. Perfect treat and in close proximity to the shopping center and other tourist attractions. Strongly recommend.
Great spot that is known for their powdered donuts. The line can be long; but moves pretty quickly so don't be discouraged. I'd highly recommend the coffee which was actually pretty good. Ample seating for people who want to sit and enjoy their treats.
Cafe Du Monde is a staple and a definite go to on your list while in New Orleans. The place is crawling with business. People from all walks of life, both local and tourist. Despite the face value of the crowd it's very easy and fast to get a seat. You seat yourself and typically someone is right there to take your order. Prices are affordable. You can get three beignets for under three dollars. Everything is fresh and tasty in this cozy, open piece of culture.
Really fun! A must see go to place. We sat and had pastries and hot chocolate. Really a fun atmosphere. They just don’t put enough powdered sugar though.... (you get the joke when you see it!). Don’t wear black!!!
How can fried dough taste so good? Great staff. Quick and friendly service! Bring a bib or just don't care like everyone else. There is so much powder sugar your gonna make, but nobody cares because it taste so good. They have two lines one for take out one for eat in, the lines are long but move quickly.
Considered one of the must see things in the French Quarter. There were two lines to wait in. The one one the street side was for sit down at a table. The line on the river side was take out. Very busy and alive with people, I usually try to get breakfast here after a night of fun.
I visited with two friends around 5am, it was the end of Fat Tuesday and despite being so late they still had small groups of people coming in to sober up and get out of the cold. Our server was polite, attentive and helpful and I saw them all taking time to clean and clear the sugary tables. They definitely weren't my favorite beignets, mostly due to texture but that might be a preference. I like mine to be fluffy and soft, these were much more thick, chewy and dense. I would definitely return for the convenience of hours/possibly location but I wouldn't seek it out for taste alone.
A must visit place in Nola! Delicious, authentic beignets and great coffee! Be prepared to wait, this place is very popular! We came right after a rain storm, so the line wasn’t as long. BRING CASH, no cards accepted. Simple menu with low prices. Option for eat in or carry out.
Very delicious, both hot chocolate & coffee were perfect! You do seat yourself upon arrival, I recommend during busy times to just sit at a table that may still need to be cleaned if needed. Service comes fairly quickly & they cleaned our table & then took our order very kindly. It is cash only, so be prepared, I think the closest ATM was across the street. Overall, pleasant experience, however be prepared to wait during peak hours of the day. We went during a rainy evening & had little to no wait.
This is a requisite stop for New Orleans. We went very late at night but this place was still pretty active at midnight. Service at that time was very good, as soon as we sat down a waiter came and took our order. Food and drinks came within 5 minutes. I give the place 3 stars because while the beignets and coffee were very good, I didn't find them any different than any of the other places that offered them. However I still recommend coming for the experience and to see the world famous Cafe Du Monde.
About 1-1.5 hour wait on the Saturday that we went. Completely worth it because the food was absolutely delicious. I couldn't even be mad. Highly recommend! I got the grits and they were so creamy and delicious with sausage in them. I could rave all day.
Amazing beignets and coffee (well worth any lines you may encounter), TERRIBLE BATHROOMS! As long as you don't have to pee while there, expect a great experience. There are often musicians there during the day so you can enjoy some delicious fried dough and the sounds of jazz from the New Orleans' streets.
You won't go wrong at this famous standard of the French quarter. Busy all the time but fast service keeps things moving. Not expensive , great for a snack anytime. Consistency of the food and coffee remains the same as it has been over all the years.
A great tourist place to stop in, but honestly has gone down hill over the years. There are better options just down the road, but without the history. Have been coming here since I was a child, but probably won’t come back again. Don’t expect fast service...or friendly service... or sometimes service at all.
The experience alone is worth the wait. Even though you can make beignets yourself, just coming here to have a specialist make it is fun. Plus you can walk the Mississippi and see why it's the Crescent City.. I grew up here and still love going back.
The associates were friendly and courteous. The coffee was excellent, but the pastry was awesome. Freshly baked and warm with plenty of powdered sugar. I returned the next day for more. On my next visit to NOLA, I will be back. 👍🤗
Love this place. We come every time we're in NOLA. Kids say its worth the wait! Line can most times be about 20 to 40 minutes if you want to dine in. Don't get confused - There are two lines; the one at the front is to dine in, there's another line at the back for To Go orders.
Definitely a must do for your trip, but expect to wait and be patient. We were lucky enough to walk right in and find a table, but there were 3 ladies serving and entire room full of patrons. They seemed very overwhelmed. Trying to turn over tables as quickly as people barrel through the door leaves the tables and floors barely cleaned. SO. MUCH. SUGAR. EVERYWHERE. I guess it's part of the experience, but just for good measure, don't wear black.
If we're being honest, beignets taste like funnel cakes in actual cake form. Still good. They'd be awesome with some dipping sauces on the side, but I don't blame them for keeping it simple and CASH ONLY.
Seems this place has a lot of history. It was very crowded. Menu items were delicious. Waiter was interesting with obtaining our order (he tried to memorize it but had to ask several times what we wanted) and also tried adding up the tab in his head. Write it down or use a calculator if needed!
Absolutely amazing beignets and coffee. The frozen coffee is really great during the warmer weather and highly recommended. Seating is basically a free for all so if you see an open table, grab it, otherwise you can wait in line for a to go order. Service is quick and the staff is very efficient and friendly. Definitely visit one of their locations while in New Orleans, it's one of the best places to go but try to do it when it's not as busy as it tends to stay full (for a reason).
We did the to go line and while it was incredibly long it also moved very quickly. Their iced/frozen version of their coffee is very delicious and they really do have be best beignets. It does live up to its hype and we left as happy customers, you really don’t have to try to wait and eat at the tables as you can still enjoy sitting on a stoop nearby and listen to street musicians.
This location is apparently a must when in New Orleans but the line was too long every time I went by. The location is great and there is outdoor seating which is a plus for tourists! There is so much to do right in the area so it honestly would be no problem to come back several times throughout the day and check on the wait time or just commit to standing in line. I have been told that the beignet is worth the wait but it was just too hot. Maybe next time!
My group went on a Friday night and it was packed. Places that are packed are usually great and this place was no exception. Service was nearly immediate. You sit yourself and they will note your presence and arrive shortly thereafter. It's cash only. You order, they bring your order, and then you pay. I was surprised how quickly it all happened. This was my first time getting a beignet and I enjoyed it.
Didn't read about it beforehand, so I stood in line for a while before a customer happened to tell me that i could just sit at an empty table and someone would take my order within a few minutes. That was the case. Very friendly and fast after that!
Depending on the time, the line can be extremely long but don't worry! the line actually moves very fast and it's worth your wait! Also, be careful which line you go to, t here is one that is take out only and one that is dine in. It's very good especially when it's fresh and warm. This place has history so it's one huge tourist attraction and I definitely recommend it to anyone in or traveling to NOLA.
If you can manage, I would recommend arriving between 6 - 7 AM when the cafe is virtually empty. You can enjoy the ambience without the crowds.
That being said, we did visit during the peak of the afternoon and there was a brass band playing outside, which did make the experience that much better.
Absolutely delicious!! We got 2 orders of beignets for 2 adults and 2 kids and it was more than enough! Piping hot and lived up to all my expectations! The wait was long but I expected that with the huge amount of people they were serving. We weren't in a rush and wanted to enjoy the ambiance anyway (the lively brass band right outside the restaurant was fun to watch!). Our server was friendly and made the experience fun for the kids. I am so glad we made the trip and didn't let the crowds deter us.
The French doughnuts with the coffee and milk are so delicious!!! It’s cash only and the staff is very attentive. It’s pretty reasonable not too expensive. The only thing I recommend is to take a “wet one” wipe or some type of wet cloth because even though they clean the tables it’s still sticky from all the powered sugar.
Got here around 9 am. Seating outside was close to capacity enjoying the jazz band that was playing outside. We chose to sit inside where the AC and overhead fans helped cool us down from the long walk from our hotel. Worth the visit. The beignets and coffee were a terrific way to start the day.
Light, fluffy, crispy, and sweet. Comfort food at its finest. This place makes the tastiest pastry you've ever eaten in your entire life. Some people would say that's bold words coming from such a skinny guy. I can guarantee you 2 things 1st thing you will get powdered sugar all over yourself. This is Okay! Number 2 its gonna be delish.
This is such a cool experience in NOLA. They've been operating 24 hours a day since 1862, making it the the world's most famous and one of the oldest continuously run coffee shops in America. There is normally a really long line, and the place stays busy seemingly all the time, but it is well worth the wait once you get a table and get to savor the sinfully sweet beignets and enjoy a cup of coffee with chicory. You may leave covered in powdered sugar, but at least you know you enjoyed yourself.
The line out the back of the pavilion area can be enough to drive you away. But it actually moved pretty quickly for us. All in all, a great experience. You really get to feel the heart of the French Quarter here. lots of people, great beignets and coffee. Might take some time, but worth it in my mind!
Super cool place to have a chill. See and be seen in the cool open area. Food is simple and delicious. Lots of history and heritage. Watch them make the delicious beignet's in a see through window on the side of the building. Lots of smiles in this place, I want to go back.
Went twice while in NOLA. Easy enough to get a seat if you get there pre 10am. The street Jazz Band is usually performing then also and they are excellent. The cafe delivers on it's reputation for the food and coffee. we were charged fairly and left both times satisfied we had a great deal. The cafe is iconic and will be for many years yet.
Went with my sister on our last day in NOLA. We went early to avoid the lines we kept hearing about. But there was no wait. They had quick service and the coffee was good. The beignet were good as well a little small compared to another place we had gone but good none the less. Nice outdoor area very close to Jackson sq where you can hear some musicians. They had some nice shops as well and it was within walking distance to the French market. This is a cash only place.
The energy in this place is something that you have to experiment. People from every corner of the world sitting together, celebrating a very old a tradition. The smell of coffee and vanilla everywhere. The Mississippi River, the street musicians playing jazz, marvelous! Many memories from my own home, Old Havana, Cuba, I’m soo grateful of having found this welcoming feeling again!
I wouldn’t recommend coming if you’re expecting a quite long chat with a friend. The employees seem like some well oiled machines just getting people in and out as efficiently as possible! They have great food and coffee! It’s a tight squeeze but maybe you’ll meet the people at the table next to you..
As good as advertised. Are there better beignets in NOLA? Maybe but part of somethings is the experience. Sitting outside drinking the good coffee and finding a great piece of fried dough under a mountain of powered sugar is great. We went early Sat morning and the people watching is as good as the food. Yes do the tourist thing and check it out.
TOTALLY WORTH THE WAIT! I recommend going early on a week day. Also, important note - it is CASH ONLY! After waiting in line for almost 40+ minutes I had to scramble in my purse for change. But again, totally worth it for the beignets and chicory coffee! You can buy the coffee at almost any of the nearby tourist shops for a little cheaper too.
An honest review from a newbie to New Orleans: Cafe Du Monde was okay. We came here on a Tuesday morning and received quick and courteous customer service. This particular cafe is pretty expensive. You only get about 6 oz in your coffee cup with no refills. You will pay slightly less than full price for a refill. The beignets were good, but they weren’t anything special beyond something you could make at home.
I would pass on Cafe Du Monde in the future. It is good for a “one and done” if you’re visiting. Don’t feel bad if on your visit the cafe is too crowded. You wouldn’t have missed much. Cafe Du Monde is near the top of the heap in terms of tourist hype. Overall, it was an average experience.
I love Café Du Monde! Very quick service! I literally walked in one day worried that me and my family would not have somewhere to sit because it was so crowded but of course that is normal. Anyway, one of the workers attended us quickly and found us a table! Love everything about this place!
Cafe Du Monde is a NOLA/French Quarter favorite! It's usually busy so there may be a wait for a table, which are first come first grab! They're quick to get your order and bring out the fried powdery sugared yumminess! Warning-they are cash only! Definitely a must do when visiting. Be prepared to be covered in powered sugar.
Open 24 hours and really busy. Pick a table and service is super fast. Best Beignets ever! Good for all ages coffee shop, and best hot chocolate! Definitely a place to not miss.
Very busy. Coffee was great. Trying to find seats for 5 people was difficult. Service was quick considering the amount of people there.
Some beignets were not cooked completely, couldn't flag down a server.
Wasn't very impressed.
I'm sure if there is a time when it isn't busy it would be nice.
Its not a place to sit and reorder.
It's a nice very famous cafe. The queue was super long, though we got a table rather quickly. The management is super efficient. Only cash no credit card. Menu has a couple of coffee options and famous beignets.
If you are traveling New Orleans this old case is a must try.
If you do it here - Make sure to do the sit down experience. The "take out line" takes twice as long and you can't do anything if the order is sub par. By the time we got our to go order, the family that had been behind us in the main line was leaving the sit down area.
Otherwise if you are flying in and out, go the their store in terminal B of the new airport...faster and better than what I got here (did that on the way home)
That said the coffee was only okay, far more bitter than I am used to.
Our beignets were good, but almost no powdered sugar which sucked after waiting in line for nearly 2 hours.
Two words: just go!!!
This place is a New Orleans staple! Just look how happy I am. They come on a plate with three beignets. You could definitely get away with one per person but if you feel up to it, go for all three!
Make sure to cover your clothes with napkins as the sugar goes EVERYWHERE!
I was born in New Orleans and I would come here when I was a kid with my mom. It's a special place to me.
Enjoy your beignet, sip your coffee and enjoy your view of a 300 year old city. This business has been open for over 100 years, they know they are busy, don't complain.
There are plenty of tables to eat inside and outside of the store. There are three lines.
The first line is for take outs. It's located at the back of the store.
The second line is for dining in. It's located in front of the store.
The third line is for the bathroom. Yes the bathroom. There is only has two stalls. If you just need to wash your hands, there's a tiny sink in front of the bathroom. I'm not sure you need to wait in the bathroom line to wash your hands.
The beignet was perfectly fluffy and sweet. Totally recommend it.
A must visit in New Orleans. They keep it simple. ONLY CASH. The best Beignets you will ever taste. It can be a little bit hot as it’s outside seating.
The tables are very small and can seat 4. Water is served always cold. Service is quick. It’s crowded too.
Great place! Everyone should go for the experience! We usually go to the take out window. Beware only cash but so worth it! We have also taken the time to sit and enjoy the beignets and my husband loves the chicory coffee! This is such a must for anyone visiting the French Quarter. It has to be one of the most famous landmarks in the area and well worth the trip!!!
Cafe Du Monde is a treasure of New Orleans. One of the most unique places you can visit. It is usually crowded with a line to get a table, but it's not too long of a wait and is worth it. The servers are amazing at their job. The beignets are always delicious. Be prepared to get powdered sugar on your clothes! Usually live music somewhere nearby to enjoy while sipping your coffee. In the heart of the french quarter, convenient stop while visiting other attractions nearby. Next to the river front, Jackson square, and the french market. A must visit anytime you are in New Orleans.
We went the week and a half after Marci Gras and was well worth it. Great weather, no tourists! Our waiter was so nice and was one of the best waiters considering how many orders he had to take (even though no tourists it was still kinda busy).
Great food and a must go!
PS...if you order any hot beverage be prepared for it to come out HOT!!!
Whether it’s the jazz music outside or the location beside Jackson’s square or the simple menu or the lively service, this place has it all. Your trip to New Orleans isn’t complete without a visit here. I came in the evening and was seated immediately. The next morning the line stretched around the block. So good. So so good.
This place really lives up to the hype. The service was amazing and the beignets were really the best I have ever had. I also would highly recommend the hickory coffee. If you are in NOLA and on the fence about Cafe Du Monde it is well worth the trip.
Delicious and very welcoming despite the circumstances (pandemic). We weren't rushed away from our table. We enjoyed our snack and rested our feet. Nice being back.
The beignets are world renown and they do not disappoint. Always come out hot and fresh. They are soft and warm with sugar on top so delicious. The service is prettying fast even if they are busy. It’s worth the wait anyways. I’ve come here a few times while traveling and it’s always good. This time we were on a business trip and stopped in after dinner!
How can I possibly do justice to a place that has been around more than 150 years! The beignets are served hot and delicious and this cafe serves some of the best coffee I have ever had. (I have had coffee from around the world) there is no question that this place will be around for another 150 years as when we arrived though closed the sign says they are only open from 8-5 due to Covid-19; they were still serving the long line that we were in at 6PM. I have no doubt they will go back to their 24/7 schedule soon. Worth the wait to keep this landmark alive. No table service right now so help them make a comeback by being patient and tipping well. I highly recommend this place!
So delicious. Right now they only offer beignets, coffee, water and some other beverages but that's it. But it is so worth it. My husband and I have had these tasty pastries everyday almost.
Oh my goodness! Absolutely delicious! Super friendly and helpful staff. Great with tourists! I had the frozen coffee and beignets. I will definitely be starting my day with this place during my next visit.
Be prepared to wait, but it is well worth it. Try and get there early so that you can wait in the shade of the trees nearby. The beignets are a must and the iced coffee is delicious treat on a hot day. if you have a large group split up into smaller ones as you'll get seated faster. Be sure to bring cash as they don't accept cards.
Yum! Beignets reminded me of homemade powdered sugar donuts my mom made when we were kids.
Cafe au lait spot on.
Tip: skip the take away and find a table....read this and 11974 more