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Amazing place to visit. The atmosphere is unbeatable and so are the warm beignets and cafe au lait. Parking can be difficult to find.
People who have given this a bad review know nothing of New Orleans. Cafe DuMonde has been around since 1862. Sure there are pigeons--It is an open air cafe. Staff is wonderful with the quantity of people they serve. Yes, it only serves Beignets and Coffee. Get a life people if you knew anything about NOLA that is the only thing it has served since the 1800's and no, I do not live in New Orleans. I am a well-read West Virginian who travels.
04/01/2012Provided by Citysearch
Ah the lovely south. Things have not changed. I was just refused service by the wait staff at Cafe Du Monde and I was even wearing a hoody!!!! When will racism ever cease. ? The staff person who refused me service should be fired.....There is enough disrespect an hatred in the world agains black men........but when I spend my money at an establishment...I should be treated with decency and respect by the service team!!!! Things won't get better in America unless we are all committed to fighting racism when it raises it ugly head!!! — at Cafe Du Monde.
10/13/2011Provided by Citysearch
Best coffee (au lait) I've found in the South. Beignets are served hot, doughy and not too sweet. The sweetness cones from the generous powdered sugar.
So happy I hit to taste the original Beignet experience.
The to-go line moves fast and service is friendly.
The beignets are really good. The service- not so much. It takes a while to get served because it's always crowded. Didn't know this going in, but they only serve beignets- no other food. Some in our party we're really hungry and disappointed. They ended up leaving to go somewhere else. The rest of us enjoyed them when we finally got them. It's definitely worth stopping by while in town.
03/05/2011Provided by Citysearch
Dan and I made our first visit to NOLA February 20 11.
My daughter and his brother encourged us not to miss CdM, and we didn't. It was cold, drizzling rain and we were tired. CdM was warm and dry. The coffee was great and the Beignets were heavenly. It was crowded and very busy but we did not wait long for service. Hey people, it's NOLA! It's the culture, the mystique the tradition. I did not use the rest rooms but I have seen plenty other discusting facilities in well known restaurantes. Give the city a break, it's romantic. Embrace the culture, you can always go home. *It is cash only.
01/11/2011Provided by Citysearch
Growing up ""New Orleans"" can't happen unless you embrace the city itself and all it has to offer. Go anywhere in the United States besides NOLA and you won't be able to find a beignet thats actually authentic and not a donut. In the Heart of the French Quarter sits this amzing cafe where you can find deliciously authentic new orleans beignets that cannot compare to anywhere else in Louisiana. Cafe Du monde was a favorite of mine growing up and still is to this day
12/30/2010Provided by Citysearch
Well, it's hard to explain. I grew up in N.O. but have been away for 30 yrs. Everytime we are in NO visiting family we all head down to CdM. I am noticing how they are changing. When I was little and we would go every Sat night and probably up until 2000, the beignets never changed. They are supposed to be a light dough with a hollow inside, and yes, smothered in powdered sugar. Well, you can't get powdered sugar wrong, but I think with the abudance of beignets they have to cook at one time, they don't let the dough rise and now they are just a heavy, chewy dough smothered in powdered sugar. When they are hot off the grill - YUM, YUM, but an hour later - hard and you can't enjoy them. We would buys dozens and take back home with us and 2 or 3 days later then were as good as when you just bought them. I had never seen so many people waiting to get a table there - they need to shut down, add on/remodel and also address the ""cleanliness"" issue. I remember when I was little and we woiuld to through the kitchen to get to the bathroom and even then I thought, YUK, but once you eat the beignet
you forget the YUK. Outsiders wouldn ever understand that the best food in NO is from the ""hole-in-the-wall"" restaurants. I'm not dead and we've eaten at these places all our lives. Just go an enjoy,. I do wish the beignets would go back to being as good as long ago..
11/28/2010Provided by Citysearch
We've gone to Cafe du Monde for years, but something has changed. We waited over 20 minutes at a table with dirty dishes. Numerous employees went by delivering orders elsewhere while we waited. Someone pointed me to the owner who didn't seem to understand customer service or New Orleans' friendliness at all.
A trip to the restroom gave me a look at the kitchen, which was filthy. Do health inspectors check things in New Orleans?
Sadly, it was a really upsetting visit for our entire group who ended up leaving.
I hope there's somewhere else in New Orleans for beignets. Certainly, there are many, many with great food and wonderful service. Spend your time and money there.
You gotta do it. First, it's tradition. Second, it's really good! The key to Cafe du Monde is eating the beignets immediately. Get them to go, so they're served in a bag, and then open said bag right away and eat them on the spot. Watch yourself -- they are extremely hot. There's nothing like the sight of opening that bag and seeing a mountain of white sugar powder hiding the little golden pillows. Dare you to eat just one.
Also awesome is the coffee. The slightly burnt taste of the chickory is really pleasing with the sweet of the beignets. Cafe au lait iced is the way to go.
03/15/2010Provided by Citysearch
I am confused by the reviews that say the beignets are bad. A beignet is fried dough smothered in powered sugar. It's like crack for adults. If you don't agree with the basic premise of deep fried dough with sugar all over it, then you should not eat beignets.
The beignets at CdM are addictive and chewy and delicious, and the place is a hustle bustle of slightly irritated waitstaff, buskers and wiped and rewiped tables. The coffee is also extremely enjoyable. It's a tourist trap! In the best sense of the word. I always take guests, and they always love it.
02/14/2010Provided by Citysearch
The Beignets are worth going down to the French Quarter. The atmosphere is not the greatest, but if you have ever lived in NOLA like I have it is not a bother. This is an outdoor restaurant and street people can be a hassle. Still, despite the downsides, it is a great experience.
01/04/2010Provided by Citysearch
Second time in New Orleans and wanted to get the beignets again. Perhaps I was drunk the first time. This time, being totally sober I realized what a gross place this is. The beignets are good but the whole place seemed really unsanitary...I'm sure the glasses and mugs are not washed adequately. And the tables are rarely washed down. If the take out line is short, go that route and take your goodies and coffee (in disposable cups...although I'm sure they're grimy too from sitting around in the back kitchen) and enjoy in Jackson Square.
Cafe Du Monde is in perhaps the best part of New Orleans. A few blocks away from the party strip of Bourbon Street which tends to get smelly and crowded, Cafe Du Monde is a great open air cafe with some of the best beignets you can ask for. The coffee is pretty good as well. Overall, a great experience for a reasonable price. Tables are a bit messy so know before you go that this is no 5 star cafe. Also, due to its popularity, Cafe Du Monde is a little crowded and table space is hard to get sometimes.
Phone: (504) 525-4544
Address: 800 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Phone: (504) 581-2914
Phone: (504) 587-0833
Phone: (504) 587-0831
Fax: (504) 587-0847
TollFree: (800) 772-2927
Cafe Du Monde Coffee Stand
Cuisines: Coffee House, Cafeterias
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Below Average
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