Ahhh beignets…. This sugary concoction that is light and fluffy is a must when you are in New Orleans. Traditionally three to an order, these deep fried pastries are served hot with mounds of powdered sugar on top. They are associated with New Orleans as much as Mardi Gras is. But where can you find the best beignets while in NOLA?
On my recent visit I consumed my fair share of this sugary concoction, all in the name of research of course. In order to provide to you the 3 best beignets places to go to while in New Orleans. Hope you are ready for a sweet discovery.
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Beignets are usually served three to an order and traditionally they are consumed with a café au lait. This is a mixture of half coffee with half hot milk. The coffee usually has chicory in it which gives its distinct New Orleans flavor (honestly not my favorite coffee but I think that is the Italian in me complaining). But we all came here to read about the best beignets in NOLA not about the coffee so I will get right to it.
Café Du Monde (800 Decatur Street)
There are several locations around the city but this one is the original. Located across the street from Jackson Square I do not think any other location is as well-known as this one. And many claim it has the best beignets in the crescent city.
Weather they are the best beignets or not, for me nothing beats the charm and tradition of sitting on their patio under their green and white awning enjoying some fresh warm beignets dunked in café au lait. The only draw back is that Cafe Du Monde is also the busiest of all locations so plan wisely. Either come early or pack your patience.
TIP – Café Du Monde is cash only so be prepared. They are also open 24 hrs a day 7 days a week.
Café Beignet (311 Bourbon Street) or (334 B Royal Street)
With 2 central locations in the French Quarter this makes for a great alternative to Café Du Monde. So will you find the best beignets here? .
In my opinion the Beignets are a bit denser or doughier than the ones at Café Du Monde. Therefore, depending on how you like your dough will determine which beignet you like most. Some say they are the best beignets in the city and the place is definitely less crowded.
The Bourbon street location is larger Than the Royal Street location. Both have great European styled patios and serve a more extensive breakfast and lunch menu than the simple menu at Café Du Monde. Neither location is open 24 hrs so please refer to their website for times of operation.
TIP – the Bourbon street location has live music daily with The Steam Boat Willie Jazz Band playing nightly starting at 6pm at the Bourbon location.
Morning Call (56 Dreyfous Dr, City Park)
You will have to head outside the city to enjoy this fabulous place which has some of the best beignets in all of New Orleans. Located in City Park near the fantastic NOMA Museum Morning Call is the most scenic of the 3 options. It is also the least crowded and my favorite of all locations I went to.
You may think it is too much of a hassle to get there. However, it really is quite easy. You can bike up Esplanade Ave or you can take the Canal Street Car. This location is open 24 hr a day and serves other traditional New Orleans treats beside beignets. It is however a cash only place so keep that in mind.
As far as the Beignets go I think these were the crispiest and maybe a bit lighter and fluffier. Does that make them the best beignets? That will be up to you to decide. I like that you can order them naked without sugar and add your own sugar at the table. And I really liked the friendly service at this location. For More information on City Park and Morning Call click here.
TIP- This is the perfect place for families. There is a children’s playground next door and for those who like art a visit to the NOMA Museum and Sculpture Garden is a must.
Now that you have stuffed yourself with delicious beignets it is time to venture outside of the city to walk it off. Give your sweet tooth a break and visit one of the many Plantations that are such a big part of history in the Bayou. Oak Alley and Laura Plantation are just two samples and they are both very different and worth a visit.
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