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Cafe Du Monde

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Coffee & Espresso Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Coffee & Tea

800 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116


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I was refused Service at Cafe Du Monde !!!!! Rude and Racist

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.

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Great coffee too

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.

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Jimmy Shanks


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Interesting experience

Sat out on the patio eating fried powdered donuts and coffee and all of the sudden if flash flooded so we ran inside. Wasn't their fault and we definitely had fun.

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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.

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Salon Sanity


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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

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Lori Desselle


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Cafe du Mone

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..

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Terrible Service & Unsanitary

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.

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I always take people and they always love it

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.

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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.

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Yummy beignets; NASTY atmosphere

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.

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Ugh! What a disappointment

THis was our first stop in New Orleans after more than a dozen years away. I couldn't have been more disappointed. Did I romanticize this place before or did it take a serious nose dive? The beignet are small, grainy and tasteless, but more than that, this place in Jackson Square is a filthy dump! Skip this tourist trap and go to one of the three locations in the Quarter of the far superior spot named Cafe Beignet!

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Lives up to the hype

Great beignets, a must try if you're in the area!

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Have a coffee and beignet but please don't wait in line

Stop here and yes have a coffee and beignet b/c of the tradition. Do not go on Sunday morning! You will wait in line and be disappointed, not worth the wait but worth going there when a table is readily available to sit down and experience history, Kind of. Such an important part of New Orleans history; although it feels like China Town since all the servers were Chinese, kind of took away from the experience.. If you expect to feel like you are sitting in a Cafe in Paris, or even old New Orleans, don't go.

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It was like midtown Shanghai

We wanted an iced coffee. I was leary, as it looks like it caters to people from Bucksnort Iowa, and I was right. We were over-charged, and couldn't argue the point because the staff were all Chinese, and didn't understand what I was trying to say. I left frustrated after paying $10.00 for two iced coffees and a pastry.

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didn't live up to expectations

it's very crowded thanks to the historical nature, and the location is good. The staff isn't exactly friendly, but they're really busy and they try to be fast. The coffee is a special chickory flavor you either love or hate, but it's not like regular coffee. The beignets didn't live up to the hype... they get them to you warm, but they're so busy they let them overcook all the time and they get chewy. They also load about 1/2 a box of powdered sugar on every order... more than anyone could ever eat and at a huge waste to the company I'm sure. The hard part with that is you end up wearing the sugar everywhere if there's the remotest bit of wind... after getting through all that and feeling a bit dry if you order water they hand you a glass the size of a large thimble...

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Negative reviews miss the point

The handful of negative reviews of the Cafe Du Monde completely miss the point of this New Orleans institution. Because it is open to the street 24 hours a day and VERY high traffic, it will not and cannot be a paragon of cleanliness and speedy, friendly customer service. The situation is too out of control for that to happen. You get a melange of all of New Orleans and everyone that goes there. Humanity is not tidy, and the Cafe reflects the truth of the humans that give it its energy. You can get good service, and you can get bad service, but the cafe au lait and beignets are a constant, as is the opportunity to see the world passing in front of you.

It is not called ""du monde"" without reason. It's the true center of New Orleans as far as I'm concerned, and no trip to N.O. is complete without a visit.

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Gotta Go For The Beignets

This Cafe Du Mode is an outdoor place to grab a quick bite. The beignets are out of this world and honestly, the only reason to stop by - other than to say you've been there. The cafe au lait leaves a lot to be desired as does the waitstaff. The coffee is inconsistent and you're lucky if you have an actual full cup after the waiter ""throws"" it at you. At certain times of the day you can also catch some decent street muscians or have a good conversation with other patrons.

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fun in a cloud of powdered sugar

I went here three times in a matter of five days during a visit to New Orleans. Each time, I went at a different part of the day. Overall, the food was fantastic-- I had your obligatory beignets as well as their cafe au lait. Their hot chocolate was also very good. Go in the early morning if you want a quieter way to start your day. In the afternoon, the outdoor seating area is a great place to people watch or take a break from your stroll along the riverside street. Deep in the heart of the night, go to see the action and liveliness of New Orleans with other people getting their midnight snack. The service was friendly and quick. This is a must-see (and eat) when you are in the Big Easy!

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Great beignets & coffee

A great place, on weekdays, to have beignets & coffee. However do not expect great or even average service and no ""southern"" hospitality. The first day we went the service was minimal, the next time we went it was nonexistant, even the manager was abrupt & rude. It was not crowded since it was in winter & in the middle of the week. We loved the beignets, but were surprised at the treatment of customers.

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Beignets are Bangin'

This is definitely a necessary New Orleans experience. My boyfriend and I had cafe au lait and beignets here twice -- once just to use the bathroom -- and both times we were able to get seating quickly and were served promptly. The first time the waitress was extremely friendly and helpful. I saw a huge long line there this morning (Saturday morning around 10), so that's not the time to go! Also, the bathrooms are DISGUSTING and there is powdered sugar EVERYWHERE. As far as that goes, though, it's hard to find a bathroom if you're walking around -- it's better to pay two bucks for some beignets to use a gross bathroom than to pay six or seven bucks for a drink to use a grossish bathroom! Also this place is good for groups and for couples.

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General Info
Since 1862, serving Hot Beignets and Cafe Au Lait in New Orleans Historic French Market, at the down river corner of Jackson SquareSince 1862, serving Hot Beignets and Cafe Au Lait in New Orleans Historic French Market, at the down river corner of Jackson Square
Extra Phones

Phone: 504-581-2914

Phone: 504-587-0833

Phone: 504-587-0831

Fax: 504-587-0847

TollFree: 800-772-2927

Regular Hours
Mon - Sun:
Coffee & Espresso Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Coffee & Tea, Coffee Shops, Restaurants
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Price Range
French Market
French Quarter - CBD, French Quarter

Cafe Du Monde Coffee Stand

Other Information

Cuisines: Coffee House, Cafeterias, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch

Wi-Fi: No

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Parking: Street

Bike Parking: Yes

Good For Groups: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Below Average

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