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Breakfast at Cafe Du Monde | © Phil Roeder/Flickr
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A Local's Guide To New Orleans' Best Beignets

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Updated: 30 August 2016
The beignet, a delicious square piece of dough, fried in vegetable oil and covered with thick dusting of powdered sugar, was brought to Louisiana during the 17th century by the Acadians, a group composed primarily of French-speaking settlers who first migrated to what is now Nova Scotia, but were later removed from their lands by the British after refusing to swear an oath of unconditional loyalty to the crown. Traditionally served on a plate of three, this fried holeless sensation is Louisiana’s official doughnut.

Beignets (pronounced ben-YAY) represent the quintessential New Orleans dessert – here’s a local’s list to guide you through the city the next time you crave some good old deep-friend doughnuts.

Café Du Monde

Originally established in 1862 in the New Orleans French Market, Café Du Monde is a world-famous coffee shop located on Decatur Street in the French Quarter. The menu of this open-air-landmark, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and closes only on Christmas Day, offers dark roasted coffee and chicory, beignets, white and chocolate milk, as well as freshly squeezed orange juice. Not only is Café Du Monde a must-see attraction when visiting the Crescent City, it’s also a visiting tourist’s best and most accessible bet when looking to experience the original New Orleans beignet.

Café Du Monde, 800 Decatur Street New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504 5254544

Café Beignet New Orleans

A New Orleans tradition, Café Beignet New Orleans is a picturesque, intimate coffee shop located in the heart of the French Quarter. Featuring a Cajun-themed menu, as well as all-day breakfast, this local joints serves some of the most delicious beignets in the city. Standing as a grand café setting outside and in, Café Beignet offers hungry visitors the opportunity to savor delicate, crisp beignets and hot café au lait, while listening to their daily, live entertainment brought by Steamboat Willie’s Jazz Band.

Café Beignet, 334 Royal St, New Orleans, LA, USA,  +1 504 524 5530

Morning Call Coffee Stand

Founded in 1870 by Joseph Jurisich, Morning Call Coffee Stand is nationally recognized as one of New Orleans’ most famous coffee shops. For those looking to pair their hand-rolled beignets with top-notch caffeine, this 24-hour New Orleans tradition brews its rich chicory coffee using a time-tested French method to allow for intensity and body. Located in New Orleans’ City Park Casino, this 140-year-old establishment is the perfect place to enjoy the irresistible beignet.

Morning Call Coffee Stand, 56 Dreyfous Dr, New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504 300 1157

New Orleans Coffee & Beignet Company

Founded on the philosophy of producing a menu with all the local favorites, New Orleans Coffee & Beignet Company is a sweets-eatery located in the Uptown neighborhood of New Orleans and in the suburbs of Metaire. Offering a menu filled with one-of-a-kind creations, such as the original chocolate beignet, this casual dining spot prides itself on providing fast, counter-casual service while preparing cooked-to-order beignets for every visiting customer. This local joint features a varied list of sugar-inspired menu options, as well as robust coffees, yogurt parfaits and mini egg-white casseroles.

New Orleans Coffee & Beignet Company, 4141 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504 247 9755


By Rebeca Trejo