The 10 Best Coffee Houses In New Orleans

Photo of Kate Harrington
9 February 2017

For every American city, coffee has become a large source of energy and culture and New Orleans has added their own spin to it. Some of their coffeehouses have been around for over a century (Cafe Du Monde) and others are brand new. Here is a curated list to guide you.

Latte art | © duncan/Flickr

District: Hand Pie & Coffee Bar

Dessert Shop, Coffee Shop, American, Vegetarian, $$$
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From espresso to cold brew and savory to sweet hand pies, District (the second round) has the breakfast and lunch pick-me-ups covered. The service is friendly and quick, which always starts a morning right. It’s pretty much a stop-and-go coffee shop, but there are a few outdoor seating options.

Cafe Du Monde

Café Du Monde is probably the most famous coffee shop in New Orleans. Known for the beignets (and the coffee), this cafe is bustling every hour of every day. Functioning a bit as a tourist attraction, it’s probably not the best place to have a quiet, peaceful cup of coffee. However, it’s fabulous for people watching and beignets.

Cafe au lait and beignets | © kaige/Flickr

Spitfire Coffee

Cafe, Coffee Shop, Coffee
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The Spitfire coffee shop on St Peter Street
The Spitfire coffee shop on St Peter Street | © Lars Plougmann/Flickr
Probably the best shop in New Orleans for an espresso, Spitfire is the place to go. Their espresso, cortado, and even their cold brew are delicious and made with tender love and care. It’s a petite shop with only a handful of seats, but they’ve got big coffee. (Every seventh coffee is free).

Gracious Bakery & Cafe

Bakery, Cafe, Pastry Shop, Vegetarian, Vegan
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Butternut Squash Sandwich, Gracious Bakery & Cafe
Butternut Squash Sandwich, Gracious Bakery & Cafe | © Bart Everson/Flickr
Gracious Bakery is foremost a bakery dedicated to using locally sourced ingredients to produce the most delicious breads and sweets. They specialize in bread, and this includes their massive list of sandwiches. However, Gracious Bakery’s cafe portion is just as good. The breakfast and lunch fare is delicious, and the coffee will get you there.

Church Alley Coffee Bar

Bar, Cafe, Coffee Shop, Coffee, Pub Grub
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Church Alley Coffee Bar
Church Alley Coffee Bar | © Editor/Flickr
Church Alley is a simplistic cafe that is dedicated to coffee and food. The interior decor is everything a cozy coffee shop would be: petite light fixtures, wooden paneling, and comfortable couches with vintage tables. The service is impeccable, and the coffee & food is even better.


Addiction’s coffee is addictive and strong, giving a very big shock to a morning. The muffins, however, are wildly innovative and delicious. The menu includes standard drinks as an espresso or cortado, but the specialty drinks are innovative and dangerous. The drinks (and muffins) are reasonable, and the decor is the cozy, wood-paneled aesthetic.

Breads on Oak

Bakery, Restaurant, Deli, Pastry Shop, American
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Courtesy of Breads on Oak
Breads on Oak is a bakery dedicated to breads, baked goods, and sandwiches. It’s a bakery and a deli. However, the coffee is nice and strong and can accompany a breakfast or lunch. The inside of Breads on Oak is set like a cozy, European bakery, and it’s baked goods and coffee reflect that.

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