Cafe’ Du Monde is a central fixture in New Orleans’ French Quarter
Cafe’ Du Monde, known for its beignets as well as its coffee and chicory, has been open since 1862 and closes only for Christmas Day and the occasional hurricane. Located in the French Quarter, it is an essential stop if you travel to Orleans.
The place is always bustling with people who are eager to taste beignets and coffee and chicory. My typical order at Cafe’ Du Monde is a cup of cafe au lait with a order of beignets.
Workers at Cafe’ Du Monde preparing orders of coffee and begniets
Cafe’ Du Monde serves coffee and chicory, which is a blend of regular coffee and ground up chicory leaves. Chicory was sometimes used as a coffee substitute in the old days when coffee was either really scarce or really expensive. Despite chicory’s humble past, Cafe’ Du Monde proudly serves coffee and chicory to this day.
I find that the chicory gives the coffee a hearty, earthy flavor that actually makes the coffee taste considerably stronger. This distinctive flavor provides a perfect foil for the sweet taste of the beignets, which are traditional French doughnuts topped with powdered sugar. They are thick, fluffy, delicate, and exceptionally delicious.
Cafe’ Du Monde serves delicious coffee and beignets
New Orleans is the best-known city in Louisiana thanks to Hurricane Katrina. However, the New Orleans portrayed by the media in aftermath of the storm is not the true New Orleans. There’s a lot of grit in New Orleans, but there’s a lot of good too. I will highlight a few New Orleans staples in upcoming posts, but first I’ll give an overview of the city.
The Crescent City is loud and boisterous. It’s not ashamed of its debauchery or it’s history. Every opportunity for celebration is seized. I came across this random parade on a trip to New Orleans last year.
New Orleans is the home of many prominent Louisiana musicians including Fats Domino, The Neville Brothers, and Louis Armstrong.
You’ll hear street performers play on many of the street corners, and quite a few of them are really good. I once saw a man in New Orleans playing two guitars and a bass all at once and all in time. He’d hammer the guitar frets like he was playing a piano, and he had one guitar slung in front of him and one behind him. He played the bass with his toes. I still don’t understand how he learned how to do that.
New Orleans is home to many good eats and eclectic shops. In my opinion, I think New Orleans is the heartbeat of Louisiana. The resilience of the people of New Orleans after Katrina, and their determination to rebuild their battered city speaks a bit about the Louisiana people as a whole. We love our home and our culture.