In summary: Beignets at Cafe Du Monde (and what to expect on your visit)!
Today we’re talking serious deliciousness (even more than usual). I recently visited New Orleans, Louisiana; naturally, this required a visit to Cafe Du Monde!
“The Original Cafe Du Monde Coffee Stand was established in 1862 in the New Orleans French Market. The Cafe is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It closes only on Christmas Day and on the day an occasional Hurricane passes too close to New Orleans.”
“The Cafe Du Monde Coffee Stand is owned by the Fernandez family. Hubert Fernandez bought the Coffee Stand in May 1942 from Fred Koeniger. At that time Mr. Fernandez owned the Fernandez Wine Cellar located in the ground floor of the Pontalba Apartment building across from the Cafe Du Monde. In 1972, The Fernandez family closed the Wine Cellar in order to devote their energies to the Cafe Du Monde.”
“The French Quarter has a collection of old buildings that exhibit the architectural styles of the countries that once held power in Louisiana. At one time or another, Louisiana has been under the influence of the French, Spanish and British governments. The first French Market building was put up by the Spanish in 1771. A hurricane destroyed this building in 1812. The following year it was replaced by the building which now houses the Cafe Du Monde. Back then it was known as The Butcher’s Hall. In the 1930’s the Works Progress Administration renovated and added to the French Market buildings. The French Market now comprises of seven buildings anchored at the Jackson Square end by the Cafe Du Monde and on the other end by the Farmers and Flea Market sheds.”
What To Expect Out Of A Beignet at Cafe Du Monde:
The best way to describe a beignets = a French-style doughnuts: square-shaped hunks of heaven that are liberally covered in powdered sugar.
Visiting Cafe Du Monde:
If you are in New Orleans, you MUST visit! While there are many locations, I suggest visiting the original location in the French Market:
800 Decatur Street New Orleans, LA 70116
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