Cafe Beignet in New Orleans

where to try the best beignets in new orleans

Because I couldn’t get enough of the dessert while in New Orleans, I went to Cafe Beignet for breakfast to get a morning cup of coffee and test out this shop’s version of beignets. The million dollar question: how did it compare compared to Cafe du Monde?

Well for one, the beignets here are much larger! They still come three to an order and I struggled to finish them as they were quite filling. I do think the variety at Cafe du Monde wins out slightly on taste (the medium size there is the perfect satisfying combination) but Cafe Beignet wins in terms of convenience, quickness and ambiance. The coffee shop has an abundance of small tables for lingering and eating (no need to stand on the street and wolf them down!); there’s even some outdoor tables in the garden as well. There’s also barely a wait.

Another thing to try in New Orleans is the coffee. Perfect to contrast the sweetness of the beignets, New Orleans’ ‘cafe au lait’ is typically made half and half with milk. The darker chicory roast was developed by the French during the Civil War and has an almost chocolate like flavor. A fried of mine who visited New Orleans last year was kind enough to bring me back some and I quickly ran out of the roast. It was great to try it again while in the city itself!

Make sure to try both Cafe du Monde and Cafe Beignet if you’re in New Orleans to see which you like better!

Headed to New Orleans for a long weekend? Check out my city travel guide and 4 day itinerary here. For more food suggestions, check out this post on cheap eats in NOLA! Don’t forget to visit the pretty French Quarter!




  1. July 1, 2014 / 7:38 pm

    I can’t believe three of them come to an order!! They’re huge (but I’m sure I could mange… haha). I love pastries. I haven’t been to NOLA in years, I need to make it back soon.

  2. Esther
    July 1, 2014 / 10:38 pm

    Wow, those beignets look amazing! I definitely need to visit there if i’m ever in New Orleans! :)

    • Sher
      July 3, 2014 / 10:02 am

      They were delish! Definitely make it out there if you can :) I haven’t found any beignet places in NYC yet unfortunately!

  3. Jenn
    December 4, 2018 / 11:43 am

    Beignets and Coffee are my favorite part of NOLA. I’m think I’ll have to have Cave Beignet on standby if the lines are too long at Cave Du Monde. Thanks for the recommendation!

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