Cafe du Monde
If in need of a sugar hit, Cafe du Monde is one coffee shop you need to try. In the morning, a café au lait – half chicory-spiked coffee and half hot milk – is a perfect way to begin a New Orleans day; or alternatively, to end a New Orleans night on the town. At the Café du Monde, the preferred accompaniment to coffee is a plate of beignets-squares of hot, fried dough buried under powdered sugar. On the French Quarter streets, you can spot recent visitors to Café du Monde by the dots of powdered sugar on their clothes. The outdoor restaurant, protected from both the sun and the rain by its iconic green awning, always draws in street musicians and flamboyant characters hustling for a few dollars. Café du Monde might seem like a tourists-only destination, but locals are always looking for an excuse to visit.