Sitting down and enjoying a post-show café au lait and beignet from the legendary Café Du Monde (est. 1862) is probably one of my favorite things about visiting New Orleans, and has become somewhat of a tradition for us. Beignets (roughly pronounced ben-neeay) are a French pastry made from deep fried dough…basically a French doughnut. They come absolutely doused in powdered sugar and make a heavenly combo when paired with Café Du Monde’s café au lait with chicory. Dipping the beignets in the coffee has double benefits — sweetening your coffee with the sugar on the beignet, and soaking your beignet in coffee goodness. I didn’t realize this till our last visit, but the coffee is half chicory, which accounts for it’s unique and recognizable taste. Anyhow, all that to say, YUM.
At the tail end of Bourbon St. (yuck) lies a rickety looking shack built between 1722 and 1732. Once owned by pirate Jean Lafitte and supposedly the oldest continually running bar in America. ’Nuff said.
For good measure, some random shots I took with my phone on this visit: