Destination | Café Du Monde/Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, New Olreans


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.

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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:

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8 responses to “Destination | Café Du Monde/Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, New Olreans

  1. I went to this bar on a STD tour late one night, this old black man was playing the piano and killing it.

  2. Hi Teppei, hope you’re having a blast on tour. I wrote up a small article using some of your photos/work. Just thought you might like to read it sometime.

    Be well,
    - Josh

  3. The purple daiquiri from Lafitte’s is incredible. Straight New Orleans awesomeness.

  4. Russell Obergfell

    Im amazed by how well you take photos with an Iphone. Thanks for letting me see this, i’m looking foward to seeing you this friday! I’ll be one of the crazies in the back waiting to get a signiture.

  5. Hey! I know you’re not going to Spain but… recently in my island (Mallorca), the oldest shop in Europe (500 yrs) was reconverted as a café and winery. Check it out: http://www.cafeymas.net/2010/04/ca-la-seu-antigua-esparteria.html

  6. Great photos! Really enjoy your site.

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