Of all the ways to experience New Orleans, one of the best is by tasting its iconic dishes. The beloved beignet is a French-style square of fluffy, fried dough adorned with a hearty dusting of powdered sugar. In other words, it’s the official donut of New Orleans. Served for breakfast, dessert or anytime a sugar craving strikes, beignets are often enjoyed with a café au lait.
Where to find the best places to eat beignets in New Orleans? Keep reading for our list of local favorites and iconic establishments.
800 Decatur Street; Open 24-hours
Serving beignets since 1862, Café du Monde is an iconic New Orleans institution. For the quintessential experience, pay homage to the tasty treat at the original Café du Monde French Market across from Jackson Square. Diners wishing to partake in the full experience will be seated in the expansive, open-air seating area and those looking for a quick fix can visit the to-go window. No matter how you choose to indulge, the beignets are always made fresh-to-order.
334 Royal Street; Open from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Located off Royal Street in the French Quarter, this charming flagship café is a crowd favorite for beignets in New Orleans. Order inside before choosing cozy café seating or snag an outdoor table in the courtyard surrounded by a lush garden. While you’re exploring the city, you’re never too far from a hot beignet at any of the three other Café Beignet locations on St. Peter Street, Decatur Street, and Bourbon Street.
3121 Magazine Street; Open weekdays from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m., and weekends from 8 a.m. – close
In the Garden District, The Vintage is a darling bistro serving fancy (decorated) beignets as well as standard beignets. Don’t skip the savory dishes here as they’re equally delicious. Enjoy sidewalk tables for people watching off bustling Magazine Street or seating inside the eclectic café complete with a playable piano ottoman.
Looking for more to eat, explore, and experience? Check out our New Orleans City Guide.