The spirit and culture of New Orleans is intriguing but the food is especially worth looking forward to. Whether if you’re enjoying the Mardi Gras festivities in the upcoming weeks or just exploring the city, you’ll want to bookmark some of these gems on your list of restaurants to try.
Café Du Monde | 800 Decatur St
You can’t come to NOLA without getting fluffy beignets paired with a warm café au lait; seriously Café Du Monde is a must. The French Quarter location is 24 hours so you can satisfy your guilty pleasures at any time of the day or night.
Drip Affogato | 703 Carondelet St
Right across from the Ace Hotel, this adorable coffee shop and affogato bar duo will awe you with the array of unique flavors. If you’re not familiar, traditional affogato consists of a few scoops of gelato drowned in a shot of expresso. I love the concept and Drip Affogato puts their own spin to it with their deconstructed affogato flight, it’s a must try.
Café Amelie | 912 Royal St
This gem is tucked away on Royal St. in the midst of all the cool shops; right around the corner from the infamous Bourbon St. Café Amelie is such a charming restaurant in the French Quarter with most of the property sitting in a gorgeous outdoor courtyard. I recommend visiting for brunch to try the oven roasted chicken and waffle topped with andouille gravy and many other dishes that will satisfy your creole cuisine cravings.
Spitfire Coffee | 627 St Peter
This hole in the wall coffee shop is the perfect caffeine pickup for a stroll in the French Quarter. Spitfire Coffee is a small nook, tucked away in one of the busiest areas of the city. Expect carefully crafted and delicious expresso drinks to suit your taste.
St. Roch Market | 2381 St Claude Ave
If you’d like to venture further outside of the high traffic regions of the city, St. Roch is the place to go. With such diverse dining options and over 10 food vendors, this upscale food hall will have something for everybody at any time of day or night. You can enjoy coffee or brunch in the morning or grab a drink and enjoy live music on the patio at night.