Riverwalk Marketplace, One Poydras, Suite 27, New Orleans
Open Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 9:30am-6pm
French Market, 800 Decatur Street, New Orleans
Open 24 hours a day, closed 6pm December 24, opens 6am December 26
Cost: $4 for 3 Beignets and a Cafe Au Lait
“What are beg-nets?”
“Oh. What are they?”
“They’re French doughnuts, covered in icing sugar…you MUST try them.”
“Will do. Sounds amazing!”
And. They were.
Everyone kept telling us that we’d have to try the beignets while we were in New Orleans, so imagine my excitement when I came across a Cafe Du Monde at the Riverwalk Marketplace! The timing couldn’t have been more perfect. It was of course, tea-time!
There was a terrific line-up when we jumped in, but it moved along swiftly and as we got closer to the menu board, we realized the only items you could order were beignets and cafe au laits. And the beignets came in three’s (for $1.82) which was perfect as far as I was concerned.
One of the difficult things to avoid while eating these outdoors, as we did, is getting the icing sugar on yourself!
At the Cafe Du Monde in the French Quarter, the atmosphere was much the same…carefree, easygoing staff but an ordering system a bit different from at the Riverwalk. You place your order at your table and the beignets and coffee arrive to you.
The icing sugar behaves the same way no matter where you are….
I fully understand now why they’re called “benyays”…I found myself exclaiming “YAAY!” whenever I saw a Cafe Du Monde. And, I know it’s touristy but I had to bring back a box of beignet mix and a tin of Cafe Du Monde’s original coffee. Needless to say, they’ve both been opened and the joy has been spread as quickly as the icing sugar on the top.