Grabbing a Snack at Cafe du Monde

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This post will give you information about visiting Cafe du Monde. In addition to providing details about the kinds of food they serve, we will also include info about the history of this New Orleans landmark, best times to visit, and nearby attractions you may want to check out.




The following section will help you plan your trip to Cafe du Monde. We will go over information such as how to get here, best times to visit, and what to expect while you’re in the area. 

How to Get Here

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The Best Beignets in New Orleans

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No visit to New Orleans would be complete without indulging in the time-honored tasty tradition of eating beignets and sipping a cafe au lait. Most visitors to New Orleans will make a pilgrimage to Cafe du Monde in the French Quarter, but there are many other places in NOLA that serve up these delectable treats in many different variations of sweet and savory. Variations on the classic beignets are sometimes made only seasonally, so if there is one flavor you want to try, best to check the restaurant’s menu or give them a call to see if they are on the menu.



Beignets, the French word for “bump”, are deep-fried pastries, normally served piping hot with powdered sugar on top. They are as synonymous with NoLA as Mardi Gras is. 

Cafe du Monde 800 Decatur Street  (map)

New orleans beignetsQuite possibly no other place in New Orleans is as well known for its’ beignets, cafe au lait, and chicory as Cafe du Monde. Chicory is a root of the endive plant which, when ground and added to coffee, adds an almost chocolate-like taste.

Located in the French Market, it is open 24 hours a day/7 days a week, closing only for Christmas and the occasional hurricane. Lines can get long at peak hours, and tables are “seat yourself”, so heed the locals’ advice and sit inside (most visitors are unaware of the indoor seating area, making it easier to snag a table) or visit later in the evening. For more information on having a great time at Cafe du Monde, read our post Grabbing a Snack at Cafe du MondeNote: Cafe du Monde is cash only.  Read more »

Things to Do in August in New Orleans

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This post provides several different ideas for things to do in New Orleans during the month of August, updated for 2018. In addition to our Top 10 list, we include sections listing free things to do, family-friendly activities and things to do at night.


Cabildo in New Orleans' French Quarter



This section will feature our top 10 activities to enjoy in New Orleans throughout August. Whenever possible, we will make note of attractions and events that are free, family-friendly or great after dark.

For tips on the most popular activities in New Orleans, check out our ghostswampplantation, and riverboat tour posts.

Many of these items are already included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass. Read more »

New Orleans Riverboat Tour and Paddlewheel

New Orleans Riverboats, Paddleboats and Cruises

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This post compares the various different riverboat tours, paddleboat tours and cruises available to you in New Orleans to help you choose the right one from you. 




If you are considering purchasing tourist discount packages, keep in mind that some of these cruises are included at no additional cost in the New Orleans Power Pass

The two most popular cruises are aboard the Creole Queen Paddlewheeler and Steamboat Natchez (details below), but you can hop a ferry for just a few dollars. Each offers a variety of tour types to choose from. We narrowed down our favorites and compiled a list that describes each trip based on experience type, ticket price, and duration. Read more »

Things to Do in the French Quarter

Things to Do in the French Quarter | A Self-Guided Tour

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This post is a guide to the French Quarter in New Orleans that provides a neighborhood map, tips on restaurants and nightlife as well as a self-guided tour which highlights the top 25 things to do in the French Quarter.  This map and guide serve as a great companion to our guided tour of the French Quarter as well as our ghost, food and cocktail tours (all in the FQ).




In this section, we provide you with access to several maps of the French Quarter that cover food, drink, attractions and hotels.  To begin with, we have our self-guided tour map, which takes you to all the important sites of the French Quarter.  You can skip straight to the self-guided tour.  

We also have a GPS-enabled audio tour of the French Quarter. Read more »

Which New Orleans City Pass Is Best?

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This is a post that compares the various different New Orleans attraction passes, combos, discounts, and coupons.  As you look at the variety of options keep in mind your budget, interests, and stamina. Everyone’s tastes are a little different, so not all packages are right for all people. Luckily, there are quite a few options. Happy planning!




There are a few things you should consider before purchasing a tourist pass. This section will give you an idea of what to expect from each type of pass and help you to figure out which one to pick. 

One thing that all share in common is the ability to skip the line or what is often referred to as fast track.  You won’t need to wait in line as most attractions as many have designated lines for pass and combo holders.

And don’t forget, we offer well-reviewed, pay-what-you-like tours of New Orleans, so you don’t have to choose the tours on offer with these cards.  You can pay (and save) whatever you like with our options. Read more »

Things to do in New Orleans at Night

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Even after the sun goes down, there is still plenty to see and do in NOLA. This post will give you dozens of different ideas for things to do in New Orleans at night, including free and family-friendly attractions as well as tips on safety.



TOP 10

This list will include our top 10 activities to do after dark in New Orleans. We’ll make a note when these attractions are also free or family-friendly. For additional ideas, make sure to check each of the sections in this post.

For tips on the most popular activities in New Orleans, check out our ghostswamp, plantation, and riverboat tour posts.  

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New Orleans Ghost Tours and Haunted Tours

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This is a comparison post of the best New Orleans ghost tours, but also vampire, voodoo, haunted houses and haunted pub crawl tours in New Orleans (including our own pay-what-you-like ghost and voodoo tours).  See prices, schedules and a description of what you can expect from each tour.  No matter what kind of spooky activity you’re looking for, chances are that you’ll find something to enjoy on the list below.




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Best New Orleans Plantation Tours

Plantation Tours Near New Orleans Reviewed

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This post is an introduction to the great plantations near New Orleans, how you could get there with your own car, and a review of the tour operators that can bring you to several in comfort.  You may also be interested in our comparison of New Orleans swamp tours.  



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Hurricane Katrina Tours

Hurricane Katrina Tours in New Orleans

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This post covers Hurricane Katrina tours, both guided and self-guided.  Many people who visit New Orleans are interested in visiting areas that were affected by Hurricane Katrina, which stormed through in 2005 and to see the revitalization that has taken place since.



If you do not want to go on your own, there are several tour operators offering daily Katrina themed guided tours, including Gray Line New Orleans.

TIP: If you are looking to save money on New Orleans attractions, consider a tourist discount pass.

  • Tour departs at 1 pm every day.
  • Ticket prices

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