Café Du Monde, New Orleans

Café Du Monde, New Orleans: Our most recommended tours and activities

New Orleans: Combo Cocktail and Food History Tour

1. New Orleans: Combo Cocktail and Food History Tour

Begin your walking tour at the award-winning Red Fish Grill in the French Quarter neighborhood of New Orleans. Begin with alligator sausage and seafood gumbo, with freshly-baked French bread and homemade butter as you learn a bit about the colonial period of Louisiana’s history. Move four blocks down and enter Pepper Palace to discuss the Cajun influence and sample an unlimited variety of hot sauces, BBQ sauces, Buffalo Wings sauces, salsas, dry rubs, and more. Receive a free bottle of Louisiana-style hot sauce when shopping there.  Afterward, visit Leah’s Pralines, a 3rd generation family-owned candy store. Sample traditional pralines and their unique Bacon Pecan Brittle. Then, visit the iconic Napoleon House restaurant for two of their specialties — muffuletta sandwiches and a refreshing Pimm’s Cup cocktail. Arrive at the award-winning Dickie Brennan’s Tableau to sip your next cocktail: the French 75, a combo of fresh lemon, brandy or gin, and bubbles. After Tableau, visit the Creole Cookery for their slow-cooked red beans and rice. From there you pass through famous Jackson Square towards Café du Monde, then along the French Market area, ultimately landing at the James Beard Award-nominated Cane & Table. Sample their unique curry pork skins and a classic daiquiri.

New Orleans: French Quarter Food and History Walking Tour

2. New Orleans: French Quarter Food and History Walking Tour

Head on a culinary exploration of New Orleans and discover the flavors of the French Quarter. Bring an appetite and get ready to explore the history of the area through its food. Sample staples and local favorites like beignets, gumbo, jambalaya, char-grilled oysters, and, of course, po’boys. Your adventure begins just down the street from the famous Café du Monde. Meet your guide and try one of their famous beignets fresh from the fryer. Enjoy this fried treat in true local style, as a late breakfast snack. Next, head to a beloved local gumbo shop to try their version of this famous stew with both Cajun and Creole influences. Discover the origins of the dish as you eat and learn more about the building where you’re enjoying it. After taking in the sounds of some talented street performers, make your way to New Orleanians’ favorite restaurant on Bourbon Street. Try traditional jambalaya and a freshly fried Louisiana delicacy as your guide explains this eatery’s surprising connection to local jazz legend Louis Armstrong. From there, step into the oldest continuously operated family-owned restaurant in the entire country. Take the opportunity to purchase a drink of your choice and step into the elaborate private dining rooms owned by local Mardi Gras krewes. Your next stop is the place where New Orleanians know to go for incredible oysters. Try the delicious char-grilled variety along with a shrimp po’boy. After that, get a glimpse of New Orleans’ Italian-American heritage. Stop by a traditional Italian-style grocery store to pick up some muffulettas. This hearty sandwich is the ultimate New Orleans street food experience. Finally, it’s time to visit the colorful French Market. Explore the different stalls and stop for a seasonal sweet treat from one of the best vendors in the entire place.

New Orleans: 3-Hour Interactive Scavenger Hunt

3. New Orleans: 3-Hour Interactive Scavenger Hunt

Turn New Orleans into a giant board game with the Urban Adventure Quest interactive scavenger hunt. Combine the thrill of the race with a unique sightseeing experience of the city. Beginning near the downtown waterfront, let your smart phone guide you along the Mississippi river and through some of the city's renowned marketplaces, solving riddles, finding clues, and completing challenges, all the while discovering more about the area's history. Hustle through the sights and sounds of the city, from Jackson Square along its many fabled streets, meandering through famous landmarks as well as New Orlean's many overlooked treasures. There are few tours of the city quite as exciting, and even fewer as unique! Points of Interest on Your Quest: • Spanish Plaza • Water Front • French Market • Cafe Du Monde • Jackson Square • Washington Artillery and Cabildo • Bourbon Street

New Orleans: French Quarter Walking Tour

4. New Orleans: French Quarter Walking Tour

This 2-hour long walk through the historic French Quarter starts outside 529 St. Ann Street, former site of the Louisiana Welcome Center in the lower Pontalba Rowhouse adjacent to Jackson Square (left of square as you face river). Historically used as a parade ground, Jackson Square is now full of musicians, tarot card readers, and street performers. You will walk downriver along the old French Market to the Ursuline Convent. This is the oldest building in the Mississippi Delta from Colonial times and housed some very adventurous and courageous nuns who came here in the early 1700s. You will pass the house of famous jazz player, Danny Barker who is legendary among the city's jazz musicians. You will then come to one of the many former macaroni factories of the lower French Quarter, proof of the major role that Sicilian immigrants played in the city's history. You will come across the house of Vincente Nunez, a Spaniard, whose carelessness caused a fire that destroyed 80% of the city in 1788. You will then see several of the city's former slave markets and learn about Jean Francois Merieult, an influential and powerful Creole businessman and slave trader. After a stop at Preservation Hall, the city's holy grail of traditional jazz, the tour ends in Jackson Square with a story about the famous Madame de Pontalba, a French baroness and businesswoman with an eye for beautiful architecture.

New Orleans: French Quarter Secrets and Bourbon Street Tour

5. New Orleans: French Quarter Secrets and Bourbon Street Tour

Your tour begins on Bourbon Street where you’ll meet your local expert guide. Set off to learn how this area developed from a seedy slum into one of the preeminent pleasure districts in the United States. You will also swing into a bar to learn about (and enjoy too if you wish) one of the many cocktails created in the French Quarter, before pausing on Royal Street to see some of the best street musicians in America and learn about the creation of Jazz music. From there, your guide will take you to Jackson Square where you’ll see landmark buildings like the Pontalba apartments (the oldest continually-occupied apartments in America), the St. Louis Cathedral, and the Cabildo (where the Louisiana Purchase was signed). You will then step inside the Presbytere for a guided tour of the interior, including exhibits on Mardi Gras and Hurricane Katrina. You can’t visit New Orleans without a close encounter with the supernatural, so your next stop is one of the most haunted buildings in the city, where you will take a tour of its interior which includes the infamous seance room. Whether you’re a skeptic or a believer, this is an experience not to be missed. After swinging through the old French Market and stopping at the best spot to take pictures of Jackson Square, you'll head down to the riverfront to watch the steamboats go up and down the mighty Mississippi River.

New Orleans: Guided Sightseeing Bike Tour

6. New Orleans: Guided Sightseeing Bike Tour

Take in the vibe in New Orleans on this guided bike tour to city sights like Armstrong Park, Congo Square, and an above-ground cemetery. Admire the architecture in the French Quarter and the historic Faubourg Marigny district.  Meet your guide at the centrally-located office of the activity provider. Get fitted with a helmet and a high-quality bike. Take off on and adventure through the city. Ride to the part of the Mississippi River that overlooks Jackson Square. Visit the top landmarks in the French Quarter and learn about the rich history and incredible people that influenced the culture of the city. Experience the charm of the Faubourg Marigny district which dates back to the early 1800s and is home to the famous Frenchman Street. Peddle down Esplanade Avenue in the shade of old-growth oak trees with rows of the magnificent homes of the creole elite. Head to an above-ground cemetery and learn about New Orleans' funeral traditions. Roll around City Park, which is home to one of the largest mature live oak trees in the world. Keep an eye out for turtles and tropical birds along the way. Make a brief stop at Cafe Du Monde in the park where you have the chance to purchase some world-famous beignets (deep-fried pastry). Continue along the tranquil Bayou of St. John. Enjoy a peaceful ride through Armstrong Park to Congo Square, the heart of New Orleans’ jazz traditions. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour.

New Orleans: Historic French Quarter Exploration Game

7. New Orleans: Historic French Quarter Exploration Game

Explore the history of New Orleans’ French Quarter and see landmarks while playing this engaging phone game. Discover St. Louis Cathedral, Café du Monde, Jackson Square, and more. Start the game at Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar. Play the role of a security guard on a mission to retrieve a stolen artwork from the thief. As you solve challenges, the story will unfold and directions on your phone will guide you to the next location.  It will take between 2-3 hours but you should explore at your own pace: simply pause the game and resume when you want from the location where you paused it.  You can play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other before meeting at the final stop of the game, Central Grocery and Deli.

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What people are saying about Café Du Monde, New Orleans

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 133 reviews

Great time with Mike...he's funny and helpful. Food and drinks were great and exposed us to some New Orleans treats we might not have got around to on our own. Dinner recommendations were spot on.

This was by far on of the best tours I have been on. Ben was a fantastic guide and all the places we visited served us too notch food and drinks. I would highly recommend this tour!!

This bike tour was great. Our Tour Guide, Jeffrey was very knowledgeable about the history of New Orleans. He was also very jovial and funny. I highly recommend this tour.

Overall great experience. Got to try a variety of food and drinks at some great spots in the city

Randy was a very knowledgeable and interesting guide