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Cafe du Monde Restaurant Review: A New Orleans landmark since 1862, Café du Monde dispenses steaming mugs of café au lait and beignets, New Orleans' distinctive, sugar-dusted fried crullers. Situated across from Jackson Square in an arched, partly enclosed space, it's a fascinating place to people-watch or celebrate a balmy day. The ideal time for stopping by is just before dawn, when seats are easy to come by and the French Quarter's frantic pace subsides. But it's also a good spot for ending a night on the town in the wee hours. There is always music playing from somewhere nearby, mixed in with the sounds of steamboats roaring up the adjacent Mississippi River, lying just over the levee. This is quintessential New Orleans. Note: If you’re not accustomed to coffee with chicory, which is the only way locals will drink it, add some milk --- it’s powerful stuff.