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America's Coolest Coffeehouses

America's coolest coffeehouses: Cafe du Monde

Burt Benrud Jr

Café du Monde: New Orleans

Yes, it’s touristy. Get over it. This French Quarter institution at the upriver end of the French Market is always open, from morning sipping to after-dinner chilling. The people-watching is wonderful, as is the house specialty of café au lait. Coffee is roasted with chicory root, once used to stretch coffee supplies during times of war. It turned out that New Orleanians like the bite and tang of chicory.

Local Knowledge: The beignets with coffee are like cream with strawberries—not entirely essential, but they make life far more interesting. —Wayne Curtis

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