New Orleans is not a place to count calories. Dining out is a delicious, buttery affair at the top of intrinsic happiness. Saying no to the dessert menu is nonsense. That is, unless you are going somewhere else for an after drink and dessert - something I sincerely recommend doing. A new style of eating out is taking hold here in New Orleans and I hope that it’s here to stay. Appetizer hopping is an exciting way to experience many different styles of cuisine. The walk between spots is also a wonderful way to digest and get ready for the next course. At the end of the culinary adventure rests dessert, a course that fills most people with guilt and anxiety. But that needn’t be the case. New Orleans is a city of decadent culinary vision. You’re on vacation and so is your diet. Check out these divine spots for dessert and you’ll forget all about pesky calories.
Salon by Sucre
Legendary dessert shop owned by Tariq Hanna is a sweet tooth heaven. Not only do they have display cases full of treats for the dessert connoisseur, but upstairs is a classy lunch spot that is buzzing with stylish New Orleanians. If that wasn’t enough they installed a drool-worthy Modbar coffee brewing machine which rivals most sports cars in its intricacy and performance.
This small gelateria is smack in the middle of the French Quarter making it a convenient stop after dinner. Try the salted caramel gelato. Then choose from their small selection of liqueurs like Cynar, a bittersweet Italian digestivo, that you can order neat or pour in your coffee.
This Sicilian ice cream shop is a New Orleans institution that literally everybody loves. Open since 1905, this classic parlor is home to some of the best canolis in the city. Want coffee? They have classic Cafe au Lait that you’d be smart to pair with one of a dozen house-made biscotti.
Culinary institutions Chef John Folse and Rick Tramonto knock it out of the park with their spectacular dessert menu that can be enjoyed at the bar if you didn’t have dinner at the restaurant, which you definitely should have. Among the best is the White Chocolate Bread Pudding Crème Brûlée.
Cafe Du Monde
It would be crazy to not include this cafe in a list of dessert joints. Always open, Cafe Du Monde is one of the most classic New Orleans experiences you can have. Get the coffee and beignets, but be sure to watch your shirt. The powdered sugar is notoriously erratic.