Café du Monde (French for "Café of the World" or "the People's Café"), is a renowned open-air coffee shop located on Decatur Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. It is a New Orleans landmark and tourist destination, known for its cafe au lait and beignets.
The cafe au lait is a blend of coffee and chicory and is a traditional favourite of many a New Orleans native. Coffee and chicory blends are best enjoyed with warmed milk in the “au lait” style.
The root of the chicory plant is roasted and ground, then added to the coffee to soften the bitter edge of the dark roasted coffee. It adds an almost chocolate flavour to the cafe au lait served at Cafe du Monde.