Feb 21 2017

The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

By: Anthony O'Donnell

The King Cake has been a Mardi Gras staple for some 300 years at this point and is particularly beloved in New Orleans. The cake is usually a hollow circle drizzled with a delectable glaze and topped with colored sugar, with a plastic baby Jesus hidden somewhere within, but crafty New Orleanians have come up with infinite variations on the basic theme. Here are some of the best bakeries and restaurants in the New Orleans area to get your cake this season.


The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

Adrian’s Bakery
5710 Paris Ave.
504-875-4302
adrians-bakery.com

This small bakery provides some of the freshest cakes in the city, including both double and single filling options and a sugar-free version that’s still decadent and delicious.

The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

Aunt Sally’s Praline’s
810 Decatur St.
504-524-3373

auntsallys.com

This place is a classic; their French Quarter and St. Charles locations both offer unique takes on the cake, including of course a praline variety, and they’ll ship them wherever you want.

The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

Breaux Mart
Various Locations
(504) 262-6017

breauxmart.com

This beloved local grocery chain is selling king cake at all five of its locations, including a unique “Mudslide” version with a delicious, one-of-a-kind filling.

The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

Berry Town Produce
2600 W Church St., Hammond, LA  
(985) 345-0048
berrytownproduce.com  

This fresh produce market has fresh king cakes to match. Their strawberry cream cheese cake is an overloaded, messy treat for the whole family to enjoy.

The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

Blue Dot Donuts
4301 Canal St.
504-218-4866

bluedotdonuts.com

This donut spot was founded by three NOPD officers, offers 40-50 varieties daily, and takes pride in their maple bacon king cake, which you’ll have to special order.

The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

The Buttermilk Drop
1781 N Dorgenois St.
504-252-4538

buttermilkdropbakery.squarespace.com

This place has unique donut holes and pastries, but they also do a killer king cake, stuffed with cream cheese, strawberry, or just about anything else you want.

The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

Cochon Butcher
930 Tchoupitoulas St.
504-488-2123

cochonbutcher.com

Cochon may be better known for their delicious meats, but they do sweets just as well. They offer a few sizes and flavors of cake, including cinnamon and strawberry, and substitute a plastic pig for the baby.

The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

District Donuts, Sliders, & Brew
2209 Magazine St.
504-570-6945

donutsandsliders.com

District is the city’s hippest and most bustling donut spot, and their king cake doesn’t disappoint, with hand-mixed cream cheese icing and a vibrant color scheme.

The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

Gambino’s
4821 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, LA
(504) 885-7500

gambinos.com

This world-famous bakery specializes in delectable king cakes, and they offer a number of variations, including bite-sized king cake balls and double-filled options including blueberry/cream cheese and strawberry/Bavarian cream.

The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

Haydel’s Bakery
4037 Jefferson Hwy.
(504) 837-0190

haydelbakery.com

This traditionalist king cake outlet uses lightly drizzled icing and a Danish recipe for their dough, and they’ll ship you a package complete with a cake, beads, doubloons, and other Mardi Gras accouterments.

The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

Kingfish
337 Chartres St.
(504) 598-5005

kingfishneworleans.com

If a normal king cake is somehow not decadent enough for you, head to Kingfish and try their “Mardi Foie” cake, a hearty brioche topped with duck fat icing and (you guessed it” seared foie gras.

The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

Manhattanjack
4930 Prytania Street
(504) 897-5551

manhattanjack.com

This coffee shop offers a killer king cake every day throughout the Mardi Gras season. Start your day off right with a cup of joe and a pecan praline filled cake.

The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

Maple Street Patisserie
7638 Maple Street
(504)304-1526

cargocollective.com/maplestreetpatisserie

This bakery, run by master pastry chef Ziggy Cichowski, presents European takes on pastries, and their flaky, delicately crafted king cake is no exception.

The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

Nonna Randazzo’s
22022 Marshall Road, Mandeville, LA 70433
985-898-2444 

nonnaskingcakes.com

One of the North Shore’s destinations for king cakes, Nonnas’ has three locations in Mandeville, Covington, and Chalmette, and offers a classic take on the classic cake.

The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

Petite Amelie
900 Royal St
(504) 412-8065

petiteamelienola.wordpress.com

Petite Amelie’s Chocolate Nutella Babka King Cake is baked fresh daily. Layers of dark chocolate, Nutella and cinnamon are deliciously layered into this Jewish style bread in the shape of a King Cake. Baby included. Whole Cakes are $14, Baby cakes are $7, and it’s $2 for a slice.

The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

Manny Randazzo King Cakes
3515 N. Hullen Street, Metairie, LA
(504) 456-1476

randazzokingcake.com

Manny Randazzo is a second generation baker, and his family has been making in king cakes since 1965. Their time-tested recipe has earned their praline pecan cake awards for the “King of the King Cakes,” and this family business is open to shipping cakes on special occasions.

The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

Rocket Girl Treats
New Orleans
(646) 342-7461

Health-conscious New Orleanians should look into Rocket Girl. Dianna Egan crafts gluten-free and vegan versions of the king cake that taste 100% authentic, including a killer caramel version with pink Himalayan salt.

The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

Shake Sugary
3600 Saint Claude Ave.
504-355-9345

shakesugary.com/new

The go-to spot for king cakes in the Bywater, this hip spot offers various stuffings, traditional cakes, and, of course, a vegan option. They sell by the slice, but if you’re looking for a whole cake you’d better call in advance.

The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

Tartine
7217 Perrier St.
(504) 866-4860

tartineneworleans.com

A great lunch spot in Uptown, Tartine also houses a killer bakery. Their king cake is a perfectly executed brioche with a delicious filling of brown sugar, cinnamon, and cream cheese.

The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

Whole Foods Market
5600 Magazine St
(504) 899-9119

wholefoodsmarket.com

Whole Foods might not be the first place that comes to mind for authentic king cake, but their bakery is an underrated source of confections; try the version filled with Chantilly cream.

The Best Places for King Cake This Mardi Gras Season

Willa Jean
611 Okeefe Ave
(504) 509-7334

willajean.com

Willa Jean doesn’t deliver, but it’s worth trekking over to O’Keefe to grab their chocolatey cake, a kind of coffee cake hybrid with espresso flavors baked right into the flaky dough.


Editor's Note: All photos have been pulled from either the restaurant's/bakery's website and/or social media feed. 

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