When we think of coffee, we think of PJ's Coffee's small-batch bean blends or Café du Monde's signature café au lait served with beignets. Made with chicory, it's no wonder why New Orleans' coffee is the envy of coffee connoisseurs nationwide. Whether you're visiting or living in the city, there are numerous coffee shops to choose from. On November 23, order an espresso from these five cafés and restaurants.
Envie Espresso Bar & Café
Envie Espresso Bar & Café is a New Orleans favorite among locals and tourists. They offer a variety of hot and iced beverages such as lattes, teas, and hot chocolate. If you're eating there next Tuesday, be sure to pair your breakfast with their house-made espresso, whether it's plain, iced, or a shot! 1241 Decatur St., 504-524-3689, cafeenvie.com.
Ruby Slipper Café
Not only is The Ruby Slipper Café one of the best places in the city to eat breakfast, but it's also an ideal place to get a cup of coffee. Their Creamy Vanilla Spiced Latte, made with French Truck's espresso mix, vanilla syrup, milk, and cream is the perfect beverage to pair with a serving of Eggs Benedict and Stuffed French Toast (and the perfect way to enjoy the much-needed cool weather). Don't forget to top it off with whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg! Multiple Locations, therubyslippercafe.net.
Who said that ice cream parlors can't serve coffee? Along with a unique selection of Creole Creamery's house-made ice cream, you can order an espresso or a cappuccino on the side. Feeling adventurous? Try a scoop of your favorite ice cream flavor drenched in espresso, and top it off with whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles, and a cherry on top. Multiple Locations, creolecreamery.com.
Is the hustle and bustle of city life too much for you? In the heart of Freret Street lies Piccola Gelateria, a hidden gem run by a sweet couple and populated by large, cuddly teddy bears. They offer an assortment of artisan, small-batch gelato and sorbets, fresh crepes, and estate-grown coffee imported from SEY Coffee. Coffee, you say? Whether it's an espresso doppio (i.e., espresso double-shot) or Ria's signature affogato sundae, Piccola Gelateria is here to serve your coffee needs. 4525 Freret St., 504-493-5999, piccolagelateria.com.
French Truck Coffee
Step aside, Starbucks! Made from an assortment of South and Central American beans with Nebraskan-grown chicory, French Truck Coffee serves some of the best fresh-roasted coffees and teas in the state! On National Espresso Day, be sure to stop by for a cup of French Truck's specialty espressos such as Erato and Crosstown. If you're in a rush, just purchase a bag of their espresso bean blends to roast at home! Multiple Locations, frenchtruckcoffee.com.