First, what better way to get a king cake than at a European-style bakery? Maple St. Patisserie offers all kinds of different baked goods, from sweet treats to fresh baked bread. Chey Ziggy Cichowski's recipes call to mind the charming cafes found in France, Italy, and Germany. Grab their king cake and feel like you've been transported to Paris. 7638 Maple St. Ste. A, 504-304-1526, cargocollective.com/maplestreetpatisserie
If you're looking for a taste of New Orleans, Copeland's of New Orleans is always a great choice. With multiple locations all over Louisiana, you have plenty of opportunities to order Copeland's unique King Cake Cheesecake. Before that, grab some classics like the Cajun Gumbo Ya Ya or the Catfish Po-boy. Make sure to wash all of that down with their Mardi Gras Punch! Multiple Locations, copelandsofneworleans.com
Don't have time to eat a whole king cake? Get it in a cup. When you're at any one of the PJ's Coffee of New Orleans' locations, make sure to ask the barista for some of their King Cake Latte, King Cake Protein Velvet Ice, or Zulu Coconut Iced Mocha. Don't forget to leave a good tip! Multiple Locations, pjscoffee.com
For another interesting spin on a king cake, you gotta go to Metairie and stop at Nor Joe Imports. Known for their quality and imported Italian goods, Nor Joe's offers a tasty and unique Cannoli King Cake. That goes particularly well with their mouthwatering muffulettas. Taste the Italian soul of New Orleans at Nor Joe's! 505 Frisco Ave., Metairie, 504-833-9240, facebook.com/norjoeimport.
If you want to enjoy some of the best baked goods in all of New Orleans, then have to stop at Haydel's Bakery. This Guinness record-holding bakery makes king cakes in all different shapes and colors for all kinds of different occasions, from Mardi Gras, the Saints, and Breast Cancer Awareness. They can even make groom's cakes out of king cakes. Not only that, their Petit Fours and Louisiana Russian Cake are to die for. 4037 Jefferson Hwy., 800-442-1342, haydelsbakery.com.
Finally, the go-to spot for great king cakes in Metairie has to be Gambino's Bakery. Their king cakes are world famous and come either traditional or filled with delicious flavors like Pecan Praline and Bavarian Cream. If you want your favorite cocktail to have a Carnival spin, you can order their King Cake Rum Cream. For another traditional taste of New Orleans, make sure to order their fantastic doberge cakes. 4821 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-885-7500, gambinos.com