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The Sweet Side of
New Orleans

By Tori Phelps | Illustrations by Lucy Mashburn

The city may have invented jazz and, yes, throws one heck of a party every year for Mardi Gras. But some of New Orleans’s most important contributions have been to the field of desserts. NOLA knows sugar, y’all. And these are some top spots to get your fix.

Cafe Du Monde; New Orleans

Café Du Monde

800 Decatur Street

Beignets are technically an all-day food rather than a dessert. But these doughnut cousins make the list because they’re synonymous with New Orleans. The iconic Café Du Monde serves them up hot—along with lots of napkins for your inevitable powdered-sugar mustache.

Cafe Du Monde; New Orleans; Beignets


417 Royal Street

When butter, booze, and bananas meet fire, good things happen. Specifically, bananas Foster happens. And there’s no better place to get it than Brennan’s, whose original restaurant on Bourbon Street debuted the dessert in the early 1950s.

Banana Foster; New Orleans; Brennan's

doberge cake; New Orleans; Debbie Does Doberge

Debbie Does Doberge

1179 Annunciation Street

Birthday candles in New Orleans sit on top of a doberge cake (pronounced “doh-bash” or “doh-bearj”). This Big Easy original features thin layers of cake separated by pudding or custard. Though a standard doberge is chocolate or lemon, Debbie Does Doberge’s menu has a staggering number of flavor combos.

Debbie Does Doberge; New Orleans; doberge cake

Bon Ton Cafe; New Orleans; Bread Pudding Bon Ton Café

401 Magazine Street

Bread pudding is a dessert-menu staple around the country. But the New Orleans French bread, which most restaurants use as a base, is what separates it from its peers. Bon Ton Café’s Cajun bread pudding with whiskey sauce is a legend in this city, and you need to taste why.

Bon Ton Cafe; New Orleans; Bread Pudding

Hansen's Sno-Biz; New Orleans; sno-balls

Hansen’s Sno-Bliz

4801 Tchoupitoulas Street

New Orleans sno-balls are not snow cones, thank you very much. They’re made with perfectly shaved ice, courtesy of a machine invented by Ernest Hansen in 1939. Today, people still flock to the family-run business for fluffy sno-balls, house-made syrups, and toppings.

Hansen's Sno-Biz; New Orleans; sno-balls

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