10 New Orleans Restaurants with a Heavenly Breakfast
Check out these 9 places to get an amazing breakfast in New Orleans, Louisiana!
Located deep in the heart of the bayous of the Southern United States, New Orleans, Louisiana is known the world over for a great many things, but one of its most celebrated attributes is its food. This port city evolved into a melding of traditional Southern, French, and Spanish cultures, which created a diverse and fascinating culture unique to this city. This unique culture is reflected again and again in its spectacular food. For those visitors looking to start the day with some heavenly food, here is a guide to 10 of the best places to get a truly heavenly breakfast in this amazing city.
You simply can’t mention great breakfast in New Orleans without first starting with Mother’s. This intimate Southern-style restaurant with a Cajun twist located in the heart of New Orleans offers heavenly breakfast sandwiches - or po’boys, in the New Orleans parlance - gravy and biscuits, pancakes, and other classic favorites. You can’t go wrong with the grits (a Southern classic, a thick, porridge-like breakfast grain made from corn that can be served either savory or sweet), a Mother’s specialty. And if you happen to come in a little later in the day, don’t worry - breakfast is served all day here!
Mother’s is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Located on 401 Poydras Street in New Orleans’ central district, it’s open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Cafe du Monde
Beloved by locals and tourists alike, Cafe du Monde is known for its famous beignets. While beignets can come in a variety of different forms, Cafe du Monde’s are Creole-style - sweet and doughnut-like, decadently covered with powdered sugar. Cafe du Monde is also renowned for its coffee, a rich coffee and chicory blend - and if you find you can’t live without it, their coffee blend is available for purchase. The cafe au lait is particularly popular and makes a perfect pairing with a beignet. The lines may be a bit long, but it’s worth the wait.
Located in New Orleans’ French Quarter, Cafe du Monde can be found in the French Market on 800 Decatur Street. It’s open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so there’s no excuse to miss this one!
If you’re looking for a breakfast with Parisian-style appeal in an elegant, yet cozy, location for a reasonable price, Tartine is the way to go. And if your breakfast tastes lean more toward French than Southern homestyle, you've stumbled on the right place. The French-style baguettes and quiches are a specialty, but the pastries and lighter fare are excellent as well. As an added bonus, it’s not far from New Orleans’ beautiful, famed Audubon Zoo, making it a great choice for breakfast before you head over to spend your day there in the historic wildlife preserve.
Tartine is located in New Orleans’ Audubon District on 7217 Perrier Street. It’s open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday - Saturday, and 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Sundays.
Meals from the Heart Cafe
New Orleans’ breakfasts are known for their richness and decadence, filled with delicious meats, cheeses, and breads. But for the vegetarian and health-conscious visitors, great breakfasts can still be found! Try Meals from the Heart Cafe, known for its vegetarian, gluten-free, and low-calorie options. Gluten-free or whole wheat pancakes, gluten-free grits, and vegan-apple patties are all available, as well as vegan shakes and fresh juices. For the healthy-food customers who still want a delicious breakfast, this makes a great option.
Meals from the Heart Cafe is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. It can be found in Suite 13 on 1100 North Peters Street, in the French Quarter.
Continuing the diversity of foods to be found in a New Orleans breakfast place, this cafe boasts a Cuban-style flavor in its food that mixes well with the more traditional breakfast fare. The breakfast burritos and huevos rancheros (fried eggs served over corn tortillas, often with Mexican-style rice and avocado) are particular specialties, but like any good place for breakfast in New Orleans, they make great grits, as well. Great coffee can be found here, too - don’t miss their special Southern Pecan flavor!
Refuel Cafe is located in the Leonidas neighborhood of New Orleans (more commonly referred to by locals as West Carrollton), on 8124 Hampson Street. It’s open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., with breakfast served from 7-11 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 2, and Saturdays and Sundays with brunch available from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Serving breakfast fare with a Creole twist, Atchafalaya is perfect for a traveler looking for
some slightly more adventurous dishes with a bit more spice. Gumbo, huevos rancheros, shrimp and grits, and their signature eggs served with fried green tomatoes, jumbo crab, and hollandaise sauce all make up the brunch menu, as well as their unique duck hash, an Atchafalaya signature that includes poached eggs, blueberries, and mangoes. Its homestyle setting and warm atmosphere make it a particularly welcoming, homey choice.
Atchafalaya is open for brunch on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays it’s open for dinner only. You can find it in East Riverside, on 901 Louisiana Avenue.
This cozy, charming bakery is perfect for those looking to start the day with some scrumptious baked goods. The aebleskivers, a variant on the traditional Danish pastry, are like round, puffed pancakes, served here with powdered sugar. They're available in multiple flavors (the lemon curd and nutella are especially popular) and the crepes are available in both sweet and savory styles. Or you can try their namesake toast, with eggs, cheese, avocado, and a variety of other options. Whatever you do choose, you can’t go wrong here!
Toast is open for breakfast from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays, making it a perfect choice for early risers who wake hungry. It’s open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Toast is located in West Riverside, on 5233 Laurel Street.
New Orleans Cake Cafe & Bakery
The New Orleans Cake Cafe & Bakery is known for its cakes, but it’s great for breakfast, too! Like so many places in New Orleans, high-quality seafood is plentiful on the menu, with crab or shrimp omelets available and a variety of lox combinations for both bagels and eggs. There are flavorful vegetarian options as well, with spinach and goat cheese, roasted vegetable, and Spanish-style omelets for those looking to skip the meat or just eat a little lighter in the morning. The iced coffee is also very popular and well-loved, for those looking to start the day off right while beating the heat!
The New Orleans Cake Cafe & Bakery can be found in the Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans, on 2440 Chartres Street. It’s closed on Tuesdays, but open every other day from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This breakfast and brunch spot in the center of New Orleans is renowned for its family-friendly atmosphere, but that's certainly no ding on the high quality of the food. This diner-style restaurant contains a unique melding of Southern, Creole, and Spanish influences, with their specialties including a Costa Rican breakfast platter, shrimp & grits, and their signature eggs cochon, poached eggs with pork debris over a buttermilk biscuit and finished with hollandaise sauce. The bar selections are excellent for brunch, too - try the Bloody Mary or the mimosas!
Ruby Slipper can be found in New Orleans' central business district, on 200 Magazine Street. It's open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on on Saturdays, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.
The Original Pierre Raspero's
The Original Pierre Raspero’s, a New Orleans institution established in 1788, is a top choice for a Cajun-style breakfast or brunch. The signature Cajun and Raspero’s omelets are particular standouts, especially if you’re feeling adventurous - the Cajun omelet has alligator sausage, onions, bell peppers, and a Tabasco hollandaise sauce. The interior is spacious but still homey, giving the place a welcoming feel to visitors and natives alike. Classic yet unique, this is a New Orleans-specific experience you don’t want to miss.
The Original Pierre Raspero’s is open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays and Mondays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday - Thursday, and 9 a.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Breakfast is available Friday - Monday. It’s located in the heart of the French Quarter, on 440 Chartres Street.
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