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214 Carrollton Ave. 486-0078

The freshly made cannolis have been luring in customers since 1905, and the Italian sweets -- such as marzipan, panforte and torrone -- will give you visions of sugar plum fairies. It¹s never too cold for Angelo¹s homemade ice cream, and the tiramisu goes perfectly with a steaming cup of coffee. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

1 Poydras St. (Riverwalk Market-place) 587-0841
197 Westbank Expwy. (Oakwood Mall), Gretna 587-0849
800 Decatur St. 528-9933
1400 Poydras St. (New Orleans Center) 587-0842
1401 W. Esplanade Ave. (Esplanade Mall), Kenner 468-3588
3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd. (Lakeside Shopping Center), Metairie 834-8694
4600 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 888-9770
For many visitors, sitting under the Cafe du Monde¹s green and white-striped awning is the quintessential New Orleans experience. The chicory flavored cafe au lait and the heaps of beignets nearly buried in powered sugar provide the perfect way to begin a day or to finish a long night. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Decatur Street location open 24 hours. Cash only. $

2 Poydras St. (New Orleans Hilton Riverside) 525-0024
630 S. Carrollton Ave. 865-0027
650 Poydras St. (Poydras Center) 586-0278
701 Metairie Road, Metairie 831-1449
900 Jefferson Ave. 891-4969
910 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner 465-0527
941 Royal St. 581-6996
1452 Louisiana Ave. 899-1866
1597 Gause Blvd., Slidell (985) 641-3177
2800 Esplanade Ave. 482-9865
2917 Magazine St. 891-2115
3647 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 454-1200
CC¹s is a local favorite because they made a damn fine cup of coffee long before the latte craze began, and they show no signs of stopping. Bagels, muffins, croissants and desserts provide the perfect counterpoint for your caffeinated beverage of choice. The Poydras Center location offers a light lunch menu. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $


637 N. Carrollton Ave. 482-4847

The good, strong coffee at City Perk will get you wired, while the free wireless Internet access does the opposite. Mid-City residents find this a congenial place to work, read or hang out. The menu includes warm La Spiga sandwiches, toasty bagels with cream cheese, and a variety of sweets and pastries, including vegan cinnamon rolls and carrot cake. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

701 Poydras St. 524-5115

This coffee shop specializes in providing that jolt of caffeine to get CBD workers going, with a full range of lattes, cappuccinos and specialty teas. There¹s also plenty to nosh on, with pastries and bagels in the morning and deli sandwiches, soups, sushi and salads for lunch. The thick chocolate brownie is an excellent afternoon snack. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $


2600 Royal St. 947-8358

For a cozy cup in the morning, a stop at Flora in the Faubourg Marigny is highly recommended. For breakfast, scoop up a muffin or croissant, and at noon sample one of their specialty wraps, such as the black bean and rice wrap or the turkey sandwich on a croissant. Finish the deed with a toothsome slice of chocolate cake. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash only. $

2101 Paris Road, Chalmette
Who says you can¹t have your cake and eat it, too? The bakers at Flour Power say you can have it 28 different ways, from the white chocolate strawberry shortcake to the sinful chocolate mousse cake. Cakes can be ordered or enjoyed on the premises along with a lunch menu of salads, sandwiches and wraps. Treat yourself to high tea with scones, pastries and dainty finger sandwiches. Breakfast Tuesday through Saturday, lunch Tuesday through Friday. Credit cards and checks. $

1 Poydras St. (Riverwalk) 523-3566
621 S. Peters St. 523-4001
8108 Hampson St. 861-1005

It¹s true that real ice cream is a classic indulgence, especially here with natural ingredients, simply combined so that even in winter, ice cream is the name of the game. The Bailey¹s shake is the most requested item, with Bailey¹s Irish Cream ice cream topped with whipped cream and cookie crumbs. The French Quarter location also tries to warm things up by offering cappuccino, coffee and tea. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Cash and checks at Hampson and South Peters locations; credit cards accepted at Riverwalk location. $

4861 Magazine St. 891-8776

We¹re happy to report that Indonique just joined the scene -- about three weeks ago, in fact, providing scones, cookies and cheesecake. For a seasonal thrill, check out the Mardi Gras scone cake. It also serves nearly 50 types of tea, along with authentic Indian-style chai. Coming soon: light lunch fare. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $


1114 S. Carrollton Ave. 866-7052
3501 Hessmer Ave., Metairie 885-1526
With two locations to better meet your cravings for all those little French pastries, Maurice¹s is now the de facto bakery in town. Stop by and pick from a score of fresh fruitcakes or try the popular kugelhopf, a tasty pound cake of German origin. No reservations. Open daily. Credit cards. $

3325 Severn Ave., Metairie 885-4068
4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd. (Clearview Shopping Center), Metairie 779-5348
Tradition reigns supreme at this 134-year-old institution, where the specialties are beignets dusted in powdered sugar, preferably served with cafe au lait, chicory coffee poured with velvety steamed milk. No reservations. Open 24 hours at Severn Avenue; breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Friday through Sunday at Clearview. Cash only. $

106 Reily Center, McAlister Pocket Park (Tulane University) 865-5705
143 Elk Place 585-1775
154 E. Hall Ave., Slidell (985) 643-9040
224 W. Thomas St., Hammond (225) 381-2495
644 Camp St. 529-3658
800 Metairie Road, Metairie 828-1460
945 Magazine St. (National D-Day Museum) 525-0255
1532 Robert E. Lee Blvd. 283-6686
1545 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey 368-6600
1600 N. Hwy. 190, Covington (985) 871-9326
2963 Hwy. 190, Mandeville (985) 674 1565
3700 Orleans Ave. (American Can Co.) 934-1192
4100 Gen. DeGaulle Drive 392-4280
4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd. (Clearview Shopping Center), Metairie 885-4543
4480 Hwy. 22, Mandeville (985) 624-9015
5300 Tchoupitoulas St. 895-2007
5432 Magazine St. 895-0273
7624 Maple St. 866-7031
10158 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge 738-7797
70456 Hwy. 21, Covington (985) 875-7894
New Orleans International Airport (West Terminal and Terminal B), Kenner 466-2103
Coffee lovers can find a PJ¹s just about anywhere in the greater New Orleans area, for a java-to-go or a relaxed place to read, study, or hang with friends. Coffee and tea are the staples here, as are pastries, bagels, muffins and cakes. Some locations have a limited food menu that includes sandwiches and salads. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

217 N. Peters St. 523-0206
401 Carondelet St. 586-0401
1140 S. Carrollton Ave. 861-4343
1500 Magazine St. 529-1455
3128 Magazine St. 899-0242
The Rue has all the espresso drinks you need, whether you¹re cramming for a test or gathering energy for a long day. The frozen granita and a chai shake with vanilla ice cream are sweet concoctions, and fresh-made sandwiches and pastries are available at most locations. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily (CBD location open until 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 2 p.m. Saturdays and closed Sundays). Cash only. $

300 Canal St. (Canal Place) 566-1223
424 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 837-7874
817 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner 472-6190
2701 Airline Drive, Metairie 828-6700
3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 828-5257
5161 Citrus Blvd., Jefferson 818-0633

7700 Maple St. 864-0411
Starbucks is more than a coffee shop, of course. There are plenty of snacks, both healthy and sweet, to go with your java. Baked favorites include crumbleberry cake and pumpkin loaf bread. The winter drinks are already being phased out. Toffee nut latte and toffee nut Frappuccino are gaining popularity. Hours vary by location. Credit cards and checks. $

2727 Prytania St. 899-0335
Still Perkin¹ is, well, still perkin¹ with cappuccino, mocha and a crowd favorite -- the Oregon chai. Soups are a new addition for 2004: corn and crab bisque, stuffed artichoke soup, and, of course, gumbo. Enjoy fresh fruit and a La Spiga sandwich for lunch. Another new offering is soy milk. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

200 Julia St. 524-8441
Try the grilled chicken ranchero wrap or the popular turkey avocado sandwich. Dessert options include caramel pecan cheesecake and other pastries. Other than the soups, salads, sandwiches, and espresso drinks and gourmet coffees, the bar is fully stocked. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $
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