Best Breakfast SpotsWithin Walking Distance of the Lafayette Hotel
Desi Vega’s doesn’t open until lunch at 11 a.m., but, fortunately, there are many delicious breakfast options located within walking distance from the hotel, in the Central Business District (CBD) of downtown New Orleans, the Warehouse/Arts District, and the French Quarter. From modern cafes and sweet shops to health-conscious gems to classic diners and traditional Cajun/Creole New Orleans fare, here’s where we recommend to go for breakfast.
Between the Bread (625 St. Charles Ave.)
Located across from Lafayette Square, Between the Bread offers assorted pastries and bagels made fresh daily, plus breakfast sandwiched and housemade granola.
Bittersweet Confections (725 Magazine St.)
Classic eggs-and-meat and veggie breakfast versions, plus desserts, are served in a quirky coffee shop setting with all the hipster accouterments (chalkboard menu, Edison bulbs, sidewalk seating).
Cafe Beignet (334 Royal St.)
Of course, the classic French donut is ever-present in all its sugar-powdered glory at all of the Cafe Beignet’s locations (the Royal Street location in the French Quarter is within walking distance from the hotel), but there’s a whole lotta Southern breakfast on the menu as well. Crawfish or Andouille omelets, Cajun hash browns, pecan waffles, or the classic Southern breakfast with scrambled eggs, bacon, grits, and French bread — it’s all there.
Cafe Fleur De Lis (307 Chartres St.)
This casual, narrow cafe features quick, counter-serve breakfasts with ample portions. Check out an impressive nine versions of eggs Benedict, from oyster to sweet potato, plus a slew of New Orleans-style breakfast staples like shrimp and grits, and Creole/Cajun eggs with boudin, Gulf seafood, and lots of cheese.
Daisy Mae’s Southern Fried Chicken & Breakfast (920 Poydras St.)
Daisy Mae’s all-day breakfast menu features Southern staples like chicken and waffles and breakfast sandwiches, with comfort-food sides (gravy, grits, hash browns, and even a pork chop). The omelets run the gamut from the health-conscious to the unapologetic concoctions heaped with seafood and alligator sausage.
Envie Espresso Bar & Cafe (308 Decatur St.)
If you’re in the mood for a walk and you’re headed to the French Quarter, this narrow, brick-lined espresso bar with interesting artwork offers healthier breakfast fare like veggie wraps, bagel and lox plate, and avocado omelet. The house specialty is Eggs Envie, with a ham and Brie omelet served inside a croissant along with potato hash. Envie has another location, also in the French Quarter and also on Decatur Street (1241), and both are great for people-watching.
French Truck Coffee (650 Poydras St., Suite 102)
French Truck Coffee has many locations throughout the city, and this CBD outpost doesn’t disappoint with its all-day breakfast and lunch menus, and high-quality coffee the company is known for.
Gallier Restaurant & Oyster Bar (129 Carondelet St.)
Gallier may be known for its oyster-filled happy hour, but the New Orleans-style breakfast doesn’t disappoint either. Sample the eggs-and-choice-of-meat Cajun breakfast, or go for the Andouille omelet. The Benny (poached eggs served on a biscuit) comes with either a crab cake or fried oysters.
HAPPYJAXX (801 Magazine St.)
Located at the Auction House Market, HAPPYJAXX focuses on a vegetarian menu like flash roast bowls, veggie smoothies, and house-made herbal tea.
Jimmy J’s Cafe (115 Chartres St.)
You’ll find hearty breakfast fare and sandwiches at this colorful cafe just off Canal Street in the French Quarter.
Majoria’s Commerce Restaurant (300 Camp St.)
This classic diner is known for Southern comfort food and has been a CBD mainstay for a few generations. The hearty breakfast menu includes omelets, egg po-boy, grits, and the house special, the Commerce Breakfast Biscuit, or the “CBB” — breakfast sausage topped with over-easy eggs and a cheese sauce, served on an open-faced biscuit. Low carb and gluten-free options also available.
Mammoth Espresso (821 Baronne St.)
This airy Warehouse District spot is helmed by veteran baristas and serves meticulously crafted, high-quality teas and espresso alongside an assortment of baked goods.
Merchant (800 Common St.)
Breakfast bowls, crepes and salads are offered along with espresso and other coffee beverages in this bright and modern CBD space.
Ruby Slipper Café (200 Magazine St.)
The locally owned and beloved mini-chain, the Ruby Slipper has grown to six New Orleans locations plus five more across the south as far as Florida. The CBD location is perfect for an unhurried sit-down the whole family will love. Try the Southern favorite and the house specialty, BBQ shrimp and grits — but everything on the menu is good — the Gulf shrimp omelet, eggs cochon, croque madame, Creole reuben, etc., especially paired with Ruby Slipper’s famous Bloody Mary, made with bacon-infused vodka.
Stanley (547 Saint Ann St.)
The sunny and inviting Stanley overlooks Jackson Square and serves classic New Orleans comfort food with an upscale twist. The all-day breakfast emphasizes regional cooking and local ingredients, and the portions are very generous. Try the signature Bananas Foster French toast, or Eggs Stanley: cornmeal-crusted oysters, poached eggs, Canadian bacon and Creole hollandaise on a toasted English muffin. Eggs Benedict get a po-boy treatment by being served on toasted French bread. Or, if you can handle it, get them as part of a breakfast seafood platter, with soft-shell crab, oysters and shrimp. Wash it down with a Mega (double) Bloody Mary or a milkshake punch while you people-watch.
The Daily Beet (1000 Girod St.)
This health-conscious restaurant serves salads, grain bowls, cold-pressed juices, smoothies, and more. Lox is the only non-vegetarian item on the menu, and breakfast and brunch are served all day. The Daily Beet also has locations Uptown and in the St. Roch neighborhood in the Bywater.
Two Chicks Cafe (901 Convention Center Blvd.)
Two Chicks, located near the Convention Center, serves fresh-squeezed juices, smoothies, varied breakfast, and artisan sandwiches in a quaint and colorful setting with a welcoming, neighborhood vibe.
Welty’s Deli (336 Camp St.)
Welty’s keeps it simple with salads and deli-style sandwiches plus daily specials with New Orleans flavor.
Willa Jean (611 O’Keefe Ave.)
If you would prefer to linger over a serious Southern breakfast or brunch, Will Jean is a gem of a place in the Warehouse District, and unsurpassed when it comes to a Southern menu of baked goods paired with excellent coffee (check out the “Biscuit Situation” section of the seasonal menu; the desserts are great as well).