On our recent trip to New Orleans, we visited the best coffee shop in Louisiana according to the Daily Meal; District. Donuts. Sliders. Brew. How I came upon this little delicious corner of New Orleans wasn’t by accident. I have the lovely Googles send me an email recapping the previous days mentions of the word “coffee” and “tea”. One of the articles was this one from the Daily Meal listing all of the coffee shops highlighted in each state. According to the Daily Meal, this was the best one in all of Louisiana. So naturally, it made the list of must visit places while we in NOLA.
District Donuts, huh?
Usually if you just say “District” locals and other visitors know exactly who you’re talking about. We visited the location on Magazine, uniquely called Magazine District which just sounds trendy. The area is a quaint little shopping area with mostly paid street parking, cute little specialty shops and narrow streets. The area looks as if you’ve stepped back in time, filled with Victorian style homes. The decor at District is industrial, yet modern and you’re greeted just as soon as you walk in the door.
It’s an order-at-the-counter type of place then find a seat. First timer tip: if you are part of a large party, have them scout a table for you. This is a coffee shop and people don’t leave quickly so grab the first empty table you see. The menu is fairly simple and unique; everything is made to order and uses fresh, local ingredients. District bakers were busy baking biscuits and donuts while we were there. It was fun to see them working as the kitchen is all out in the open. They make everything from scratch here; no joke and you can taste it. It’s the best donuts, biscuits (besides my granny’s) and kolaches I’ve ever had. Well, until then I had never heard of a kolache but I’ll get to that in a minute.
Upon entering, you’re greeted with the smell of sweetness combined with coffee brewing combined with the smell of grandma’s kitchen at breakfast. The case by the register gently holds donuts that have been prepared for the day. These aren’t just any donuts. These are specialty donuts like the Fluffernutter and Raspberry Champagne. Grab plenty of napkins when you dive in to taste the giant cinnamon roll because it’s soft, squishy, sweet and cinnamony and enough to share. And oh by the way, we grab all three mentioned above.
In addition to the “deserts” we ordered for breakfast, we had to try their kolache (pronounced kuh-lah-chee) which is a “yeasted sweet dough wrapped around a selection of sweets or savories”. They had me at yeasted sweet dough and we ordered the Spicy Smoked Sausage one with candied jalapeños and white cheddar. Jacob loves spicy; me not so much, but this? Oh man was it good. It was the perfect blend of spicy yet sweet from the dough and candied jalapeños that didn’t leave your taste buds on fire.
My daughter is not a fan of breakfast meats, she indulged in the egg and cheese biscuit. Can I just say I’ve never had a biscuit THIS good? The outside was crisp and buttery with the inside being fluffy and soft. It paired well with the fluffy egg and the tangy melted cheddar. Can you tell we were hungry? The last thing we ordered was the Monte Cristo described as a mound of ham and havarti cheese, layered with dijon mustard and griddled on ….wait for it. A DONUT. They topped it with sweet raspberry preserves and a light dusting of velvety powdered sugar which made for the perfect finale of a decadent meal.
District has partnered with Stumptown Roasters, perfecting their target their flavor profile so you won’t find light, medium or dark roasts here. But what you will find is a tasty cup of coffee no matter what you order. I had the nitro cold brew which was smooth and luscious and needed no added sugar or cream. The cream top forms beautifully at the top like the best poured Guinness. Watch for a post about my new favorite way to drink cold brew! For now, if you’re ever in New Orleans, make this a stop. You’ll not only enjoy the kolaches, coffee and other food but you’ll enjoy the company and the scenery. Follow me over on Instagram for more pics of District. Donuts. Sliders. Brew. Find me over on Pinterest and save this as ‘places to visit in NOLA’!
Never stop exploring!