Ordering up a plate of beignets is a must when in New Orleans. The deep-fried doughnut-like deliciousness rolled in powdered sugar is one of the city’s most famous food staples, loved by locals and visitors alike.

A precursor to today’s doughnuts, beignets are made from square-cut pieces of yeast dough formed without the doughnut hole and fried. First introduced to the city by French-Creole colonists in the 18th century, they are perfection when served hot and accompanied by café au lait or chocolate milk. Enjoying a plate of them is right up there with listening to live New Orleans jazz. If you’re lucky, you’ll get both at one sitting.

Visit Café Beignet in New Orleans Musical Legends Park, a tribute to local legends of the jazz world. Imagine enjoying those beignets under the watchful eyes of statues dedicated to greats like Fats Domino, Irma Lee, and Louis Prima. They’re positioned around the park under strings of festive lights.

Lick the powdered sugar from your fingers and plant a dot of it on your child’s nose while listening to the live music of Steamboat Willie. Yes, beignets and jazz can be a fun and slightly mischievous combination.

There’s also the temple of beignets to consider. Café Du Monde has been serving them up since 1862 and continues to do so 24/7 with the only scheduled closure on Christmas Day. Enjoy your beignets with cup of dark roasted coffee and chicory and do some people watching from your outdoor table under the gentle movement of the ceiling fans. You never know who might show up, a Kardashian was spotted at the café during our visit!

While the experience may not be equal, you can make beignets at home. Just purchase the mix from local vendors and take a sweet treat from New Orleans home with you.

There are several Hilton hotels like Hilton New Orleans/ St. Charles Avenue and Hilton New Orleans Riverside, located just a short walk from a beignet run!

This article was originally published by Hilton Mom Voyage.

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