New Orleans Ultimate King Cake Guide

What is Mardi Gras without king cake? If you are in New Orleans during carnival season you know that there is no shortage of this sweet treat here. Additionally, did you know that king cakes can come in all different shapes, sizes, or variations? And because Mardi Gras is in March this year, there are many more days to indulge! We’ve put together a guide highlighting our favorite places to enjoy king cake and a printable bucket list to help you navigate through all of the options.

Traditional King Cakes:

Savory King Cakes:

  • Cavan, Uptown
    Take our word for it, their crawfish and goat cheese king cake is to die for (we are drooling thinking about it).
  • Cake Café, Marigny
    This restaurant and bakery not only has a traditional king cake, but they also feature a boudin king cake.

King Cake Drinks:

  • PJ’s Coffee, Multiple Locations
    Three words, king cake latter.
  • Commanders Palace, Uptown
    Besides being a quintessential New Orleans stop, you can also enjoy a Mardi Gras Side Car here.
  • Bourbon House, French Quarter
    Enjoy a twist on their milk punch, the King Cake Bevvy. 


  • Sucre, Multiple Locations
    Yes they have a traditional king cake, but there are just so many more options to choose from. They also offer a milk shake, ice cream and a macaron!
  • District Donuts, Multiple Locations
    Donuts, do we need to say more?
  • Haydel’s Bake Shop, Uptown
    The ‘newest kid on the block’ not only serves Haydel’s traditional king cake, but also ooey gooey bars.
  • Bakery Bar, Lower Garden District
    Try their dough balls or a slice of their doberge cake. We know you can’t see us, but we giving them major heart eyes.
  • DTB, Carrollton
    You’ll be dreaming about this soufflé well after carnival is over.
  • Piccola Gelateria, Uptown
    This gelato not only takes us back to Italy, but also tastes just like a bite of king cake.
  • The Vintage, Uptown
    Beignet king cake, AKA heaven.
  • Toast, Uptown
    Try their king cake aebleskivers, which are pretty much pancake balls. The perfect breakfast treat.
  • Shaya, Uptown
    King cake in the form of babka. Sign us up.
  • Meauxbar, French Quarter
    They feature an actual traditional French king cake on their menu, known as ‘Gallette des Rois.’

We want to see how many king cake’s you’ve tried. Download our King Cake Bucket List for Instagram. After you’ve filled it out, post it on your story and don’t forget to tag us using @mardigrasworld.