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5 Best Spots To Snatch Up King Cake This Carnival Season

Jack Rattenbury Jack Rattenbury

5 Best Spots To Snatch Up King Cake This Carnival Season

New Orleans’ Mardi Gras may be different this year, but one thing that’ll never change is delicious King Cake.

With no parties or parading around NOLA for Mardi Gras, sampling as many different versions of King Cake as possible is one of the many great alternatives to the usual fiesta.

King Cake is a brioche-based treat specifically made during carnival season, with their purple, gold and green icing or decoration. Although there are many modern twists on the traditional cake. Here are some of the best places to eat some of the best King Cakes available in New Orleans.

1. Joe’s Cafe

Where: Terrytown

With several locations around New Orleans, you can always rely on Joe’s to get everyone back in the mood for some Mardi Gras fun. Their delicious King Cake has received several accolades from locals, so ditch the slice and order an entire cake!

2. Maurice French Pastries

Where: Metairie

With added strawberries and creative fillings, get a Kings Cake from this place for the real wow factor. You’re going to want to stock up because we’ve heard they don’t last long. Maurice French Pastries are dedicated to providing excellent French pastries. So there’s a lot of delicious offerings available at Maurice’s.

3. Manny Randazo’s King Cakes

Credit: Manny Randazo

Where: Metairie

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Boasted by locals, make sure you arrive to Manny’s early. This place annually serves up their delicious recipe by the box, and there’s never any judgement of quantity in NOLA. So get as many as you can handle. It is a holiday special!

4. Willa Jean

Where: Warehouse District

For a chic twist on a traditional classic, make sure you check out Willa Jean. The delicious Southern restaurant is perfect for date night, and you can even get Kings Cake for dessert!

5. Gambino’s

Where: Metairie

From cream cheese filling, to praline filling. Get the King Cake of your choosing at Gambino’s. The upscale bakery has been creating addictive treats since 1949. And locals have been returning every carnival to get their King Cake fix at Gambino’s. This year they are even doing King Cake cake balls!

Featured Image: Gambino’s Bakery, New Orleans