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Dong Phuong King Cake Preorders Sell Out Before Carnival Even Starts

See the full list of places to pick one up in New Orleans for Mardi Gras 2024

Overhead shot of a croissant-like cake covered in white icing with yellow, green, and purple sprinkles.
Dong Phuong’s famous king cake.
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Carnival 2024 doesn’t kick off until Saturday, January 6, but Dong Phuong king cake preorders are already fully booked up for the season. Last year, the famed New Orleans East bakery sold out just a week into Carnival, which set a new record — but this year is one of the shortest seasons in recent memory, just 39 days, with Mardi Gras falling on February 13, 2024. Luckily, there are still plenty of opportunities for New Orleanians (and beyond) to get their Dong Phuong king cake fix.

Here’s what to know: Dong Phuong opened up online orders for king cake pickup throughout the 2024 season yesterday, New Year’s Day, and available slots were sold out within a few hours. Shipping orders opened even earlier, and there is currently a waitlist for that option, with the bakery telling WWL that it expects to open up more dates at the end of January for February shipping.

There is also the walk-in option. The first Dong Phuong king cakes will be sold in-store beginning Wednesday, January 3, according to the bakery’s website. From there, king cakes are available for walk-in purchase every day except Tuesday beginning at 8 a.m., with a limit of three cakes per customer, until sold out (Dong Phuong says it generally sells out by noon, but the bakery is open until 5 p.m.).

So where else can one buy the highly-sought DP king cake in 2024? More than two dozen restaurants and bakeries in the region, actually, as far as Baton Rouge and Waveland, Mississippi. In New Orleans, spots like Bourree, Adams Street Grocery, Killer Poboys, and Mr. Bubbles on the West Bank all receive deliveries, per Dong Phuong. If you want to avoid striking out at one of the below locations, however, you’ll want to arrive close to opening or call the business directly to check their stock. They will also be sold on Goldbelly once the season officially starts, where basic cinnamon goes for a whopping $75 and comes unassembled — meaning you have to apply the icing and sprinkles, packaged separately, as is typical (but not preferable) with many shipped king cakes.

Below is the complete list of official Dong Phuong king cake resellers for Carnival 2024.

Greater New Orleans

Adams Street Grocery & Deli

1309 Adams Street, Uptown

Amore Bakery and Cafe

307 Huey P Long Ave, Gretna

Bourrée

1510 S Carrollton Avenue, Uptown

Caffe Latte Da!

5860 Citrus Boulebard, Harahan

Golden Koi Restaurant

1600 N Highway 190, Covington

Hi-5

5953 W Park Ave, Houma

Flavors Snoballs & Ice Cream

500 Vintage Drive #1776, Kenner

Jazzy Pete’s Poboys

2117 Gause Boulevard, Slidell

Joey Jeanfreau’s Meats

2324 Paris Road, Chalmette

Juniors on Harrison

789 Harrison Avenue, Lakeview

Killer PoBoys

219 Dauphine Street, French Quarter

Mr Bubbles Sandwich House

925 Behrman Highway #12, Gretna

Nesbit’s Poeyfarre Street Market

925 Poeyfarre Street, Warehouse District

Pho Cong Noodle & Grill

1200 US-190 Business, Covington

Pho Grace

2728 W Thomas Street, Hammond

River Road Market

13572 River Road, Destrehan

Urban South Brewery

1645 Tchoupitoulas Street, Lower Garden District

Viet Kitchen

3415 U.S. Highway 190, Mandeville

Zuppardo’s Family Market

5010 Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Metairie

Baton Rouge

Bao Asian Market & Deli

17316 Airline Hwy, Prairieville

John & Anna Coffee Bean

8080 Bluebonnet Boulevard #1300, Baton Rouge

Sweet Society, Baton Rouge

1509 Government Sreet, Baton Rouge

Mississippi

Blazin Cajun, Gulfport

2517 28th Street, Gulfport

Waveland Pharmacy, Waveland

112 Auderer Boulevard, Waveland