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Where to Get King Cake This Carnival Season

Mardi Gras may look different this year, but the king cake scene is better than ever

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Mardi Gras looks different for 2021: no parades, no fancy balls, no crowds. But Carnival is still the most wonderful time of the year and King Cakes are a totem that we can still celebrate. While traditionalists usually flock to the brioche-based king cake — ring-shaped and laced with cinnamon, covered in icing and purple, green, and gold sugar, with a plastic baby hidden inside — these days there are plenty of twists on the original, plus a growing appreciation for the elegant French puff pastry and almond cream version.

This map reflects king cakes in the Greater New Orleans area and is sorted by neighborhood, not by ranking.

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1. Dong Phuong Bake Shop

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14207 Chef Menteur Hwy
New Orleans, LA 70129
(504) 254-0214
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Dong Phuong isn’t offering walk-up king cake sales this year — online order only for curbside pickup, with express shipping also available. This year, the bakery is offering six flavors: cream cheese, pegan, cinnamon, strawberry, coconut, and almond creme. While you’re at it, order one of the banh mi boxes, which feeds two to six.

Dong Phuong’s King Cake
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2. Joe's Cafe

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3616 N Causeway Blvd
Metairie, LA 70002
(504) 301-3400
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Joe’s knows King Cakes — this family owned business consistently offers high quality cakes in a range of flavors — and this year they are shipping too. Besides flavors like cream cheese, triple berry and fillings like Bavarian cream, Joe’s offers a king cake decorating package that includes a cake and all the accoutrement to make it genuine.

Joe’s Cafe’s king cake
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3. Manny Randazzo King Cakes

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3515 N Hullen St
Metairie, LA 70002
(504) 456-1476
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Manny Randazzo’s king cakes generate a cult following each year, with the Carnival season-only bakery (in operation since 1965) legend for its sweet, braided brioche topped with icing and colored sugar. You can have this definitive king cake shipped anywhere, with beads and doubloons part of the package.

4. Maurice French Pastries

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3501 Hessmer Ave
Metairie, LA 70002
(504) 885-1526
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So many king cakes to love at Maurice French Pastries. Beyond the traditional, chef Jean-Luc’s specialty cakes are really swoon-worthy. Available to feed from eight to 36 plus eaters, flavors include Pontchatoula filled with Bavarian cream, fresh strawberries, Chantilly cream, and toasted almonds and The Bourbon Street oozing bourbon and toasted pecan flavored chocolate cream. Pickup only, these cakes don’t ship.

Ponchtaloula king cake at Maurice French Pastries
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5. Gambino's Bakery

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4821 Veterans Memorial Blvd
Metairie, LA 70006
(504) 885-7500
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Gambino’s is an old-school New Orleans bakery famous for its doberge cake year round. But come Carnival season the king cakes ship around the globe, with fillings aplenty (almond wedding cake, bavarian cream, blueberry, chocolate cream cheese, pecan praline, and more). The bakery will even toss in some doubloons, beads, a poster, and a package of king cake babies (in case you need extra?) if you’re willing to spend upwards of 60 bucks.

6. The Sweet Life Bakery

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6268 Vicksburg St
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 371-5153
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The Sweet Life’s king cake enjoys a split identity between a classic French almond king cake and the brioche-based New Orleans king cake. Fashioned into the round shape New Orleans king cakes are known for and topped with purple, green, and gold sugar, the interior of this cake is filled with delicate layers of puff pastry laced with almond cream. You can also get these king cakes delivered through UberEats, Waitr, and GrubHub.

7. Tastee Donut

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816 Clearview Pkwy
Metairie, LA 70001
(504) 885-7566

Craving king cake at 3 a.m.? Tastee on Clearview is open 24/7 and they’ve got the goods. Unlike many king cakes, this one comes without accoutrement. No cinnamon woven through the dough, no filling, no icing. What it does have is purple, green, and gold sugar on top.

8. Trep's

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4327 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 581-8900
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Trep’s chef-partner Jerry Mixon is proudly from The Parish, and this fetching outdoor restaurant is proudly selling THE Manny Randazzo king cake first made in Chalmette — original flavor only — which dates back to before Katrina and before the family went in different bakery directions. The restaurant is having lots of MG fun, including offering a parade of drinks and a menu of parade route specials.

9. Mayhew Bakery

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3201 Orleans Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 702-8078

Loyal fans have been buying from Kelly Mayhew since he sold king cakes at farmers markets and a pop up in Old Metairie. Mayhew Bakery on Orleans is now the permanent home to his trademark airy delightfulness, with a light, not-too-sweet dough and shimmery, airbrush-applied frosting. The traditional is excellent, with past years’ fillings including cream cheese, double berry cream cheese, and nutella cream.

Mayhew’s 2019 king cakes
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10. King Cake Hub

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636 N Broad St
New Orleans, LA 70119

King Cake Hub has a new location this year at the Broad Theater in Mid City, selling some 60 varieties from the likes Bywater Bakery, NOCCA — Steve Himelfarb of Cake Cafe is baking! Also: Sugar Love Bakery, Zuppardo’s, Brennan’s Restaurant, and Gracious Bakery. Same-day pickup is available as well as local delivery throughout the New Orleans area via DoorDash. Frozen savory options from a handful of restaurants also available.

11. Norma's Sweets Bakery

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2925 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 309-5401

Norma’s is loved for so many things — the affordable Bayou St. John market and bakery sells beautiful cakes and other sweets, as well as Honduran and Nicaraguan specialties, imported goods, and of course, the beloved guava and cream cheese king cake. The sweet guava filling is perfectly balanced with a light helping of cream cheese, wrapped in not-sweet, crumbly dough, topped with light frosting and sprinkles. Take the opportunity to grab a Cuban, empanada, or meat pie while there.

Guava and cream cheese king cake from Norma’s Sweets Bakery
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12. Bywater Bakery

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3624 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 336-3336
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Bywater Bakery chef/owner Chaya Conrad hits it out of the park at this homey neighborhood spot with her Chantilly filled king cake — light, toothsome, and shot through with either blueberries or strawberries. Shipping for the first time ever, order cakes online, with fillings including traditional, pecan praline, a bouille custard, apple, azul dolce blueberry, and lemon cream. Savory flavors back by popular demand: crawfish, boudin, and spinach and artichoke his past King’s Day. Walk ups for pre-ordered cakes is available throughout Carnival.

13. Caluda's King Cake

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1536 River Oaks Rd W
Harahan, LA 70123
(504) 218-5655
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Caluda’s serves up a king cake with exceptionally moist brioche and a thick layer of sweet icing, as well as some notable variations. LSU fans will love the traditional tiger version. See the website for the full rundown of 2021’s flavors. Order online and shipping is also an option.

14. Haydel's Bakery

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4037 Jefferson Hwy
New Orleans, LA 70121
(800) 442-1342
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Haydel’s serves an outstanding version of the classic New Orleans king cake, and has a location on Magazine Street for those city-dwellers who can’t make the trek to Jefferson. Sweet and topped with lots of icing and colored sugar, it’s the brioche king cake that many New Orleanians grew up eating. An un-iced version is also available.

15. Brennan's

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417 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 525-9711
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Brennan’s isn’t usually known for its king cake, but this is an unusual Mardi Gras season. Executive corporate pastry chef Brett Gauthier has designed three swank cakes — traditional brioche dough rolled cinnamon filling, Ponchatoula strawberry cream cheese, and a Who Dat cake of chocolate black and gold: chocolate brioche with whipped chocolate ganache. And yes, slices are available for dessert. And excitingly, all three are available via D’livery Nola.

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16. Laurel Street Bakery

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2701 S Broad St
New Orleans, LA 70125
(504) 897-0576
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The king cakes at Laurel Street Bakery (on Broad) are made from braided, slightly sweet dough and topped with light white icing, with fillings including praline, almond, apple, strawberry cream cheese, and Nutella. Order online 24 hours in advance for curbside pickup or for delivery via Postmates.

17. Willa Jean

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611 O'Keefe Ave
New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 509-7334
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Pastry chef Kelly Fields of Willa Jean in the CBD dazzles with her uber-moist caramel crunch king cake, swirled through with cinnamon and drizzled with a cream cheese glaze. Her cakes are artfully finished, possibly the prettiest in town. Orders must be placed 48 hours in advance of pick-up date.

18. La Petite Sophie

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9047 Jefferson Hwy
River Ridge, LA 70123

French darling La Petite Sophie is serving a gorgeous brioche king cake filled with cream cheese dotted with fresh strawberries, as well as the traditional French king cake, a galette with flaky layers and almond cream. The bakery is located in River Ridge, but it’s well worth the very short drive from New Orleans.

Brioche and strawberry king cake
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19. Bittersweet Confections

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725 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 523-2626
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Bittersweet Confections has chocoholics in bliss with its much-lauded chocolate cream cheese-stuffed king cake. The brioche dough gets laced with cinnamon sugar, stuffed with chocolate cream cheese, and drizzled with more chocolate. Orders can be picked up daily at locations on Magazine or Hennessy St. with shipping 48 hours after orders are placed.

20. Maple Street Patisserie

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7638 Maple St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 304-1526
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Chef Ziggy bangs out stunning French king cakes at the European Maple Street bakery each year. Layers of puff pastry laced with almond cream seem refined compared to the decadent icing and sugar topped puffy (and often filled) brioche versions, but there is a good measure of sweet decadence tucked within the delicate layers of the French king cake.

French king cake at Maple Street Patisserie
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21. Tartine

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7217 Perrier St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 866-4860
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Tartine flies under the radar for many, hidden near the river in the Black Pearl neighborhood, but it is an excellent choice for king cakes and a quiet lunch. King cakes are wonderful, brioche rolled with brown sugar and cream cheese, baked, and topped with the traditional icing and colorful sugar. It’s at the top of the list for many. Its sister restaurant, Toast, is well-known for breakfast and also carries the king cakes. Pickup, local delivery, and shipping offered.

22. District Donuts Sliders Brew

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2209 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 570-6945
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Besides its popular mega-donuts, District offers a yum King Cake filled with dark chocolate and cream cheese, and topped with vanilla bean glaze and sanding sugar. King Cakes are available to be picked up from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the day chosen for pickup at all the eatery’s locations. A good deal for $18.

23. Gracious Bakery

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4930 Prytania St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 300-8135
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Gracious hits it out of the park with this year’s specialty king cake flavor. Try their bananas Foster, filled with rum-doused cinnamon brown sugar, topped with banana and caramel glazes, gold leaf and Valrhona crunchy chocolate balls. Life changing. An almond filled queen’s cake and chocolate version also noteworthy.

Saints King Cake
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24. O'Delice French Bakery

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6033 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 895-2144
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Another bakery that flies under the radar, O’Delice is nestled next to a Jefferson Feed on Magazine. Owner and chef Nancy Nguyen worked as the pastry chef at the Windsor Court hotel before opening this spotless French bakery Uptown, known for perfectly executed buttercream cakes and chicken salad sandwiches. Her superior king cakes are traditional, laced with cinnamon, and topped with thick granules of sugar.

25. La Boulangerie

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4600 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 269-3777
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Executive Pastry Chef Maggie Scales of the Link Restaurant Group will be offering several flavors and sizes of king cakes at both Cochon Butcher and La Boulangerie on Magazine Street. Try her famous “Elvis,” a soft brioche filled with peanut butter and roasted banana, topped with house-cured bacon, toasted marshmallow, and Mardi Gras sprinkles. In place of the iconic small plastic “baby,” all of Chef Maggie’s cakes contain a petite pink pig as their signature “baby.” Custom dictates whoever gets the “baby” must provide the king cake for the next party, keeping the celebration rolling all season long! 

26. Antoine's Famous Cakes

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1300 Stumpf Blvd
Gretna, LA 70053
(504) 368-6222
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With locations in Gretna and Metairie, Antoine’s Famous Cakes is a locals favorite for king cakes, equally for their “queen cake,” which are stuffed and topped with all sorts of flavors and goodies. Choose from a host of versions and fillings for in-store pickup at either location, or call to have shipped.

27. Hi-Do Bakery

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439 Terry Pkwy
Terrytown, LA 70056
(504) 366-6555
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Plain, doughy, and not too sweet, the Hi-Do king cake is for the traditionalist. It’s reminiscent of the McKenzie king cakes in its simplicity — no icing, just sugar on top. The bakery also offers various filled versions. Hi-Do is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Kings’ Day through Mardi Gras day. Hi-Do cakes will also be sold at the King Cake Hub for those who can’t make it out to Terrytown.

1. Dong Phuong Bake Shop

14207 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70129
Dong Phuong’s King Cake
Yelp/Nicole D.

Dong Phuong isn’t offering walk-up king cake sales this year — online order only for curbside pickup, with express shipping also available. This year, the bakery is offering six flavors: cream cheese, pegan, cinnamon, strawberry, coconut, and almond creme. While you’re at it, order one of the banh mi boxes, which feeds two to six.

14207 Chef Menteur Hwy
New Orleans, LA 70129

2. Joe's Cafe

3616 N Causeway Blvd, Metairie, LA 70002
Joe’s Cafe’s king cake
Joe’s Cafe/Official Photo

Joe’s knows King Cakes — this family owned business consistently offers high quality cakes in a range of flavors — and this year they are shipping too. Besides flavors like cream cheese, triple berry and fillings like Bavarian cream, Joe’s offers a king cake decorating package that includes a cake and all the accoutrement to make it genuine.

3616 N Causeway Blvd
Metairie, LA 70002

3. Manny Randazzo King Cakes

3515 N Hullen St, Metairie, LA 70002

Manny Randazzo’s king cakes generate a cult following each year, with the Carnival season-only bakery (in operation since 1965) legend for its sweet, braided brioche topped with icing and colored sugar. You can have this definitive king cake shipped anywhere, with beads and doubloons part of the package.

3515 N Hullen St
Metairie, LA 70002

4. Maurice French Pastries

3501 Hessmer Ave, Metairie, LA 70002
Ponchtaloula king cake at Maurice French Pastries
Linda V./Yelp

So many king cakes to love at Maurice French Pastries. Beyond the traditional, chef Jean-Luc’s specialty cakes are really swoon-worthy. Available to feed from eight to 36 plus eaters, flavors include Pontchatoula filled with Bavarian cream, fresh strawberries, Chantilly cream, and toasted almonds and The Bourbon Street oozing bourbon and toasted pecan flavored chocolate cream. Pickup only, these cakes don’t ship.

3501 Hessmer Ave
Metairie, LA 70002

5. Gambino's Bakery

4821 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, LA 70006

Gambino’s is an old-school New Orleans bakery famous for its doberge cake year round. But come Carnival season the king cakes ship around the globe, with fillings aplenty (almond wedding cake, bavarian cream, blueberry, chocolate cream cheese, pecan praline, and more). The bakery will even toss in some doubloons, beads, a poster, and a package of king cake babies (in case you need extra?) if you’re willing to spend upwards of 60 bucks.

4821 Veterans Memorial Blvd
Metairie, LA 70006

6. The Sweet Life Bakery

6268 Vicksburg St, New Orleans, LA 70124

The Sweet Life’s king cake enjoys a split identity between a classic French almond king cake and the brioche-based New Orleans king cake. Fashioned into the round shape New Orleans king cakes are known for and topped with purple, green, and gold sugar, the interior of this cake is filled with delicate layers of puff pastry laced with almond cream. You can also get these king cakes delivered through UberEats, Waitr, and GrubHub.

6268 Vicksburg St
New Orleans, LA 70124

7. Tastee Donut

816 Clearview Pkwy, Metairie, LA 70001

Craving king cake at 3 a.m.? Tastee on Clearview is open 24/7 and they’ve got the goods. Unlike many king cakes, this one comes without accoutrement. No cinnamon woven through the dough, no filling, no icing. What it does have is purple, green, and gold sugar on top.

816 Clearview Pkwy
Metairie, LA 70001

8. Trep's

4327 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Trep’s chef-partner Jerry Mixon is proudly from The Parish, and this fetching outdoor restaurant is proudly selling THE Manny Randazzo king cake first made in Chalmette — original flavor only — which dates back to before Katrina and before the family went in different bakery directions. The restaurant is having lots of MG fun, including offering a parade of drinks and a menu of parade route specials.

4327 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70119

9. Mayhew Bakery

3201 Orleans Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
Mayhew’s 2019 king cakes
Mayhew Bakery/Facebook

Loyal fans have been buying from Kelly Mayhew since he sold king cakes at farmers markets and a pop up in Old Metairie. Mayhew Bakery on Orleans is now the permanent home to his trademark airy delightfulness, with a light, not-too-sweet dough and shimmery, airbrush-applied frosting. The traditional is excellent, with past years’ fillings including cream cheese, double berry cream cheese, and nutella cream.

3201 Orleans Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

10. King Cake Hub

636 N Broad St, New Orleans, LA 70119

King Cake Hub has a new location this year at the Broad Theater in Mid City, selling some 60 varieties from the likes Bywater Bakery, NOCCA — Steve Himelfarb of Cake Cafe is baking! Also: Sugar Love Bakery, Zuppardo’s, Brennan’s Restaurant, and Gracious Bakery. Same-day pickup is available as well as local delivery throughout the New Orleans area via DoorDash. Frozen savory options from a handful of restaurants also available.

636 N Broad St
New Orleans, LA 70119

11. Norma's Sweets Bakery

2925 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70119
Guava and cream cheese king cake from Norma’s Sweets Bakery
Clair Lorell/Eater NOLA

Norma’s is loved for so many things — the affordable Bayou St. John market and bakery sells beautiful cakes and other sweets, as well as Honduran and Nicaraguan specialties, imported goods, and of course, the beloved guava and cream cheese king cake. The sweet guava filling is perfectly balanced with a light helping of cream cheese, wrapped in not-sweet, crumbly dough, topped with light frosting and sprinkles. Take the opportunity to grab a Cuban, empanada, or meat pie while there.

2925 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70119

12. Bywater Bakery

3624 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70117

Bywater Bakery chef/owner Chaya Conrad hits it out of the park at this homey neighborhood spot with her Chantilly filled king cake — light, toothsome, and shot through with either blueberries or strawberries. Shipping for the first time ever, order cakes online, with fillings including traditional, pecan praline, a bouille custard, apple, azul dolce blueberry, and lemon cream. Savory flavors back by popular demand: crawfish, boudin, and spinach and artichoke his past King’s Day. Walk ups for pre-ordered cakes is available throughout Carnival.

3624 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70117

13. Caluda's King Cake

1536 River Oaks Rd W, Harahan, LA 70123

Caluda’s serves up a king cake with exceptionally moist brioche and a thick layer of sweet icing, as well as some notable variations. LSU fans will love the traditional tiger version. See the website for the full rundown of 2021’s flavors. Order online and shipping is also an option.

1536 River Oaks Rd W
Harahan, LA 70123

14. Haydel's Bakery

4037 Jefferson Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70121

Haydel’s serves an outstanding version of the classic New Orleans king cake, and has a location on Magazine Street for those city-dwellers who can’t make the trek to Jefferson. Sweet and topped with lots of icing and colored sugar, it’s the brioche king cake that many New Orleanians grew up eating. An un-iced version is also available.

4037 Jefferson Hwy
New Orleans, LA 70121

15. Brennan's

417 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Brennan’s/Official

Brennan’s isn’t usually known for its king cake, but this is an unusual Mardi Gras season. Executive corporate pastry chef Brett Gauthier has designed three swank cakes — traditional brioche dough rolled cinnamon filling, Ponchatoula strawberry cream cheese, and a Who Dat cake of chocolate black and gold: chocolate brioche with whipped chocolate ganache. And yes, slices are available for dessert. And excitingly, all three are available via D’livery Nola.

417 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

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16. Laurel Street Bakery

2701 S Broad St, New Orleans, LA 70125

The king cakes at Laurel Street Bakery (on Broad) are made from braided, slightly sweet dough and topped with light white icing, with fillings including praline, almond, apple, strawberry cream cheese, and Nutella. Order online 24 hours in advance for curbside pickup or for delivery via Postmates.

2701 S Broad St
New Orleans, LA 70125

17. Willa Jean

611 O'Keefe Ave, New Orleans, LA 70113

Pastry chef Kelly Fields of Willa Jean in the CBD dazzles with her uber-moist caramel crunch king cake, swirled through with cinnamon and drizzled with a cream cheese glaze. Her cakes are artfully finished, possibly the prettiest in town. Orders must be placed 48 hours in advance of pick-up date.

611 O'Keefe Ave
New Orleans, LA 70113

18. La Petite Sophie

9047 Jefferson Hwy, River Ridge, LA 70123
Brioche and strawberry king cake
La Petite Sophie/Facebook

French darling La Petite Sophie is serving a gorgeous brioche king cake filled with cream cheese dotted with fresh strawberries, as well as the traditional French king cake, a galette with flaky layers and almond cream. The bakery is located in River Ridge, but it’s well worth the very short drive from New Orleans.

9047 Jefferson Hwy
River Ridge, LA 70123

19. Bittersweet Confections

725 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130