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Ah, The king cake, that oh-so-delicious traditional Gulf Coast Carnival pastry. Braided, ring-shaped cake laced with cinnamon, covered in icing and purple, green and gold sugar, with a plastic baby hidden inside. Or, wait... That's a king cake, right? There's definitely a split between traditionalists and their humble brioche, and the crazy kids and their dang king cakes stuffed with banana, peanut butter, bacon, and marshmallow these day. Whatever camp you're in, Eater presents

This week we welcome five new additions to our sweetest Carnival map, Where to Get King Cake for Purists and Progressives. Coming onto the list this week are Hi-Do Bakery, Ralph's on the Park, La Divina, Shake Sugary, and The Sweet Life.

Still don't see your favorite on the list? Tell us why it deserves to be on the map in the comments section or send us an email, and we'll update the map all Carnival long.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Sucré

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3025 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 520-8311
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The sweets boutique on Magazine Street (and also in Lakeside Mall) not only has king cakes with shiny, almost airbrushed-looking icing over buttery pastry filled with cream cheese, they also sell king cake macarons for Carnival too.

2. Gracious Bakery + Cafe

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1000 S. Jefferson Davis Pkwy
New Orleans, LA 70125
(504) 301-3709
Gracious Bakery is doling out chocolate and cinnamon king cakes every day during Carnival. The cakes sells for $20, and can be pre-ordered as well.

3. Domenica

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123 Baronne St.
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 648-6020
Pastry chef Lisa White's king cake is massive, filled with salted caramel,bananas, roasted pecans, mascarpone cheese, caramello and covered in praline glaze with edible gold flecks. A bean is used, rather than a baby. Each cake costs $35, and can be picked up or even delivered within the CBD area. Order online.

4. La Dolce Nola Snackery and Gelateria

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200 Metairie Rd Ste 100
Metairie, LA 70005
(504) 832-1122
This Metairie favorite has flavors ranging from classic to cray cray: plain, cream cheese, strawberry cream cheese, goat cheese and apple, and Nutella. Also available for delivery. Order online or by phone.

5. Cochon Butcher

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930 Tchoupitoulas Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 588-2123
Oh, yes they do have king cakes, and in mini sizes perfect for two bacon friends to share. Pastry Chef Rhonda Ruckman makes fillings ranging from chocolate and peanut butter, lemon doberge, apple + creole cream cheese, to the almight Elvis king cake filled with bananas, peanut butter, bacon, and topped with toasted marshmallow. Each cake includes a baby piggy.

6. Rouses Market

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400 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 488-2129
In terms of King Cake, the ubiquitous Rouse's version is at least a faithful stand by. They come in large, or gigantic, with fillings or not. A friend of Eater says they tried an in-store sample of what they were told was 'Barbarian Cream' last Carnival season, which unfortunately won't be returning this year.

7. La Boulangerie

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4600 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 269-3777
Making 'la galette de rois' for Carnival is a French tradition at this Uptown bakery. The cake is made from layers of puff pastry with an almond cream center. Their New Orleans style King Cakes come with a range of fillings like raspberry and chocolate.

8. Cake Cafe & Bakery

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2440 Chartres Street
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 943-0010
Cake Cafe is known for their signature apple and goat cheese filling, though you can also get other fruit varieties or unfilled king cakes that all come with icing that's not overbearing, but rather daintily painted on in stripes.

9. Haydel's Bakery

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4037 Jefferson Highway
New Orleans, LA 70121
(504) 837-0190
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For the purist, Haydel’s king cake has a cinnamon-infused Danish dough and lighter icing.Plus, the bakery holds the Guinness World Record for the largest king cake ever made, which stretched around the Super Dome two times back in 2010.

10. Adrian's Bakery

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2016 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 875-4302
The traditional king cakes at this Central City location of Adrian's range from extra small to large, with a variety of fillings available too. Medium king cakes cost about $16, with fillings a buck or two more.

11. Tartine

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7217 Perrier St.
New Orleans, LA
This often overlooked Uptown bakery and lunch gem has Brioche King Cakes, including mini versions, with flavors such as cinnamon, cinnamon and almond cream, and cinnamon and almond cream with apple compote.

12. Breads on Oak

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Their traditional king cake is made from scratch using organic flours, and they use a toasted pecan in lieu of the plastic baby.

13. McKenzie's Tastee Restaurant

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901 Harrison Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70124
While the McKenzie's Bakery is no longer around, their old school traditional king cake is found at Tastees around NOLA, including the Harrison Ave location. These king cakes aren't too toothrottingly sweet, so if you have kids...

14. Manny Randazzo

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3515 N Hullen St
Metairie, LA 70002
(504) 456-1476
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For many a New Orleanian, there is only one king cake that matters, and it's Randazzo's braided, traditional version. Which is probably why a line stretches out of the building during Carnival time. There are also flavors like Pecan Praline and the Royal, which includes a little bit of everything, dawlin.

15. Gambino's Bakery

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4821 Veterans Memorial Blvd.
Metairie, LA 70006
(504) 885-7500
Badabing, it's a king cake. The bakery's signature item ships around the globe, with fillings a plenty (hmm, pineapple?) or not, and they even toss in some doubloons, beads, and a poster if you're willing to spend upwards of sixty bucks.

16. Hi-Do Bakery

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441 Terry Parkway
New Orleans, LA 70056
(504) 366-6555
i-Do Bakery in Terrytown has a nice plain brioche-style version - similar to the McKenzies version of old but with a tiny bit of cinnamon (I can't stand cinnamon and I love theirs- so for the other cinnamon-haters out there who are tired of being given glorified giant cinnamon rolls in place of real king cakes, this is definitely an option to consider.) The Hi-Do king cakes also don't have the sickeningly disgusting white gunk on them... so if you like fillings but not cinnamon and white icing, those might be worth a try.

17. La Divina Gelateria

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3005 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 342-2634
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La Divina has mini king cakes (big enough for one person) including a classic version and Nutella flavored. Large cakes cost $15 or $20 for fillings...including Nutella , almond raspberry frangipane, and cannoli cream...and must be ordered 40 hours in advance.

18. Ralph's on the Park

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900 City Park Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 488-1000
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Ralph's on the Park has a mini king cake designed to feed two. The brioche-style King Cake is flavored with cinnamon and topped with a white chocolate sugar glaze, served with Louisiana Strawberry Preserves and Cream Cheese Icing on the side.

19. Shake Sugary

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3600 St. Claude
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 355-9345
The awesome little bakery on St. Claude, that's only open Sat-Sun 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. has traditional king cakes and filled: banana nutella, orange pecan, and praline. They also have vegan options, including filled versions like apple spice.

20. The Sweet Life Bakery

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6268 Vicksburg St.
New Orleans, LA 70124-3045
(504) 371-5153
Available daily: Traditional flavor, cream cheese, and "an almond king cake that is awesome," raves a fan. There are other flavors available with 24 hours notice, and they ship cakes too.

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1. Sucré

3025 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
The sweets boutique on Magazine Street (and also in Lakeside Mall) not only has king cakes with shiny, almost airbrushed-looking icing over buttery pastry filled with cream cheese, they also sell king cake macarons for Carnival too.
3025 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

2. Gracious Bakery + Cafe

1000 S. Jefferson Davis Pkwy, New Orleans, LA 70125
Gracious Bakery is doling out chocolate and cinnamon king cakes every day during Carnival. The cakes sells for $20, and can be pre-ordered as well.
1000 S. Jefferson Davis Pkwy
New Orleans, LA 70125

3. Domenica

123 Baronne St., New Orleans, LA 70112
Pastry chef Lisa White's king cake is massive, filled with salted caramel,bananas, roasted pecans, mascarpone cheese, caramello and covered in praline glaze with edible gold flecks. A bean is used, rather than a baby. Each cake costs $35, and can be picked up or even delivered within the CBD area. Order online.
123 Baronne St.
New Orleans, LA 70112

4. La Dolce Nola Snackery and Gelateria

200 Metairie Rd Ste 100, Metairie, LA 70005
This Metairie favorite has flavors ranging from classic to cray cray: plain, cream cheese, strawberry cream cheese, goat cheese and apple, and Nutella. Also available for delivery. Order online or by phone.
200 Metairie Rd Ste 100
Metairie, LA 70005

5. Cochon Butcher

930 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Oh, yes they do have king cakes, and in mini sizes perfect for two bacon friends to share. Pastry Chef Rhonda Ruckman makes fillings ranging from chocolate and peanut butter, lemon doberge, apple + creole cream cheese, to the almight Elvis king cake filled with bananas, peanut butter, bacon, and topped with toasted marshmallow. Each cake includes a baby piggy.
930 Tchoupitoulas Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

6. Rouses Market

400 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
In terms of King Cake, the ubiquitous Rouse's version is at least a faithful stand by. They come in large, or gigantic, with fillings or not. A friend of Eater says they tried an in-store sample of what they were told was 'Barbarian Cream' last Carnival season, which unfortunately won't be returning this year.
400 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

7. La Boulangerie

4600 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Making 'la galette de rois' for Carnival is a French tradition at this Uptown bakery. The cake is made from layers of puff pastry with an almond cream center. Their New Orleans style King Cakes come with a range of fillings like raspberry and chocolate.
4600 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

8. Cake Cafe & Bakery

2440 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70117
Cake Cafe is known for their signature apple and goat cheese filling, though you can also get other fruit varieties or unfilled king cakes that all come with icing that's not overbearing, but rather daintily painted on in stripes.
2440 Chartres Street
New Orleans, LA 70117

9. Haydel's Bakery

4037 Jefferson Highway, New Orleans, LA 70121
For the purist, Haydel’s king cake has a cinnamon-infused Danish dough and lighter icing.Plus, the bakery holds the Guinness World Record for the largest king cake ever made, which stretched around the Super Dome two times back in 2010.
4037 Jefferson Highway
New Orleans, LA 70121

10. Adrian's Bakery

2016 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113
The traditional king cakes at this Central City location of Adrian's range from extra small to large, with a variety of fillings available too. Medium king cakes cost about $16, with fillings a buck or two more.
2016 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70113

11. Tartine

7217 Perrier St., New Orleans, LA
This often overlooked Uptown bakery and lunch gem has Brioche King Cakes, including mini versions, with flavors such as cinnamon, cinnamon and almond cream, and cinnamon and almond cream with apple compote.
7217 Perrier St.
New Orleans, LA

12. Breads on Oak

New Orleans, LA 70118
Their traditional king cake is made from scratch using organic flours, and they use a toasted pecan in lieu of the plastic baby.

13. McKenzie's Tastee Restaurant

901 Harrison Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70124
While the McKenzie's Bakery is no longer around, their old school traditional king cake is found at Tastees around NOLA, including the Harrison Ave location. These king cakes aren't too toothrottingly sweet, so if you have kids...
901 Harrison Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70124

14. Manny Randazzo

3515 N Hullen St, Metairie, LA 70002
For many a New Orleanian, there is only one king cake that matters, and it's Randazzo's braided, traditional version. Which is probably why a line stretches out of the building during Carnival time. There are also flavors like Pecan Praline and the Royal, which includes a little bit of everything, dawlin.
3515 N Hullen St
Metairie, LA 70002

15. Gambino's Bakery

4821 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, LA 70006
Badabing, it's a king cake. The bakery's signature item ships around the globe, with fillings a plenty (hmm, pineapple?) or not, and they even toss in some doubloons, beads, and a poster if you're willing to spend upwards of sixty bucks.
4821 Veterans Memorial Blvd.
Metairie, LA 70006

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16. Hi-Do Bakery

441 Terry Parkway, New Orleans, LA 70056
i-Do Bakery in Terrytown has a nice plain brioche-style version - similar to the McKenzies version of old but with a tiny bit of cinnamon (I can't stand cinnamon and I love theirs- so for the other cinnamon-haters out there who are tired of being given glorified giant cinnamon rolls in place of real king cakes, this is definitely an option to consider.) The Hi-Do king cakes also don't have the sickeningly disgusting white gunk on them... so if you like fillings but not cinnamon and white icing, those might be worth a try.
441 Terry Parkway
New Orleans, LA 70056

17. La Divina Gelateria

3005 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115
La Divina has mini king cakes (big enough for one person) including a classic version and Nutella flavored. Large cakes cost $15 or $20 for fillings...including Nutella , almond raspberry frangipane, and cannoli cream...and must be ordered 40 hours in advance.
3005 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70115

18. Ralph's on the Park

900 City Park Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
Ralph's on the Park has a mini king cake designed to feed two. The brioche-style King Cake is flavored with cinnamon and topped with a white chocolate sugar glaze, served with Louisiana Strawberry Preserves and Cream Cheese Icing on the side.
900 City Park Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

19. Shake Sugary

3600 St. Claude, New Orleans, LA 70117
The awesome little bakery on St. Claude, that's only open Sat-Sun 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. has traditional king cakes and filled: banana nutella, orange pecan, and praline. They also have vegan options, including filled versions like apple spice.
3600 St. Claude
New Orleans, LA 70117

20. The Sweet Life Bakery

6268 Vicksburg St., New Orleans, LA 70124-3045
Available daily: Traditional flavor, cream cheese, and "an almond king cake that is awesome," raves a fan. There are other flavors available with 24 hours notice, and they ship cakes too.
6268 Vicksburg St.
New Orleans, LA 70124-3045

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