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Published on January 07, 2020
Explore 5 top inexpensive cafes in New OrleansFrench Truck Coffee. | Photo: Ann-Marie P./Yelp

Wondering where to find the best cafes near you?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable cafes in New Orleans, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to venture when cravings strike.

1. French Truck Coffee

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Topping the list is an outpost of the chain French Truck Coffee. Located at 4536 Dryades St. in Uptown, the cafe, which offers coffee, tea and more, is the highest-rated inexpensive cafe in New Orleans, boasting 4.5 stars out of 216 reviews on Yelp.

We looked there for an overview of French Truck Coffee.

"Geoffrey originally landed in New Orleans in 1999 to open the W Hotel as a restaurant consultant," per the history section of the business's Yelp profile. "After falling in love with his new home, he got married, had a little girl and worked in several establishments around New Orleans. Geoffrey and his family moved away just before Katrina with the intention of coming back as soon as circumstances would allow."

As to what the business is known for, "Small Batch Coffee and Small Batch food combined in an inviting space" it notes on Yelp in the section highlighting specialties.

2. Backatown Coffee Parlour

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Next up is Iberville's Backatown Coffee Parlour, situated at 301 Basin St., Suite 1. With 4.5 stars out of 159 reviews on Yelp, the cafe, breakfast and brunch spot, serving coffee, tea and more, has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for an affordable option. 

The site can tell you a thing or two more about Backatown Coffee Parlour.

"Established in 2017 in the very location of old Storyville, Backatown embodies the aura of such a historic place as part of the reawakening of Basin Street," per the history section of the business's Yelp profile.

As to what the business is known for, "A New Orleans coffee shop that will serve as a public gathering space to foster creativity & meaningful conversation," it notes on Yelp in the section highlighting specialties. "There's Always Something Brewing Backatown!"

3. Pagoda Cafe


Seventh Ward's Pagoda Cafe, located at 1430 N. Dorgenois St., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the low-priced cafe, breakfast and brunch spot 4.5 stars out of 167 reviews. 

Yelper Elise B., who reviewed Pagoda Cafe on April 26, wrote, "Loved this off the beaten path breakfast spot! A very casual neighborhood gem, the pagoda is a tiny breakfast shop with all outdoor seating."

And Rachel G. wrote, "Great place and a lot of selection! Weird hours and not always open but when it is we make sure to go"

4. Luca Eats

PHOTO: Genevieve D./YELP

Luca Eats, a cafe, breakfast, brunch and traditional American spot in Audubon, is another much-loved, cheap go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 141 Yelp reviews. Head over to 7329 Cohn St. to see for yourself. [

Yelper J B., who reviewed Luca Eats on Nov. 11, wrote, "Luca is a cool restaurant in the middle of a quiet neighborhood with delicious meals made to order. Luca eats is a pet friendly spot so fur babies are welcome."

Nicole R. added, "Stumbled across this gem for a quick lunch to get outside of the office. It's super cute the inside is nice and quaint full of super cute art. There is also outside seating that's super cute and cozy."

5. Treme Coffeehouse

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Finally, over in Treme' Lafitte, check out Treme Coffeehouse, which has earned 4.5 stars out of 123 reviews on Yelp. Dig in at the cafe, which offers coffee, tea, bagels and more, by heading over to 1501 St. Philip St.

We looked there for an overview of Treme Coffeehouse.

"Treme Coffeehouse is a true mom and pop," per the bio section of the business's Yelp profile. "We are an independent owner operated Coffee shop serving locally roasted fair trade beans curtesy of Orleans Coffee Exchange"

Regarding signature items, "Coffee is our calling," it states on Yelp in the section about specialties. "We do offer pastries from a local bakery, delivered fresh daily. We also offer a limited sandwich menu."

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