Nestled in the historic 150-year-old Princess of Monaco Courtyard and Carriage House on Royal Street in the French Quarter, Café Amelie is a rare combination of superb Louisiana fare served in a lush, enchanting New Orleans courtyard setting.
Founded in 2005, Café Amelie was named for Amelie Miltonberger, the mother of the first American Princess of Monaco, Princess Alice (pictured left), who lived in an accompanying townhouse in the mid-1800s.
Alice Heine was born February 10, 1858 in New Orleans at 910 Rue Royale. The townhouse in which she was born and raised was constructed under the supervision of her maternal great grandmother, Madame Aimee Miltonberger.
The three connected townhouses were completed in 1836. Alice's mother was Amelie Miltonberger who was the daughter of Madame Miltonberger's youngest son, Alphonse, an architect by trade as well as an entrepreneurial cast iron importer.
He was very influential in introducing the trend of large cast iron galleries on French Quarter houses in the 1830's. By 1858, Alphonse had constructed the Carriage House and added the cast iron galleries to the three Miltonberger townhouses. He also retained the famous architect Henry Howard to design the hexagon tower which overlooks the Courtyard.
Café Amelie is known for having one of the most beautiful and romantic courtyards in the Quarter, where patrons can dine al fresco or inside the lovely air-conditioned dining rooms within the historic Carriage House. Café Amelie has a full bar offering and array of signature cocktail creations. Café Amelie and the accompanying Princess of Monaco Courtyard are also available for private parties, weddings and receptions.