Lafayette, Louisiana


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

165 Votes - "Best For Food"
91 Votes - "Most Fun"
36 Votes - "Friendliest"
29 Votes - "Most Beautiful"
2 Votes - "Most Patriotic"
1 Votes - "Best for Geocaching"


Lafayette, the heart of Acadiana and the unofficial capital of Cajun Country, is a metropolis which displays an extraordinary mixture of tradition and progressiveness. Having a rich French heritage blended with Spanish, American, Indian and African influences, the city represents a colorful combination of lifestyles.

In Lafayette, the folks are friendly, the festivals are lively, and the cuisine is world-famous.

Festival International de Louisiane is the largest Francophone (French speaking) festival in the United States. This free festival began in 1986, and has been held every year since, in downtown Lafayette, with music, dancing, cuisine, theater, arts, crafts, and much more. In the fall we celebrate the rhythm of Cajun and Creole life at Festivals Acadiens et Créoles, another free event full of music, dancing and culture. And every late winter Lafayette comes alive with the timeless spirit of Mardi Gras.

Visitors come from around the world to sample our real Cajun and Creole cooking, just an oyster's throw from the bayou. Our restaurants are famous for traditional, down-home cooking, as well as more upscale versions of time-honored favorites. It's one reason why Lafayette was named the Tastiest Town in the South by Southern Living in 2012.

Allons a Lafayette, where the music is hotter, the cuisine is spicier and Mardi Gras is friendlier. We call it joie de vivre. You'll call it fun!

great place to live and visit, It has so much going on in the intertainment field
Reviewed by lanurse251
on August 26, 2013
In Lafayette, you can find a good meal everywhere you go - from gas station boudin and barbecue to fine dining restaurants where chefs are creating the next evolution of Cajun cuisine. Lafayette's restaurant scene features a wealth of chefs adapting traditional dishes into edible art while supporting local farmers and fishermen. And they don't stop at food. Local breweries and a rum distillery are adding to the mix of food and fun.
Reviewed by kstrenge
on August 1, 2013
Lafayette is a gem of a town, a must when visiting Louisiana. The people are friendly, the culture is unique, vibrant and cherished and the food is out of this world. You're find outstanding music in great live venues and festivals - Festival International and Festivals Acadiens et Creole are out of this world. Did I mention the great food?
Reviewed by coenfam
on August 1, 2013
Lafayette, in the heart of Acadiana, has the best food of any town this size. It has Cajun, Creole, Tex Mex and continental fine dining. The seafood is always fresh and prepared either traditionally or with imagination. In the Spring, the boiled crawfish is unmatched. Lafayette probably has more excellent restaurants per capita than New Orleans, our neighbor to the East.
Reviewed by khenke
on September 17, 2012
best Cajun and Creole food in the world
Reviewed by Geraldbreaux
on September 17, 2012
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