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!

Jolie's Bistro, Blue Dog, French Press, Dwight's, Tsunami, Prejean's - the degree of culinary talent mixed with down home deliciousness is second to none. Lafayette has more restaurants per capita than New Orleans with authentic Cajun and fine dining experiences as well as family-friendly places to enjoy a good plate of food.
Reviewed by annekatterp
on September 17, 2012
Not only is there something to do every weekend, there's something to do every day and night. You have to tried to be bored in Cajun Country.
Reviewed by yecatslstacey
on September 17, 2012
Lived here for 5 years fantastic food! My first experience with with Cajun food! Louisiana's gift to the world!
Reviewed by Rena
on September 17, 2012
OMG! This is the greatest place to get out of your comfort zone.
Reviewed by Teddy
on September 17, 2012
I kid you not mon ami, many articles have been written about the awesome eats that you can get at the gas stations in Lafayette Parish. These nice people can really cook.
Reviewed by ppurpera
on September 17, 2012
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