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 is a MUST! Amazing representation of what our local farmers are producing as well as our local food scene. French Press (Cajun Benedict) is another great stop as is Old Thyme poboys & Blue Dog Cafe (Crawfish Enchiladas).
Reviewed by TheChefsWife
on September 17, 2012
Lafayette is in central Louisiana. Our food and culture have been influenced by the Spanish, the French, the Acadians, and Americana. In recent history we have had an influx of Cuban, Laotian, Irish, and German. Our food is a melting pot of all these beautiful flavors. Come see for yourself.
Reviewed by reela
on September 17, 2012
If you want to experience local food at its best, I strongly recommend you visit Jolie's. Local produce and locally produced goat cheese prepared with a culinary flair that is unmatched.
Reviewed by Maggie_Cee
on September 17, 2012
Lafayette, to me, is one of the best kept secrets of Louisiana. It's one of those places that once you visit, you get why it's special. The hospitality and incredible food has inspired me enough to write a blog about this city that I love. Must-visit list would include Jolie's Louisiana Bistro, Pamplona Tapas downtown, Tsunami, T-Coons, Edie's and Cafe des Amis (although technically not in Lafayette).
Reviewed by talhelm113
on September 17, 2012
Lafayette has some of the BEST food in the nation! For a small town there are tons of really amazing restaurants! One in particular that hasn't been mentioned in the other reviews is Village Cafe. It has a fantastic wine selection, delicious entrees and the berry cobbler is one of the best desserts I have ever tasted. I also found that they have the best burger (only on the lunch menu).
Reviewed by snoopy90
on September 17, 2012
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