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!

I love to visit Lafayette. Everytime we are in town we head straight for Chris's Po-Boys!! It's a delicious treat we can not find anywhere else.
Reviewed by mseidl
on September 17, 2012
lafayette is amazing for food and the cajuns are fun tooand its home of The Shed BBQ &Blues Joint Get Fed at The Shed
Reviewed by headshed
on September 17, 2012
The attraction behind Lafayette southern appeal is linked into the culture of the cuisine and our passion for eating. Most everywhere you go, on almost every menu you'll see; many chefs try to spin their interpretation into "Cajun Cuisine". In Lafayette we define that culture of cuisine by using all of the indigenous ingredients and preparing them as only Cajuns do. This is what is often attempted at duplicating, but only one source is where you'll taste the original....that's Lafayette. If your not full....your not in Lafayette!
Reviewed by soileau
on September 17, 2012
I can't think of a better place to visit than Lafayette. The people are friendly & the music is only surpassed by the food. I came for a visit over 8 years ago & liked it so much that I moved here. Now, I am almost a Cajun.
Reviewed by wildbluehair
on September 17, 2012
Lafayette has the best eating in the world. It is a wonderful place.
Reviewed by schoolteacher124
on May 10, 2012
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