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 want to share some gems: 1. for basic food stocking up: Heleaux's Grocery which is close to Hwy. 90 with local and friendly service. The meat is unbelievable. Truly! Best BBQ meat we can purchase around here. If you like wine they have a gigantic selection. For a small grocery store the prices are reasonable. The parking lot can handle a large RV although the road construction looks scary, it is porous and navigable. 2. The Best Stop in Scott (5 min. from Lafayette) easy to get to from I-10. Also easy parking. 3. Plate Lunches: Veronica's Cafe in Carencro (about 5 min. off 1-10 and 30 seconds off of I-49!). There are scads of others.
Reviewed by Serrano16
on July 14, 2017
Lafayette offers something for everyone! We have such fun during the year with free events like: Bach Lunch (music, cheap box lunches from local vendors ) during the lunch hour, Rhythms on the River (music on the lawn, dancin, & drinks for purchase), & on Friday nights - Downtown Alive! (with more music, dancing, food!) . Then there is Festivale International! It is top notch entertainment of bands from Canada & all over the world during April! U can Cajun dance every night of the week at several local restaurants too! We've got it good, sha! Luv me some boudin, crawfish, shrimp, crabs, pralines, you name it, we got it ya'll : )
Reviewed by DSegura
on June 4, 2014
I've lived in NYC - Alaska and points in between. Lafayette IS the place to be. Very friendly people, awesome food, great fishing, good places to work and lots of stuff to do.
Reviewed by OldCoastie
on February 26, 2014
Forget New Orleans, Lafayette is the true jewel in Louisiana!
Reviewed by kghutslar
on September 3, 2013
My vote will ALWAYS be for Lafayette. There's NO WHERES to get THE best fried oysters other than LAFAYETT,LA. Love the place and can't wait til I get back. Maybe in October "~"
Reviewed by nanny2
on September 3, 2013
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