Lafayette, Louisiana

Votes



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"

Description

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!

True Cajun Country, great food...you gotta love it!
Reviewed by memitchell
on September 17, 2012
With festivals year round celebrating the cajun culture and community with live music, food and traditions, Lafayette is one of the most fun places to be. You can hear live music almost every night of the week in the Fall and Spring for free at Downtown Alive! Festival International de Louisiane features international music for free on five stages for five days in April in Downtown Lafayette. There is always something festive going on.
Reviewed by gaswell
on September 17, 2012
Great dining spots like Blue Dog Cafe, Charley G's, Dwyer's Cafe, Don's Seafood...the list goes on and on! No such thing as a bad meal in Lafayette!
Reviewed by heaton610
on September 17, 2012
Lafayette has long been known for its great food, music and festivals. Lafayette is also a place with a multitude of historic attractions, majestic plantation homes, vibrant gardens, leisurely swamp tours, and exciting museums. The museums of Lafayette shed light on early life in South Louisiana, present world-class art exhibitions, examine many facets of the universe and provide fun, hands-on activities for children and adults alike.
Reviewed by LafayetteTravel
on September 17, 2012
Really fun place, lots of stuff to do!
Reviewed by CajunRose
on September 17, 2012
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