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!

Lafayette has the best Cajun food around. And it's a great town to live in and visit!
Reviewed by Annaheb
on May 9, 2012
I go to college at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. I have never had so good of a time than in this city! The people are as nice as can be and are a faithful people, as well. The city of Lafayette is nearly 80% Catholic, so they mean business when they pop out their rosaries. But, by far, their most famous feature is their food! No one comes even close to Lafayette's seafood! I've been to New Orleans and the rest of Louisiana, Seattle, DC, Richmond, Boston, Baltimore, New York, and all around Florida and the rest of the Gulf region. So, when I say their seafood is the best, I'm saying it with experience! Their seafood gumbo is to die for! Their jambalaya is tres bien! They know how to cook their crayfish, too! I've been challenged to find a place that has better seafood than this city, but only New Orleans and Baltimore have come even close (not very close, though). This place has the best seafood. Period!
Reviewed by benfulmerla
on March 28, 2012
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