Happiest City in America
 

Lafayette is at the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun & Creole Country, an area known as the Happiest City in America. Their history dates back to the 18th century, when Canada’s Acadians were expelled and settled in Louisiana. More than two centuries later tourists visit for a rare taste of the genuine Acadian experience.
 
Lafayette has a distinct culinary identity as the epicenter of Cajun cuisine that’s earned them the title Best Food City in the USA. Lafayette’s culinary scene is steeped in tradition and continues to evolve with a new generation of chefs making it an incredible place to eat.
 
No matter what time of year you visit Lafayette they will have something for you to celebrate. It doesn’t take long to get hooked on Lafayette’s Cajun and Zydeco music and there’s never a shortage of dance partners if you want to try your hand at a two-step or waltz.

Whether your passion is for their rich cultural history, the bustling culinary scene or distinctive blend of Cajun and Zydeco music, you can be sure you will leave with a smile on your face.

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Foodie's Guide to Lafayette

For foodies looking to travel to Lafayette or locals in search of somewhere new, it's hard to go wrong. In fact, the biggest challenge will be working out what not to eat and what to leave off your itinerary.

Outdoor Dining

As Louisiana moves through its phased reopening of businesses, please check with restaurants, stores, and attractions for information on openings,... Read More

Lafayette Weekly (March 1-7, 2021)

A tribute to one of country music’s greatest stars, Merle Haggard, will take place on Sunday evening at the Hideaway. The all-star band salute... Read More

New Restaurants Open in Lafayette

Despite the challenges small businesses faced in 2020 and now into 2021, the area saw many new restaurants open. Several started as food trucks or... Read More

Lafayette Weekly (February 22-28,...

This Wednesday afternoon, Louis Michot’s Melody Makers will play a special live stream concert to benefit coastal restoration projects.... Read More

Getting to Lafayette

The city of Lafayette, LA is located in the center of Lafayette Parish at the intersection of I-10 and I-49 between New Orleans and Houston and only 35 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico. The eight parishes that comprise the area are Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, and Vermilion. Acadiana is made up of 22 South Louisiana parishes that extend from south of Alexandria in the center of the state, to Lake Charles on the west, south of New Orleans on the east, and to the Gulf of Mexico in the south.

Plan Your Escape

Lafayette, LA is at the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun & Creole Country, an area known as the ‘Happiest City in America’ and it’s no mystery. Whether your passion is for our rich cultural history, the bustling culinary scene or distinctive blend of Cajun and Zydeco music, you can be sure you will leave beaming from ear to ear. Plan your escape to the Happiest City in America.

Visiting Lafayette During Covid-19

We look forward to welcoming you to the heart of Louisiana's Cajun & Creole Country-Lafayette, Louisiana! We encourage visitors to practice all health and social distancing guidelines issued by the CDC and state and local governments, to prevent the spread of...

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