Traveling from the University of Louisiana south down Johnston and Congress streets is an area known as Mid-Town, established in the 1950s and ‘60s. You won’t find many chains here, but rather a plethora of wonderful local shops and family-owned restaurants that cater to the residents of popular nearby neighborhoods. You’ll find everything from Cuban to Mexican, Greek to Italian, and Southern to Cajun. Grab an old-fashioned burger and milkshake with the kids or sip craft cocktails on date night. Be sure to visit Saturday’s Lafayette Farmers and Artisan Market, where you can get your fill of made-to-order specialties, fresh produce, and local products. Adjoining the farmers market is Moncus Park, a 100-acre park currently in development. Nearby is a movie theater, bowling alley, ice skating rink and Red Lerilles, the largest health and fitness club in the Southeast.