Lafayette is known as “Hub City,” and taking a drive in Southside, you’ll see why. The main thoroughfare, Ambassador Caffery Parkway, was named after Ambassador Jefferson Caffery, a Lafayette native who later became the ambassador to France. The road is now home to the Acadiana Mall, national retailers, big-box stores and popular attractions for children that draw visitors from all over the region. While you’ll notice many of your favorite chain restaurants, don’t overlook some of the city’s best locally owned eateries. There’s something to satisfy every craving from American and Mexican to Italian, Greek, German, and Asian. Try duck gumbo at the city’s finest steakhouse or roll up your sleeves and tuck into a seafood supper before dancing the Cajun two-step.