Lafayette (Louisiana)

Lafayette is a city in Louisiana. It's the unofficial capital of Acadiana or Cajun Country. This flourishing moderate sized city fortunately escaped the worst of the one-two punch of hurricanes Katrina and Rita which devastated much of south Louisiana on either side of the city in 2005.

The city is home to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Music and dancing is an integral part of community life. Several restaurants and dance halls thrive in the area and the city hosts several musical festivals throughout the year.

Get in

By car

Lafayette is at the intersection of Interstates 10 and 49. I-10 runs through the northern part of Lafayette, linking the city with New Orleans (2.5 hours east) and Houston (4 hours west). I-49 links Lafayette with Alexandria and Shreveport to the north.

By air

Lafayette Regional Airport has nonstop flights on American to Dallas/Fort Worth, Delta to Atlanta, and United to Houston.

By train

Amtrak provides service to Lafayette via the Sunset Limited, running between Los Angeles and New Orleans.

Get around

While Lafayette does have a bus system that is accessible from most areas in town, driving by car is still the most popular way to get around the city. Most businesses have parking lots, and even in the Downtown area there is often plenty of parking on a normal day. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is usually the only area where visitors encounter parking troubles, but while school is in session a shuttle bus links the center of campus with the massive parking lot at Cajun Field (near the Cajundome and Convention Center), providing a quick commute with frequent service. Bike lanes are becoming a growing trend on some major roads as well. A expanding taxi industry has grown-up around Lafayette recently.





Lafayette is a center for great Cajun cuisine (see the Acadiana article for an overview), but don't think Cajun food is all there is to eat here. Many different styles of food can be found here, and many have developed a Cajun flair. Lafayette is truly a food-oriented city, with more restaurants than cities with a much larger population. We talk about what to eat a lunch over breakfast, and what to eat for dinner over lunch; and we're rarely disappointed with the outcome.


Downtown Lafayette Hosts live entertainment nightly with its verity of clubs and kind of resembles New Orleans French Quarter on a smaller scale. The Strip on McKinley Street with its row of bars right next to The University of Louisiana is another popular venue. From The Keg to the McKinley Street Pub there is a bar for every college niche.

Most visitors to Lafayette are often surprised by another feature of the local drinking scene: drive-thru daiquiri stores. Open-container laws are seemingly disregarded as customers can purchase potent frozen drinks without leaving their car, and then simply drive-off. Exercise caution, though, as cops still consider these drinks to be open alcohol containers, as evident by the styrofoam-cupped drinks are ofter handed to customers with a piece of tape over the lid opening.

For you bar and club patrons, last call in Lafayette is a 2AM Monday through Saturday, and at 12 midnite on Sunday nights.


Go next

Routes through Lafayette

Houston Lake Charles  W  E  New Iberia New Orleans
Lake Charles Rayne  W  E  Baton Rouge New Orleans
Shreveport Opelousas  N  S  END
Lake Charles Rayne  W  E  New Iberia New Orleans
Alexandria Opelousas  N  S  Jct W E END

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