Lafayette Louisiana Travel Guide
We have driven through Lafayette, Louisiana multiple times but we have never had a chance to stop and explore around. We learned while we were visiting that we have been saying Lafayette wrong our entire life, all locals pronounce it as Laugh-ette and I will never forget. There are hidden gems in Lafayette as well as the surrounding small towns that are absolutely worth exploring. A town full of delicious boudin, crawfish, and character, Lafayette and surrounding towns bring a lot of surprise places to visit. Below you will find my Lafayette Travel guide, it in no way is every single thing to do in Lafayette, just our favorite places. Parts of our trip were sponsored by Lafayette Travel, but all opinions are my own.
Lafayette, Louisiana Gems
- Parish Brewing Company |A smaller tasting room with a lot of charm. Very relaxed and cool atmosphere with good beer, it was a younger crowd when we visited. I personally loved the sour beers, Pinot with black currant was my favorite! We tried the flight and my husband loved the South Coast beer as well. Times |Mon-Wed 1-8, Thurs-Fri 12-9, Sat 11-7
- Pack & Paddle | You know when people ask you if you could own any store and have everything inside? This would be one of my stores. It has everything outdoor related for camping to kayaking to outdoor clothing. I think I touched everything in the store because I wanted ALL of it. Another one of my favorite parts of this store is how often they do community events. When we were in town they had an event for Birding on Kayaks, Zion National Park, Section hiking and more. We attended the National Park Seminar put on by Acadian X and we learned so much. We researched the rest of the night where we want to backpack first. If we lived closer I would be a regular attendee of all of their events! Times | Mon-Fri 10-6, Sat 9-5, Sun 12-5
- Churro Boutique |Let me tell you about the Churro Boutique…hello sugar high deliciousness!! I have always been convinced that I have all sweet teeth instead of the usual sweet tooth and it rings true as I inhaled my sugar coated churro when we visited. They have a bunch of different flavors and they are made right before your eyes, so fresh! They put whatever flavor you want in the middle whether it be chocolate, cream cheese, bavarian cream, yum! I ordered the King Cake churro and oh my lanta it was my favorite churro I have ever eaten. If you don’t like sweets, maybe take your sweets loving friend and take a bite of theirs. Its located inside the mall, but totally worth it! Times |Mon-Sat 10-9, Sun 12-6
- Reve Coffee Roasters | We visited here with friends and there was a good amount of seating to accompany many people. They had a lot of unique and delicious types of coffee as well as a small amount of food you could order. We loved the atmosphere and the location downtown! Great meetup spot with friends! Times | Mon-Thur 6:30-7, Fri 6:30-9, Sat 8-9, Sun 9-6
- Lafayette Farmers Market | Wowzas, this farmers market had SO many booths I was amazed. Everything from handmade dinners to handcrafted goods and there was a huge variety. We tasted some of the most fresh and delicious food as we strolled through the market and we could have bought something at every booth. We purchased a King Cake, Pesto Boudin Ball, and an art piece made entirely from using a sewing needle. Absolutely worth your stop and you could honestly stock up for the week based off of the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables, and premade dinners they made.
- Ginger Sprouts Pop Up | I was in absolute plant heaven as I pulled up to Ginger Sprouts Pop up. She had SO many different plants to choose from and all for a fair price. I loved that on each plant she included a little care sheet to help you take care of your new plant. I honestly wanted to leave with a lot of her plants, but ended up choosing one that was planted in a hollowed out piece of wood! The event as of now is happening at least once a month so make sure to check out her page for updates!
Around Lafayette, Louisiana
- Tabasco Factory | Avery Island | We loved that the tour was self guided so you could go at your own pace. Also when you arrive you are handed a little bag of 6 or so tiny Tabasco sauces which is fun! Everything was very informative and had many different displays. You can go into the country store and at the back they had every Tabasco product you could imagine to taste from ice cream to their hottest sauce scorpion. Then go next door to the restaurant to eat and get a Bloody Mary made with Tabasco Bloody Mary mix and make it how you want with add ins such as bacon, olives, etc! Times | Mon-Sun 9-4 Our Favorites | Tabasco BBQ Sauce, Honey, and Sweet & Spicy Sauce.
- Jungle Gardens | Avery Island | What a gorgeous place! Created by the same family that made the Tabasco Factory, it’s right down the road! You can listen on your phone to an audio tour as you go through. You also can get out and walk at certain trails. We loved the live oaks covered with Spanish moss and the Bird Paradise FULL of Snowy Egrets! A unique place full of natural beauty! Times | Mon-Sun 9-5
- Legnons Boucherie |New Iberia | Y’all….we got their boudin balls and crawfish boudin…the greatest! We wish we got more to freeze they were that good! The Boudin balls are stuffed with cheese and hands down the greatest boudin I’ve ever tried. They close around 1 on weekend so get there early, it’s very close to the Tabasco Factory and Jungle Gardens! Absolutely worth a stop! Times | Mon-Fri 7-3, Sat 7-1
- Crazy bout Crawfish | Breaux Bridge | Breaux Bridge is the Crawfish Capital of the World…what!! I had no idea so we knew we had to try crawfish while we were there. We got way too excited about crawfish and ordered enough to feed a small army, it was delicious. My favorite was the sauce they give you to dip them in! We got the second spiciest crawfish but honestly could have gone up to the next one because it didn’t have a ton of flavor. We loved the corn and potatoes and so wish they provided more! Downtown Breaux Bridge is full of antique shops so make sure to stop by! Times | Sun-Thurs 10-9, Fri&Sat 10-10
Of course we cannot see every single thing on our trip, one we missed and MUST go back to is one of their many swamp tours. It was a bit too cold when we visited but so many people recommended coming back for it!
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