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Let’s go zydeco in Lafayette

Taste Lafayette
Blue Dog Cafe, filled with artwork by George Rodrigue, offers an excellent Sunday brunch with live music.

Crawfish Town USA in Breaux Bridge features boiled crawfish in season and an authentic Cajun menu year-round.

Fezzo’s Seafood, Steakhouse and Oyster Bar is a family-owned restaurant that caters to groups that want variety on the menu in a casual atmosphere.

Keller’s Bakery in downtown Lafayette is famous for its king cakes during Mardi Gras, but its petit fours, cookies and brownies will satisfy any time of year.

The Original Don’s Seafood and Steakhouse has been in downtown Lafayette since 1934 and is famous among locals for seafood gumbo and bread pudding.

Cochon is a new addition to the Lafayette restaurant scene. Cochon’s food is both old school and thoroughly modern, taking many of the traditional pork dishes of rural Louisiana and making them suitable for a fine-dining establishment.

Dwyer’s Cafe, also in downtown Lafayette, has the best and possibly the cheapest breakfast in town and is known for sweet potato pancakes.

Johnson’s Boucaniere, also fairly new to Lafayette, smokes all its own meat and makes its own boudin.

Olde Tyme Grocery is where you will find the best po’boys outside of New Orleans. Shrimp or oysters po’boys are a favorite.

Attractive Lafayette

People visit Lafayette to experience Cajun culture where it was born. This is where you’ll find the blend of authentic Cajun cuisine, toe-tapping Cajun and zydeco music, rich history and scenery that can only be found in south Louisiana.

Jean Lafitte Acadian Cultural Center tells stories of the origins, migration, settlement and contemporary culture of the Acadians (Cajuns) and other area cultures. The Vermilionville Living History Museum and Folklife Park preserves and represents the Acadian, Creole and Native American cultures in the area from 1765 to 1890. The park sits on a beautiful 23-acre site on the banks of the Bayou Vermilion in the heart of Lafayette, providing a place for music, food expression, cultural exchange and historic architecture.

Other attractions and activities particularly enjoyed by groups include a swamp tour on the Atchafalaya Basin; a Friday evening Cajun jam session at the Begnaud House with Mama Redell, a real character and a great ambassador; a visit to the historic town of St. Martinville, home of the famed Evangeline Oak made famous in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s epic poem “Evangeline”; and a stroll around the grounds of Acadian Village, Lafayette’s oldest attraction, which offers an authentic vision of life in 19th-century southwest Louisiana.