As the heart of our community and the center of Acadiana, we invite you to explore what makes Downtown Lafayette an unforgettable place to be.


Restaurants & Bars

Live Performances

Parcs & Museums

COVID-19 Support for Downtown Businesses

Restrictions from the ongoing coronavirus epidemic are hurting local businesses, especially in Downtown with a high concentration of restaurants and nightlife establishments. We are working as fast as we can to compile resources for business operators and their employees and customers so that we can help lessen the economic effect of the virus on our community.

View resources + webinars for businesses affected by COVID-19
Check our list of open restaurants in Downtown
See how you can support local businesses + artists


Who is Downtown Lafayette?

Downtown Lafayette is represented by two organizations: the Downtown Development Authority and Downtown Lafayette Unlimited. They work together to help Downtown thrive.

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Downtown is rising

Downtown Lafayette is undergoing a revitalization that is bringing new businesses and residents to the city center. Downtown’s central location, built-in infrastructure, and its role as the cultural and business center of the region has led to significant development activity in recent years, including more than 100 residential units currently under construction.

“Momentum” was the 2019 word of the year in Downtown Lafayette. Read our 2019 Annual Report to learn why.

Downtown is where Lafayette happens

Downtown is where the residents of Lafayette and Acadiana come to work and play. Something exciting is always happening at the numerous businesses, organizations, galleries, restaurants, music venues, and festivals located Downtown. Stay up-to-date on Downtown news and stories when you subscribe to our newsletters, or follow us on social media.

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Six ways to support Downtown restaurants

Six ways to support Downtown restaurants

About 40 restaurants operate in the Downtown district, and the majority of them have temporarily closed in the past three weeks. These businesses are a huge part of the culture and economy of our district, owned and operated by local residents with family ties here in Acadiana. They are small businesses, and many of them cannot continue to operate without a steady flow of revenue.

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