Visitor’s Guide

Where to stay, how to get around, where to eat

Welcome to Downtown Lafayette

If you are visiting our region for the first time, then you’re in luck. Lafayette is home to a warm and welcoming culture, nowhere more evident than in the Downtown area. Here you’ll find unique places to stay, exceptional dining and nightlife options, and some of the nicest people around. Our Downtown prides itself on welcoming visitors and we hope you will feel at home here.

Where to stay

Options for staying the night within Downtown are limited and booking early is essential – especially during our festival season. The selection of accommodations Downtown is unique. You can stay in a modern upscale loft, a historic home, or a boutique suite. Those looking for more traditional lodging options can find quality hotels near Downtown.

What to do

Dining & Nightlife

The highest density of restaurants in Lafayette. Find great food of all varieties and price points.

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Music & Entertainment

Music is central to the culture of South Louisiana, and Downtown has all the best music venues.

Get on the dance floor >

Events

There’s always something happening in the heart of Lafayette.

See upcoming events >

Arts & Culture

Downtown is a central district for art and culture in Acadiana.

See galleries, museums, and theaters >

Shopping

Take home a little slice of Cajun culture.

Find a shop in Downtown >

Family

Find fun for the whole family at these Downtown parks and establishments.

Bring the young ones >

Getting around

Lafayette’s Downtown is small but mighty. Contained within less than 2 square miles, the entire area is incredibly walkable and bikeable. Park nearby—all metered spaces are free after 5:00 PM on weekdays and all day on weekends—and walk to your destination within a few minutes. The Parc-Auto du Centreville Garage on Vermilion Street is centrally located, with low rates, rarely at capacity.

Downtown is home to the Rosa Parks Transportation Center, Lafayette’s central bus and train station, and only a little over 2 miles from the Lafayette Regional Airport, with direct flights to Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Denver, and Orlando.

Bike Racks

Downtown is easily accessed via bicycle. The low traffic speeds and pedestrian-friendly streets make for comfortable riding. In addition, the Lafayette City Government has dedicated 75 bicycle racks to be installed in the Downtown area and nearby neighborhoods. These bike racks will make it even easier to ride Downtown.

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