Day Date or Date Night :: Downtown Lafayette Has It All

If you only visit Downtown Lafayette for Festival International or events at the ACA, I bet you didn’t realize there’s quite a lot going on. And by a lot, I mean, a lot of awesome things happening to revitalize Downtown Lafayette.

Let’s start with restaurants. It’s really hard to keep up, but I’ll start at the old Filling Station. Now occupied by Spoonbill, the corner spot with everyone’s favorite Friday patio is back in action. A quick walk across the street, you’ll find Tiniball Martini’s and Meatballs, which is located inside Rock N Bowl – another newer attraction downtown, it hosts private events, birthday parties as well as bands and entertainment.

But we’ll carry on for more food.

Pop’s PoBoys (hello best fried okra), then stroll on down to Wurst Biergarten (need to wash down said okra). If you’re lucky, there will be dogs to pet and kiss while you’re enjoying a cold craft beer.

Then you’ll stumble upon Pamplona Tapas Bar. Please pause while we enjoy the world’s most delicious beet salad. And speaking of drinks to wash down your food, Pamplona’s cocktail menu is ah-mazing!

Shout out to the new kid on the block, Tula Tacos. Another fun patio hangout with fun drinks, and everyone’s favorite, TACOS.

Ok, so tacos not your thing? Let’s keep strolling.

We’ve got Central Pizza and Bar, and our all time favorite staples: Tsunami, Agave, Dwyer’s Cafe and La Carreta. At the end of Jefferson Street, you’ll find Reve Coffee Roasters (if you’re tired from all the fun you’re having) and Dat Dog, which is a great family spot!

Whew! That’s a lot. And I may have even skipped one or two on accident. Guys, that’s JUST food.

When you add in events, festivals, arts, culture and music, you’ve got one of the best dates in town.

Art Walk, Bach Lunch, Downtown Rising, live music at The Pearl, Movies in the Parc, Downtown Alive … I’m tired.

Visit Downtown. Take an Uber; make it a date. We love heading Downtown without a plan, and popping in at different places. Our son is 7, and he’s probably been to half, if not more, places on this list.

Everyone is friendly, the atmosphere is safe and there’s always something fun to do. What’s your favorite downtown destination or event?


NOLA born and raised, Traci moved to Lafayette in 2005 to pursue a career in corporate marketing. She married her husband Ryan in 2010 and adopted her son, now 8, in 2016. Today, along with being a full time mom, she owns and operates a dog daycare, boarding and grooming facility in Lafayette. She and her husband maintain a part-time residence in NOLA, spending weekends "home" visiting family and friends. Avid sports fan, dog obsessed, wanna be distance runner (finishing just one half-marathon), and adoption enthusiast, she looks forward to adding "blog contributor" to her lists of accomplishments.