An Actually Useful Guide to Lafayette, Louisiana


This is Spilling the Beans, where plugged-in baristas give us the lowdown on where to go, what to do, and what to eat (and drink) in their hometown.

Caroline Courville will be the first to tell you that Lafayette, Louisiana is a destination, not a waypoint. As a Lafayette native and “new general manager/barista/jack-of-all-trades/personality extraordinaire” (as her boss describes her) of one of the city’s most established specialty coffee shops, The Lab, she’s all kinds of proud of the capital of Acadiana. It’s a French and Spanish-influenced city that opens up into gorgeous hikes, is home to Bob’s Burgers-themed burgers and cocktails, and welcomes everyone to break it down to Cajun music. Let her be your guide.

Where should we stay?
There’s a really neat hotel called The Carriage House that’s absolutely beautiful. It’s tucked away, so it’s very quiet, even though it’s in the center of town. If you’re Airbnb-ing, the old houses in Saint Streets are wonderful.

Where should we grab breakfast?
Rusted Rooster. It’s where I went for my birthday a couple of weeks ago. Every coffee cup there is different, and I love being able to pick which one I want. I always order the Don’t Worry, Be Happy, a biscuit with fried chicken and honey. I always think I’m going to get something different, but I never do. I also like The French Press. Get the Croque Madame and a couple of mimosas.

Inside Rêve Coffee Roasters. Photo: Facebook/Rêve Coffee Roasters

If not at The Lab, where can we get a great cup of coffee?
Lafayette has had a few coffee places pop up in the last several years. Lafayette now even has its own roaster, a place called Reve Coffee Roasters, which pulls a mean shot …read more

Source:: Bon Appetit