Visit Natchitoches, Louisiana
Natchitoches has been a destination for travelers since 1714. Located in Central Louisiana on Interstate 49, you will find the original French Colony in Louisiana. For more than 300 years, tourists have come to Natchitoches from across the country and the globe . Today’s tourists learn about Natchitoches’ history through incredible changes, from the course of a stream to the traditions of Southern plantations and many more. While paying homage the past, the vibrancy and beauty of the city and region draws many people to discover the treasures and stories of today.
Located in the heart of Natchitoches is the “National Historic Landmark District”, which houses the famous Front Street. This brick thoroughfare has wrought-iron balconies and restaurants that face the Cane River Lake. Lasyone’s, home to the famous Natchitoches Meat Pie, can be found in this area. Made of 80% beef and 20% pork, this local delicacy is fried golden brown and served with a choice of creamed potatoes or fries, a choice of vegetable, and salad.
Another must-see while in Natchitoches is the Merci Beaucoup Restaurant. It is located in an old gas station building. You can now find the delicious Cajun potato here. It’s a stuffed potato with crawfish etouffee, jumbo fried shrimp, and other delicious ingredients.
A short walk down Front Street could lead you to Pioneer Pub. It is located in what was known as the Sompayrac Building, built in 1840 and was used as a bank for many years. The Pioneer Pub is located in the Pioneer Building, which was renovated to the same style as before World War II. It’s a great place to relax and enjoy a cold beer. The Wookie is a delicious appetizer that features homemade fries with brisket and melted cheddar. This is something you’ll be craving long after the fact.
The Mariner’s is one of the most well-known restaurants in Natchitoches. It is located just off Sibley Lake, and is known for having the best sunsets in town. In less than a year since they opened, they have received a Wine Spectator’s Award. Mariner’s also has “Chef’s Island”, a small island that is located just a few hundred feet away from the main restaurant. It houses a chef’s kitchen and is only accessible by boat. Enjoy a glass of wine and a stunning sunset from this spot.
Flying Heart Brewing & Pub is another must-see. It is located in a nearly century-old cotton gin building. Flying Heart Brewing & Pub is the ideal place to relax after work or to catch up with friends. You will find delicious food, unique craft beers, and signature cocktails at Flying Heart Brewing & Pub. This is the perfect example of what Natchitoches stands for: being rooted in history, but always evolving.
On your way out from Natchitoches make sure to stop at the French Market. It is located right off I-49. Although it looks like a typical convenience store from the outside you will soon discover that it is much more than that. You will find a Cajun bakery and restaurant here. The bakery is well-known for its delicious yam cakes, and beignets. They also offer a wide range of other products. It’s also home to fine wines and souvenirs that make it a great stop for all ages.
Whether you are looking for a relaxing weekend with your family or a romantic weekend away with a loved one in historic Natchitoches, there is something for everyone.
Visit Natchitoches.com or call (800) 259-1714 to plan your trip today.
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