Visit Natchitoches, Louisiana
Since 1714, Natchitoches has been a popular destination for travelers. You will find the original French Colony of Louisiana in Central Louisiana, located on Interstate 49. Tourists have been visiting Natchitoches for more than 300 years from all over the country and around the world. Today’s visitors learn about Natchitoches’ history through incredible changes, from the course of a stream to the traditions of Southern plantations and many other aspects. While paying homage the past, the vibrancy in this city and region draws many to explore both today’s treasures and the stories of the past.
The “National Historic Landmark District” is located in the heart of Natchitoches. It is home to 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. This local delicacy, which is made up of 80% beef, 20% pork, is fried to golden brown and served with creamed potatoes, fries, a choice or vegetables, and a salad.
You can find Merci Beaucoup Restaurant just around the corner. 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.
The Pioneer Pub is located just a short walk down Front Street. It is located in the Sompayrac Building, which was built in 1840. This building was once a bank. The Pioneer Pub is located in the renovated building. 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 exactly what Natchitoches is about: it is both rooted in history and constantly evolving.
Make sure to stop at the French Market on your way out of Natchitoches. It is located just 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.
Historic Natchitoches is the perfect place for a quiet weekend with your family or a romantic weekend away with your loved one.
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