Visit Natchitoches, Louisiana – the official Food & Travel Magazine

Visit Natchitoches, Louisiana – the official Food & Travel Magazine

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  • January 2, 2023
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Natchitoches has been a destination for travelers since 1714. Located in central Louisiana off Interstate 49, you’ll find the original French colony in Louisiana. For more than 300 years, tourists have come to Natchitoches from across the country and around the world. Today’s travelers learn about the evolution of Natchitoches through tremendous changes—from the course of a river to southern plantation traditions and more. The vibrancy of this city and region pays homage to the past and draws many to explore both the stories of yesteryear and the treasures of today.

In the heart of Natchitoches is the National Historic Landmark District, home to the famous Front Street, a brick street lined with wrought-iron balconies, restaurants and shops overlooking beautiful Cane River Lake. This area is also home to Lasyone’s, home of the legendary Natchitoches Meat Pie. This local delicacy, made from 80% beef and 20% pork, is fried golden and served with your choice of creamed potatoes or chips, a choice of vegetables and a salad.

Another must-do in Natchitoches is just around the corner: the Merci Beaucoup Restaurant. It is located in a building that was once an old gas station. Now you can find the delicious Cajun potato here. It’s a stuffed potato with crawfish etouffée and fried jumbo shrimp.

A short stroll down Front Street might bring you to the Pioneer Pub. It is located in the so-called Sompayrac building, which was built in 1840 and was used as a bank for many years. The building was renovated just before World War II in the style you see now and now houses the Pioneer Pub. It’s a wonderful place to hang out and have a nice cold beer. You can also order the delicious appetizer called “The Wookie”. It’s amazing homemade fries with brisket and melted cheese. This is something you will definitely crave for.

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One of the most famous restaurants in Natchitoches is The Mariner’s. It sits right on Sibley Lake and is known for having the best sunsets in town. They also received a Wine Spectator’s Award in less than a year after opening with new owners. Mariner’s is also home to what they call “Chef’s Island”. It is an island located a few hundred meters from the main restaurant, which houses a Chef’s Table and is only accessible by boat. Here you can enjoy a wonderful glass of wine with a sunset that you will not forget.

Another must is the Flying Heart Brewing & Pub. It is housed in a refurbished cotton gin building that is almost a century old. Whether you want to relax after work or meet up with friends, the Flying Heart Brewing & Pub is the perfect place to do it. Here you will find delicious food, unique cocktails and unique craft beers that you should definitely try. The intersection between this historic place and the birth of a new company is a perfect representation of what Natchitoches is all about: rooted in history but constantly evolving.

On your way out of Natchitoches, don’t forget to stop at the French Market. It’s right off I-49. What looks like your average mini market from the outside, you realize upon entering that it is much more. Here you will find a Cajun restaurant and bakery. The bakery is known for its delicious yam cakes and fritters. But that’s not all they offer. You can also find fine wines and souvenirs, making it the perfect stop for all ages.

Whether you’re looking for a quiet family getaway or a romantic getaway with a loved one, historic Natchitoches offers a dynamic atmosphere for everyone.

Visit or call (800) 259-1714 to plan your trip today.

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