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Breaux Bridge, LA – The time has come to revise on what we actually know about Louisiana, folks. Okay, first of all, everybody’s heard of New Orleans, right? The Mardi Gras and all that? Okay, cool. Next, we know this is the home of delicious gumbo and, of course, some pretty awesome bayous. But what we didn’t know (up until a while ago, that is) was that New Orleans also has some incredible small towns to offer to interested travelers. And it just so happens we came across a gorgeous one named Breaux Bridge.
And Our Promises Are Rock-Solid
This place is a really cool historic small town that’s also referred to as the Crawfish Capital of the World. Want to take a wild guess as to how it got the nickname? Never mind, we’ll get back to that later. Anyway, this charming place is nestled along the banks of the Bayou Teche (relax, we got your back – it’s pronounced “tesh”), or what we like to call the “slow-rolling paradise down south.” This is a really cool place to spend the weekend, or if that’s not up your alley, it’s also pretty sweet if you just want to stop by for a meal and some, say, afternoon antiquing.
Breaux Bridge actually boasts a thriving Cajun music and folk art scene. It also owns bragging rights when it comes to world-class restaurants. And as if that wasn’t enough, it also features tons of history. At the end of it all, it’s situated just two hours west of the aforementioned tourist hub known as New Orleans and about three hours east of Houston, TX. So, do make the effort of checking this vibrant little place out because, well, we promise it’ll be worth it.
We’ve Been Told Many Interesting Things About Breaux Bridge…
Speaking of visiting Breaux Bridge, the structure itself (yes, there’s an actual bridge at the entrance) is really nothing in particular. A somewhat rusty, tall, all-metal drawbridge that spans the Teche is really not that much to look at. But here’s where it gets interesting: Bridge Street’s downtown stretch, on the other hand, is. If you’re looking to fill an afternoon, strolling the length of the strip will easily get the job done. And while you walk, you can feast your eyes on several blocks-worth of restaurants, art galleries, boutiques and antique shops. Doesn’t sound too bad, does it?
Now, since we’re limited by space, we’ll just quickly run through what we loved about Breaux Bridge. But as always, that’s not to say you shouldn’t take your sweet time exploring the place. That being said, the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival is by far the largest attraction in town. It’s literally an ode to the mudbug, which is one of the main exports of the town, and takes place every first weekend in May. The Tour du Teche might also be a good idea; it’s a major paddling race on the Bayou Teche and is scheduled to take place in October of every year. While we’re on the subject, the Breaux Bridge Cajun Christmas Parade is also quite a hoot (we’ve been told).
…And Countless Others We’ve Seen For Ourselves
As for the food in Breaux Bridge, your safest bet is Café des Amis, especially if you’re into the Cajun classics like crawfish etoufee and gumbo. Not the cheapest option, but certainly among the best. Then you have Poche’s Market and its traditional Cajun fare (oh, you’re going to love the cracklings with links of boudin here). Lastly, celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain honored Glenda’s Creole Kitchen with his presence on his show No Reservations, so we thought you might too. We figured, if it’s good enough for him and all that, ya’ know? And if you’re up for seafood in every shape and form, swing by Crazy ‘Bout Crawfish. ‘Nuff said.
When it comes to lodging in Breaux Bridge, again, we’ll just list some of our favorites. Starting things off with the lovely and the quaint, we have the Maison des Amis and Maison Madeleine. Here you’re looking at a quick walk from historic downtown for the former and the gorgeous Lake Martin nature preserve as your first neighbor for the latter. The more luxurious options might include the Isabelle Inn, for example. Here it’s all about the bayou access, a swimming pool, gourmet breakfasts and flawless décor. Lastly, the Bayou Cabins are a cool way to go local while visiting, even though you’ve got your standard chain motels, like Microtel, Holiday Inn Express and so on, at the nearby I-10 exit. But none of that matters; if you ask us – before you know it, you’ll be hunting down houses in the area. We speak from experience.