Sunset over the Mississippi River Bridge in Baton Rouge
Experience the flavors, sights and history
People come to Baton Rouge for many reasons, but they all come to feast on delicious Louisiana cuisine at one of our 400 restaurants. For homemade pastries and gourmet chocolate confections, Strand’s Café is a scrumptious way to rise. Looking for something hip and trendy for lunch or dinner? New tapas restaurants downtown include Restaurant IPO, Blend, and Zolia Bistro. New food trucks are also popping up in Baton Rouge. Craving Creole cuisine? Check out Juban’s or Mansur’s on the Boulevard. Locals and visitors are also big patrons of the Red Stick Farmers Market every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
From the soulful sounds of gospel and blues to country, Cajun and zydeco, Baton Rouge has a tune for everyone. Experience the star-studded Bayou Country Superfest held Memorial Day weekend or make history by partaking in the Baton Rouge Blues Festival, one of the oldest blues festivals in America. Don't miss free outdoor concerts in the spring and fall, such as Sunday in the Park and Live After Five.
Elaborate antebellum homes are a short drive from Baton Rouge such as The Myrtles Plantation, Nottoway Plantation and Houmas House and Gardens. Also, the Rural Life Museum and Windrush Gardens is home to collections of plantation-era tools, furniture and vehicles.
Dive into the colourful history of Louisiana politics at the Old State Capitol and the Old Governor’s Mansion. Get a bird’s-eye view of the city from the observation deck of the 34-story Louisiana State Capitol, or soak in the culture at the Capitol Park Museum, a Louisiana Museum.
Whatever your style, Baton Rouge is always a shopping experience with options like the Mall of Louisiana, featuring 175 retail stores, Perkins Rowe, Tanger Outlets and Towne Center at Cedar Lodge. For international shoppers, Louisiana tax-free shopping provides cash refunds of state sales tax. A refund center is located in Macy’s at the Mall of Louisiana.
Entertainment and Accommodations
Baton Rouge offers three options for entertainment resorts, including Belle of Baton Rouge and Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge. L’Auberge Baton Rouge is an upscale entertainment complex featuring a 12-story hotel with 206 guest rooms.
Baton Rouge is a great getaway - modern hotels, unique inns, and quaint bed and breakfasts. With 13,400 rooms in the city, you can rest easy. Downtown hotels include Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center, Hotel Indigo and the Hampton Inn & Suites.
With so many reasons to celebrate, there’s never been a better time to explore Baton Rouge.