Located about 10 to 15 miles from the center of Lafayette, North Lafayette Parish
lies just a quarter of an hour from the city via I-49 or several state and local routes. The area houses
the towns of Carencro and Scott as well as ample farmland and numerous residential neighborhoods. Serviced by Acadiana High School and Carencro High School, the area also provides easy access to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and several technical colleges. Residents in the area work in a variety of industries, including agriculture, oil, health care and retail.
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Restaurants & Nightlife
Not surprisingly, North Lafayette Parish features plenty of Cajun food options, but the locals know you don't always find the best flavors at traditional sit-down restaurants. Since 1986, the award-winning Best Stop Supermarket, located in Scott, has served up boudin balls and cracklins worth traveling for. Find your Cajun-food fix in a greasy brown paper bag. When biting into crunchy cracklins or mouth-watering boudin, no one misses a table and chair.
If you want to enjoy the company of friends in a more traditional dining setting, travel a few minutes west on I-10 to Fezzo's Seafood & Steakhouse in Scott. Serving up a steak, seafood and oyster bar, Fezzo's also delivers some of the best fried catfish on the north side of Lafayette. Appease a hearty appetite with a seafood sampler, try an alligator appetizer or go healthier with salad or steamed veggies.
To the east, Carencro also features a number of authentic local eateries, including the area-famous Prejean's restaurant on I-49. Prejean's pulls customers from around the world with an award-winning Cajun culinary tradition. Try the seafood or sausage gumbo, which gets as close to grandma's homemade brew as anyone can find outside of a home kitchen. Pair melt-in-your mouth, fresh-baked bread with a variety of spicy dishes as you enjoy Cajun music.
Prejean's provides some nightlife in the area with live music on weekends, but for a wilder dance party, most residents find themselves at places such as Cowboys on North Ambassador Caffery Parkway. The club features up-to-date DJs, plenty of dance space and a closing time that falls well beyond traditional club hours, so local late-night clubbers have a go-to location.
For lower-key evenings, visit several lounges and sports bars in the area, including Broken Moon Saloon. Travel a few minutes south into Lafayette city for additional entertainment options, including karaoke bars, dance clubs and concert locations.
History & Culture
Northern Lafayette Parish grew out of the city of Lafayette, which began as a settlement by French-speaking Acadians expelled from Nova Scotia in the 1700s. One north parish town, Carencro, gets its name from a Cajun word that means "buzzard." According to local historians, the area was home to bald cypress trees that housed flocks of buzzards.
Scott, another town in the area, was settled when the railroad pushed through farmland to the area west of Lafayette. Originally, settlers called the area "where the west begins." The area's Acadian Village museum features Cajun buildings rescued from across south Louisiana. Additionally, a thriving arts and festival culture includes a reggae festival in Carencro, Festival International in nearby Lafayette and numerous Mardi Gras celebrations each spring.
Some of the most southern areas of North Lafayette Parish feature bus stops along the city's public transportation routes, particularly in areas along major roads such as Highway 90 or Ambassador Caffery. Residents in the rest of the area must travel via automobile to access outlying areas, but many of the country roads in Carencro and Scott make biking and jogging easy as well.
Hailing a cab remains unlikely in the area, but residents can call local cab companies for rides into town or to the Lafayette Parish airport, and ridesharing options exist through companies such as Uber.
North Lafayette Parish drivers have easy access to I-49, I-10 and Highway 182. Public parking in most town areas has minimal meter requirements. During festival times, parking options include grassy fields and business parking lots, but some festivals charge a per-car parking fee for the day.
With a cost of living that ranks around 5 percent less than in Lafayette Parish as a whole, North Lafayette features affordable living situations. A one-bedroom
residence rents for an average of $570 per month in the area, and gas prices currently run around 9 percent below the national average. For areas with Lafayette Parish bus stops, a dollar or two gets residents around the city for the day, and north Lafayette Parish towns feature grocery, health care and utility costs lower than national averages.
Both downtown Carencro and Scott feature shopping areas full of local boutiques and antique shops, and other mom-and-pop stores pepper the North Lafayette Parish landscape. For high-end shopping, residents travel into Lafayette city. The Acadiana Mall sits in the north part of the city, accessible from the area within a few minutes via Ambassador Caffery.
Shoppers looking for unique gifts or apparel items visit Modern Diva's Boutique in Scott. Shop high-end fashions for women and teens, or pick up essential oils to cleanse your aura or home. In Carencro, the DIA Boutique delivers regular promotions on formals and maxi dresses. Just north of the city, the Harley Davidson shop lets more rugged shoppers rev engines and stock up on leather and accessories.
Residents in north Lafayette parish shop for food in chain stores such as Albertons's, Piggly Wiggly and Winn Dixie. Sam's Club and Walmart Supercenters in the north area of the city provide easy access to bulk buys, but long-time locals know the secrets of Cajun-owned shops. The previously mentioned Best Stop Supermarket in Scott features non-perishable grocery selections as well as fresh meats, and Champagne's Grocery in Carencro serves up daily plate lunches alongside traditional grocery selections.
Playgrounds, parks and ball fields are plentiful in North Lafayette Parish, and most residents visit free parks on warm days to enjoy equipment such as slides and swings or to exercise
on jogging paths or tennis courts.
In Carencro, Pelican Park features a multimillion dollar complex for baseball, softball and football. Dubbed by residents as the softball capital of the world, the park also hosts concerts and features a stocked fishing pond for area sportsmen. Most north Lafayette parks feature pet-friendly
areas, and almost every location hosts festivals and outdoor events during the year.