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View from the State Capitol Building in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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Handmade pastries at the Strand Café in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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View of the bayou in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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Traditional dishes in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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Chef prepares traditional dishes in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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The Crest public art sculpture and concert venue in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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Beautiful cathedral ceiling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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Baton Rouge – Louisiana’s capital – is the perfect place to learn all about the state’s culture and history.

From fine arts to carefully preserved monuments, Baton Rouge is full of fascinating cultural attractions. When hunger strikes, you’ll discover a wide range of restaurants and dining choices here, from down-to-earth cafés to elegant dining, including plenty of classic Cajun cooking.

Capitol Park Museum

Begin your day at the enormous and modern Capitol Park Museum, right across the park from the Capitol building and set on the Mississippi River. On the ground floor, learn about Louisiana’s rich history through videos, audio re-enactments and historic artifacts. The upstairs is dedicated to current Louisiana culture, featuring vibrant Mardi Gras displays.

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Shaw Center for the Arts

Just 10 minutes from Capitol Park, the Shaw Center for the Arts is a multi-use arts complex in downtown Baton Rouge that is a fantastic place to see art exhibits and to watch music, dance and theater performances. Browse the LSU Museum of Art on the fifth floor, which houses about 3,500 historical and contemporary art pieces, then head to Tsunami Sushi, on the top floor of the complex, with great views of the Mississippi – it’s the perfect place for a drink before or after a show.

Magnolia Mound Plantation

Built in 1791, Magnolia Mound Plantation was once a 200-person, 364-hectare operation that stretched all the way to the banks of the Mississippi River. Visit the French Creole main house, with beautiful period furniture and historical artifacts both of local origin and from France, where the plantation owner had family. See the slave quarters with their spare furnishings and the open-hearth kitchen. Visit the nearby campus of Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge with its beautiful, stately buildings and calming natural surroundings.

Great Dining in Baton Rouge

Everywhere you go in Louisiana, you’ll find that people here love their food, and that holds especially true for Baton Rouge. Most notably, this friendly city is an outstanding place to experience authentic Cajun cooking, fresh local seafood and craft beer.

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Heavenly Pastries at Strands Café

Start your day with a good cup of coffee and the perfect croissant at stylish Strands Café, a family-run café where only the finest ingredients find their way into their tempting pastries and chocolates, which are produced on location throughout the day.

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Fresh Fish and Boudin at Tony's Seafood Market

Offering both raw and boiled seafood, Tony's Seafood Market is the largest of its kind in the southern Gulf region. As a matter of fact, it’s known for once selling more than 21,000 kilos of crawfish in a single day. If you want your seafood already prepared Cajun-style, try the delicious over-the-counter lunch plates such as seafood gumbo, crawfish etouffée or stuffed crabs. Taste boudin, a well-known Cajun sausage dish that’s a blend of pork, onion and spices.

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Local Favorite: Sammy’s Grill

Sammy’s Grill is a very popular restaurant, often with a wait, so take that into account. This restaurant is best known for its perfectly seasoned crawfish (can you tell that crawfish is a Louisiana staple?). Try a po’ boy – it’s a sandwich filled with either meat or seafood, served on a crusty baguette.

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Meat and Much More: City Pork Brasserie and Bar

At City Pork Brasserie and Bar, find the nicest staff and chef and amazing food. Try a little of everything, including sticky chicken wings, a Reuben, a pork sandwich and a barbecue sandwich. Other options include rabbit, duck and liver.

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Oysters Any Way You Like Them: Jolie Pearl Oyster Bar

Head to Jolie Pearl Oyster Bar, a local gathering spot offering more than 50 types of oysters from all over the country, served roasted, grilled or raw and with a selection of toppings.

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Tantalizing Food Tours

For a taste of the Baton Rouge culinary scene, check out the C’est Si Bon Food Tour, which has a rotating schedule of six unique restaurants. What’s great about the tours, beyond the incredible food, are the tour guides, who offer interesting information about the city as you walk around, as well as the fellow foodies taking the tour. At the Tin Roof Brewing Company, take a tour and enjoy sampling their local craft beers, including Juke Joint IPA and Voodoo Bengal Pale Ale.

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