Tuck these items in your suitcase and take a piece of Louisiana home with you. When travelling to Louisiana you can have an "off-the-beaten-path experience” and explore locations other than Bourbon Street and find one-of-a-kind shops. If you take a few guided tours you will have the opportunity to purchase some great Louisiana-style souvenirs.
1. Louisiana-made hot sauce
Cajuns like their food with a little kick, so it’s no surprise that there are multiple hot sauces produced in Louisiana. The appropriately named Louisiana Hot Sauce, Crystal Hot Sauce and the world-famous Tabasco Sauce will bring a taste of Louisiana to your meals back home.
2. All your favourites
Shopping is a local sport with all the most popular stores and brands; Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue, Banana Republic, Victoria Secrets, Coach, Old Navy, Nine West and many more !
3. A bag of Community Coffee beans
Community Coffee has been a Louisiana tradition since 1919 and for more than 90 years this family-owned company has been helping Cajuns wake up. For coffee lovers you can buy a bag of beans for a Louisiana-flavoured breakfast no matter where you are.
4. A box of Cafe du Monde beignet mix
Beignets are the powdery, rectangular cousin of the donut. They’re nearly impossible to find outside of Louisiana, so your best bet is to buy a box of the mix and make your own back home.
Cajuns do not consider boudin to be sausage & non-Cajuns think this mixture of rice and pork, shrimp or crab inside a casing is sausage - try for yourself and see what you think. Either way, it’s delicious. You can pick some up at any grocery store or butcher in Louisiana.
6. My very own voodoo doll
If you are in Louisiana and even slightly curious about Voodoo you should visit Voodoo Authentica in the French Quarter, New Orleans. At this point, Louisiana voodoo is mostly just foolishness fun. If you are visiting around Halloween you can participate in Voodoofest for a full day of fun.
7. A King Cake baby
No Mardi Gras is complete without a King Cake. While you can probably bake that with ingredients from your cupboard, you also need a king cake baby. Tucked into the cake, this tiny plastic baby determines who will be baking the (rather labour intensive) cake for next year’s celebration. If you get the baby, you bake the cake. During Mardi Gras season, Haydel’s Bakery gives out handcrafted porcelain collectibles in place of plastic babies to purchasers of their delicious cakes. You can then have your own Mardi Gras party back home!
8. Something with a fleur de lis on it
The official symbol of the Louisiana state, this design is also worn in New Orleans to show support for the city’s recovery in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Fleur de lis are everywhere in Louisiana, so no matter your gender or age, you’ll be sure to find something.
9.Mardi Gras beads
It doesn’t matter what time of year you visit Louisiana, your friends will be delighted if you bring them a few strands of authentic Mardi Gras beads, which are available all year round in gift shops.
10. Cajun-specific spices
Cajun food is some of the best food in America and that’s partially thanks to all those amazing spices. If you want to Cajun-i-fy your food at home you can use Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning or Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning.