Saturday, August 23, 2014
Stop by the Welcome Center for Louisiana souvenirs,
1205 N. Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles

Summer is a hot travel season here in Southwest Louisiana.  It’s the time of year for leisure travelers and weekend warriors to explore the beaches on the Gulf of Mexico, see the alligators along the Creole Nature Trail and hit up the casinos and live concerts.  

When visitors are looking for something authentic from Lake Charles to bring home with them, there are a few spots around the area they can shop for souvenirs.

Cottage Shops located on Alamo St.

  1. The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau gift shop has Louisiana art, Mardi Gras regalia, Lake Charles t-shirts, post cards, Cajun Ben’s Alligator Heads and Necklaces, magnets, cookbooks, Tabasco Jelly Beans, home decor and more.
  2. LeBleu’s Landing in Sulphur sells hot sauces, Louisiana culinary gift items, children’s toys, books, aprons and other authentic Southwest Louisiana items.
  3. The Cottage Shops Cultural District offers assorted boutiques offering Louisiana art, jewelry, coffee and local souvenirs, as well.
  4. The Southwest Louisiana Boudin Trail brochure features several locations who ship frozen boudin across the country.

For other Louisiana products and culinary ingredients, check out this video