unincorporated suburban community and census-designated place in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana, United States

LaPlace is an Unincorporated Community on the east bank of the Mississippi River in the historic "German Coast" section of the Acadiana region of Louisiana. It is just a short distance west of Greater New Orleans. LaPlace is the largest community in St. John the Baptist Parish.

1811 / Kid Ory Historic House in LaPlace

Around Mardi Gras time, the hotels in New Orleans, Metairie, and Kenner may be booked up, so LaPlace is a good alternative, 20 minutes drive from Kenner and Metairie, about 30 or 35 minutes from New Orleans.

Until Katrina hit in 2005 this was a relatively small town with a few high schools, a Wal-mart, some strip malls, and a couple of good places to eat. LaPlace has grown significantly in the 2010s, but there is still not much to do here.

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  • 1811 Kid Ory Historic House (old Woodland Plantation) (plantation house museum). The plantation was the birthplace of jazz pioneer, trombonist and bandleader Kid Ory, and starting site of Louisiana's historic 1811 slave rebellion. Interesting exhibits show how these events had importance that went way beyond LaPlace. Also exhibits on local culture, antique phonographs, etc.

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  • Andouille LaPlace is known for some of the best andouille - Cajun style sausage - anywhere. Two of the best places to buy some are near each other on Airline Highway - Jacob's World Famous Andouille, 505 W Airline Hwy, and Bailey's World Famous Andouille, 513 W. Airline Hwy.

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  • Frostop, 411 E Airline Highway (Look for the landmark giant mug with neon letters), +1 (985) 652-6361. Retro drive in, serving burgers, root beer, shakes, etc $5-10.
  • Mabile's, 1124 W Airline Hwy, +1 985-651-2893. Lunch. Great seafood and roast beef po-boys. Daily plate lunches are cheap, filling and delicious. $5-10.
  • Wayne Jacob's Smokehouse, 769 W 5th Street. M-F 11AM-2PM, Su 9AM-2PM. Po-boy sandwiches, Andouille sausage and other Cajun style meats.

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Routes through LaPlace
Lake CharlesBaton Rouge  W   E  KennerNew Orleans
JacksonMcComb ← Jct W   E  N   S  END
NatchezBaton Rouge  N   S  Saint RoseNew Orleans

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