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L'Arte Cafe

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$$ - $$$
Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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255 Mapara Road | Acacia Bay, Taupo 3385, New Zealand
+64 7-378 2962
08:00 - 16:00
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Wed - Sun 08:00 - 16:00
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Edmonton, Canada
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83 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had heard from friends about this spot as a must see in Taupo. Scenic little drive out of Taupo to Acacia Bay, following the signs up the hill to Cafe l'Art gallery. We were there on a sunny Feb afternoon, arriving around 12:30. Glad we had our coffee and lunch right away as the cafe gets busy and they... More 

Thank neilcha
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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37 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This place is a must for brekkie if you're in Taupo. Awesome rustic breakfast, great coffee matched with super friendly staff - what more can one ask for..?!? Able to wonder the grounds and visit the small gallery afterwards. Will definitely be back if travelling to Taupo in the future.

Thank kiwikaileigh
Whangarei, New Zealand
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134 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Staying with local friends so we could attend the Summer Concert, they brought us to this eclectic cafe for breakfast. Loved the mosaic living room and other ceramic art on display. Breakfast was good but not overly memorable, portions on the smaller size. I had smashed avocado, hubby the French toast. The artwork was very memorable. Gluten free options available.

Thank Nonstop_Kiwi
Palmerston North, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing Cafe set in a Country surrounding, yet not too far from Taupo City. Lovely food, great service and the most amazing Mosaic art work to be explored, right down to their "rest rooms". This has to be seen to be believed. Plenty of arts/crafts for sale too.

1 Thank roamer502017
Taupo, New Zealand
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful location. Clean and excellent service with a smile. Great coffee and cakes. Always consistant and excellent value. Highly recommend.

Thank tinalyttle2017
Feilding, New Zealand
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84 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have you not visited this cafe yet? You must! We go here on our annual trip for the Taupo Summer Concert. It has fabulous food and really good coffee. On top of this - its in a super location (in the country it feels). On top of this its surrounded by an art store (mostly outdoor ceramic art) which my... More 

Thank kiwikessler
Wellington, New Zealand
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We came about 10.30 for brunch. We were served quickly at the counter and the food arrived within 10 minutes. It was good, nice poached eggs, small slices of ciabatta toast and bacon. Coffee was good too. Nothing to rave about but not disappointing. Lovely garden, mosaic sculptures and shop so well worth an outing. Nearby Acacia Bay makes it... More 

Thank Jeanninet70
Wellington, New Zealand
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211 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a rainy summers day and the cafe was packed with diners. The menu had the usual cafe eats but with a stylish twist. Avacardos mixed with feta and mint, pesto made with sun-dried tomatoes, etc. Very tasty. Catered for vegetarians. Cabinet food and menu food. Staff very friendly and coffee great. Great portions of food and filling.

Thank white0nes
Sydney, Australia
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

Good tasty meals and coffee is great! Quick service too despite being really busy! I had the eggs bene with bacon, the meal was a reasonable size however if you are a big eater I would add a side or two. The best thing about this cafe are the grounds, clearly the owners invest a lot of thought, energy and... More 

Thank L L
Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Amazing food, very friendly staff! We had a lovely antipasto plate to share... excellent experience!

Thank Flavia D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 255 Mapara Road | Acacia Bay, Taupo 3385, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Taupo District  >  Taupo
  • Phone Number: +64 7-378 2962
Voted Lonely Planet's No 1 cafe pick for the Central North Island and one of the top 10 places to visit in New Zealand. L'Arte Cafe and Gallery is not to be missed when visiting Taupo. Allow yourself time to experience something very unique and special! A trip to L'Arte is a visual and edible feast and unlike anything you have experienced before. The cafe and gallery are both set in a magical garden, complete with an outside mosaic living room. The food and art at L'Arte's unique destination are both exquisite. Resident ceramic artist Judi Brennan's work is evident everywhere and is sold exclusively from the gallery at L'Arte. L'Arte Cafe serves Allpress coffee, has a wonderful selection of New Zealand wines and beers and the excellent service exceeds all expectations. With New Zealand's finest produce, L'Arte's kitchen team produce everything fresh on-site, from homemade bread to homemade pesto and onion jam. We have also created a small deli so you can take some of L'Arte home with you. L'Arte Cafe, Gallery and Garden is a special holiday experience that will stay with you .........

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