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L'Arte Cafe

) #6 of 18 Coffee & Tea in Taupo #27 of 111 Places to Eat in Taupo $$ - $$$ Cafe, European,
255 Mapara Road | Acacia Bay, Taupo 3385, New Zealand
+64 7-378 2962
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good37%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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Cafe, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
255 Mapara Road | Acacia Bay, Taupo 3385, New Zealand
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

Booked L'arte on a Saturday night for a family celebration. Jo made everything so easy! found a solution for every little 'special thing' we wanted included into our 'surprise' party - nothing was a problem. The setting is really spectacular and lends itself to any...More

Thank mikegorinski
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Hi we went here for breakfast and we took our spaniel with us. They are totally pet friendly, we had lovely outdoor area so puppy had space. Breakfast was delicious and coffee fantastic. Highly recommend. Thanks Susie and Ivan

Thank IvanandSusie
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Coffee was fantastic. Did I say coffee was fantastic! Visually pleasing to approach the cafe. A bit of a discovery but worth the effort. Food was so pleasing to view, homemade but very professional and dessirable to eat. Wish I could have fit more food...More

Thank Pamela W
Reviewed 4 March 2017

Great garden, good coffee. The food looked good, but I managed to order somethings bit stale :(. the garden was awesome - well worth a look ... and up to the gallery

Thank Junofish
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

Set amongst the Art (which is also on sale) up the hill above Acacia Bay the cafe is in a lovely setting. The food and service are both first class and the portions are generous. This really is one of the regions hidden treasures.

Thank GaryandLesleyTravel
Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

What an interesting cafe with outside artwork everywhere. Also has its own art shop. Coffee was good as well. Worth checking out if you want a quieter place to have your coffee.

Thank ianmurphy2014
Reviewed 22 February 2017

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...More

Thank neilcha
Reviewed 17 February 2017

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...More

Thank kiwikaileigh
Reviewed 17 February 2017 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...More

Thank Nonstop_Kiwi
Reviewed 15 February 2017

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...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Groups, 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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