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Carpe Diem! Gelato-Espresso Bar

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780 Jefferson St, Lafayette, LA 70501-6910
+1 337-534-4155
Sun 12:00 - 18:00
Tue - Thu 07:30 - 21:00
Fri 07:30 - 22:00
Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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Lafayette, Louisiana
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2016

Delicious gelato, great serving sizes, variety of flavors to taste, great atmodphere, love the downtown location, outdoor seating, friendly staff

Thank CaptianSteve
Lake Charles, Louisiana
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2016

Had gelato here and it was great. It reminded me of the gelato in Italy and would recommend going here. The only issue I had was slow service. There was a short line but it took almost 10 minutes to get our order. Overall would recommend this place.

Thank NeilSmith2525
Jacksonville, Florida
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2016 via mobile

Whether you've had gelato before or not it is a must stop on your trip. It is delicious and there are a variety of flavors both traditional and new. I definitely recommend the blueberry muffin!!!

Thank whitneyllynn
Lafayette, Louisiana
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2015

Carpe Diem has become a mainstay in downtown Lafayette in just a few years. Award-winning Italian gelato chef Silvia Bertolazzi makes amazing and creative gelato, and they also have panino and soup du jour. An avid supporter of the arts and culture scene, Silvia always has events going on, and and a bulletin board in the back with posters of... More 

Thank Kevin D
Greensboro, NC, United States
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2015

Our first Gelto.. Very good. Would return. Very friendly staff. Great coffee and pastry.. Was close to our motel. Outside seating was great for morning coffee.

Thank George D
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48 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2015 via mobile

Maybe the gelato is delicious- latte tastes like mud. Staff not rude but not friendly either. Not a place with hangout atmosphere- feels as if they're over being in this business. I've walked by many times & wanted to go in. Disappointing.

Thank Alaskamojo
Lafayette, Louisiana
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49 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

We like to take the kids here from time to time and we have never been disappointed! I can't remember which favors ive tried but I loved them all! I do find it is kinda pricey though

Thank Angelle V
London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2015

I was thrilled to find this speciality coffee place in Lafayette. Whenever I'm away from home, my first concern is satisfying my addiction to speciality coffee. Walking past, I spotted the La Marzocco machine through the window, then the pour-over bar, and instantly knew that this was a special place. I wasn't disappointed - the coffee was excellent, made with... More 

Thank StuckOnATrain
Lafayette, Louisiana
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83 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2015

I loved the choices of gelato and the staff. It is a local favorite and crowded on special occasion nights - meaning may be hard to get a table. Artsy crowd which is good for people watching. Sometimes has live music outside, not loud but live which is good.

1 Thank Nannette R
Lafayette, LA
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61 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2015

The owner tries hard (and succeeds) at providing excellent, honest and authentic gelatos and espresso. No compromise in product or how they give it to you. That is my only complaint. Specifically, the hot chocolate. While very, very good, don't even bother to ask for a deviation (like extra milk). They get way to sensitive. Other than that, no complaints.

1 Thank DowntownerLA

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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
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
12:00 - 18:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 780 Jefferson St, Lafayette, LA 70501-6910
  • Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  Lafayette Parish  >  Lafayette
  • Phone Number: +1 337-534-4155

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?