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Cafe Mariposa

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Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Lunch, Brunch

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Cafe Mariposa is a family owned restaurant located in the picturesque Lopinot valley, nestled at the foothills of the Northern Range on the island of Trinidad. We are located 30 minutes north of the Piarco International Airport and are a perfect option for persons needing to stay for a weekend before travelling on from Tobago to international locations, or overnight to catch early morning flights. . The property is designed so that even while in the shelter of the building, you may still have the feeling of being in the garden. Our B&B which has four en-suites overlooking our garden and amphitheater may sleep up to nine guests at a time With prior notice we cater to special diets such as vegan, vegetarian, gluten and lactose intolerant. Our focus is to intentionally grow a farm to fork experience for our guests utilizing fresh herbs from our garden, local farmers and other organic growers outside of the valley. Free range eggs and chickens from neighboring farmers, fish reared in our mountain spring water. Our specialty is cuisine innovation utilizing local roasted cacao beans infused in our beverages, savory and sweet creations. In the last four years the Cafe has won seven (7) awards from local cuisine challenges for best beverage, best savory and best dessert. Each year, on the Saturday immediately following the famous Trinidad Carnival, Cafe Mariposa hosts our annual "Cocoa Tasting" event which gives patrons the ability to taste several of our cuisine creations. The event takes the form of a cocktail afternoon, generally starting at 3:00 p.m. and ending at 7:00 p.m. In addition to tasting great food and beverages; guests have the opportunity to purchase chocolates, creams and other items made from local cacao beans and cocoa butter. These items are crafted by our local chocolate entrepreneurs from around the country. The Cafe hires live musicians who entertain our guests while they enjoy the ambiance of our location and our great food. Guests witness the roasting of a whole suckling pig, marinaded in chocolate and cocoa, mixed with fresh herbs and spices. During the year, the Cafe participates in events taking place in the village and guests may have the opportunity to witness the life of the villagers, monthly bread baking in the dirt oven at the Count de Lopinot listed, National Heritage site, traditional music, the various games, walks around the valley or if planned, guided hiking tours to Asa Wright Nature Center, trips to the Caroni Swamp to view the famous Scarlet Ibis. The Lopinot valley has many birds and Cafe Mariposa has a porch at the rear of the property where many hummingbirds visit us daily. Trinidad has 18 species and during the year we may have visits from as many as 13 species visiting our garden. Free wifi is available and the property is now credit card ready accepting Visa and Master Card. Airport transfers may be arranged and parking is available on the compound for overnight visitors. Public transport is available right outside our door if guests wish to access the Priority Bus Route for travel around the country from the Port of Spain hub. All visits to Cafe Mariposa, the Mariposa Gardens, or for hikes on the Nature Trail or overnight stays are strictly by reservation.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Lunch, Brunch
Caribbean, Healthy
Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Mariposa must be the best kept foodie secret in T&T. From the moment one arrives to be greeted by a cup of hot cocoa-tea to the exquisite cocoa ice cream and freshly squeezed fruit juices, the major theme is superb food infused with cocoa and...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank docB44
Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

Nestled in the sleepy village of Lopinot and surrounded by it's lush green gardens, Café Mariposa Gardens is a coffee shop/restaurant/bed and breakfast that offers a whole lot more. The Cafe is owned and operated by the Guerrero family, Bianca, Marcia, Arthur, Hyacinth and Brenda,...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank David W
Reviewed June 28, 2018

The environment is your own slice of nature. Not to mention a front row seat to hummingbirds - which literally fly over your head. BTW the food is EXCEPTIONAL. The place is so humble and unassuming - but is up there with the 5 star...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Micahx J
Reviewed June 10, 2018 via mobile

Friendly staff. The food is coco infused so the dishes served had chocolate in it. It was a first for me and I throughly enjoyed it. Having lunch while seeing the hummingbirds flutter around was excellent, such amazing creatures. The potions were small and the...More

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank Samantha S
Reviewed May 10, 2018 via mobile

Yesterday I and sixteen friends visited Cafe Mariposa to celebrate a birthday. From when we arrived ( a little late)@1pm until we left after 5pm we had a wonderful experience ; a lovely setting on the verandah, with beautiful humming birds flitting in the surrounding...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Clair T
Reviewed October 5, 2017 via mobile

A gem in the back of the woods. The trip enjoyable . A lot of greenry The food is worth the trip Ever heard of Cocoa infuse food. Cocoa infuse pumpkin soup. Pork chop rub in cocoa and grill. And many more. The dining area...More

Date of visit: July 2017
1  Thank KrisTrinidad
Reviewed September 26, 2017 via mobile

We tried Cafe Mariposa for an extended family lunch during TT Restaurant Week and truly enjoyed the beautiful grounds, friendly and attentive staff and delicious food. A lot of the menu comprised of cocoa-infused dishes so that was quite a treat especially the lamb and...More

Date of visit: September 2017
1  Thank Zelillem
Reviewed September 18, 2017

Utterly amazing and worth the drive. I tried Café Mariposa for the second time during Restaurant Week in Trinidad and was once again captivated by their rustic charm, their friendly service, their unique meals, their out of the box desserts and their I can't choose...More

Date of visit: September 2017
2  Thank Magline
Reviewed September 17, 2017 via mobile

Amazing choice. Browsing through TTRW Facebook page, the menu and presentation caught my attention. Well in summary it was worth it. Fantastic experience. The drive to get there may seem a bit intimidating particularly at night as you navigate a narrow winding road through the...More

Date of visit: September 2017
1  Thank Anthony L
Reviewed June 21, 2017

A gem of a setting. Peaceful and beautiful. With its rustic charm, this is a place to visit when you need resetting the balance. The service, the food and the added bonus of a song from the host is a wonderful memory to share with...More

Date of visit: June 2017
1  Thank Meera R
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