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255 Mapara Road | Acacia Bay, Taupo 3377, New Zealand
+64 7 378 2962
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8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Wed - Sun 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Voted Lonely Planet's No 1 cafe pick for the Central North Island and one...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Family friendly

Four adults and a child went for brunch. Good selection of food albeit a little expensive. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Some members of our party were a little disappointed with their meal but the walk around the grounds were enjoyed by all ages. We have been before and would return... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 10, 2015
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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18 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Four adults and a child went for brunch. Good selection of food albeit a little expensive. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Some members of our party were a little disappointed with their meal but the walk around the grounds were enjoyed by all ages. We have been before and would return just because this cafe is so different... More 

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

I was part of a large group dining at this café.....Our organiser was told she could not book but they were aware that we were coming. When ordering food several of our group were asked if they wanted the tomatoes and mushrooms with their order. They were not told they were extras. This is a very dishonest way to get... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We met a friend at L'arte and have been several times before. The coffee is always great and our brunch was tasty albeit a bit pricey. We loved the bread our eggs were served on. It's always good to have a look around at all the Art and ceramics on display.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Seriously the coffee is amazing! It's a funky cafe with lots of cool art stuff by local artists available on display and for sale. It's a great place for brunch or just a coffee.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

What do I say!! Flies everywhere but we still decided to have a coffee and cake. Passionfruit slice x 2 eaten by 4. Yoghurt or cream extra 50c. Coffee ok but nothing to rave about. Used entertainment voucher and told could only use for 3 coffees, first time we have ever been told that. Will never come again.

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Perth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Love it, nourish fresh food, fresh tasty tea and coffee. Amazing funky art projects, mosaics, ceramics hidden amongst the attractive gardens.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Taupo struggles a bit when it comes to evening restaurants but thrives on the brunchy lunchy scene. And this place is a great example of why this is the case. Yummy combinations of bacon , onion and tomato combined with a pretty mosaic- filled setting make this a lunch time treat. After eating, wander to view the pretty pottery.

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Taupo, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Very interesting place to visit if you are into the Arts - food is excellent but perhaps a bit on the expensive side

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Taupo, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Lovely cafe , good selection of meals/drinks . an incredible selection of mosaic art in the grounds and a lovely shop on the premises selling a wide variety of "arty" objects

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Taupo, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Loved this cafe - I have been here several times on visit to Taupo and have recommended to many friends and business colleagues. The garden setting is very pretty and the different types of art work are really interesting. The food of course is delicious. My only complaint now is that too many people have discovered it !

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Additional Information about L'Arte Cafe

Address: 255 Mapara Road | Acacia Bay, Taupo 3377, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7 378 2962
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Taupo District  >  Taupo
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cuisine: Cafe

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 255 Mapara Road | Acacia Bay, Taupo 3377, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Taupo District  >  Taupo
  • Phone Number: +64 7 378 2962

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Cafe

Description

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 .........
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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