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L'Arte Cafe

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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, 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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  • 62
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
Brunch dining

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 16, 2015
Sandy W
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Taupo, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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108 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Taupo, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
2 reviews
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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Taupo, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

L'Afte Cafe is a favourite of ours to visit and enjoy great food. We try to go atleast once a month as it's just a couple minutes drive out of the Taupo CBD, the staff are always friendly, the food always great and the atmosphere inspiring and creative. Set in a wonderful valley on Mapara Road attached to the art... More 

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Found this Gallery/cafe when driving around on a Wednesday lunchtime. I spotted the sign on a corner of the road, after seeing a large ceramic chair that initially caught my attention. The cafe is about 10 mins drive from Taupo and was a busy cafe with a studio/gallery attached. Order at the desk, find a table and the food is... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We've had a couple of nice lunches there, and recently asked if they could cater for a wedding. All I can say is that the service and food was outstanding, anyone needing someone to cater in Taupo I would give them a call. We looked at the other caterers and L'Arte was by far the easiest to deal with, and... More 

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Tauranga, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Lovely spot with lovely mosaics to browse before or after lunch. Food was lovely a good selection on the blackboard to choose from. Reasonable size lunch - good value.

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Wellington, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 via mobile

This is such a great place. We could have stayed all day. Great food. Beautiful atmosphere. Lovely gardens and art. Plus the live music was about to begin. We will certainly return.

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Deal, United Kingdom
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 via mobile

You just have to go ! Went here instead of fighting the traffic inTaupo very very nice grown up place with a great selection Menus would have been nice but apart from that we have now found our go to place when in Taupo forget touristy average places on the lakefront come to this little gem and you won't be... More 

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Hastings, New Zealand
Top Contributor
114 reviews 114 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Make time to walk through the garden, view the artwork and see what's for sale. A most interesting, quirky place with lots to look at. Look for the super-sized mosaic chair at the turn-off.

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Restaurant Details

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: Coffee Shop

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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