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Carpe Diem! Gelato-Espresso Bar

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780 Jefferson St, Lafayette, LA
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7:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tue - Thu 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout

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  • Food
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
First ever Gelato.

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
George D
Greensboro, NC, United States
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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English first
Greensboro, NC, United States
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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45 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 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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45 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 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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51 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 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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44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Ahhhh!!! So I've been told there is gelato...and then I've been told there is GeLLaTo! I tasted the milk honey (smooth and not too sweet) and the blueberry basil (refreshing and light.) I ended up getting the blueberry muffin gelato (taste just like a blueberry muffin) and the biscotti gelato (sweet and fierce). All of them rich and creamy! Very... More 

1 Thank Morgan P
Lafayette, LA
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441 reviews
313 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

We went to Carpe-Diem and they are losing their touch. The recipes have to be the same but for some reason it is not as good as it used to be. The people working the counter have become snobs. Hey..... it is an upscale ice cream shop and you are nothing but fancy soda jerks. The prices are still very... More 

Thank bandman
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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161 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Virtually only place open in downtown Lafayette apart from sports bars on a Sunday afternoon. Called in for a very nice sundae and coffee. Limited menu and primarily aimed at young 'hipster' crowd. Good for people-watching.

Thank BazJackSalisbury
Lafayette, Louisiana
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Great gelato, good coffee and above all, a very friendly owner and a great ambiance . Carpe Diem also offers special occasions to practice your Italian, French or Spanish language skills.

1 Thank Philippe G

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 780 Jefferson St, Lafayette, LA
  • Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  Lafayette
  • Phone Number: 13375344155

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Cafe

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene


Open Hours
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?