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Carpe Diem! Gelato-Espresso Bar

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Coffee Shop, Dessert
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780 Jefferson St, Lafayette, LA
13375344155
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Today
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
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: Coffee & Tea

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  • 22
    Excellent
  • 9
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 0
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
a little gem in downtown Lafayette

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
Philippe G
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Lafayette, Louisiana
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34 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Salisbury, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
140 reviews 140 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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.

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 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.

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Galiano Island, Canada
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

.......had tasted AVOCADO and BLOOD ORANGE on a previous visit for a great capoccino but when we spoke to Silvia (the owner) she said she was out of that type of gelato but she would make some that night and it would be available the next day. True to her word we returned the next day and sure enough it... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

stopped by on my way across Louisiana, very nice bar, grabbed a delicious expresso with my croissant and enjoyed this amazing stracciatella gelato. Chill atmosphere, erik and silvia are charming and welcoming, knowing many different languages!

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Dallas
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015 via mobile

I stopped at carp diem to listen to musicians jamming outside before walking to meet a friend for dinner at another restaurant and thought, " This is so cool and so Lafayette - impromptu music. I can't wait to return to this place for a meal tomorrow!" I had a tasty croissant breakfast sandwich and coffee the next morning at... More 

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Louisiana
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35 reviews 35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Flavors change daily. They do have a facebook page. delicious gelato and coffees. small seating area inside, sometimes there are musicians playing outside the front. cute little place. nice to get a gelato and walk around downtown.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Great espresso, better gelato, lovely company, and a great atmosphere. Do I need to say more? Can't wait to try it again, next time in Lafayette. :)

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NC
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

If you want quality, come here. The gelato is made from scratch with all natural and fresh ingredients. The coffee is phenomenal. If I lived in Lafayette, Carpe Diem would be my second home.

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Vancouver, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Even if the coffee culture is getting bigger in the states, it's still hard to find a cafe with skilled baristas. This cafe is the place to go if you are looking for true italian coffee. Definitely the best espresso and cappuccino we had in Louisiana!

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Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia
Top Contributor
217 reviews 217 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Bespoke cafe/coffee house Affable clientèle, attentive staff, wonderful coffee and dreamy gelato :-) Worth a visit one afternoon if in need of some quiet time with a newspaper Highly recommended

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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: Coffee Shop, Dessert
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tuesday
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?