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Carpe Diem! Gelato-Espresso Bar

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780 Jefferson St, Lafayette, LA
13375344155
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7:30 am - 9:00 pm
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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

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  • 25
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  • 11
    Very good
  • 4
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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
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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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 10, 2015
Nannette R
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Lafayette, Louisiana
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English first
Lafayette, Louisiana
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38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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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.

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Lafayette, LA
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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.

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22 restaurant reviews
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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 

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Lafayette, LA
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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 

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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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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3 restaurant reviews
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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
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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
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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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14 restaurant reviews
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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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33 restaurant reviews
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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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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
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?