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L'Arte Cafe

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$$ - $$$
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255 Mapara Road | Acacia Bay, Taupo 3385, New Zealand
+64 7 378 2962
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Wed - Sun 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great down to earth Kiwi hospitality and service. Coffee is worth having that 2nd cup and breakfast was delicious.

Thank rmc885
Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A reasonable distance from Taupo CBD but the trip is worth it. Cafe food was nice and the whole place with an artistic flair made it very interesting.

Thank BigJohn116
Auckland, New Zealand
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63 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ok first i should start by saying it was pouring with rain when we arrived. The inside of the cafe is very average and lacks ambience BUT normally we would have sat outside. We had the corn fritters which were bready. More bread than corn so disappointing. My husband had a small bacon and egg pie which was delicious he... More 

Thank Terri S
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Its at a drive out of taupo city but very enjoyable. Its cosy, arty, food's good and very very fresh, quite some options there for vegetarians too.. loved it!

Thank MastiMom
Marton, New Zealand
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What an amazing place. The mosaic art and ceramics are fantastic, it was hard to know what to spend my dollars on as it is all soooo good. Had a visitor from Japan with me who just fell in love with the place! Will be going back!!!

Thank Bev T
Sydney, Australia
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58 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My first visit to this wonderful cafe & gallery. I f you are into Mosiacs and want something different for a gift then visit this shop, food was a little expensive but very tasty and the art work is amazing. Its not well advertised and a little off the beaten track but if you can get there then its worth... More 

Thank Elizabeth H
New Zealand
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016 via mobile

This cafe had been recommended some time ago. It is a wee drive out of Taupo city center but we'll worth it. The artworks are stunning and immediately reminded us of Gaudi's Parc de Guell in Barcelona. Well worth a visit

Thank xcellentadvenurers
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

travel to acacia bay to find this little beauty of a cafe--friendly staff great food lovely gift shop--the whole experience was wonderful also if you like mosaics then you will love whats been made from these tiles-check out the counter in the cafe very well done

Thank peat111
Wellington, New Zealand
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55 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016

This is a review of the artist's gallery, rather than the restaurant! A couple of weeks ago my wife and I visited the L'arte Cafe for afternoon tea, followed by a visit to the Gallery - where we purchased a garden 'totem'. We were so impressed with the item once we had it home and on display, we decided to... More 

Thank mpward
Gore, New Zealand
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

This cafe is best enjoyed outdoors with plenty of time to wander around and enjoy the gardens. Especially the 'mosaic lounge'. Lots of shady grassy areas. Funky gift shop. Great food, great coffee. Signposted from Acacia Bay. Allow 45 minutes to enjoy.

Thank dillydally22

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, New Zealand, European, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 255 Mapara Road | Acacia Bay, Taupo 3385, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Taupo District  >  Taupo
  • Phone Number: +64 7 378 2962
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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