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L'Arte Cafe

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255 Mapara Road | Acacia Bay, Taupo 3385, New Zealand
+64 7-378 2962
Wed - Sun 08:00 - 16:00
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Wellington, New Zealand
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55 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 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 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 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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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

L'arte is always a great place to meet friends for a coffee and catch up. Great service and food with lots of great art to admire... or purchase!

Thank Angela P
Wollongong, Australia
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183 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2016

This was a 10 - 15 minute drive from the main Taupo township. We went for morning tea. The café was very nice but it was the gift shop that we loved most. If you are looking for something different for girlfriends, this is the place! If you are interested in ceramics, this is a wonderful spot to go. The... More 

Thank Kiwi1963
Ohope, New Zealand
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110 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2016

What a lovely spot in Acacia Bay, Taupo. A bit of a drive from the central part of town but well worth it Great place for brekkie, brunch or lunch. The is set in the gardens with sculptures and plenty of space for kids (if you have them). L'Arte has a great menu and very good coffee, I love the... More 

Thank CreteW2015
Havelock North, New Zealand
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174 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

Great venue for brunch and a walk around to look at the interesting art. The service was extremely efficient. Great coffee. Nice range of breakfast and cabinet foods. The wasabi hollandaise was yum!

Thank Antoinette B
Waikanae, New Zealand
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 July 2016

Lovely place and surroundings. Staff lovely but food average and pricey. Eggs benedict only 1 egg, tomato avocado small portion and not very tasty. Veg pie and salad very good.

Thank Mark E
Taupo, Waikato, New Zealand
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56 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2016

this is a lovely wee place to visit any time of the day and year. you can wonder around in the gardens and look at all the bits of art sitting amongst the bushes etc for ages. They also have a wee shop where you can buy some of their products they make out of pottery etc onsite. Most of... More 

Thank Jenny M
Taupo, New Zealand
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2016

Food needs to be updated as menu hasn't changed . Waiting staff shouting "tables to clear outside" detracts from ambience Eggs overcooked

Thank GTRAV56
te awanga
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114 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2016 via mobile

Went for breakfast. Cafe was packed but they still managed to serve great coffee. Food was good too.

Thank kiwibear

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
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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