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Carpe Diem! Gelato-Espresso Bar

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780 Jefferson St, Lafayette, LA 70501-6910
+1 337-534-4155
07:30 - 22:00
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Sun 12:00 - 18:00
Tue - Thu 07:30 - 21:00
Fri 07:30 - 22:00
Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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Lafayette, Louisiana
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28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

I thrive on restaurants that experiment with "odd" flavors AND get it right! You will never be disappointed any time you walk through their doors.

Thank Robyn H
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44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

Great little spot downtown to grab some gelato and cool off from the Louisiana heat. Maybe a little over priced, but a nice treat.

Thank Whitney J
Lafayette, LA
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93 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

When you know the gelato is made on site and the employees can tell you how much fruit is needed for one batch and the owner is Italian you KNOW it's the real thing. And then you taste it and you're like OMG. So good!! There's usually a crowd there too. It's seems to be one of those gathering spots.... More 

Thank Earthtravler
Lafayette, Louisiana
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

Every visit is a new experience. Each flavor a visit to another place. The staff are excellent, welcoming, knowledgeable, and friendly. Small batches only and made daily. You haven't tried gelato until you've tried Carpe Diem's gelato. Truly an experience!

Thank tanyac41
A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

very good european-style coffee! very helpful and nice staff. we even got two coffees for free, because our credit cards weren't working. thanks again!

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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

Saw a piece about Carpe Diem on the Today show. Did not know about this place. The gelato was WONDERFUL! Liked the atmosphere, especially mural on the wall which took me back to Italy. Mr. Rowan who was very informative, gave us the history of Carpe Diem and Lafayette. Will definitely make a return visit.

Thank Brenda T
Lafayette, Louisiana, United States
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18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

It is just a great place to chill ( et on peut parler en français !!) I like the coffee and the diversity of people. I'm constantly tempted by the fabulous gelato and the owner/managers are dedicated to making sure you get what you need. It is a fabulous place to people watch ;-)

Thank Michelle B
Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, United States
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

The only reason I gave this place more than one star was because the Gelato was good. This was my first visit to this café. When I walked in I had no idea where to order, so I stood in front of the Gelato case and decided which flavor I wanted. Because I am lactose and sugar intolerant, I wanted... More 

Thank J H
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141 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

Amazing place. I loved the Tuscany feel in the decor. This is definitely a hidden gem. I was traveling to Houston, TX and on a whim googled for a gelato place and this popped up. Limited street parking so I had to park in a metered parking lot. A few seats outside and more inside. This place also serves as... More 

Thank naturalme88
A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

Delicious!!! Creamy gelato. Super friendly service The avocado basil is just as described on The Today Show!! Subtle flavors

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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
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
12:00 - 18:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 780 Jefferson St, Lafayette, LA 70501-6910
  • Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  Lafayette Parish  >  Lafayette
  • Phone Number: +1 337-534-4155

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?