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L'Arte Cafe

255 Mapara Road | Acacia Bay, Taupo 3385, New Zealand
+64 7-378 2962
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good36%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (18 reviews)
“sweet corn” (2 reviews)
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Cafe, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
255 Mapara Road | Acacia Bay, Taupo 3385, New Zealand
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Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

We are two couples, staying at the Acacia Cliffs Lodge within 2 km. We dropped of our luggage about noon, and came to L'Arte for lunch. We each had something different, and each of us was very pleased. The surroundings, however, make the cafe. There...More

Thank Ken M
Reviewed 1 November 2016

Had a great lunch with friends here while on holiday in Taupo. The staff were friendly and happy and the sweetcorn fritter stack was second to none. All of us liked our meals and the food selection was excellent.

Thank Bottlik
Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Wow, what a great little cafe. Top class coffee and food. Unique , a little bit zany , the gardens and artwork are gorgeous

Thank F2813VAjulier
Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

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

1  Thank rmc885
Reviewed 13 October 2016

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.

1  Thank John T
Reviewed 5 October 2016

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...More

Thank Terri S
Reviewed 2 October 2016

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!

1  Thank MastiMom
Reviewed 1 October 2016

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...More

1  Thank Bev T
Reviewed 23 September 2016

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...More

Thank Elizabeth H
Reviewed 17 September 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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
View, Groups, Local cuisine, 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 .........