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Lopinot Settlement 58, Lopinot, Trinidad
+1 868-669-8647
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Port of Spain, Trinidad
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I cannot believe that such a place of simplicity, peace and unbelievable beauty quietly exists in the hills of Lopinot. My husband Kyle and I went for breakfast at Cafe Mariposa on Carnival Monday morning. While this is not the usual Carnival activity, it was a retreat for the soul. You have to keep a sharp eye out for the... More 

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

This is not just a place to stay or eat, this is meant to be an experience. Mariposa Gardens is family run, mostly by several sisters. I had contacted them well in advance when our flight schedule changed and we had one day/night layover in Trinidad, although I recognized that they normally like to have people for a slightly longer... More 

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Thank Susanne S
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

On a visit to Lopinot, my friends and I stopped by the Mariposa Cafe hoping for a drink and a bite. The owner came out of the kitchen to let us know how busy she was because she was short staffed. She said that she did not have the time to show us around and told us we could not... More 

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Thank laurielew533
South, Trinidad and Tobago
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

The drive to Lopinot is approximately 25 minutes from the Eastern Main Road. The road itself is in good condition and has amazing views of the Northern Range as you proceed up through the hills. Everything about the café is healthy and wholesome! From the fresh air you breathe, to the buzzing of hummingbirds and wildlife all around the gardens... More 

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Thank Renee D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

I stayed at the Mariposa B&B for two nights in September 2016 and ate breakfast and dinner at the Cafe. As a single woman travelling alone, I felt safe at all times. The room was comfortable and pleasant. The site is lovely, facing a garden full of hummingbirds that come and feed on the restaurant terrace. The food was good... More 

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Thank Gabrielle H
Tacarigua, Saint George, Trinidad and Tobago
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

It was Fathers day. I decided my two boys and son in law will do something different that day, and different it was. We called to book our spot, and right there we were welcomed by the beautiful voice of Marcia Guerrero.We got there on time with my seven grandchildren, welcomed by the beautiful smiling faces of two of the... More 

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Maraval, Trinidad
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

very comfy but understaffed a bit cramped but potential outdoor setting more infrastructural to be done

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1 Thank cleopartha
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

We arrived a little early at the restaurant and was greeted by one of sisters, who also cook and prepare the food. We were invited to sit on the beautiful terrace until dinner was ready. Everything is prepared to be served right away, timed with your reservation. We spent a magical hour marveling at the display of hummingbirds coming to... More 

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1 Thank Mary Anne N
London, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016

We went as a family to celebrate my husbands birthday (my daughters are 3 and 5). We all had a wonderful time which was exemplified by the service provided by wonderful people on site like Marcia, her sisters and her nephew. We booked the Cocoa infused menu at the Cafe itself but also the fishing and local history tour (all... More 

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1 Thank Roops76
Tobago
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

I went for dinner. Delicious local food, friendly owners. I loved the parang. The addition of cocoa to the food was interesting.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$40
Cuisine
Caribbean, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Lopinot Settlement 58, Lopinot, Trinidad
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Trinidad and Tobago  >  Trinidad  >  Lopinot
  • Phone Number: +1 868-669-8647
Description
Cafe Mariposa is a family owned restaurant located in the picturesque Lopinot valley, nestled at the foothills of the Northern Range on the island of Trinidad.

We are located 30 minutes north of the Piarco International Airport and are a perfect option for persons needing to stay for a weekend before traveling on from Tobago to international locations, or overnight to catch early morning flights.

The property is designed so that even while in the shelter of the building, you may still have the feeling of being in the garden. Our B&B which has four en-suites overlooking our garden and amphitheater may sleep up to nine guests at a time.

With prior notice we cater to special diets such as vegan, vegetarian, gluten and lactose intolerant.

Our focus is to intentionally grow a farm to fork experience for our guests utilizing fresh herbs from our garden, local farmers and other organic growers outside of the valley. Free range eggs and chickens from neighboring farmers, fish reared in our mountain spring water.

Our specialty is cuisine innovation utilizing local roasted cacao beans infused in our beverages, savory and sweet creations. In the last four years the Cafe has won seven (7) awards from local cuisine challenges for best beverage, best savory and best dessert.

Each year, on the Saturday immediately following the famous Trinidad Carnival, Cafe Mariposa hosts our annual "Cocoa Tasting" event which gives patrons the ability to taste several of our cuisine creations. The event takes the form of a cocktail afternoon, generally starting at 3:00 p.m. and ending at 7:00 p.m.

In addition to tasting great food and beverages; guests have the opportunity to purchase chocolates, creams and other items made from local cacao beans and cocoa butter. These items are crafted by our local chocolate entrepreneurs from around the country.

The Cafe hires live musicians who entertain our guests while they enjoy the ambiance of our location and our great food. Guests witness the roasting of a whole suckling pig, marinaded in chocolate and cocoa, mixed with fresh herbs and spices.

During the year, the Cafe participates in events taking place in the village and guests may have the opportunity to witness the life of the villagers, monthly bread baking in the dirt oven at the Count de Lopinot listed, National Heritage site, traditional music, the various games, walks around the valley or if planned, guided hiking tours to Asa Wright Nature Center, trips to the Caroni Swamp to view the famous Scarlet Ibis.

The Lopinot valley has many birds and Cafe Mariposa has a porch at the rear of the property where many hummingbirds visit us daily. Trinidad has 18 species and during the year we may have visits from as many as 13 species visiting our garden.

Free wifi is available and the property is now credit card ready accepting Visa and Master Card. Airport transfers may be arranged and parking is available on the compound for overnight visitors.

Public transport is available right outside our door if guests wish to access the Priority Bus Route for travel around the country from the Port of Spain hub.

All visits to Cafe Mariposa, the Mariposa Gardens, or for hikes on the Nature Trail or overnight stays are strictly by reservation.

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